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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449132/sex-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-of-white-matter-in-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-plus-meta-analysis-of-the-corpus-callosum
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Saba Shahab, Laura Stefanik, George Foussias, Meng-Chuan Lai, Kelly K Anderson, Aristotle N Voineskos
Sex is considered an understudied variable in health research. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder with known sex differences in epidemiology and clinical presentation. We systematically reviewed the literature for sex-based differences of diffusion properties of white matter tracts in schizophrenia. We then conducted a meta-analysis examining sex-based differences in the genu and splenium of the corpus callosum in schizophrenia. Medline and Embase were searched to identify relevant papers. Studies fulfilling the following criteria were included: (1) included individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, (2) included a control group of healthy individuals, (3) included both sexes in the patient and the control groups, (4) used diffusion tensor imaging, and (5) involved analyzing metrics of white matter microstructural integrity...
April 26, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448748/evaluation-of-humic-substances-removal-from-leachates-originating-from-solid-waste-landfills-in-rio-de-janeiro-state-brazil
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Letícia S M S Lima, Ronei De Almeida, Bianca R Quintaes, Daniele M Bila, Juacyara C Campos
This study aimed to evaluate the use of coagulation/flocculation and Fenton processes for the removal of the recalcitrant component, in particular humic substances, from two different leachates generated in the Gericinó and Gramacho landfills in Rio de Janeiro State (Brazil). A coagulation/flocculation process, using FeCl3·6H2O as the coagulant, was applied to the two leachate samples. In the case of the leachate from Gericinó landfill, the treatment removed 93% of color, 71% of TOC, 69% of COD, 76% of HS, 73% of humic acids (HA) and 82% of fulvic acids (FA)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447472/four-year-reciprocal-relationships-between-personality-and-functional-ability-in-older-adults-with-and-without-sensory-impairment-focus-on-neuroticism-and-agreeableness
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Markus Wettstein, Hans-Werner Wahl, Vera Heyl
OBJECTIVES: Personality traits have been found to influence health and functional ability (FA) via multiple pathways. However, personality traits may also change in reaction to constraints in FA, particularly in more vulnerable individuals with high risk of decline in independent functioning in daily life (e.g. older adults with sensory impairment). Therefore, conceptually anchored in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF model), this study investigated reciprocal relationships between personality, focusing on neuroticism and agreeableness, and indicators of FA (i...
April 27, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447361/the-effect-of-dietary-chlorella-vulgaris-inclusion-on-goat-s-milk-chemical-composition-fatty-acids-profile-and-enzymes-activities-related-to-oxidation
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E Tsiplakou, M A M Abdullah, A Mavrommatis, M Chatzikonstantinou, D Skliros, K Sotirakoglou, E Flemetakis, N E Labrou, G Zervas
The impact of dietary supplementation with microalgae on goat's milk chemical composition, fatty acids (FA) profile and enzymes activities related to antioxidant mechanism has not been well documented. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the effects of dietary inclusion of Chlorella vulgaris on the following: (i) milk yield, chemical composition and FA profile, (ii) the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR), glutathione transferase (GST) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in blood plasma and (iii) the activities of SOD, GR and lactoperoxidase (LPO) in milk of goats...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447268/atypical-age-dependency-of-executive-function-and-white-matter-microstructure-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Kenia Martínez, Jessica Merchán-Naranjo, Laura Pina-Camacho, Yasser Alemán-Gómez, Leticia Boada, David Fraguas, Carmen Moreno, Celso Arango, Joost Janssen, Mara Parellada
Executive function (EF) performance is associated with measurements of white matter microstructure (WMS) in typical individuals. Impaired EF is a hallmark symptom of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but it is unclear how impaired EF relates to variability in WMS. Twenty-one male youth (8-18 years) with ASD and without intellectual disability and twenty-one typical male participants (TP) matched for age, intelligence quotient, handedness, race and parental socioeconomic status were recruited. Five EF domains were assessed and several DTI-based measurements of WMS [fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD) and radial diffusivity (RD)] were estimated for eighteen white matter tracts...
April 26, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447245/neuroanatomical-variations-as-a-function-of-experience-in-a-complex-daily-task-a-vbm-and-dti-study-on-driving-experience
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Alberto Megías, D Petrova, J F Navas, A Cándido, A Maldonado, A Catena
Complex tasks require the learning and integration of multiple cognitive, sensory, and psychomotor skills for correct execution. Driving-related skills are developed step by step through the increase of mileage driven and the accumulation of practice in different traffic situations. The acquisition of these skills should be reflected in the brain structure. However, no previous studies have explored brain structural variations associated with driving experience. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether driving frequency, defined as average annual driving mileage, is related to neuroanatomical variations in gray matter (GM) volume and white matter (WM) integrity using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and DTI-based fractional anisotropy (FA), respectively...
April 26, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447147/diffusion-kurtosis-as-an-in-vivo-imaging-marker-of-early-radiation-induced-changes-in-radiation-induced-temporal-lobe-necrosis-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
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Lu Liyan, Wang Si, Wang Qian, Shao Yuhui, Wei Xiaoer, Li Yuehua, Li Wenbin
PURPOSE: Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI), an extension of the popular diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) model, has been applied in clinical studies of brain tissue changes. We explored the value of DKI for the early detection of radiation-induced changes in temporal lobe necrosis (TLN) after radiotherapy (RT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: A total of 400 patients with NPC were retrospectively enrolled; all participants underwent MRI scans 0-7 days before RT, at 4 weeks during RT, and 1 month after completing RT...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445921/assessment-of-the-synergic-effect-of-immunomodulation-on-nerve-repair-using-multi-parametric-mr-imaging
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Chu-Shan Zheng, Xiang Zhang, Yue-Yao Chen, Fang Zhang, Xiao-Hui Duan, Mei-Wei Chen, Lie-Jing Lu, Jun Shen
Introduction:The immune system plays a pivotal role in nerve injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of multi-parametric magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the evaluation of the synergic effect of immunomodulation on nerve regeneration in neurotmesis. METHODS: Rats with sciatic nerve neurotmesis and surgical repair underwent serial multi-parametric MR examinations over an 8 week period after subepineurial microinjection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and subsequent subcutaneous injection of FK506 or subepineurial microinjection of LPS or phosphate buffered saline (PBS) alone...
