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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222564/neurological-and-functional-recovery-in%C3%A2-tuberculosis-patients-with-spinal-cord%C3%A2-injury-in-the-netherlands
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Eva M N Wouda, Ymkje Stienstra, Tjip S van der Werf, Huib Kerstjens, Wiel C M de Lange, Maarten Coppes, Jos Kuijlen, Marga Tepper, Onno W Akkerman
BACKGROUND: Spinal tuberculosis (TB) accounts for approximately 1% to 3% of all TB cases and it can cause a wide range of neurological symptoms, from none to a complete spinal cord injury (SCI), resulting in complete paraplegia or tetraplegia. OBJECTIVES: To describe the functional and neurological outcome of SCI caused by TB. METHODS: Retrospective data on the admission period was combined with prospectively collected data on long-term follow-up...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222440/sumo-1-gene-silencing-inhibits-proliferation-and-promotes-apoptosis-of-human-gastric-cancer-sgc-7901-cells
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Lifang Jin, Kexin Shen, Tong Chen, Wei Yu, Huaiyu Zhang
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that blocking small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) conjugation by silencing SUMO gene remarkably decreased tumor growth in vivo. However, few studies have examined the relationship between SUMO gene silencing and gastric cancer (GC). The study aims to explore the effects of SUMO-1 gene silencing on GC cell proliferation and apoptosis. METHODS: GC cells were cultured and divided into 5 groups: the blank group (without any transfection or treatment), the empty vector group (transfected with empty vector), the shRNA-SUMO-1-1 group (transfected with shRNA-SUMO-1-1 plasmid), the shRNA-SUMO-1-2 group (transfected with shRNA-SUMO-1-2 plasmid), and the shRNA-SUMO-1-3 group (transfected with shRNA-SUMO-1-3 plasmid)...
February 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222433/high-glucose-induces-mouse-mesangial-cell-overproliferation-via-inhibition-of-hydrogen-sulfide-synthesis-in-a-tlr-4-dependent-manner
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Tao Ding, Wei Chen, Juan Li, Jiarong Ding, Xiaobin Mei, Haiyan Hu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Overproliferation of mesangial cells was believed to play an important role in the progress of diabetic nephropathy, one of the primary complications of diabetes. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a well-known and pungent gas with the distinctive smell of rotten eggs, was discovered to play a protective role in diabetic nephropathy. METHODS: MTT assay was used to examine the viability of mesangial cells. Small interfering RNA was used to knock down the expression of TLR4 while specific inhibitor LY294002 to suppress the function of PI3K...
February 22, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222237/extreme-genetic-structure-in-a-social-bird-species-despite-high-dispersal-capacity
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Francisco Morinha, José A Dávila, Estela Bastos, João A Cabral, Óscar Frías, José L González, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Borja Milá, Guillermo Blanco
Social barriers have been shown to reduce gene flow and contribute to genetic structure among populations in species with high cognitive capacity and complex societies, such as cetaceans, apes and humans. In birds, high dispersal capacity is thought to prevent population divergence unless major geographic or habitat barriers induce isolation patterns by dispersal, colonization or adaptation limitation. We report that Iberian populations of the red-billed chough, a social, gregarious corvid with high dispersal capacity, show a striking degree of genetic structure composed of at least 15 distinct genetic units...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222199/examining-current-or-future-trade-offs-for-biodiversity-conservation-in-north-eastern-australia
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April E Reside, Jeremy VanDerWal, Atte Moilanen, Erin M Graham
With the high rate of ecosystem change already occurring and predicted to occur in the coming decades, long-term conservation has to account not only for current biodiversity but also for the biodiversity patterns anticipated for the future. The trade-offs between prioritising future biodiversity at the expense of current priorities must be understood to guide current conservation planning, but have been largely unexplored. To fill this gap, we compared the performance of four conservation planning solutions involving 662 vertebrate species in the Wet Tropics Natural Resource Management Cluster Region in north-eastern Australia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222198/algorithmic-design-of-a-noise-resistant-and-efficient-closed-loop-deep-brain-stimulation-system-a-computational-approach
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Sofia D Karamintziou, Ana Luísa Custódio, Brigitte Piallat, Mircea Polosan, Stéphan Chabardès, Pantelis G Stathis, George A Tagaris, Damianos E Sakas, Georgia E Polychronaki, George L Tsirogiannis, Olivier David, Konstantina S Nikita
