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Marco Franceschini, Maria Pia Massimiani, Stefano Paravati, Maurizio Agosti
Return to work (RTW) for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) represents a main objective of rehabilitation: this work presents a strong correlation between personal well-being and quality of life. The aim of this study is to investigate the prognostic factors that can predict RTW after ABI (traumatic or non- traumatic aetiology) in patients without disorders of consciousness (e.g. coma, vegetative or minimally conscious state) at the beginning of their admission to rehabilitation. At the end of a 6-month follow-up after discharge, data were successfully collected in 69 patients...
2016: PloS One
See Wan Tham, Tonya M Palermo, Amy Lewandowski Holley, Chuan Zhou, Audun Stubhaug, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Christopher Sivert Nielsen
Quantitative sensory testing (QST) has been used to characterize pain sensitivity in individuals with and without pain conditions. Research remains limited in pediatric populations, hindering the ability to expand the utility of QST toward its potential application in clinical settings and clinical predictive value. The aims of this study were to examine pain sensitivity using QST in adolescents with chronic pain compared to adolescents without chronic pain and identify predictors of pain sensitivity. A population-based study conducted from 2010 to 2011 provided data on 941 adolescents, 197 were classified as having chronic pain and 744 were classified without chronic pain...
September 15, 2016: Pain
Dyann Daley, Michael Bachmann, Brittany A Bachmann, Christian Pedigo, Minh-Thuy Bui, Jamye Coffman
As indicated by research on the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), maltreatment has far-reaching consequences for affected children. Effective prevention measures have been elusive, partly due to difficulty in identifying vulnerable children before they are harmed. This study employs Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), an analysis of the cumulative effect of environmental factors thought to be conducive for child maltreatment, to create a highly accurate prediction model for future substantiated child maltreatment cases in the City of Fort Worth, Texas...
October 22, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Amanda Elton, Christopher T Smith, Michael H Parrish, Charlotte A Boettiger
Excessively choosing immediate over larger future rewards, or delay discounting (DD), associates with multiple clinical conditions. Individual differences in DD likely depend on variations in the activation of and functional interactions between networks, representing possible endophenotypes for associated disorders, including alcohol use disorders. Numerous fMRI studies have probed the neural bases of DD, but investigations of large-scale networks remain scant. We addressed this gap by testing whether activation within large-scale networks during Now/Later decision-making predicts individual differences in DD...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Daniel Ricardo Nascimento, A Eugene DePrince
We report an explicitly time-dependent approach to the generation of linear absorption spectra for molecular systems within the framework of equation-of-motion (EOM) coupled-cluster (CC) theory. While most time-dependent CC approaches consider the perturbation and time-evolution of a CC wave function, the present work considers the time-evolution of a CC dipole function. The dipole function formalism introduces no approximations and requires the evolution of only one time-dependent quantity, either the left or the right dipole function...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Serge Ruccolo, Wesley Sattler, Yi Rong, Gerard Parkin
Bond lengths between pairs of atoms in covalent molecules are generally predicted well by the sum of their respective covalent radii, such that there are usually only small variations in related compounds. It is, therefore, significant that we have demonstrated that the incorporation of appropriately sized linkers between carbon and a metal center provides a means to modulate the length and nature of a metal-carbon interaction. Specifically, X-ray diffraction studies on a series of tris(1-methylimidazol-2-ylthio)methyl zinc complexes, [Titm(Me)]ZnX, demonstrate how the Zn-C bond lengths are highly variable (2...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Maria Kalafateli, Fred Wickham, Maria Burniston, Evangelos Cholongitas, Eleni Theocharidou, Matteo Garcovich, James O'Beirne, Rachel Westbrook, Gioacchino Leandro, Andrew K Burroughs, Emmanuel A Tsochatzis
: Current expressions based on serum creatinine concentration overestimate kidney function in cirrhosis leading to significant differences between "true" and calculated glomerular filtration rate (GFR). We compared the performance of MDRD-4, MDRD-6 and CKD-EPI with "true" GFR and the impact of this difference on MELD calculation. We subsequently developed and validated a GFR equation specifically for cirrhosis and compared the performance of the new derived formula with existing GFR formulas...
