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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329364/the-effect-of-different-mitral-annuloplasty-rings-on-valve-geometry-and-annular-stress-distribution%C3%A2
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Søren Nielsen Skov, Diana Mathilde Røpcke, Marcell Juan Tjørnild, Christine Ilkjær, Jonas Rasmussen, Hans Nygaard, Morten Olgaard Jensen, Sten Lyager Nielsen
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the remodelling effects and deformational forces of normosized rigid, semirigid and flexible mitral annuloplasty rings after implantation in healthy pigs. METHODS: Measurements were performed in vivo with 80-kg porcine animals. Twenty-eight animals were randomized into a no ring group, a flexible ring group (Duran AnCore Ring, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA), a rigid ring group (Carpentier-Edwards Classic annuloplasty ring, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) and a semirigid ring group (Carpentier-Edwards Physio I annuloplasty ring, Edwards Lifesciences)...
February 16, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316047/exogenous-application-of-plant-growth-regulators-pgrs-induces-chilling-tolerance-in-short-duration-hybrid-maize
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Muhammad Ahmed Waqas, Imran Khan, Muhammad Javaid Akhter, Mehmood Ali Noor, Umair Ashraf
Chilling stress hampers the optimal performance of maize under field conditions precipitously by inducing oxidative stress. To confer the damaging effects of chilling stress, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of some natural and synthetic plant growth regulators, i.e., salicylic acid (SA), thiourea (TU), sorghum water extract (SWE), and moringa leaf extract (MLE) on chilling stress tolerance in autumn maize hybrid. Foliar application of growth regulators at low concentrations was carried out at six leaf (V6) and tasseling stages...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300639/sliding-window-analysis-tracks-fluctuations-in-amygdala-functional-connectivity-associated-with-physiological-arousal-and-vigilance-during-fear-conditioning
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Blazej M Baczkowski, Tom Johnstone, Henrik Walter, Susanne Erk, Ilya M Veer
We evaluated whether sliding-window analysis can reveal functionally relevant brain network dynamics during a well-established fear conditioning paradigm. To this end, we tested if fMRI fluctuations in amygdala functional connectivity (FC) can be related to task-induced changes in physiological arousal and vigilance, as reflected in the skin conductance level (SCL). Thirty-two healthy individuals participated in the study. For the sliding-window analysis we used windows that were shifted by one volume at a time...
March 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297697/evaluation-of-infection-resistance-of-biodegradable-versus-conventional-annuloplasty-rings-in-an-in-vivo-rat-subcutaneous-model
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Ilhan Ozgol, Burak Can Depboylu, Aybala Tongut, Sinem Ozdemir, Yasar Bagdatlı, Sanaz Ainechi, Buge Oz, Jean-Claude Pache, Selim Erenturk, Afksendiyos Kalangos, Ali Can Hatemi, Mustafa Cikirikcioglu
BACKGROUND: Biodegradable atrioventricular annuloplasty rings are theoretically more infection resistant due to their intra-annular implantation technique and nonporous structures (monofilament of poly-1,4-dioxanone). The aim of this study was to investigate the infection resistance of a biodegradable annuloplasty ring (Kalangos-Bioring®) in a rat subcutaneous implantation model and to compare it with a commonly used conventional annuloplasty ring (Edwards Physio II®). METHODS: This study included 32 Wistar albino rats which were divided into 2 groups according to the implantation of sterile or infected annuloplasty rings as control and study groups...
