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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446004/conditioned-medium-derived-from-salidroside-pretreated-mesenchymal-stem-cell-culture-ameliorates-mouse-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cerebral-neuroinflammation-histological-and-immunohistochemical-study
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Zeinab M El Maadawi
Background and Objectives: Neuroinflammation is involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. Conditioned medium (CM) derived from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) revealed substantial benefits due to its rich content of trophic factors. Salidroside (Sal), extracted from Rhodiola rosea, is known for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. This study was designed to investigate the effect of Sal pretreated CM (CM-Sal) derived from bone marrow MSCs in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced neuroinflammation...
April 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446002/effects-of-fungal-lentinussajor-caju-treated-oil-palm-frond-on-performance-and-carcass-characteristics-in-finishing-goats
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Pin Chanjula, Vasun Petcharat, Anusorn Cherdthong
OBJECTIVE: This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of fungal treated oil palm fronds (FTOPF) on performance, carcass traits, meat quality, and muscle chemical composition. METHODS: Eighteen growing crossbred male goats (Thai Native×Anglo Nubian) with 18.7±2.0 kg of initial body weight (BW) were stratified and blocked by BW in a randomized complete block design. Three diets containing 30% of oil palm fronds (OPF) either untreated (UOPF) or treated with Lentinussajor-caju (FTOPF) with or without urea (FTOPFU) were used as roughage sources in total mixed rations (TMRs)...
June 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445965/molecular-docking-3d-qsar-and-structural-optimization-on-imidazo-pyridine-derivatives-dually-targeting-at1-and-pparg
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Jun Zhang, Qing-Qing Hao, Xin Liu, Zhi Jing, Wen-Qing Jia, Shu-Qing Wang, Wei-Ren Xu, Xian-Chao Cheng, Run-Ling Wang
Telmisartan, a bifunctional agent of blood pressure lowering and glycemia reduction, was previously reported to antagonize angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor and partially activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) simultaneously. Through the modification to telmisartan, researchers designed and obtained imidazo-\pyridine derivatives with the IC50s of 0.49~94.1 nM against AT1 and EC50s of 20~3640 nM towards PPARγ partial activation. For minutely inquiring the interaction modes with the relevant receptor and analyzing the structure-activity relationships, molecular docking and 3D-QSAR (Quantitative structure-activity relationships) analysis of these imidazo-\pyridines on dual targets were conducted in this work...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445888/differential-effects-of-inflammatory-and-psychosocial-stress-on-mood-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-and-inflammation-in-remitted-depression
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Peter Niemegeers, Peter De Boer, Glenn J H Dumont, Filip Van Den Eede, Erik Fransen, Stephan J Claes, Manuel Morrens, Bernard G C Sabbe
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is highly recurrent. This may be due to increased stress sensitivity after remission. Both inflammatory and psychosocial stressors are implicated in the pathogenesis of MDD, but the additive or differential effect is unclear. METHODS: We conducted a single-blind placebo-controlled study to investigate the effects of inflammatory stress (i.e., typhoid vaccination), psychosocial stress (i.e., Trier Social Stress Test [TSST]), or a combination of both in women (25-45 years old) with (partially) remitted recurrent MDD (n = 21) and healthy female controls (n = 18)...