Advances in the field of closed-loop neuromodulation call for analysis and modeling approaches capable of confronting challenges related to the complex neuronal response to stimulation and the presence of strong internal and measurement noise in neural recordings. Here we elaborate on the algorithmic aspects of a noise-resistant closed-loop subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation system for advanced Parkinson's disease and treatment-refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder, ensuring remarkable performance in terms of both efficiency and selectivity of stimulation, as well as in terms of computational speed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222192/blastocystis-subtyping-and-its-association-with-intestinal-parasites-in-children-from-different-geographical-regions-of-colombia
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Juan David Ramírez, Carolina Flórez, Mario Olivera, María Consuelo Bernal, Julio Cesar Giraldo
Blastocystis is a common enteric protist colonizing probably more than 1 billion people with a large variety of non-human hosts. Remarkable genetic diversity has been observed, leading to the subdivision of the genus into multiple subtypes (ST), some of which are exclusively found in non-human hosts. The aim of this study was to determine the distribution of Blastocystis STs/18S alleles in symptomatic (abdominal pain, anal pruritus, diarrhea, headache, nauseas and/or vomit) and asymptomatic children from nine geographical regions of Colombia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222046/evaluation-method-for-in-situ-electric-field-in-standardized-human-brain-for-different-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-coils
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Masahiro Iwahashi, Jose Gomez-Tames, Ilkka Laakso, Akimasa Hirata
This study proposes a method to evaluate the electric field induced in the brain by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to realize focal stimulation in the target area considering the inter-subject difference of the brain anatomy. The TMS is a non-invasive technique used for treatment/diagnosis, and it works by inducing an electric field in a specific area of the brain via a coil-induced magnetic field. Recent studies that report on the electric field distribution in the brain induced by TMS coils have been limited to simplified human brain models or a small number of detailed human brain models...
February 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222030/sub-chronic-indomethacin-treatment-and-its-effect-on-the-male-reproductive-system-of-albino-rats-possible-protective-role-of-black-tea-extract
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Ishwar B Bagoji, Gavishiddappa A Hadimani, Saeed M Yendigeri, Kusal K Das
BACKGROUND: Indomethacin is commonly used as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to treat inflammation, arthritis and joint pains. Unfortunately, it has a wide range of adverse effects on the physiological system, including gonads. This study aimed to assess possible beneficial effects of black tea extract (BTE) against indomethacin-induced alteration of gonadal hormone levels in male rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male rats were divided into Group I (control), Group II (indomethacin, 5 mg/kg body weight [bwt...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222019/practical-motives-are-prominent-in-test-ordering-in-the-emergency-department
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Armando van der Horst, Dennis J van de Wijngaart, Jolanda Scherrenburg, Nadine van Dijk, Pim M W Janssens
BACKGROUND: Laboratory test ordering under time pressure may impact test-ordering behavior. METHODS: To investigate the test-ordering behavior of doctors working under such pressure, we designed a questionnaire for trainees and staff in the Emergency Department (ED). This questionnaire addressed topics such as necessity of requested tests, time spent on ordering, costs and availability of tests, and the time of the day. We hypothesized that ordering behavior would be guided predominantly by the medical need of tests and aimed at identifying practical motives that also have an effect...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222000/fast-prediction-of-protein-methylation-sites-using-a-sequence-based-feature-selection-technique
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Leyi Wei, Pengwei Xing, Gaotao Shi, Zhi-Liang Ji, Quan Zou
Protein methylation, an important post-translational modification, plays crucial roles in many cellular processes. The accurate prediction of protein methylation sites is fundamentally important for revealing the molecular mechanisms undergoing methylation. In recent years, computational prediction based on machine learning algorithms has emerged as a powerful and robust approach for identifying methylation sites, and much progress has been made in predictive performance improvement. However, the predictive performance of existing methods is not satisfactory in terms of overall accuracy...
