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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437896/variability-of-apparent-and-inherent-optical-properties-of-sediment-laden-waters-in-large-river-basins-lessons-from-in-situ-measurements-and-bio-optical-modeling
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Sylvain Pinet, Jean-Michel Martinez, Sylvain Ouillon, Bruno Lartiges, Raul Espinoza Villar
We investigated the relationships between inherent and apparent optical properties (IOP and AOP, respectively) and suspended sediment concentrations (SSC) in the main Amazonian river waters. In situ measurements of SSC, remote sensing reflectance (R<sub>rs</sub>), the diffuse light attenuation coefficient (K<sub>d</sub>) and the total and non-algal particle (NAP) absorption coefficients (a<sub>TOT</sub> and a<sub>NAP</sub>, respectively) were conducted during three sampling trips along different streams of the Amazon River catchment (104 stations)...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434747/bivariate-threshold-models-for-genetic-evaluation-of-susceptibility-to-and-ability-to-recover-from-mastitis-in-danish-holstein-cows
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B G Welderufael, L L G Janss, D J de Koning, L P Sørensen, P Løvendahl, W F Fikse
Mastitis in dairy cows is an unavoidable problem and genetic variation in recovery from mastitis, in addition to susceptibility, is therefore of interest. Genetic parameters for susceptibility to and recovery from mastitis were estimated for Danish Holstein-Friesian cows using data from automatic milking systems equipped with online somatic cell count measuring units. The somatic cell count measurements were converted to elevated mastitis risk, a continuous variable [on a (0-1) scale] indicating the risk of mastitis...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432673/prognostic-value-of-left-ventricular-dyssynchrony-evaluated-by-gated-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-normal-perfusion-defect-scores
#3
Hiroaki Mori, Satoshi Isobe, Susumu Suzuki, Kazumasa Unno, Ryota Morimoto, Naoaki Kano, Takahiro Okumura, Yoshinari Yasuda, Katsuhiko Kato, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate whether indices of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony by gated myocardial perfusion SPECT (GMPS) could be useful to predict prognosis in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with normal perfusion defect scores. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-seven CKD patients with normal perfusion defect scores on adenosine-stress (201)Tl GMPS and no previous history of overt heart diseases were enrolled. Phase standard deviation (PSD) and bandwidth (BW) were automatically calculated from GMPS...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428155/using-persuasive-technology-to-increase-physical-activity-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-by-encouraging-regular-walking-a-mixed-methods-study-exploring-opinions-and-preferences
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Yvonne Kiera Bartlett, Thomas L Webb, Mark S Hawley
BACKGROUND: People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PwCOPD) often experience breathlessness and fatigue, making physical activity challenging. Although many persuasive technologies (such as mobile phone apps) have been designed to support physical activity among members of the general population, current technologies aimed at PwCOPD are underdeveloped and only use a limited range of persuasive technology design principles. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore how acceptable different persuasive technology design principles were considered to be in supporting and encouraging physical activity among PwCOPD...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416417/in-vitro-evaluation-of-nasogastric-ng-tube-delivery-performance-of-esomeprazole-magnesium-delayed-release-capsules
#5
Alicia Hoover, Dajun Sun, Hong Wen, Wenlei Jiang, Minglei Cui, Xiaojian Jiang, David Keire, Changning Guo
Enteral feeding tubes are used to deliver food or drugs to patients that cannot swallow. To deliver delayed-release drugs that are formulated as enteric coated granules to these patients via feeding tubes requires that they be suspended in water prior to administration. Importantly, the suspension of enteric granules in water of varying pH can cause damage to the enteric coating and affect the bioavailability of the drug. Here, analytical methods for testing acid resistance stability and particle size distribution (PSD) of esomeprazole granules were utilized to monitor the integrity of the granule enteric coating after water pretreatment and delivery through an oral syringe and nasogastric (NG) tube...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412141/toll-like-receptor-4-activation-can-be-either-detrimental-or-beneficial-following-mild-repetitive-traumatic-brain-injury-depending-on-timing-of-activation
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Frances Corrigan, Alina Arulsamy, Lyndsey E Collins-Praino, Joshua L Holmes, Robert Vink
A history of repeated concussion has been linked to the later development of neurodegeneration, which is associated with the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau and the development of behavioral deficits. However, the role that exogenous factors, such as immune activation, may play in the development of neurodegeneration following repeated mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI) has not yet been explored. To investigate, male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered three mTBIs 5 days apart using the diffuse impact-acceleration model to generate ∼100G...
April 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411102/zl006-protects-spinal-cord-neurons-against-ischemia-induced-oxidative-stress-through-ampk-pgc-1%C3%AE-sirt3-pathway
#7
Shu-Guang Liu, Yun-Mei Wang, Yan-Jun Zhang, Xi-Jing He, Tao Ma, Wei Song, Yu-Min Zhang
Spinal cord ischemia (SCI) induces a range of cellular and molecular cascades, including activation of glutamate receptors and downstream signaling. Post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95) links neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) with the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors to form a ternary complex in the CNS. This molecular complex-mediated cytotoxicity has been implicated in brain ischemia, but its role in SCI has not been determined. The goal of the study was to investigate the potential protective effects of ZL006, a small-molecule inhibitor of the PSD-95/nNOS interaction, in an in vitro SCI model induced by oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in cultured spinal cord neurons...