October 25, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Liangliang Quan, Yang Wang, Jiulong Liang, Tao Qiu, Hongyi Wang, Ye Zhang, Yu Zhang, Qiang Hui, Kai Tao
In the present study, we aimed to reveal the molecular mechanisms responsible for the differentiation of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASCs) into myocytes and osteoblasts. Microarray data GSE37329 were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, including three hASC cell lines from healthy donors, two osteogenic lineages and two myogenic lineages from the in vitro‑induction of hASCs. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the two lineages were firstly screened. Subsequently, the underlying functions of the two sets of DEGs were investigated by Gene Ontology function and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analysis, followed by protein-protein interaction (PPI) network construction...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Elizabeth A Belloli, Irina Degtiar, Xin Wang, Gregory A Yanik, Linda J Stuckey, Stijn E Verleden, Ella A Kazerooni, Brian D Ross, Susan Murray, Craig J Galbán, Vibha N Lama
RATIONALE: The predominant cause of chronic lung allograft failure is small airway obstruction arising from bronchiolitis obliterans. However, clinical methodologies for evaluating presence and degree of small airway disease are lacking. OBJECTIVES: To determine if Parametric Response Mapping (PRM), a novel computed tomography (CT) voxel-wise methodology, can offer insight into chronic allograft failure phenotypes and provide prognostic information following spirometric decline...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Timothy R Valentic, David R Jackson, Sean F Brady, Shiou-Chuan Sheryl Tsai
Arixanthomycins are pentangular polyphenols (PP) with potent antiproliferative activities that were discovered through the heterologous expression of environmental DNA-derived gene clusters. The biosynthesis of arixanthomycin and other PPs is unusual, because it requires several novel type II polyketide synthase (PKS) enzymes for its complete maturation. Most type II PKSs contain a ketoreductase (KR) that mediates the C7-C12 first ring cyclization and C9-reduction. In contrast, based on previous studies of product analysis and genome mining, the arixanthomycin (ARX) gene cluster like harbors a C11-reducing ketoreductase (ARX 27), a C9-C14 first-ring aromatase/cyclase (ARX 19), and an unprecedented C-17 and C-19 reducing KR (ARX 21)...
October 25, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Andrea Venturato, Gillian MacFarlane, Jin Geng, Mark Bradley
The development of polymeric materials with cell adhesion abilities requires an understanding of cell-surface interactions which vary with cell type. To investigate the correlation between cell attachment and the nature of the polymer, a series of random and block copolymers composed of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate are synthesized through single electron transfer living radical polymerization. The polymers are synthesized with highly defined and controlled monomer compositions and exhibited narrow polydispersity indices...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Chulananda Goonasekera, Kamal Ali, Ann Hickey, Lekshmi Sasidharan, Malcolm Mathew, Mark Davenport, Anne Greenough
BACKGROUND: Mortality following surgical repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) remains high. The volume and type of perioperative intravenous fluid administered, baro-trauma, oxygen toxicity, and the duration of anesthesia are thought to affect outcome in surgical populations. AIMS: The aim of this retrospective observational study was to determine whether the perioperative volume or type of fluids and/or the duration of anesthesia were associated with postoperative mortality and if mortality was predicted by the oxygenation index (OI) prior to or following CDH surgical repair...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Ying-Chieh Liao, Jo-Nan Liao, Li-Wei Lo, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Yu-Feng Hu, Tze-Fan Chao, Fa-Po Chung, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Abigail Louise D Te, Rohit Walia, Shinya Yamada, Chung-Hsing Lin, Chin-Yu Lin, Yao-Ting Chang, Suresh Allamsetty, Y U Wen-Chung, Jing-Long Huang, Tsu-Juey Wu, Shih-Ann Chen
INTRODUCTION: Although rare, some paroxysmal atrial fibrillations (AF) still progress despite radiofrequency (RF) ablation. In the study, we evaluated the long-term efficacy of RF ablation and the predictors of AF progression. METHODS: A total of 589 paroxysmal AF patients (404 men and 185 women; aged 54 ± 12 years) who received three-dimensional mapping and ablation were enrolled. Their clinical parameters and electrophysiological characteristics were collected...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Hui Shen, Desmond K P Chau, Jianpo Su, Ling-Li Zeng, Weixiong Jiang, Jufang He, Jintu Fan, Dewen Hu