April 27, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445854/balance-training-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease-therapist-supervised-vs-home-based-exercise-programme
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Elizabeth Maria Atterbury, Karen Estelle Welman
BACKGROUND: Poor locomotion and balance in Parkinson's disease (PD) often diminishes independence. Accordingly, gait is considered one of the most relevant rehabilitation outcomes, and home-based balance exercises might be a viable mode of exercise delivery for individuals with PD. However, research on PD interventions rarely indicate best practices to deliver exercises. Therefore, this study endeavoured to compare the efficacy of a home-based and therapist-supervised balance programme on gait parameters, dynamic balance, balance confidence and motivation in individuals diagnosed with PD...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445836/a-forensic-multiplex-of-nine-novel-pentameric-repeat-strs
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M de la Puente, C Phillips, M Fondevila, M Gelabert-Besada, Á Carracedo, M V Lareu
Pentameric-repeat short tandem repeats (STRs), consisting of loci with repeat units of five base-pairs, have the advantage of reduced stutter products compared to their tetrameric-repeat STR counterparts. This characteristic potentially helps the interpretation of mixed DNA profiles when minor component alleles may coincide with stutter peaks from the major components. To develop a simple but informative forensic multiplex with the capability to aid mixture interpretation, we designed an 11-plex assay of nine pentameric STRs new to forensic analysis plus two male- specific markers: DYS391 and the Y-Indel rs2032678 used in GlobalFiler™ (Life Technologies)...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445801/an-ahp-based-evaluation-method-for-teacher-training-workshop-on-information-and-communication-technology
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Rochelle Irene Lucas, Michael Angelo Promentilla, Aristotle Ubando, Raymond Girard Tan, Kathleen Aviso, Krista Danielle Yu
The emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) has created opportunities for enhancing the learning process at different educational levels. However, its potential benefits can only be fully realized if teachers are properly trained to utilize such tools. The rapid evolution of ICT also necessitates rigorous assessment of training programs by participants. Thus, this study proposes an evaluation framework based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to systematically evaluate such workshops designed for teachers...
April 19, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445795/a-novel-approach-to-calculating-small-intestine-length-based-on-magnetic-resonance-enterography
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Nicole A Wilson, Hyung-Soon Park, Kyoung Soub Lee, Lauren K Barron, Brad W Warner
BACKGROUND: Bowel length is an important factor in the management of patients with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome (SBS). However, it is difficult to accurately measure the length of the small intestine. Our purpose was to demonstrate the feasibility of a dedicated software algorithm for calculating small intestine length based on magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) images. STUDY DESIGN: A custom algorithm for image thresholding, wall-identification, segmentation, and path extraction was designed and implemented...
April 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445786/metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-by-bioisosteric-replacement-preparation-activity-and-binding
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Susann Skagseth, Sundus Akhter, Marianne H Paulsen, Zeeshan Muhammad, Silje Lauksund, Ørjan Samuelsen, Hanna-Kirsti S Leiros, Annette Bayer
Bacterial resistance is compromising the use of β-lactam antibiotics including carbapenems. The main resistance mechanism against β-lactams is hydrolysis of the β-lactam ring mediated by serine- or metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs). Although several inhibitors of MBLs have been reported, none has been developed into a clinically useful inhibitor. Mercaptocarboxylic acids are among the most prominent scaffolds reported as MBL inhibitors. In this study, the carboxylate group of mercaptocarboxylic acids was replaced with bioisosteric groups like phosphonate esters, phosphonic acids and NH-tetrazoles...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445783/jump-starting-shared-medical-appointments-for-diabetes-with-weight-management-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Matthew J Crowley, David Edelman, Corrine I Voils, Matthew L Maciejewski, Cynthia J Coffman, Amy S Jeffreys, Marsha J Turner, Leslie A Gaillard, Teresa A Hinton, Elizabeth Strawbridge, Jennifer Zervakis, Anna Beth Barton, William S Yancy
BACKGROUND: Rates of glycemic control remain suboptimal nationwide. Medication intensification for diabetes can have undesirable side effects (weight gain, hypoglycemia), which offset the benefits of glycemic control. A Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) intervention for diabetes that emphasizes weight management could improve glycemic outcomes and reduce weight while simultaneously lowering diabetes medication needs, resulting in less hypoglycemia and better quality of life. We describe the rationale and design for a study evaluating a novel SMA intervention for diabetes that primarily emphasizes low-carbohydrate diet-focused weight management...
