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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732133/ionization-and-collision-induced-dissociation-of-steroid-bis-glucuronides
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Argitxu Esquivel, Xavier Matabosch, Aristotelis Kotronoulas, Georgina Balcells, Jesús Joglar, Rosa Ventura
Studies on steroid metabolism are of utmost importance to improve the detection capabilities of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) misuse in sports drug testing. In humans, glucuronoconjugates are the most abundant phase II metabolites of AAS. Bis-glucuronidation is a reaction where two separated functional groups on the same molecule are conjugated with glucuronic acid. These metabolites have not been studied in depth for steroids and could be interesting markers for doping control. The aim of the present work was to study the ionization and collision induced dissociation of steroid bis-glucuronides to be able to develop mass spectrometric analytical strategies for their detection in urine samples after AAS administration...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731839/cost-benefit-arbitration-between-multiple-reinforcement-learning-systems
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Wouter Kool, Samuel J Gershman, Fiery A Cushman
Human behavior is sometimes determined by habit and other times by goal-directed planning. Modern reinforcement-learning theories formalize this distinction as a competition between a computationally cheap but inaccurate model-free system that gives rise to habits and a computationally expensive but accurate model-based system that implements planning. It is unclear, however, how people choose to allocate control between these systems. Here, we propose that arbitration occurs by comparing each system's task-specific costs and benefits...
July 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731824/evolutionary-scenarios-and-primate-natural-history
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Harry W Greene
Scenarios summarize evolutionary patterns and processes by interpreting organismal traits and their natural history correlates in a phylogenetic context. They are constructed by (1) describing phenotypes (including physiology and behavior), ideally with attention to formative roles of development, experience, and culture; (2) inferring homologies, homoplasies, ancestral character states, and their transformations with phylogenetic analyses; and (3) integrating those components with ecological and other ancillary data...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731631/substrate-curvature-restricts-spreading-and-induces-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#4
Sang Joo Lee, Shengyuan Yang
While cells attach, spread, migrate, proliferate, and differentiate in three-dimensional (3D) micromechanical environments, the mechanical factors of these environments influence the shapes, sizes, and adhesion forces of the cells. Here, we culture human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on a unique class of curvature-defined substrates, micro glass ball embedded polyacrylamide gels, prepared with an improved protocol, and we investigate the spreading responses of the hMSCs on the glass balls to study the effects of substrate curvature on the spreading of hMSCs...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731486/demineralized-dentin-and-enamel-matrices-as-suitable-substrates-for-bone-regeneration
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Nina Bono, Paolo Tarsini, Gabriele Candiani
BACKGROUND: In recent decades, tooth derivatives such as dentin (D) and enamel (E) have been considered as potential graft biomaterials to treat bone defects. This study aimed to investigate the effects of demineralization on the physical-chemical and biological behavior of D and E. METHODS: Human D and E were minced into particles (Ø<1 mm), demineralized and sterilized. Thorough physical-chemical and biochemical characterizations of native and demineralized materials were performed by SEM and EDS analysis and ELISA kits to determine mineral, collagen type I and BMP-2 contents...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731294/the-bioinorganic-chemistry-of-lead-in-the-context-of-its-toxicity
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Wolfgang Maret
Owing to its abundance on earth and its multiple uses by humans, lead (Pb) is a major toxicant that has threatened human health for millennia and continues to do so. There is no safe level of exposure, necessitating a nuanced approach to its control in the food we consume, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Turnover in soft tissues is within days. In contrast, lead accumulates in bone and turns over with a half-life of about 30 years, though it can be mobilized from bone under physiological and pathophysiological conditions of bone resorption...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731283/covalent-functionalization-of-graphene-by-nucleophilic-addition-reaction-synthesis-and-optical-limiting-property
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Xiujuan Xu, Peiying Li, Lei Zhang, Xuejian Liu, Hao-Li Zhang, Qingzhao Shi, Baojiang He, Wenjuan Zhang, Zhan Qu, Pu Liu
Covalent functionalization of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) was prepared by conjugated polymers with different monomers, using nucleophilic addition reaction between rGO and nitrogen anions. Three conjugated polymers containing tetraphenylethylene, carbazole and phenyl groups were used, due to the π-π interaction and "polymer wrapping" effect, the dispersion stability of rGO was improved. Even the reacting site in polymers were same to each other, there were great differences in the reactivity of the polymers, the dispersion stability of the resultant composites, and also the OL performances of the resultant composites...