Brain responses to facial attractiveness induced by facial proportions are investigated by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), in 41 young adults (22 males and 19 females). The subjects underwent fMRI while they were presented with computer-generated, yet realistic face images, which had varying facial proportions, but the same neutral facial expression, baldhead and skin tone, as stimuli. Statistical parametric mapping with parametric modulation was used to explore the brain regions with the response modulated by facial attractiveness ratings (ARs)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Juan Manuel Gomez, Lyubov Chumakova, Natalia A Bulgakova, Nicholas H Brown
Interphase microtubule organization is critical for cell function and tissue architecture. In general, physical mechanisms are sufficient to drive microtubule organization in single cells, whereas cells within tissues are thought to utilize signalling mechanisms. By improving the imaging and quantitation of microtubule alignment within developing Drosophila embryos, here we demonstrate that microtubule alignment underneath the apical surface of epithelial cells follows cell shape. During development, epidermal cell elongation and microtubule alignment occur simultaneously, but by perturbing cell shape, we discover that microtubule organization responds to cell shape, rather than the converse...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Xu-Xu Chen, Tao Wang, Jian Li, Hui Kang
BACKGROUND: After total hip arthroplasty (THA), there is a noteworthy inflammatory response. The inflammatory response is associated with postoperative recovery and complications. However, there had been few reports on the relationship between inflammatory response and postoperative complication rate. The aim of the present study was to investigate early inflammatory response in the first 3 days after THA, and to identify the relationship between inflammatory response and estimated complication rate after surgery...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Jun Dai, Yuchao Lu, Jinyu Wang, Lili Yang, Yingyan Han, Ying Wang, Dan Yan, Qiurong Ruan, Shaogang Wang
Clear-cell renal-cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common pathological subtype of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), accounting for about 80% of RCC. In order to find potential prognostic biomarkers in ccRCC, we presented a four-gene signature to evaluate the prognosis of ccRCC. SurvExpress and immunohistochemical (IHC) staining of tissue microarrays were used to analyze the association between the four genes and the prognosis of ccRCC. Data from TCGA dataset revealed a prognostic prompt function of the four genes (PTEN, PIK3C2A, ITPA and BCL3)...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Maciej T Wybraniec, Maria Bożentowicz-Wikarek, Jerzy Chudek, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec
AIM: The purpose of the study was to evaluate urinary renalase concentration before and after coronary angiography/percutaneous coronary interventions (CA/PCI) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and preserved kidney function and verify its potential application as contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) diagnostic marker. METHODS: This prospective study comprised 95 consecutive patients (69.5% men; median age 65 years) with CAD submitted to elective or urgent CA/PCI...
October 25, 2016: Nephrology
Shawn M Wilder, Punidan D Jeyasingh
Global warming and predation risk can have important impacts on animal physiology and life histories that can have consequences for ecosystem function. Zhang et al. () recently tested the separate and interactive effects of warming and predation risk on the body composition of Daphnia magna. By measuring both the elemental and biochemical composition of individuals, they showed that D. magna body elemental composition responded opposite to theoretical predictions and previous studies but that these changes were explained by adaptive life-history shifts in allocation to protein in eggs versus body lipid reserves...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
Hamidreza Kavianpour, Mahdi Vasighi
Nowadays, having knowledge about cellular attributes of proteins has an important role in pharmacy, medical science and molecular biology. These attributes are closely correlated with the function and three-dimensional structure of proteins. Knowledge of protein structural class is used by various methods for better understanding the protein functionality and folding patterns. Computational methods and intelligence systems can have an important role in performing structural classification of proteins. Most of protein sequences are saved in databanks as characters and strings and a numerical representation is essential for applying machine learning methods...
October 24, 2016: Amino Acids
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