February 16, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221832/what-explains-patterns-of-diversification-and-richness-among-animal-phyla
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Tereza Jezkova, John J Wiens
Animal phyla vary dramatically in species richness (from one species to >1.2 million), but the causes of this variation remain largely unknown. Animals have also evolved striking variation in morphology and ecology, including sessile marine taxa lacking heads, eyes, limbs, and complex organs (e.g., sponges), parasitic worms (e.g., nematodes, platyhelminths), and taxa with eyes, skeletons, limbs, and complex organs that dominate terrestrial ecosystems (arthropods, chordates). Relating this remarkable variation in traits to the diversification and richness of animal phyla is a fundamental yet unresolved problem in biology...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221777/rhenium-complexes-based-on-2-pyridyl-1-2-3-triazole-ligands-a-new-class-of-co2-reduction-catalysts
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H Y Vincent Ching, Xia Wang, Menglan He, Noemi Perujo Holland, Régis Guillot, Cyrine Slim, Sophie Griveau, Hélène C Bertrand, Clotilde Policar, Fethi Bedioui, Marc Fontecave
A series of [Re(N^N)(CO)3(X)] (N^N = diimine and X = halide) complexes based on 4-(2-pyridyl)-1,2,3-triazole (pyta) and 1-(2-pyridyl)-1,2,3-triazole (tapy) diimine ligands have been prepared and electrochemically characterized. The first ligand-based reduction process is shown to be highly sensitive to the nature of the isomer as well as to the substituents on the pyridyl ring, with the peak potential changing by up to 700 mV. The abilities of this class of complexes to catalyze the electroreduction and photoreduction of CO2 were assessed for the first time...
February 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221751/molecular-engineering-and-design-of-semiconducting-polymer-dots-with-narrow-band-near-infrared-emission-for-in-vivo-biological-imaging
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Chi-Shiang Ke, Chia-Chia Fang, Jia-Ying Yan, Po-Jung Tseng, Joseph R Pyle, Chuan-Pin Chen, Shu-Yi Lin, Jixin Chen, Xuanjun Zhang, Yang-Hsiang Chan
This article describes the design and synthesis of donor-bridge-acceptor based semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) that exhibit narrow-band emissions, ultrahigh brightness, and large Stokes shifts in the near-infrared (NIR) region. We systematically investigated the effect of π-bridges on the fluorescence quantum yields of the donor-bridge-acceptor based Pdots. The Pdots could be excited by a 488-nm or 532-nm laser and have a high fluorescence quantum yield of 33% with a Stokes shift over 200 nm. The emission full width at half-maximum of the Pdots can be as narrow as 29 nm, about 2...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221726/how-the-molecular-packing-affects-the-room-temperature-phosphorescence-in-pure-organic-compounds-ingenious-molecular-design-detailed-crystal-analysis-and-rational-theoretical-calculations
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Yujun Xie, Yuwei Ge, Qian Peng, Conggang Li, Qianqian Li, Zhen Li
Long-lived phosphorescence at room temperature (RTP) from pure organic molecules is rare. Recent research reveals various crystalline organic molecules can realize RTP with lifetimes extending to the magnitude of second. There is little research on how molecular packing affecting RTP. Three compounds are designed with similar optical properties in solution, but tremendously different solid emission characteristics. By investigating the molecular packing arrangement in single crystals, it is found that the packing style of the compact face to face favors of long phosphorescence lifetime and high photoluminescence efficiency, with the lifetime up to 748 ms observed in the crystal of CPM ((9H-carbazol-9-yl)(phenyl)methanone)...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221712/discovery-of-myh14-as-an-important-and-unique-deafness-gene-causing-prelingually-severe-autosomal-dominant-non-syndromic-hearing-loss
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Bong Jik Kim, Ah Reum Kim, Jin Hee Han, Chung Lee, Doo Yi Oh, Byung Yoon Choi