March 16, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293245/lead-pb-toxicity-physio-biochemical-mechanisms-grain-yield-quality-and-pb-distribution-proportions-in-scented-rice
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Umair Ashraf, Adam S Kanu, Quanquan Deng, Zhaowen Mo, Shenggang Pan, Hua Tian, Xiangru Tang
Lead (Pb) caused interruptions with normal plant metabolism, crop yield losses and quality issues are of great concern. This study assessed the physio-biochemical responses, yield and grain quality traits and Pb distribution proportions in three different fragrant rice cultivars i.e., Meixiangzhan-2, Xinagyaxiangzhan and Basmati-385. Plants were exposed to 400, 800, and 1,200 ppm of Pb while pots without Pb were taken as control (0 ppm). Our results showed that Pb toxicity significantly (P < 0.05) reduced photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll contents and carotenoids) and inducted oxidative stress with increased production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), malanodialdehyde (MDA) and leaves leachates; while such effects were more apparent in Xinagyaxiangzhan than other two rice cultivars...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288531/occupational-therapists-and-physiotherapists-perceptions-of-implementing-occupational-performance-coaching
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Fiona Graham, Pauline Boland, Jenny Ziviani, Sylvia Rodger
PURPOSE: Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) has been proposed as an intervention for working with caregivers towards achievement of goals for themselves and their children. Preliminary studies indicate the effectiveness of OPC; however, translation into practice requires an understanding of therapists' perceptions of applying OPC in their service delivery settings. This study explored physio- and occupational-therapists' experiences of using OPC and their perceptions of the contextual factors which influence its implementation...
March 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284836/exciting-and-not-so-exciting-roles-of-pannexins
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REVIEW
Eliana Scemes, Jana Velíšková
It is the current view that purinergic signaling regulates many physiological functions. Pannexin1 (Panx1), a member of the gap junction family of proteins is an ATP releasing channel that plays important physio-pathological roles in various tissues, including the CNS. Upon binding to purinergic receptors expressed in neural cells, ATP triggers cellular responses including increased cell proliferation, cell morphology changes, release of cytokines, and regulation of neuronal excitability via release of glutamate, GABA and ATP itself...
March 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280790/environmental-assessment-of-al-hammar-marsh-southern-iraq
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Hind Fadhil Abdullah Al-Gburi, Balsam Salim Al-Tawash, Hadi Salim Al-Lafta
AIM: (a) To determine the spatial distributions and levels of major and minor elements, as well as heavy metals, in water, sediment, and biota (plant and fish) in Al-Hammar Marsh, southern Iraq, and ultimately to supply more comprehensive information for policy-makers to manage the contaminants input into the marsh so that their concentrations do not reach toxic levels. (b) to characterize the seasonal changes in the marsh surface water quality. (c) to address the potential environmental risk of these elements by comparison with the historical levels and global quality guidelines (i...
February 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265807/association-of-heat-stress-protein-90-and-70-gene-polymorphism-with-adaptability-traits-in-indian-sheep-ovis-aries
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K M Singh, S Singh, I Ganguly, Raja K Nachiappan, A Ganguly, R Venkataramanan, A Chopra, H K Narula
Heat stress proteins assist cellular proteins in the acquisition of native structure. The present research was conducted to study how thermo-tolerance is modulated by HSP90 and HSP70 gene polymorphism and its association with hemato-physio-biochemical parameters, supported by their expression profiles in Chokla, Magra, Marwari, and Madras Red sheep breeds. Least square analysis revealed significant effect (P < 0.05) of season and breed on all the physiological parameters, i.e., temperature, respiratory rate, and pulse rate (a...
March 6, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264775/yield-and-quality-responses-plant-metabolism-and-metal-distribution-pattern-in-aromatic-rice-under-lead-pb-toxicity
#10
Umair Ashraf, Xiangru Tang
Present study was planned to assess the yield and quality responses, plant physio-biochemical characters and Pb distribution pattern in two aromatic rice cultivars viz., Guixiangzhan (GXZ) and Nongxiang-18 (NX-18) under four different Pb-levels viz., control (0), low (400), medium (800) and high (1200) mg kg(-1)of soil. Results revealed that Pb toxicity increased H2O2, lipid peroxidation and electrolyte leakage while inhibited photosynthetic pigments production, but such increment was higher in NX-18 than GXZ...
