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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823136/identification-of-polymorphisms-in-mitf-and-dct-genes-and-their-associations-with-plumage-colors-in-asian-duck-breeds
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Hasina Sultana, Dongwon Seo, Nu-Ri Choi, Md Shamsul Alam Bhuiyan, Seung Hwan Lee, Kang Nyeong Heo, Jun Heon Lee
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the MITF and DCT genes on plumage coloration in Asian native duck breeds. MITF encodes a protein for microphthalmia-associated transcription factor, which regulates the development and function of melanocytes for pigmentation of skin, hair, and eyes. Among the tyrosinase-related family genes, dopachrome tautomerase (DCT) is a pigment cell-specific gene that plays important roles in the melanin synthesis pathway and the expression of skin, feather, and retina color...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822939/short-term-effects-of-spring-prescribed-burning-on-the-understory-vegetation-of-a-pinushalepensis-forest-in-northeastern-spain
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Laura Fuentes, Beatriz Duguy, Daniel Nadal-Sala
Since the 1970s, fire regimes have been modified in the Northern Mediterranean region due to profound landscape changes mostly driven by socioeconomic factors, such as rural abandonment and large-scale plantations. Both fuel accumulation and the increasing vegetation spatial continuity, combined with the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, have enhanced fire risk and the occurrence of large wildfires. This situation will likely worsen under the projected aridity increase resulting from climate change...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822765/local-radiotherapy-reduces-circulating-tumor-cells-and-metastatic-progression-role-of-circulating-cell-detection-in-response-to-vascular-damaging-therapies
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Nathan A Koonce, Mazen A Juratli, Chengzhong Cai, Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Yulian A Menyaev, Judy Dent, Charles M Quick, Ruud P M Dings, Dmitry Nedosekin, Vladimir Zharov, Robert J Griffin
Noninvasive biological readouts of tumor metastatic risk and therapeutic efficacy are needed as healthcare costs rise. Conventional imaging modalities are expensive; require significant periods of time to see appreciable change and repetitive use increases risk of hazardous side effects. Utilizing circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as a minimally invasive biological readout of tumor progression or therapeutic response is increasingly being studied. While focus has primarily been on the predictive value of naturally occurring CTCs, a more recent effort has emerged regarding the potential consequence of therapy induced CTCs...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822671/surgical-ultrasound-guided-carpal-tunnel-release
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T Apard, G Candelier
Ultrasound-guided surgery is a new trend stemming from the introduction of high-frequency linear probes and better quality screens. Surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome is increasingly being performed under ultrasound guidance. Knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasonography is obviously mandatory. Several types of cutting instruments (miniature knife, Gigli saw or hook) and surgical approaches (wrist or palm) have been described. Ultrasonography allows the wide-awake and local anesthesia with no tourniquet (WALANT) technique to be used in the context of ambulatory patient care...
August 16, 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822543/dairy-calf-management-a-comparison-of-practices-and-producer-attitudes-among-conventional-and-organic-herds
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J A Pempek, G M Schuenemann, E Holder, G G Habing
Dairy calves are at high risk for morbidity and mortality early in life. Understanding producer attitudes is important for implementation of best management practices to improve calf health. The objectives of this study were to evaluate usage frequency and producer attitudes on key calf management practices between conventional and organic dairy operations. A cross-sectional survey was mailed to conventional and organic dairy producers in Ohio and Michigan that included questions on cow-calf separation, colostrum management, and vaccination use...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822283/assessment-of-integrated-process-based-on-autohydrolysis-and-robust-delignification-process-for-enzymatic-saccharification-of-bamboo
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Tian-Ying Chen, Jia-Long Wen, Bing Wang, Han-Min Wang, Chuan-Fu Liu, Run-Cang Sun
In this study, bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) was successfully deconstructed using an integrated process (autohydrolysis and subsequent delignification). Xylooligosaccharides, high-purity lignin, and digestible substrates for producing glucose can be consecutively collected during the integrated process. The structural change and fate of lignin during autohydrolysis process was deeply investigated. Additionally, the structural characteristics and active functional groups of the lignin fractions obtained by these delignification processes were thoroughly investigated by NMR (2D-HSQC and (31)P NMR) and GPC techniques...
August 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822193/-effect-of-ligustri-lucidi-fructus-on-hepatic-cox-activity-in-normal-rats-and-preliminary-investigation-of-its-dna-methylation-mechanism
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Chao Wu, Wei-Feng Zhu, Qin Ji, Ying Zhou, Ming Zhang, Xin Huang, Shu-Hong Peng
The study aims to investigate the effect of Ligustri Lucidi Fructus on cytochrome c oxidase(COX) activity in rat hepatic tissues and explore its possible mechanism of DNA methylation. Male SD rats received aqueous extract of Ligustri Lucidi Fructus (2.0,6.0 g•kg⁻¹) by intragastric administration for 30 d. After the rats were sacrificed, hepatic tissues of rats were taken to detect COX activity, protein concentration of COX4I1, TET1 and DNMT3A protein levels, mRNA expression levels of Cox4i1, Dnmt3a and Tet1, and determine the DNA methylation frequency of Cox4i1...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822121/investigating-the-origin-of-acoustic-attenuation-in-liquid-foams
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Juliette Pierre, Camille Gaulon, Caroline Derec, Florence Elias, Valentin Leroy
Liquid foams are known to be highly efficient to absorb acoustic waves but the origin of the sound dissipation remains unknown. In this paper, we present low frequency (0.5-4kHz) experimental results measured with an impedance tube and we confront the recorded attenuations with a simple model that considers the foam as a concentrate bubbly liquid. In order to identify the influence of the different parameters constituting the foams we probe samples with different gases, and various liquid fractions and bubble size distributions...
