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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103597/psychophysiological-effects-of-a-single-short-and-moderately-bright-room-light-exposure-on-mildly-depressed-geriatric-inpatients-a-pilot-study
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Markus Canazei, Wilfried Pohl, Kathrin Bauernhofer, Ilona Papousek, Helmut K Lackner, Harald R Bliem, Josef Marksteiner, Elisabeth M Weiss
BACKGROUND: Light interventions typically exert their mood-related effects during morning bright light exposures over several weeks. Evidence about immediate ambient room light effects on depressed individuals is still sparse. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed at examining the acute effects of a single moderately bright room light exposure on mood, and behavioural and cardiac stress reactions of mildly depressed geriatric inpatients during a short cognitive stimulation and while resting...
January 20, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103579/the-combination-of-early-treatment-response-and-ypt-stage-is-a-novel-metric-to-stage-rectal-cancer-patients-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy
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Jian Cui, Lin Yang, Lei Guo, Yongfu Shao, Dongfeng Tan, Ni Li, Haizeng Zhang
Rectal cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NCRT) are currently classified using the same Tumor-Node-Metastasis staging system as those patients without NCRT. We determined whether the combination of tumor treatment response (TRG) and ypT stage more accurately assesses primary tumors in rectal cancer after NCRT. We analyzed data from 329 rectal cancer patients treated with NCRT followed by radical resection. Cox proportional hazards models were used to evaluate the effects of different staging parameters on disease-free survival (DFS)...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103492/a-novel-type-of-gene-interaction-in-d-melanogaster
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B F Chadov, E V Chadova, N B Fedorova
The genes interact according to classical mechanisms, namely, complementation, modification, polymery, and epistasis, in the cells and organisms carrying these genes. Here we describe a novel type of gene interaction when the interacting genes reside in parents, whereas the interaction event takes place in their progenies lacking these genes. The conditional mutations in the D. melanogaster male X chromosome caused the "prohibition on producing daughters" in its offspring. The chromosomal rearrangements in chromosomes 2 and 3 of its female partner removed the prohibition...
January 11, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103387/self-administered-health-literacy-instruments-for-people-with-diabetes-systematic-review-of-measurement-properties
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Eun-Hyun Lee, Chun-Ja Kim, Jiyeon Lee, Seung Hei Moon
AIMS: The aims of this study were to identify all available self-administered instruments measuring health literacy in people with diabetes and to determine the current instrument that is the most appropriate for applying to this population in both practice and research. DESIGN: A systematic review of measurement properties. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL electronic databases from their inception up to 28 March 28 2016. REVIEW METHOD: The methodological quality of each included study was assessed using the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments checklist...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103321/derivative-of-extremophilic-50s-ribosomal-protein-l35ae-as-an-alternative-protein-scaffold
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Anna V Lomonosova, Andrei B Ulitin, Alexei S Kazakov, Tajib A Mirzabekov, Eugene A Permyakov, Sergei E Permyakov
Small antibody mimetics, or alternative binding proteins (ABPs), extend and complement antibody functionality with numerous applications in research, diagnostics and therapeutics. Given the superiority of ABPs, the last two decades have witnessed development of dozens of alternative protein scaffolds (APSs) for the design of ABPs. Proteins from extremophiles with their high structural stability are especially favorable for APS design. Here, a 10X mutant of the 50S ribosomal protein L35Ae from hyperthermophilic archaea Pyrococcus horikoshii has been probed as an APS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103232/a-model-of-compound-heterozygous-loss-of-function-alleles-is-broadly-consistent-with-observations-from-complex-disease-gwas-datasets
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Jaleal S Sanjak, Anthony D Long, Kevin R Thornton
The genetic component of complex disease risk in humans remains largely unexplained. A corollary is that the allelic spectrum of genetic variants contributing to complex disease risk is unknown. Theoretical models that relate population genetic processes to the maintenance of genetic variation for quantitative traits may suggest profitable avenues for future experimental design. Here we use forward simulation to model a genomic region evolving under a balance between recurrent deleterious mutation and Gaussian stabilizing selection...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103139/endotoxin-neutralization-by-an-o-antigen-specific-monoclonal-antibody-a-potential-novel-therapeutic-approach-against-klebsiella-pneumoniaest258
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Valéria Szijártó, Luis M Guachalla, Katharina Hartl, Cecília Varga, Adriana Badarau, Irina Mirkina, Zehra C Visram, Lukas Stulik, Christine A Power, Eszter Nagy, Gábor Nagy
Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 is a globally distributed multi-drug resistant pathogen responsible for severe invasive infections. In this study, the different virulence potential of K. pneumoniae ST258 isolates in endotoxin susceptible versus resistant animal models was shown. Furthermore, ST258 clinical isolates were found highly sensitive to the bactericidal effect of naive animal and human serum. These observations imply that LPS, released from the rapidly lysed bacteria, may contribute to the high mortality associated with ST258 bacteremia cases...