February 24, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258445/physio-somatic-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-association-with-depression-anxiety-neurocognitive-deficits-and-the-tryptophan-catabolite-pathway
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Buranee Kanchanatawan, Sunee Sirivichayakul, Supaksorn Thika, Kiat Ruxrungtham, André F Carvalho, Michel Geffard, George Anderson, Cristiano Noto, Rada Ivanova, Michael Maes
To investigate the frequency of physio-somatic symptoms (PS) symptoms in schizophrenia and their relation to positive, negative and affective symptoms; neurocognitive deficits and impairments in the tryptophan catabolite (TRYCAT) pathway. Eighty four patients with schizophrenia and 40 healthy controls were assessed using the 12 item Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Rating scale (FF) and scales for negative and positive symptoms, depression and anxiety. Cognitive functioning was tested using the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB)...
March 3, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254883/neuronal-hyperactivity-causes-na-h-exchanger-induced-extracellular-acidification-at-active-synapses
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Martina Chiacchiaretta, Shahrzad Latifi, Mattia Bramini, Manuela Fadda, Anna Fassio, Fabio Benfenati, Fabrizia Cesca
Extracellular pH impacts on neuronal activity, which is in turn an important determinant of extracellular H(+) concentration. The aim of this study is to describe the spatio-temporal dynamics of extracellular pH at synaptic sites during neuronal hyperexcitability. To address this issue we created ex.E(2)GFP, a membrane-targeted extracellular ratiometric pH indicator exquisitely sensitive to acidic shifts. By monitoring ex.E(2)GFP fluorescence in real time in primary cortical neurons we were able to quantify pH fluctuations during network hyperexcitability induced by convulsant drugs or high frequency electrical stimulation...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254278/zno-nanostructure-fabrication-in-different-solvents-transforms-physio-chemical-biological-and-photodegradable-properties
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Attarad Ali, Sidra Ambreen, Rabia Javed, Saira Tabassum, Ihsan Ul Haq, Muhammad Zia
Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are synthesized in various organic solvents (acetone, chloroform, ethyl acetate, ethanol and methanol) and water via coprecipitation process using zinc acetate as precursor. The resultant ZnO nanoparticles, nano rods and nano sheets are characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometric analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The variable size and geometry of nanoparticles depend upon medium used for synthesis...
May 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251545/impact-of-tillage-practices-on-soil-bacterial-diversity-and-composition-under-the-tobacco-rice-rotation-in-china
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Yanping Lei, Yongliang Xiao, Lifeng Li, Chaoqiang Jiang, Chaolong Zu, Tian Li, Hui Cao
Tobacco-rice rotation is a common farming system in south China, and many tillage practices such as straw mulching, dolomite dust, and quicklime application have been adopted to improve crop production. These agricultural management practices alter soil physical and chemical properties and affect microbial life environment and community composition. In this research, six tillage practices including no tobacco and rice straw mulching (CK), tobacco and rice straw mulching (TrSr), rice straw returning fire (TrSc), tobacco and rice straw mulching with dolomite dust (TSD), rice straw returning fire and quicklime (TSQ), and rice straw returning fire, quicklime and reduced fertilizer (TSQf) were conducted to detect changes in soil bacterial diversity and composition using Illumina sequencing...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220130/drought-induced-changes-in-growth-osmolyte-accumulation-and-antioxidant-metabolism-of-three-maize-hybrids
#15
Shakeel A Anjum, Umair Ashraf, Mohsin Tanveer, Imran Khan, Saddam Hussain, Babar Shahzad, Ali Zohaib, Farhat Abbas, Muhammad F Saleem, Iftikhar Ali, Long C Wang
Consequences of drought stress in crop production systems are perhaps more deleterious than other abiotic stresses under changing climatic scenarios. Regulations of physio-biochemical responses of plants under drought stress can be used as markers for drought stress tolerance in selection and breeding. The present study was conducted to appraise the performance of three different maize hybrids (Dong Dan 80, Wan Dan 13, and Run Nong 35) under well-watered, low, moderate and SD conditions maintained at 100, 80, 60, and 40% of field capacity, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214378/calcium-signaling-through-l-type-calcium-channels-role-in-pathophysiology-of-spinal-nociceptive-transmission
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REVIEW
Olivier Roca-Lapirot, Houda Radwani, Franck Aby, Frédéric Nagy, Marc Landry Pascal Fossat
L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) are ubiquitous channels in the central nervous system. L-type calcium channels (LTCs) are mostly post-synaptic channels regulating neuronal firing and gene expression. They play a role in important physio-pathological processes such as learning and memory, Parkinson's disease, autism and, as recognized more recently, in the pathophysiology of pain processes. Classically, the fundamental role of these channels in cardiovascular functions has limited the use of classical molecules to treat LTC-dependent disorders...