BACKGROUND: Pathogenic variants of MYH14 have been known to be associated-in either a syndromic or non-syndromic manner-with hearing loss. Interestingly, all reported cases to date of MYH14-related non-syndromic hearing loss with detailed phenotypes have demonstrated mild-to-moderate progressive hearing loss with postlingual onset. METHODS: In this study, targeted resequencing (TRS) of known deafness genes was performed to identify the causative variant in two multiplex families segregating AD inherited hearing loss...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221366/pathway-wide-association-study-identifies-five-shared-pathways-associated-with-schizophrenia-in-three-ancestral-distinct-populations
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C Liu, C A Bousman, C Pantelis, E Skafidas, D Zhang, W Yue, I P Everall
Genome-wide association studies have confirmed the polygenic nature of schizophrenia and suggest that there are hundreds or thousands of alleles associated with increased liability for the disorder. However, the generalizability of any one allelic marker of liability is remarkably low and has bred the notion that schizophrenia may be better conceptualized as a pathway(s) disorder. Here, we empirically tested this notion by conducting a pathway-wide association study (PWAS) encompassing 255 experimentally validated Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathways among 5033 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and 5332 unrelated healthy controls across three distinct ethnic populations; European-American (EA), African-American (AA) and Han Chinese (CH)...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221259/retinal-metastasis-from-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-lung-a-case-presentation
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Ozgur Yalcinbayir, Oner Gelisken, Feyza Sen, Sefa Yasar, Foad Alizadegan
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To present a case with retinal metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 54-year-old man presented with blurry vision in his left eye. His medical history was significant for Stage IV squamous lung carcinoma. He was undergoing chemotherapy and had a known metastasis. He had a slightly elevated whitish lesion associated with retinal hemorrhages in the left posterior pole. Optical coherence tomography showed a full-thickness retinal mass...
February 17, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221007/ionic-colloidal-molding-as-a-biomimetic-scaffolding-strategy-for-uniform-bone-tissue-regeneration
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Jian Zhang, Jinpeng Jia, Jimin P Kim, Hong Shen, Fei Yang, Qiang Zhang, Meng Xu, Wenzhi Bi, Xing Wang, Jian Yang, Decheng Wu
Inspired by the highly ordered nanostructure of bone, nanodopant composite biomaterials are gaining special attention for their ability to guide bone tissue regeneration through structural and biological cues. However, bone malformation in orthopedic surgery is a lingering issue, partly due to the high surface energy of traditional nanoparticles contributing to aggregation and inhomogeneity. Recently, carboxyl-functionalized synthetic polymers have been shown to mimic the carboxyl-rich surface motifs of non-collagenous proteins in stabilizing hydroxyapatite and directing intrafibrillar mineralization in-vitro...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220975/thermodynamic-stability-of-heterodimetallic-lnln-complexes-synthesis-and-dft-studies
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Guillem Aromi, Joan González-Fabra, Nuno A G Bandeira, Veronica Velasco, Leoní A Barrios, David Aguilà, Simon J Teat, Olivier Roubeau, Carles Bo
The solid state and solution configuration of the heterodimetallic complexes, (Hpy)[CeEr(HL)3(NO3)(py)(H2O)] (1), (Hpy)[PrSm(HL)3(NO3)(py)(H2O)] (2) and (Hpy)2[LaYb(HL)3(NO3)(H2O)](NO3) (3), where H3L is 6-(3-oxo-3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)propionyl)pyridine-2-carboxylic acid, are analysed experimentally and through DFT calculations. Complexes 2 and 3 are described here for the first time, by means of single crystal X-ray diffraction and mass spectrometry. The theoretical study is also extended to the [LaCe], [LaLu] and [CeGd] analogues...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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