January 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103072/community-health-records-establishing-a-systematic-approach-to-improving-social-and-physical-determinants-of-health
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Deryk Van Brunt
To systematically improve population health in the United States, community health records (CHRs) must be defined, developed, and implemented. Like electronic and personal health records, CHRs have both unique and overlapping information. CHRs contain data about communities, including the social, physical, and lifestyle determinants of health. These records will serve to complement electronic and personal health records to provide a more complete view of population health, allowing stakeholders to target community health and quality-of-life interventions in a data-driven and evidence-based manner, establishing the basis from which organizations can develop a systematic approach to improving community health...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102910/arabidopsis-phosphoinositide-specific-phospholipase-c-4-negatively-regulates-seedling-salt-tolerance
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Keke Xia, Bo Wang, Jiewei Zhang, Yuan Li, Hailian Yang, Dongtao Ren
Previous physiological and pharmacological studies have suggested that the activity of phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) plays an important role in regulating plant salt stress responses by altering the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. However, the individual members of plant PLCs involved in this process need to be identified. Here, the function of AtPLC4 in the salt stress response of Arabidopsis seedlings was analyzed. plc4 mutant seedlings showed hyposensitivity to salt stress compared with Col-0 wild-type seedlings, and the salt hyposensitive phenotype could be complemented by the expression of native promoter-controlled AtPLC4...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102754/enhancement-of-antibody-functions-through-fc-multiplications
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Qun Wang, Yan Chen, Mark Pelletier, Romana Cvitkovic, Jessica Bonnell, Chien-Ying Chang, Adem C Koksal, Ellen O'Connor, Xizhe Gao, Xiang-Qing Yu, Herren Wu, C Kendall Stover, William F Dall'Acqua, Xiaodong Xiao
Antibodies carry out a plethora of functions through their crystallizable fragment (Fc) regions, which can be naturally tuned by the adoption of several isotypes and post-translational modifications. Protein engineering enables further Fc function modulations through modifications of the interactions between the Fc and its functional partners, including FcγR, FcRn, complement complex, and additions of auxiliary functional units. Due to the many functions embedded within the confinement of an Fc, a suitable balance must be maintained for a therapeutic antibody to be effective and safe...
January 19, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102711/higher-expression-of-ercc1-may-be-associated-with-resistance-to-adjuvant-platinum-based-chemotherapy-in-gastric-cancer
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Jiayi Wan, Lin Chao, Arier C Lee, Qi Chen
Potential predictive biomarker(s) to respond to chemotherapy in gastric cancer are unclear. Excision repair cross-complementing 1 (ERCC1), a DNA repair enzyme, is associated with clinical outcomes in gastric cancer. Here, we investigated the expression of ERCC1 in gastric cancer with platinum-based chemotherapy after surgery, and the association between ERCC1 expression and clinical parameters was analyzed. Our data showed that high levels of ERCC1 expression were positively associated with resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy but not with lymph node metastasis and pathological stage...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102344/predicting-drug-combination-index-and-simulating-the-network-regulation-dynamics-by-mathematical-modeling-of-drug-targeted-egfr-erk-signaling-pathway
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Lu Huang, Yuyang Jiang, Yuzong Chen
Synergistic drug combinations enable enhanced therapeutics. Their discovery typically involves the measurement and assessment of drug combination index (CI), which can be facilitated by the development and applications of in-silico CI predictive tools. In this work, we developed and tested the ability of a mathematical model of drug-targeted EGFR-ERK pathway in predicting CIs and in analyzing multiple synergistic drug combinations against observations. Our mathematical model was validated against the literature reported signaling, drug response dynamics, and EGFR-MEK drug combination effect...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102343/individualised-multiplexed-circulating-tumour-dna-assays-for-monitoring-of-tumour-presence-in-patients-after-colorectal-cancer-surgery
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Sarah B Ng, Clarinda Chua, Matthew Ng, Anna Gan, Polly Sy Poon, Melissa Teo, Cherylin Fu, Wei Qiang Leow, Kiat Hon Lim, Alexander Chung, Si-Lin Koo, Su Pin Choo, Danliang Ho, Steve Rozen, Patrick Tan, Mark Wong, William F Burkholder, Iain Beehuat Tan
Circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) has the potential to be a specific biomarker for the monitoring of tumours in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Here, our aim was to develop a personalised surveillance strategy to monitor the clinical course of CRC after surgery. We developed patient-specific ctDNA assays based on multiplexed detection of somatic mutations identified from patient primary tumours, and applied them to detect ctDNA in 44 CRC patients, analysing a total of 260 plasma samples. We found that ctDNA detection correlated with clinical events - it is detectable in pre-operative but not post-operative plasma, and also in patients with recurrent CRC...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102338/strengthening-of-ceramic-based-artificial-nacre-via-synergistic-interactions-of-1d-vanadium-pentoxide-and-2d-graphene-oxide-building-blocks
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Andrea Knöller, Christian P Lampa, Felix von Cube, Tingying Helen Zeng, David C Bell, Mildred S Dresselhaus, Zaklina Burghard, Joachim Bill
Nature has evolved hierarchical structures of hybrid materials with excellent mechanical properties. Inspired by nacre's architecture, a ternary nanostructured composite has been developed, wherein stacked lamellas of 1D vanadium pentoxide nanofibres, intercalated with water molecules, are complemented by 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The components self-assemble at low temperature into hierarchically arranged, highly flexible ceramic-based papers. The papers' mechanical properties are found to be strongly influenced by the amount of the integrated GO phase...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102154/effectiveness-of-treatment-of-idiopathic-scoliosis-by-spinecor-dynamic-bracing-with-special-physiotherapy-programme-in-spinecor-system
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Karina Rożek, Tomasz Potaczek, Maja Zarzycka, Ewa Lipik, Barbara Jasiewicz
BACKGROUND: The SpineCor dynamic brace for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis is designed to maintain the correct position of the spine and a new movement strategy for 20 hours per day. The SpineCor exercise system intensifies and complements the brace treatment. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a comprehensive treatment of idiopathic scoliosis involving the SpineCor system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study assessed a group of 40 patients (38 girls and 2 boys) with idiopathic scoliosis treated with the SpineCor brace...