July 21, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731194/smurf1-promotes-the-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-gastric-cancer-cells
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Youmao Tao, Caixia Sun, Tao Zhang, Yan Song
Smad ubiquitin regulatory factor 1 (SMURF1), a well-known E3 ubiquitin ligase, targets substrate proteins for ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation. Accumulating studies have shown that SMURF1 acts as an oncogenic factor in human malignancies. However, the clinical significance of SMURF1 and its role in gastric cancer (GC) remain unclear. The expression of SMURF1 was detected in 68 cases of GC and corresponding tumor-adjacent specimens. Our results revealed that SMURF1 was prominently overexpressed in GC specimens compared to corresponding tumor-adjacent tissues...
July 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731097/dba-induced-caspase-3-dependent-apoptosis-occurs-through-mitochondrial-translocation-of-cyt-c-in-the-rat-hippocampus
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Wenbo Jiang, Yingying Chen, Bai Li, Shuying Gao
Dibromoacetic acid (DBA), a by-product of disinfection, develops in drinking water during chlorination or ozonation processes. Water intake is the main source of DBA exposure in humans, which is potentially neurotoxic. The present study investigated the neurotoxic effects of DBA by assessing the behavioral and biochemical characteristics of Sprague Dawley rats intragastrically treated with DBA at concentrations of 20, 50 and 125 mg kg(-1) body weight for 28 consecutive days. The results indicated that animal weight gain and food consumption were not significantly affected by DBA...
July 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730976/salmonella-intracellular-lifestyles-and-their-impact-on-host-to-host-transmission
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M Graciela Pucciarelli, Francisco García-Del Portillo
More than a century ago, infections by Salmonella were already associated with foodborne enteric diseases with high morbidity in humans and cattle. Intestinal inflammation and diarrhea are hallmarks of infections caused by nontyphoidal Salmonella serovars, and these pathologies facilitate pathogen transmission to the environment. In those early times, physicians and microbiologists also realized that typhoid and paratyphoid fever caused by some Salmonella serovars could be transmitted by "carriers," individuals outwardly healthy or at most suffering from some minor chronic complaint...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730967/microglia-and-astrocytes-in-alzheimer-s-disease-implications-for-therapy
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Marc Fakhoury
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of neurons, which typically leads to severe impairments in cognitive functions including memory and learning. Key pathological features of this disease include the deposition of highly insoluble amyloid β peptide and the formation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in the brain. Over the past few years, mounting evidence has implicated sustained glial-mediated inflammation as a major contributor of the neurodegenerative processes and cognitive deficits observed in AD...
July 19, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730804/wearable-and-transparent-capacitive-strain-sensor-with-high-sensitivity-based-on-patterned-ag-nanowire-networks
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Seung-Rok Kim, Jin-Hoon Kim, Jin-Woo Park
In this study, a transparent and stretchable thin-film capacitive strain sensor based on patterned Ag nanowire networks (AgNWs) was successfully fabricated. The AgNWs were patterned using a capillary force lithography (CFL) method and were embedded onto the surface of the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate. The strain (ε) sensitivity of the capacitive strain sensor was controlled and enhanced by patterning the AgNWs into electrodes with an interdigitated shape. Interdigitated capacitive strain sensor (ICSS) is expected to have -1...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730316/locus-coeruleus-neuronal-activity-correlates-with-behavioral-response-to-acute-and-chronic-doses-of-methylphenidate-ritalin-in-adolescent-rats
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Natasha Kharas, Cruz Reyes-Vazquez, Nachum Dafny
The objective of this study is to gain insight into the behavioral and neuronal changes induced by acute and chronic methylphenidate (MPD) administration. Specifically, there is limited knowledge of the effects of MPD on the locus coeruleus (LC), the main site of norepinephrine synthesis in the brain. In this study, LC neuronal firing rate was recorded simultaneously with locomotor activity in freely moving adolescent rats. Adolescent rats were chosen to mimic the age group in humans most affected by MPD exposure...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730152/zebrafish-get-connected-investigating-neurotransmission-targets-and-alterations-in-chemical-toxicity
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Katharine A Horzmann, Jennifer L Freeman
Neurotransmission is the basis of neuronal communication and is critical for normal brain development, behavior, learning, and memory. Exposure to drugs and chemicals can alter neurotransmission, often through unknown pathways and mechanisms. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) model system is increasingly being used to study the brain and chemical neurotoxicity. In this review, the major neurotransmitter systems, including glutamate, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, acetylcholine, histamine, and glutamate are surveyed and pathways of synthesis, transport, metabolism, and action are examined...