April 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409395/spinal-and-corticospinal-pathways-are-differently-modulated-when-standing-at-the-bottom-and-the-top-of-a-three-step-staircase-in-young-and-older-adults
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Johanna Johannsson, Jacques Duchateau, Stéphane Baudry
PURPOSE: This study investigated the modulation of spinal (group Ia afferents) and corticospinal pathways when young (22.7 ± 1.3 years) and older adults (72.2 ± 7.9 years) stood at the bottom and at the top of a three-step staircase equipped with force platforms. METHOD: Changes in submaximal H-reflex amplitude (H 50) and slope of the H-reflex input-output relation (spinal pathway), and in amplitude of motor-evoked potentials (MEP) triggered by transcranial magnetic stimulation (corticospinal pathway) at two intensities (1...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408838/dpp-4-inhibitor-treatment-%C3%AE-cell-response-but-not-hba1c-reduction-is-dependent-on-the-duration-of-diabetes
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Plamen Kozlovski, Vaishali Bhosekar, James E Foley
INTRODUCTION: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors reduce hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) by enhancing insulin and suppressing glucagon secretion. Since T2DM is associated with progressive loss of β-cell function, we hypothesized that the DPP-4 inhibitor action to improve β-cell function would be attenuated with longer duration of T2DM. METHODS: Data from six randomized, placebo-controlled trials of 24 weeks duration, where β-cell response to vildagliptin 50 mg twice daily was assessed, were pooled...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398234/down-regulated-drebrin-aggravates-cognitive-impairments-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#10
Yan Liu, Yanfeng Xu, Ling Zhang, Lan Huang, Pin Yu, Hua Zhu, Wei Deng, Chuan Qin
The developmentally regulated brain protein drebrin (Dbn) is a functional protein involved with long-term memory formation and is widely distributed in brain neurons, especially in the dendritic spines. A noticeable decline of this protein has been found in the hippocampus and cortex of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), yet the relationship between Dbn and AD has not been fully understood. In the present study, we examined how down-regulation of Dbn impacts the progression of AD in experimental animals...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397041/effects-of-nourishing-liver-and-kidney-acupuncture-therapy-on-expression-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-synaptophysin-after-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
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Wen-Guang Xia, Chan-Juan Zheng, Xuan Zhang, Juan Wang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of "nourishing liver and kidney" acupuncture therapy on motor and cognitive deficits, and the underlying mechanism following cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) via increasing the expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and synaptophysin (SYN) in the hippocampus. Healthy adult male SD rats were randomly divided into sham operation group (n=51), model group (n=51), acupuncture group (n=51) and acupuncture control group (n=51). The middle cerebral I/R model was established...
April 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396199/hypoxia-response-element-regulated-mmp-9-promotes-neurological-recovery-via-glial-scar-degradation-and-angiogenesis-in-delayed-stroke
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Hongxia Cai, Yuanyuan Ma, Lu Jiang, Zhihao Mu, Zhen Jiang, Xiaoyan Chen, Yongting Wang, Guo-Yuan Yang, Zhijun Zhang
Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) plays a beneficial role in the delayed phase of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). However, the mechanism is obscure. Here, we constructed hypoxia response element (HRE)-regulated MMP-9 to explore its effect on glial scars and neurogenesis in delayed ischemic stroke. Adult male Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mice underwent MCAO and received a stereotactic injection of lentivirus carrying HRE-MMP-9 or normal saline (NS)/lentivirus-GFP 7 days after ischemia. We found that HRE-MMP-9 improved neurological outcomes, reduced ischemia-induced brain atrophy, and degraded glial scars (p < 0...
April 7, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395111/highly-soluble-p-terphenyl-and-fluorene-derivatives-as-efficient-dopants-in-plastic-scintillators-for-sensitive-nuclear-material-detection
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Alan Sellinger, Henok A Yemam, Adam Mahl, Uwe Greife, Jonathan Tinkham, Joshua Koubek
Plastic scintillators are commonly used as first-line detectors for special nuclear materials. Current state-of-the-art plastic scintillators based on poly(vinyltoluene) (PVT) matrices containing high loadings (>15.0 wt%) of 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO) offer neutron signal discrimination in gamma radiation background (termed pulse shape discrimination, PSD), however they suffer from poor mechanical properties. In this work, a series of p-terphenyl and fluorene derivatives were synthesized and used as dopants in PVT based plastic scintillators as possible alternatives to PPO to address the mechanical property issue and to study the PSD mechanism...