October 28, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101957/summer-co-existence-of-small-sized-cyprinid-and-percid-individuals-in-natural-and-impounded-stretches-of-a-lowland-river-food-niche-partitioning-among-fishes
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J Lik, M Dukowska, M Grzybkowska, J Leszczyńska
Due to changes of discharge regime downstream of a dam reservoir, an alluvial natural stretch of the Warta River changed to a macrophyte-dominated ecosystem. Large patches of submersed, aquatic macrophytes appeared in summer and their effect is analysed in this study. These patches contained enriched macroinvertebrate assemblages (epiphyton and benthos) and they were refuge for both zooplankton and young fishes released from the reservoir. Despite these altered conditions in this stretch, roach Rutilus rutilus, perch Perca fluviatilis and ruffe Gymnocephalus cernua dominated, as they did in the natural backwater...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101878/bootstrapping-disaster-the-challenge-of-growing-and-maintaining-a-cross-sector-collaborative-network
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Aaron Wachhaus
This article examines the interaction of nonprofit and private actors with the traditional bureaucratic structures of government in central Pennsylvania&s recovery from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. That effort relied heavily on private and nonprofit organizations as drivers of the response and recovery. The author maps the organizations involved in the recovery effort and explores the impact of the recovery effort on those organizations. A social network analysis was conducted and complemented with follow-up interviews with key actors...
November 2016: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101801/identification-of-changes-in-the-human-papilloma-virus-16-hpv16-genome-during-early-dissemination-of-cervical-cancer-cells-may-complement-histological-diagnosis-of-lymph-node-metastasis
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Anirban Roychowdhury, Sudip Samadder, Md Saimul Islam, Kalyansree Chaudhury, Anup Roy, Dipanwita Banerjee, Ranajit Mandal, Partha S Basu, Susanta Roychoudhury, Chinmay Kumar Panda
Cancer of the uterine cervix (CACX) is one of the most common carcinoma affecting women worldwide. During treatment, histologically lymph node (LN) metastasis and presence of HPV DNA in blood plasma act as a major prognostic factor. Despite the lack of apparent LN involvement, some early-invasive CACX patients have shown recurrences and poor survival. This is suggestive of undetected early dissemination of cancer cells characterized by presence of HPV DNA in histologically non-metastatic LNs which finally progresses into histologically visible metastasis...
January 19, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101645/forensic-parameters-of-19-x-str-polymorphisms-in-two-chinese-populations
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Chuncao Deng, Feng Song, Jienan Li, Yi Ye, Lushun Zhang, Weibo Liang, Haibo Luo, Yingbi Li
Application of X-STRs as complements of autosomal STR application in the forensic genetics has become a tendency for kinship testing, especially in deficiency paternity cases. Recently, a novel kit of 19 X-STR loci was developed, which permitted the analysis of 19 STR in the same PCR reaction, and these markers can be clustered into seven groups for the physical linkage. The objective of this study was to evaluate the allele and haplotype diversity of 19 X-STR loci in the Uygur (n = 220) and Tibetan nationality (n = 270) and to estimate the usefulness for complex kinship analysis...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101536/host-range-restriction-of-insect-specific-flaviviruses-occurs-at-several-levels-of-the-viral-life-cycle
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Sandra Junglen, Marvin Korries, Wolfgang Grasse, Janett Wieseler, Anne Kopp, Kyra Hermanns, Moises León-Juárez, Christian Drosten, Beate Mareike Kümmerer
The genus Flavivirus contains emerging arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) infecting vertebrates, as well as insect-specific viruses (ISVs) (i.e., viruses whose host range is restricted to insects). ISVs are evolutionary precursors to arboviruses. Knowledge of the nature of the ISV infection block in vertebrates could identify functions necessary for the expansion of the host range toward vertebrates. Mapping of host restrictions by complementation of ISV and arbovirus genome functions could generate knowledge critical to predicting arbovirus emergence...
January 2017: MSphere
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