September 2016: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729926/coherence-of-bold-signal-and-electrical-activity-in-the-human-brain-during-deep-sevoflurane-anesthesia
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Daniel Golkowski, Andreas Ranft, Tobias Kiel, Valentin Riedl, Philipp Kohl, Guido Rohrer, Joachim Pientka, Sebastian Berger, Christine Preibisch, Claus Zimmer, George A Mashour, Gerhard Schneider, Eberhard F Kochs, Rüdiger Ilg, Denis Jordan
INTRODUCTION: Changes in neural activity induce changes in functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal. Commonly, increases in BOLD signal are ascribed to cellular excitation. OBJECTIVE: The relationship between electrical activity and BOLD signal in the human brain was probed on the basis of burst suppression EEG. This condition includes two distinct states of high and low electrical activity. METHODS: Resting-state simultaneous EEG and BOLD measurements were acquired during deep sevoflurane anesthesia with burst suppression EEG in nineteen healthy volunteers...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729918/white-matter-sexual-dimorphism-of-the-adult-human-brain
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Ali K Bourisly, Grace Gejo, Abrar A Hayat, Lamya Alsarraf, Fatima M Dashti, Margherita Di Paola
Sex-biased psychophysiology, behavior, brain function, and conditions are extensive, yet underlying structural brain mechanisms remain unclear. There is contradicting evidence regarding sexual dimorphism when it comes to brain structure, and there is still no consensus on whether or not there exists such a dimorphism for brain white matter. Therefore, we conducted a voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis along with global volume analysis for white matter across sex. We analyzed 384 T1-weighted MRI brain images (192 male, 192 female) to investigate any differences in white matter (WM) between males and females...
2017: Translational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729837/optimization-and-in-vivo-profiling-of-a-refined-rat-model-of-walker-256-breast-cancer-cell-induced-bone-pain-using-behavioral-radiological-histological-immunohistochemical-and-pharmacological-methods
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Priyank Shenoy, Andy Kuo, Irina Vetter, Maree T Smith
In the majority of patients with advanced breast cancer, there is metastatic spread to bones resulting in pain. Clinically available drug treatments for alleviation of breast cancer-induced bone pain (BCIBP) often produce inadequate pain relief due to dose-limiting side-effects. A major impediment to the discovery of novel well-tolerated analgesic agents for the relief of pain due to bony metastases is the fact that most cancer-induced bone pain models in rodents relied on the systemic injection of cancer cells, causing widespread formation of cancer metastases and poor general animal health...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729824/mouse-models-of-c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansion-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frontotemporal-dementia
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Ranjan Batra, Chris W Lee
The presence of hexanucleotide repeat expansion (HRE) in the first intron of the human C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic cause underlying both familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Studies aimed at elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms associated of C9orf72 FTD and ALS (C9FTD/ALS) have focused on the hypothesis of RNA and protein toxic gain-of-function models, including formation of nuclear RNA foci containing GGGGCC (G4C2) HRE, inclusions containing dipeptide repeat proteins through a non-canonical repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation mechanism, and on loss-of-function of the C9orf72 protein...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729738/human-hippocampal-pre-activation-predicts-behavior
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Anna Jafarpour, Vitoria Piai, Jack J Lin, Robert T Knight
The response to an upcoming salient event is accelerated when the event is expected given the preceding events - i.e. a temporal context effect. For example, naming a picture following a strongly constraining temporal context is faster than naming a picture after a weakly constraining temporal context. We used sentences as naturalistic stimuli to manipulate expectations on upcoming pictures without prior training. Here, using intracranial recordings from the human hippocampus we found more power in the high-frequency band prior to high-expected pictures than weakly expected ones...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729711/an-ecological-and-digital-epidemiology-analysis-on-the-role-of-human-behavior-on-the-2014-chikungunya-outbreak-in-martinique
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Benjamin Roche, Béatrice Gaillard, Lucas Léger, Renélise Pélagie-Moutenda, Thomas Sochacki, Bernard Cazelles, Martine Ledrans, Alain Blateau, Didier Fontenille, Manuel Etienne, Frédéric Simard, Marcel Salathé, André Yébakima
Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of endemic infections is of critical importance for a deeper understanding of pathogen transmission, and for the design of more efficient public health strategies. However, very few studies in this domain have focused on emerging infections, generating a gap of knowledge that hampers epidemiological response planning. Here, we analyze the case of a Chikungunya outbreak that occurred in Martinique in 2014. Using time series estimates from a network of sentinel practitioners covering the entire island, we first analyze the spatio-temporal dynamics and show that the largest city has served as the epicenter of this epidemic...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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