April 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395050/gleason-grading-biochemical-failure-and-prostate-cancer-specific-death
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Robin T Vollmer
Objectives: To examine the relationship between the recently defined Gleason grade groups and prostate cancer-specific mortality. Methods: If the probability of prostate cancer-specific death is symbolized as P(PSD), the probability of biochemical failure is symbolized as P(BF), and the probability of prostate cancer-specific death after biochemical failure is symbolized as P(PSD | BF), then the rules of probability provide a way to estimate P(PSD) as P(PSD) = P(PSD | BF) * P(BF) Using this model and data from the literature for P(PSD | BF) and P(BF), I estimate here values of P(PSD) for the five newly described Gleason grade groups...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392961/preparation-and-characterization-of-suvarna-bhasma-parada-marit
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Kapil Thakur, Ramacharya Gudi, Mahesh Vahalia, Shekhar Shitut, Shailesh Nadkarni
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to characterize Suvarna Bhasma Parada Marit by using the Ayurvedic test parameters, physico-chemical tests, and various instrumentation techniques. METHODS: Suvarna Bhasma, an Ayurvedic formulation manufactured as per Bharat Bhaishajya Ratnakar 5/8357 (BBR), has been studied using various instrumentation techniques: X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), laser particle size distribution (PSD) analysis, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), and physico-chemical parameters, such as the loss on drying (LOD), loss on ignition (LOI), and acid insoluble Ash (AIA) were determined...
March 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392295/oleocanthal-ameliorates-amyloid-%C3%AE-oligomers-toxicity-on-astrocytes-and-neuronal-cells-in-vitro-studies
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Yazan S Batarseh, Loqman A Mohamed, Sweilem B Al Rihani, Youssef M Mousa, Abu Bakar Siddique, Khalid A El Sayed, Amal Kaddoumi
Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) has several health promoting effects. Evidence have shown that EVOO attenuates the pathology of amyloid-β (Aβ) and improves cognitive function in experimental animal models, suggesting it's potential to protect and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). Available studies have linked this beneficial effect to oleocanthal, one of the active components in EVOO. The effect of oleocanthal against AD pathology has been linked to its ability to attenuate Aβ and tau aggregation in vitro, and enhance Aβ clearance from the brains of wild-type and AD transgenic mice in vivo...
April 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391945/particulate-matter-pm2-5-exposure-season-dependently-induces-neuronal-apoptosis-and-synaptic-injuries
#17
Minjun Chen, Ben Li, Nan Sang
Epidemiological studies have shown that particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) not only increases the incidence of cardiopulmonary illnesses but also relates to the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Considering that PM2.5 is highly heterogeneous with regional disparity and seasonal variation, we investigated whether PM2.5 exposure induced neuronal apoptosis and synaptic injuries in a season-dependent manner. The results indicated that PM2.5 altered the expression of apoptosis-related proteins (mainly bax and bcl-2), activated caspase-3 and caused neuronal apoptosis...
April 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389804/double-tract-reconstruction-after-laparoscopic-proximal-gastrectomy-using-detachable-endo-psd
#18
Tomoki Aburatani, Kazuyuki Kojima, Sho Otsuki, Hideaki Murase, Keisuke Okuno, Kentaro Gokita, Chiharu Tomii, Toshiro Tanioka, Mikito Inokuchi
BACKGROUND: Proximal gastrectomy (PG) is widely performed in Japan as a function-preserving surgical approach. Since esophagogastrostomy (EG) was associated with increased reflux symptoms and anastomotic strictures, we have chosen double-tract reconstruction (DTR) as the standard reconstruction method since March 2013. In this study, we described a novel method of laparoscopic DTR using detachable ENDO-PSD and compared its 1-year outcome with EG performed formerly in our institution. METHODS: Patients who underwent laparoscopic PG between May 2005 and July 2014 were retrospectively divided into two groups based on the type of reconstruction and were subsequently analyzed (19 patients in the DTR group and 22 in the EG group)...
April 7, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388013/protracted-and-asynchronous-accumulation-of-psd95-family-maguks-during-maturation-of-nascent-dendritic-spines
#19
Jason T Lambert, Travis C Hill, Deborah K Park, Julie H Culp, Karen Zito
The formation and stabilization of new dendritic spines is a key component of the experience-dependent neural circuit plasticity that supports learning, but the molecular maturation of nascent spines remains largely unexplored. The PSD95-family of membrane-associated guanylate kinases (PSD-MAGUKs), most notably PSD95, has a demonstrated role in promoting spine stability. However, nascent spines contain low levels of PSD95, suggesting that other members of the PSD-MAGUK family might act to stabilize nascent spines in the early stages of spiny synapse formation...
April 7, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387015/the-factors-related-to-early-onset-depression-after-first-stroke
#20
Kadir Karakus, Refik Kunt, Cagdas O Memis, Duygu A Kunt, Bilge Dogan, Filiz Ozdemiroglu, Levent Sevincok
BACKGROUND: The biological and psychological aspects of post-stroke depression (PSD) may vary based on the time since stroke onset. The sociodemographic and clinical correlates of early-onset PSD are not yet well understood. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the clinical correlates of early-onset depression following first stroke. We hypothesized that the severity of a stroke or disability (other than lesion characteristics) would likely be related to PSD in a sample of first stroke patients with single and unilateral lesions...
April 7, 2017: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
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