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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231487/detecting-changes-in-ultrasound-backscattered-statistics-by-using-nakagami-parameters-comparisons-of-moment-based-and-maximum-likelihood-estimators
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Jen-Jen Lin, Jung-Yu Cheng, Li-Fei Huang, Ying-Hsiu Lin, Yung-Liang Wan, Po-Hsiang Tsui
The Nakagami distribution is an approximation useful to the statistics of ultrasound backscattered signals for tissue characterization. Various estimators may affect the Nakagami parameter in the detection of changes in backscattered statistics. In particular, the moment-based estimator (MBE) and maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) are two primary methods used to estimate the Nakagami parameters of ultrasound signals. This study explored the effects of the MBE and different MLE approximations on Nakagami parameter estimations...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231454/zinc-complexes-of-diflunisal-synthesis-characterization-structure-antioxidant-activity-and-in-vitro-and-in-silico-study-of-the-interaction-with-dna-and-albumins
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Alketa Tarushi, Chrisoula Kakoulidou, Catherine P Raptopoulou, Vassilis Psycharis, Dimitris P Kessissoglou, Ioanna Zoi, Athanasios N Papadopoulos, George Psomas
From the reaction of ZnCl2 with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal (Hdifl), complex [Zn(difl-O)2(MeOH)4], 1 was formed, while in the presence of a N,N'-donor heterocyclic ligand 2,2'-bipyridylamine (bipyam), 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy), 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and 2,2'-dipyridylketone oxime (Hpko), the complexes [Zn(difl-O,O')2(bipyam)], 2, [Zn(difl-O,O')2(bipy)], 3, [Zn(difl-O,O')2(phen)], 4 and [Zn(difl-O)2(Hpko)2], 5 were isolated, respectively. The complexes were characterized by physicochemical and spectroscopic techniques and the crystal structures of complexes 2, 3 and 5 were determined by X-ray crystallography...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231395/functional-connectivity-in-amygdalar-sensory-pre-motor-networks-at-rest-new-evidence-from-the-human-connectome-project
#3
Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Luca Passamonti
The word "e-motion" derives from the Latin word "ex-moveo" which literally means "moving away from something / somebody". Emotions are thus fundamental to prime action and goal-directed behavior with obvious implications for individual's survival. However, the brain mechanisms underlying the interactions between emotional and motor cortical systems remain poorly understood. A recent diffusion tensor imaging study in humans has reported the existence of direct anatomical connections between the amygdala and sensory/(pre)motor cortices, corroborating an initial observation in animal research...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231339/limits-of-use-of-social-media-for-monitoring-biosecurity-events
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Marijke Welvaert, Omar Al-Ghattas, Mark Cameron, Peter Caley
Compared to applications that trigger massive information streams, like earthquakes and human disease epidemics, the data input for agricultural and environmental biosecurity events (ie. the introduction of unwanted exotic pests and pathogens), is expected to be sparse and less frequent. To investigate if Twitter data can be useful for the detection and monitoring of biosecurity events, we adopted a three-step process. First, we confirmed that sightings of two migratory species, the Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) and the Common Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) are reported on Twitter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231304/a-four-day-western-style-dietary-intervention-causes-reductions-in-hippocampal-dependent-learning-and-memory-and-interoceptive-sensitivity
#5
Tuki Attuquayefio, Richard J Stevenson, Megan J Oaten, Heather M Francis
In animals, a Western style diet-high in saturated fat and added sugar-causes impairments in hippocampal-dependent learning and memory (HDLM) and perception of internal bodily state (interoception). In humans, while there is correlational support for a link between Western-style diet, HDLM, and interoception, there is as yet no causal data. Here, healthy individuals were randomly assigned to consume either a breakfast high in saturated fat and added sugar (Experimental condition) or a healthier breakfast (Control condition), over four consecutive days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231248/intensive-trapping-of-blood-fed-anopheles-darlingi-in-amazonian-peru-reveals-unexpectedly-high-proportions-of-avian-blood-meals
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Marta Moreno, Marlon P Saavedra, Sara A Bickersmith, Catharine Prussing, Adrian Michalski, Carlos Tong Rios, Joseph M Vinetz, Jan E Conn
Anopheles darlingi, the main malaria vector in the Neotropics, has been considered to be highly anthropophilic. However, many behavioral aspects of this species remain unknown, such as the range of blood-meal sources. Barrier screens were used to collect resting Anopheles darlingi mosquitoes from 2013 to 2015 in three riverine localities (Lupuna, Cahuide and Santa Emilia) in Amazonian Peru. Overall, the Human Blood Index (HBI) ranged from 0.58-0.87, with no significant variation among years or sites. Blood-meal analysis revealed that humans are the most common blood source, followed by avian hosts (Galliformes-chickens and turkeys), and human/Galliforme mixed-meals...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231239/surveillance-for-health-care-access-and-health-services-use-adults-aged-18-64-years-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-united-states-2014
#7
Catherine A Okoro, Guixiang Zhao, Jared B Fox, Paul I Eke, Kurt J Greenlund, Machell Town
PROBLEM/CONDITION: As a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of U.S. adults attained health insurance coverage. However, millions of adults remain uninsured or underinsured. Compared with adults without barriers to health care, adults who lack health insurance coverage, have coverage gaps, or skip or delay care because of limited personal finances might face increased risk for poor physical and mental health and premature mortality. PERIOD COVERED: 2014...