April 23, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445779/the-acute-cardiorespiratory-effects-of-centrally-injected-arachidonic-acid-the-mediation-of-prostaglandin-e-d-and-f2%C3%AE
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Leman Gizem Erkan, Burcin Altinbas, Gokcen Guvenc, Begum Aydin, Nasir Niaz, Murat Yalcin
Arachidonic acid (AA), which is released from synaptic membrane phospholipid by neuroreceptor-initiated activation of phospholipase A2, is abundant in the brain and works as a neurotransmitter and/or neuromodulator in the central nervous system. Recently we reported that centrally injected AA generated pressor and hyperventilation effects by activating thromboxane A2 (TXA2) signaling pathway. The present study was designed to investigate the mediation of other metabolites of AA such as prostaglandin (PG) D, PGE and PGF2α alongside TXA2 in the AA-evoked cardiorespiratory effects in anaesthetized rats...
April 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445757/action-of-antimicrobial-peptides-on-bacterial-and-lipid-membranes-a-direct-comparison
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Joseph E Faust, Pei-Yin Yang, Huey W Huang
The bacterial membrane represents an attractive target for the design of new antibiotics to combat widespread bacterial resistance. Understanding how antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other membrane-active agents attack membranes could facilitate the design of new, effective antimicrobials. Despite intense study of AMPs on model membranes, we do not know how well the mechanism of attack translates to real biological membranes. To that end, we have characterized the attack of AMPs on Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membranes and directly compared this action to model membranes...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445735/a-design-principle-for-an-autonomous-post-translational-pattern-formation
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Shuhei S Sugai, Koji L Ode, Hiroki R Ueda
Previous autonomous pattern-formation models often assumed complex molecular and cellular networks. This theoretical study, however, shows that a system composed of one substrate with multisite phosphorylation and a pair of kinase and phosphatase can generate autonomous spatial information, including complex stripe patterns. All (de-)phosphorylation reactions are described with a generic Michaelis-Menten scheme, and all species freely diffuse without pre-existing gradients. Computational simulation upon >23,000,000 randomly generated parameter sets revealed the design motifs of cyclic reaction and enzyme sequestration by slow-diffusing substrates...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445727/environmental-enrichment-induces-pericyte-and-iga-dependent-wound-repair-and-lifespan-extension-in-a-colon-tumor-model
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Benjamin D Bice, Megan R Stephens, Stephanie J Georges, Ashlee R Venancio, Peter C Bermant, Annika V Warncke, Kajsa E Affolter, Julio R Hidalgo, Melinda L Angus-Hill
Environmental enrichment (EE) replicates mind-body therapy by providing complex housing to laboratory animals to improve their activity levels, behavior, and social interactions. Using a Tcf4(Het/+)Apc(Min/+)-mediated model of colon tumorigenesis, we found that EE vastly improved the survival of tumor-bearing animals, with differential effect on tumor load in male compared to female animals. Analysis of Tcf4(Het/+)Apc(Min/+) males showed drastically reduced expression of circulating inflammatory cytokines and induced nuclear hormone receptor (NHR) signaling, both of which are common in the wound repair process...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445694/work-first-then-play-prior-task-difficulty-increases-motivation-related-brain-responses-in-a-risk-game
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Barbara Schmidt, Patrick Mussel, Roman Osinsky, Björn Rasch, Stefan Debener, Johannes Hewig
Task motivation depends on what we did before. A recent theory differentiates between tasks that we want to do and tasks that we have to do. After a have-to task, motivation shifts towards a want-to task. We measured this shift of motivation via brain responses to monetary feedback in a risk game that was used as want-to task in our study. We tested 20 healthy participants that were about 28 years old in a within-subjects design. Participants worked on a Stroop task (have-to task) or an easier version of the Stroop task as a control condition and played a risk game afterwards (want-to task)...