August 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821886/prevalence-of-pain-and-its-socio-demographic-and-clinical-correlates-among-heroin-dependent-patients-receiving-methadone-maintenance-treatment
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Ying-Jia Yang, Yan-Min Xu, Wen-Cai Chen, Jun-Hong Zhu, Jin Lu, Bao-Liang Zhong
To date there have been no studies investigating the characteristics of pain in Chinese heroin-dependent patients (HDPs) receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). This study examined the frequency and socio-demographic and clinical correlates of pain in HDPs under MMT. A consecutive sample of 603 HDPs was recruited from three MMT clinics in Wuhan, China. These patients completed a standardized questionnaire concerning socio-demographic and clinical data. Pain intensity was assessed with the 5-point Verbal Rating Scale ("Overall, how intense is your pain now?") with responses of: 1 = none, 2 = mild, 3 = moderate, 4 = severe, 5 = very severe...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821726/the-switching-of-strong-spin-wave-beams-in-patterned-garnet-films
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R Gieniusz, P Gruszecki, M Krawczyk, U Guzowska, A Stognij, A Maziewski
The application of spin waves in communication with information encoded in amplitude and phase could replace or enhance existing microelectronic and microwave devices with significantly decreased energy consumption. Spin waves (SW) are usually transported in a magnetic material shaped to act as a waveguide. However, the implementation of SW transport and switching in plane homogeneous magnetic films and running as a narrow beam with a small divergence angle still present a challenge. We propose a realization of a strong SW switchers based on a patterned yttrium iron garnet (YIG) film that could serve as a magnonic fundamental building block...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821684/medication-overuse-headache-an-entrenched-idea-in-need-of-scrutiny
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Ann I Scher, Paul B Rizzoli, Elizabeth W Loder
It is a widely accepted idea that medications taken to relieve acute headache pain can paradoxically worsen headache if used too often. This type of secondary headache is referred to as medication overuse headache (MOH); previously used terms include rebound headache and drug-induced headache. In the absence of consensus about the duration of use, amount, and type of medication needed to cause MOH, the default position is conservative. A common recommendation is to limit treatment to no more than 10 or 15 days per month (depending on medication type) to prevent headache frequency progression...
August 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821672/audio-visual-modulation-in-mouse-v1-depends-on-cross-modal-stimulus-configuration-and-congruency
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Guido T Meijer, Jorrit S Montijn, Cyriel M A Pennartz, Carien S Lansink
The sensory neocortex is a highly connected associative network, in which information from multiple senses is integrated, even at the level of the primary sensory areas. Although this view is supported by a growing body of empirical evidence, the neural mechanisms of cross-modal integration in primary sensory areas, such as the primary visual cortex (V1), are still largely unknown. Using two-photon calcium imaging in awake mice, we show that the encoding of audio-visual stimuli in V1 neuronal populations is highly dependent on the features of the stimulus constituents...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821660/contribution-of-astroglial-cx43-hemichannels-to-the-modulation-of-glutamatergic-currents-by-d-serine-in-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Claire Meunier, Nan Wang, Chenju Yi, Glenn Dallerac, Pascal Ezan, Annette Koulakoff, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Astrocytes interact dynamically with neurons by modifying synaptic activity and plasticity. This interplay occurs through a process named gliotransmission, meaning that neuroactive molecules are released by astrocytes. Acting as a gliotransmitter, D-serine co-agonist of the NMDA receptor at the glycine binding site, can be released by astrocytes in a calcium [Ca(2+)]i-dependent manner. A typical feature of astrocytes is their high expression level of connexin43 (Cx43), a protein forming gap junction channels and hemichannels associated with dynamic neuroglial interactions...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821642/super-optimal-perceptual-integration-suggests-a-place-based-representation-of-pitch-at-high-frequencies
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Bonnie K Lau, Anahita H Mehta, Andrew J Oxenham
Pitch, the perceptual correlate of sound repetition rate or frequency, plays an important role in speech perception, music perception, and listening in complex acoustic environments. Despite its perceptual importance, the neural mechanisms underlying pitch remain poorly understood. Although cortical regions responsive to pitch have been identified, little is known about how pitch information is extracted from the inner ear itself. The two primary theories of peripheral pitch coding involve stimulus-driven spike timing, or phase locking, in the auditory nerve (time code), and the spatial distribution of responses along the length of the cochlear partition (place code)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821530/whisper-or-shout-study-protocol-of-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-assessing-mhealth-sexual-reproductive-health-and-nutrition-interventions-among-female-sex-workers-in-mombasa-kenya
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Frances H Ampt, Collins Mudogo, Peter Gichangi, Megan S C Lim, Griffins Manguro, Matthew Chersich, Walter Jaoko, Marleen Temmerman, Marilyn Laini, Liz Comrie-Thomson, Mark Stoové, Paul A Agius, Margaret Hellard, Kelly L'Engle, Stanley Luchters