February 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206871/swallowing-therapy-and-progressive-resistance-training-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-undergoing-radiotherapy-treatment-randomized-control-trial-protocol-and-preliminary-data
#17
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Sara F Hajdú, Irene Wessel, Christoffer Johansen, Claus A Kristensen, Zahra T Kadkhoda, Christina C Plaschke, Susanne O Dalton
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are often challenged by treatment induced dysphagia and trismus. Traditionally, rehabilitation is initiated when loss of function has already occurred. There is increasing evidence that it is of benefit to patients to initiate an early rehabilitation process before and during treatment. HNC patients have a unique set of functional challenges such as pre- and post-treatment dysphagia, pain and weight loss. The aim of the trial is to investigate the effects of swallowing and mouth-opening exercises combined with progressive resistance training (PRT) during radiotherapy...
February 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204813/homeostasis-and-the-concept-of-interstitial-fluids-hierarchy-relevance-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-sodium-concentrations-and-brain-temperature-control%C3%A2-review
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REVIEW
Luigi F Agnati, Manuela Marcoli, Giuseppina Leo, Guido Maura, Diego Guidolin
In this review, the aspects and further developments of the concept of homeostasis are discussed also in the perspective of their possible impact in the clinical practice, particularly as far as psychic homeostasis is concerned. A brief historical survey and comments on the concept of homeostasis and allostasis are presented to introduce our proposal that is based on the classical assumption of the interstitial fluid (ISF) as the internal medium for multicellular organisms. However, the new concept of a hierarchic role of ISF of the various organs is introduced...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202082/bone-morphogenetic-proteins-and-myostatin-pathways-key-mediator-of-human-sarcopenia
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Manuel Scimeca, Eleonora Piccirilli, Francesca Mastrangeli, Cecilia Rao, Maurizio Feola, Augusto Orlandi, Elena Gasbarra, Elena Bonanno, Umberto Tarantino
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are the most frequent musculoskeletal disorders affecting older people. The main aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the balance between BMPs and myostatin pathways regulates the age-related muscle degeneration in OP and OA patients. To this end, we investigated the relationship among the expression of BMP-2/4-7, myostatin and phosphorylated Smads1-5-8 and the muscle quality, evaluated in term of fibers atrophy and satellite cells activity...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194804/morphological-and-physiological-responses-of-different-wheat-genotypes-to-chilling-stress-a-cue-to-explain-yield-loss
#20
Pu-Fang Li, Bao-Luo Ma, You-Cai Xiong, Wen-Yuan Zhang
BACKGROUND: The eco-physiological mechanism of wheat yield loss resulting from chilling stress is a fundamental scientific issue. However, previous studies have focused on hexaploid wheats, and few studies on the morphological and physiological plasticity of wheat plants. Six different wheat genotypes were tested under chilling stress to investigate the physio-morphological parameters as well as the loss of grain yield in growth chambers. RESULTS: Chilling stress resulted in significant loss in grain yield in all genotypes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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