April 23, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445650/cxcr4-targeted-and-redox-responsive-dextrin-nanogel-for-metastatic-breast-cancer-therapy
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Feiran Zhang, Siman Gong, Jun Wu, Huipeng Li, David Oupicky, Minjie Sun
The unsatisfied results of cancer therapy are caused by many issues and metastasis of cancer cells is one of the major challenge. It has been reported that inhibiting the SDF1/CXCR4 interaction can significantly reduce the metastasis of breast cancer cells to regional lymph nodes and lung. Herein, a nanogel system equipped with the FDA-approved CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100 was developed and evaluated for its combined anti-metastatic and tumor targeting effects. Briefly, a bioreducible cross-linked dextrin nanogel (DNG) coated with AMD3100 was designed to possess multiple functions, including CXCR4 chemokine targeting, inhibition of tumor metastasis and reduction-responsive intracellular release of doxorubicin (DOX) to reduce the cells proliferation...
April 26, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445642/the-predictive-power-of-clean-bed-filtration-theory-for-fecal-indicator-bacteria-removal-in-stormwater-biofilters
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Emily Parker, Megan A Rippy, Andrew Mehring, Brandon Winfrey, Richard F Ambrose, Lisa A Levin, Stanley B Grant
Green infrastructure (also referred to as low impact development, or LID) has the potential to transform urban stormwater runoff from an environmental threat to a valuable water resource. In this paper we focus on the removal of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB, a pollutant responsible for runoff-associated inland and coastal beach closures) in stormwater biofilters (a common type of green infrastructure). Drawing on a combination of previously published and new laboratory studies of FIB removal in biofilters, we find that 66% of the variance in FIB removal rates can be explained by clean bed filtration theory (CBFT, 31%), antecedent dry period (14%), study effect (8%), biofilter age (7%), and the presence or absence of shrubs (6%)...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445639/toward-covalent-organic-frameworks-bearing-three-different-kinds-of-pores-the-strategy-for-construction-and-cof-to-cof-transformation-via-heterogeneous-linker-exchange
#18
Cheng Qian, Qiao-Yan Qi, Guo-Fang Jiang, Fu-Zhi Cui, Yuan Tian, Xin Zhao
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are an emerging class of crystalline porous organic materials which are fabricated via reticular chemistry. Their topologic structures can be precisely predicted on the basis of the structures of building blocks. However, constructing COF with complicated structures has remained a great challenge, due to the limited strategies that can access to structural complexity of COFs. In this work, we have developed a new approach to produce COFs bearing three different kinds of pores...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445539/restless-legs-syndrome-and-cardiovascular-diseases-a-case-control-study
#19
Marion Cholley-Roulleau, Sofiene Chenini, Séverine Béziat, Lily Guiraud, Isabelle Jaussent, Yves Dauvilliers
OBJECTIVE: The association between restless legs syndrome (RLS), cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and hypertension is inconsistent. This case-control study examined i) the association between primary RLS, CVD and hypertension by taking into account many potential confounders and ii) the influence of RLS duration, severity and treatment, sleep and depressive symptoms on CVD and hypertension in primary RLS. METHODS: A standardized questionnaire to assess the RLS phenotype, history of CVD and hypertension, sleep and depressive symptoms, drug intake and demographic/clinical features was sent to the France-Ekbom Patients Association members...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445522/revealing-phenotype-associated-functional-differences-by-genome-wide-scan-of-ancient-haplotype-blocks
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Ritsuko Onuki, Rui Yamaguchi, Tetsuo Shibuya, Minoru Kanehisa, Susumu Goto
Genome-wide scans for positive selection have become important for genomic medicine, and many studies aim to find genomic regions affected by positive selection that are associated with risk allele variations among populations. Most such studies are designed to detect recent positive selection. However, we hypothesize that ancient positive selection is also important for adaptation to pathogens, and has affected current immune-mediated common diseases. Based on this hypothesis, we developed a novel linkage disequilibrium-based pipeline, which aims to detect regions associated with ancient positive selection across populations from single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data...
2017: PloS One
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