INTRODUCTION: New interventions are required to reduce unintended pregnancies among female sex workers (FSWs) in low- and middle-income countries and to improve their nutritional health. Given sex workers' high mobile phone usage, repeated exposure to short messaging service (SMS) messages could address individual and interpersonal barriers to contraceptive uptake and better nutrition. METHODS: In this two-arm cluster randomised trial, each arm constitutes an equal-attention control group for the other...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821492/use-of-the-low-frequency-high-frequency-ratio-of-heart-rate-variability-to-predict-short-term-deterioration-in-emergency-department-patients-with-sepsis
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Douglas P Barnaby, Shannon M Fernando, Kevin J Ferrick, Christophe L Herry, Andrew J E Seely, Polly E Bijur, E John Gallagher
OBJECTIVE: To examine the ability of the low-frequency/high-frequency (LF/HF) ratio of heart rate variability (HRV) analysis to identify patients with sepsis at risk of early deterioration. METHODS: This is a prospective observational cohort study of patients with sepsis presenting to the Montefiore Medical Center ED from December 2014 through September 2015. On presentation, a single ECG Holter recording was obtained and analysed to obtain the LF/HF ratio of HRV...
August 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821414/retention-of-vaginal-breech-delivery-skills-taught-in-simulation
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Heather Stone, Joan Crane, Kathy Johnston, Catherine Craig
OBJECTIVE: The optimal frequency of conducting simulation training for high-acuity, low-frequency events in obstetrics and gynaecology residency programs is unknown. This study evaluated retention over time of vaginal breech delivery skills taught in simulation, by comparing junior and senior residents. In addition, the residents' subjective comfort level to perform this skill clinically was assessed. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 22 obstetrics and gynaecology residents in a Canadian residency training program...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821154/design-and-characterization-of-a-biocompatible-physical-hydrogel-based-on-scleroglucan-for-topical-drug-delivery
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Patrizia Paolicelli, Gabriele Varani, Settimio Pacelli, Elisa Ogliani, Martina Nardoni, Stefania Petralito, Alessandra Adrover, Maria Antonietta Casadei
Physical hydrogels of a high-carboxymethylated derivative of scleroglucan (Scl-CM300) were investigated as potential systems for topical drug delivery using three different therapeutic molecules (fluconazole, diclofenac and betamethasone). Rheological tests were carried out on drug-loaded hydrogels along with in-vitro release studies in a vertical Franz cell, in order to investigate if and how different drugs may influence the rheological and release properties of Scl-CM300 hydrogels. Experimental results and theoretical modeling highlighted that, in the absence of drug/polymer interactions (as for fluconazole and betamethasone) Scl-CM300 matrices offer negligible resistance to drug diffusion and a Fickian transport model can be adopted to estimate the effective diffusion coefficient in the swollen hydrogel...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821001/influence-on-serum-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-adma-concentrations-of-human-paraoxonase-1-polymorphism-q192r-and-exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-mexican-women-a-gene-environment-interaction
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Ángeles C Ochoa-Martínez, Tania Ruíz-Vera, Claudia I Almendarez-Reyna, Sandra T Orta-García, Iván N Pérez-Maldonado
It has been demonstrated that Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) are a consequence of the combination of genetic and environmental factors and/or the interaction between them. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) exposure and PON1 Q192R polymorphism (genetic susceptibility) on serum asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) levels in Mexican women (n = 206). Urinary 1-hydroxypyrene concentrations (1-OHP; exposure biomarker for PAHs) were quantified using a high-performance liquid chromatography technique, PON1 Q192R polymorphism was genotyped using TaqMan probes and serum ADMA concentrations were evaluated using a commercially available ELISA kit...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820622/latent-growth-curve-modeling-of-non-injection-drug-use-and-condomless-sexual-behavior-from-ages-18-to-21-in-gay-bisexual-and-other-ymsm-the-p18-cohort-study
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Perry N Halkitis, Kristen Bub, Christopher B Stults, Francesca C Bates, Farzana Kapadia
BACKGROUND: HIV/AIDS continues to be a health disparity faced by sexual minority men, and is exacerbated by non-injection drug use. OBJECTIVES: We sought to delineate growth in non-injection drug use and condomless sex in a sample of racially and economically diverse of gay, bisexual, and other young men who have sex with men (YMSM) as they emerged into adulthood between the ages of 18 and 21 and who came of age in the post-HAART era. METHODS: Behavioral data on drug use and condomless sex, collected via a calendar based technique over 7 waves of a cohort study of 600 YMSM, were analyzed using latent growth curve modeling to document patterns of growth in these behaviors, their associations, and the extent to which patterns and associations are moderated by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status...
August 18, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
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