February 24, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231114/breads-fortified-with-freeze-dried-vegetables-quality-and-nutritional-attributes-part-1-breads-containing-oil-as-an-ingredient
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Viren Ranawana, Vassilios Raikos, Fiona Campbell, Charles Bestwick, Phyllis Nicol, Lesley Milne, Garry Duthie
There is increasing emphasis on reformulating processed foods to make them healthier. This study for the first time comprehensively investigated the effects of fortifying bread (containing oil as an ingredient) with freeze-dried vegetables on its nutritional and physico-chemical attributes. Breads fortified with carrot, tomato, beetroot or broccoli were assessed for nutrition, antioxidant potential, storage life, shelf stability, textural changes and macronutrient oxidation. Furthermore, using an in vitro model the study for the first time examined the impact of vegetable addition on the oxidative stability of macronutrients during human gastro-intestinal digestion...
March 14, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231077/association-of-genetic-variation-in-the-tachykinin-receptor-3-locus-with-hot-flashes-and-night-sweats-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-study
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Carolyn J Crandall, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Steve Horvath, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Erin S LeBlanc, Mara Z Vitolins, Rami Nassir, Janet S Sinsheimer
OBJECTIVE: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, ie, hot flashes or night sweats) are reported by many, but not all, women. The extent to which VMS are genetically determined is unknown. We evaluated the relationship of genetic variation and VMS. METHODS: In this observational study, we accessed data from three genome-wide association studies (GWAS) (SNP Health Association Resource cohort [SHARe], WHI Memory Study cohort [WHIMS+], and Genome-Wide Association Studies of Treatment Response in Randomized Clinical Trials [GARNET] studies, total n = 17,695) of European American, African American, and Hispanic American postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years at baseline in the Women's Health Initiative Study...
March 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230827/astaxanthin-modifies-clastogenic-effects-of-ionizing-radiation-in-vitro-in-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-of-the-persons-recovered-from-acute-radiation-sickness
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D А Kurinnyi, S R Rushkovsky, O B Dybska, G V Dubrovina, M А Pilinska
AIM: To assess radioprotective activity of astaxanthin toward radiation-induced in vitro cytogenetic effects in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: PBL from the cleanup workers exposed to ionizing radiation at high doses in 1986 during accident on Chornobyl nuclear power plant and who were diagnosed with acute radiation sickness of the first and second degrees, were cultured in vitro. Astaxanthin was added into the culture medium at a final concentration of 20...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230771/antibiotic-resistance-determinant-focused-acinetobacter-baumannii-vaccine-designed-using-reverse-vaccinology
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Zhaohui Ni, Yan Chen, Edison Ong, Yongqun He
As one of the most influential and troublesome human pathogens, Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) has emerged with many multidrug-resistant strains. After collecting 33 complete A. baumannii genomes and 84 representative antibiotic resistance determinants, we used the Vaxign reverse vaccinology approach to predict classical type vaccine candidates against A. baumannii infections and new type vaccine candidates against antibiotic resistance. Our genome analysis identified 35 outer membrane or extracellular adhesins that are conserved among all 33 genomes, have no human protein homology, and have less than 2 transmembrane helices...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230762/the-development-of-ck2-inhibitors-from-traditional-pharmacology-to-in-silico-rational-drug-design
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REVIEW
Giorgio Cozza
Casein kinase II (CK2) is an ubiquitous and pleiotropic serine/threonine protein kinase able to phosphorylate hundreds of substrates. Being implicated in several human diseases, from neurodegeneration to cancer, the biological roles of CK2 have been intensively studied. Upregulation of CK2 has been shown to be critical to tumor progression, making this kinase an attractive target for cancer therapy. Several CK2 inhibitors have been developed so far, the first being discovered by "trial and error testing". In the last decade, the development of in silico rational drug design has prompted the discovery, de novo design and optimization of several CK2 inhibitors, active in the low nanomolar range...
February 20, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230685/first-letters-from-red-cross-nurses
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Editor's note: From its first issue in 1900 to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses' work and lives over more than a century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives highlights articles selected to fit today's topics and times...
March 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230657/stabilized-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-trimers-for-vaccine-use
#14
Max Medina-Ramírez, Rogier W Sanders, Quentin J Sattentau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on the latest developments in the field of HIV-1 antibody-based soluble envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer design for vaccine use. RECENT FINDINGS: The development of soluble native-like HIV-1 Env trimer immunogens has moved the field of antibody-based vaccine design forward dramatically over the past few years with refinement of various stabilizing approaches. However, despite this progress, significant challenges remain...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230642/strategies-to-obtain-diverse-and-specific-human-monoclonal-antibodies-from-transgenic-animals
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Marianne Brüggemann, Michael J Osborn, Biao Ma, Roland Buelow
Techniques to obtain large quantities of antigen-specific monoclonal antibodies, mAbs, were first established in the 1970s when Georges Köhler and César Milstein immortalized antibody-producing mouse B-lymphocytes by fusion with myeloma cells (http://www.whatisbiotechnology.org/exhibitions/milstein). Combined with the expression of human antibodies in transgenic animals, this technique allowed upon immunization the generation of highly specific fully human mAbs for therapeutic applications. Apart from being extremely beneficial, mAbs are a huge success commercially...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230186/glycan-independent-binding-and-internalization-of-human-igm-to-fcmr-its-cognate-cellular-receptor
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Katy A Lloyd, Jiabin Wang, Britta C Urban, Daniel M Czajkowsky, Richard J Pleass
IgM is the first antibody to be produced in immune responses and plays an important role in the neutralization of bacteria and viruses. Human IgM is heavily glycosylated, featuring five N-linked glycan sites on the μ chain and one on the J-chain. Glycosylation of IgG is known to modulate the effector functions of Fcγ receptors. In contrast, little is known about the effect of glycosylation on IgM binding to the human Fcμ receptor (hFCMR). In this study, we identify the Cμ4 domain of IgM as the target of hFCMR, and show that binding and internalization of IgM by hFCMR is glycan-independent...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230153/unconventional-high-performance-laser-protection-system-based-on-dichroic-dye-doped-cholesteric-liquid-crystals
#17
Wanshu Zhang, Lanying Zhang, Xiao Liang, Le Zhou, Jiumei Xiao, Li Yu, Fasheng Li, Hui Cao, Kexuan Li, Zhou Yang, Huai Yang
High-performance and cost-effective laser protection system is of crucial importance for the rapid advance of lasers in military and civilian fields leading to severe damages of human eyes and sensitive optical devices. However, it is crucially hindered by the angle-dependent protective effect and the complex preparation process. Here we demonstrate that angle-independence, good processibility, wavelength tunability, high optical density and good visibility can be effectuated simultaneously, by embedding dichroic anthraquinone dyes in a cholesteric liquid crystal matrix...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230079/organic-pollution-of-rivers-combined-threats-of-urbanization-livestock-farming-and-global-climate-change
#18
Yingrong Wen, Gerrit Schoups, Nick van de Giesen
Organic pollution of rivers by wastewater discharge from human activities negatively impacts people and ecosystems. Without treatment, pollution control relies on a combination of natural degradation and dilution by natural runoff to reduce downstream effects. We quantify here for the first time the global sanitation crisis through its impact on organic river pollution from the threats of (1) increasing wastewater discharge due to urbanization and intensification of livestock farming, and (2) reductions in river dilution capacity due to climate change and water extractions...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230071/probing-the-molecular-mechanism-of-human-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-activation-by-no-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Jie Pan, Hong Yuan, Xiaoxue Zhang, Huijuan Zhang, Qiming Xu, Yajun Zhou, Li Tan, Shingo Nagawa, Zhong-Xian Huang, Xiangshi Tan
Soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) is a heme-containing metalloprotein in NO-sGC-cGMP signaling. NO binds to the heme of sGC to catalyze the synthesis of the second messenger cGMP, which plays a critical role in several physiological processes. However, the molecular mechanism for sGC to mediate the NO signaling remains unclear. Here fluorophore FlAsH-EDT2 and fluorescent proteins were employed to study the NO-induced sGC activation. FlAsH-EDT2 labeling study revealed that NO binding to the H-NOX domain of sGC increased the distance between H-NOX and PAS domain and the separation between H-NOX and coiled-coil domain...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229982/circulating-free-dna-mutation-associated-with-response-of-targeted-therapy-in-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer
#20
Qing Ye, Fan Qi, Li Bian, Shao-Hua Zhang, Tao Wang, Ze-Fei Jiang
BACKGROUND: The addition of anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-targeted drugs, such as trastuzumab, lapatinib, and trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), to chemotherapy significantly improved prognosis of HER2-positive breast cancer patients. However, it was confused that metastatic patients vary in the response of targeted drug. Therefore, methods of accurately predicting drug response were really needed. To overcome the spatial and temporal limitations of biopsies, we aimed to develop a more sensitive and less invasive method of detecting mutations associated with anti-HER2 therapeutic response through circulating-free DNA (cfDNA)...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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