April 26, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445846/a-sharp-robust-and-quantitative-method-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-measurement-of-ead-for-acute-radiation-syndrome-and-its-application
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Yiwei Zhang, Jian Li, Zhiyun Meng, Xiaoxia Zhu, Hui Gan, Ruolan Gu, Zhuona Wu, Ying Zheng, Jinbin Wei, Guifang Dou
17-Ethinyl-3,17-dihydroxyandrost-5-ene (EAD) is an agent designed for the treatment of acute radiation syndrome (ARS). Given its vital role played in the prevention and mitigation of ARS, the development of a sharp, sensitive and robust liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method to monitor the metabolism of EAD in vivo was crucial. A new method was constructed and validated for the determination of EAD with the internal standard of androst-5-ene-3β,17β-diol (5-AED). The blood samples were precipitated with methanol, centrifuged, from which the supernatant was separated on UPLC with C18 column and eluted in gradient with acetonitrile and Milli-Q water both containing 0...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445276/correlation-between-prefrontal-striatal-pathway-impairment-and-cognitive-impairment-in-patients-with-leukoaraiosis
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Shuangkun Wang, Junliang Yuan, Xiaojuan Guo, Leilei Teng, Hua Jiang, Hua Gu, Wenli Hu, Tao Jiang
Our study aimed to investigate the changes of white matter microstructure of cortico-subcortical pathways using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and to explore the relationship between abnormal parameters of DTI and cognitive function underlying in patients with leukoaraiosis (LA).A total of 42 patients with LA and 42 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were recruited from Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University between January 2012 and December 2012. All the subjects underwent scans of conventional magnetic resonance imaging and DTI, and a comprehensive neuropsychological battery was utilized...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444841/the-effect-of-grapeseed-oil-on-performance-rumen-fermentation-antioxidant-status-and-subcutaneous-adipose-fatty-acid-profile-in-lambs
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M Sharifi, M Bashtani, A A Naserian, H Farhangfar, A Emami
This experiment was carried out to examine the effect of grapeseed oil (GSO) on performance, rumen fermentation, antioxidant status and subcutaneous adipose fatty acid (FA) profile in lambs. Eighteen Baluchi lambs, 196 ± 14 days of age and 39.8 ± 1.7 kg body weight, were randomly assigned to three experimental diets: (i) diet without GSO (control), (ii) diet containing 2% of GSO (GSO2) and (iii) diet containing 4% of GSO (GSO4) for 42 days. Results showed that the experimental diets had no significant effect on dry matter intake and performance (p > 0...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444789/effect-of-dietary-supplementation-of-hemp-seed-cannabis-sativa-l-on-meat-quality-and-egg-fatty-acid-composition-of-japanese-quail-coturnix-coturnix-japonica
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H Yalcin, Y Konca, F Durmuscelebi
This study was conducted in two separate experiments. Experiment I was conducted to investigate the effects of hemp seed (HS) on meat quality traits, and experiment II was designed to determine egg fatty acid (FA) composition in Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica). In experiment I and experiment II treatments, groups were as follows: (i) control (not included HS0), (ii) 5% HS inclusion to diets, (iii) 10% HS inclusion to diets and (iv) 20% HS inclusion to diets. In experiment I, a total of 192 7-day-old-quail were fed with HS diets for 5 weeks, and end of the experiment I, a total of 64 quail (16 each) slaughtered and meat samples were analysed for meat colour, pH, cooking and thawing loss and FA composition...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444786/targeted-photodynamic-therapy-with-a-folate-sensitizer-assembly-produced-from-mesoporous-silica
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Salvatore Sortino, Chunfang Zhou, Damien Afonso, Sabrina Valetti, Adam Feiler, Venera Cardile, Adriana Graziano, Sabrina Conoci
A mesoporous silica material prepared by using folic acid (FA) as a template enables the effective encapsulation of meso-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPP) in its interior. Combination of steady-state and time-resolved absorption and emission spectroscopy demonstrate that FA and TCPP are released from the silica material to aqueous phase in the form of a non-covalent assembly. This assembly does not form by simple mixing of the two components in the absence of silica, suggesting the key role of the material in the assembling process...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443933/high-performance-schottky-heterojunction-photodetector-with-directly-grown-graphene-nanowalls-as-electrodes
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Jun Shen, Xiangzhi Liu, Xuefen Song, Xinming Li, Jun Wang, Quan Zhou, Shi Luo, Wenlin Feng, Xingzhan Wei, Shirong Lu, Shuanglong Feng, Chunlei Du, Yuefeng Wang, Haofei Shi, Dapeng Wei
Schottky heterojunctions based on graphene-silicon structures are promising for high-performance photodetectors. However, existing fabrication processes adopt transferred graphene as electrodes, limiting process compatibility and generating pollution because of the metal catalyst. In this report, photodetectors are fabricated using directly grown graphene nanowalls (GNWs) as electrodes. Due to the metal-free growth process, GNWs-Si heterojunctions with an ultralow measured current noise of 3.1 fA Hz(-1/2) are obtained, and the as-prepared photodetectors demonstrate specific detectivities of 5...
April 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443285/high-grade-gliomas-exhibit-higher-peritumoral-fractional-anisotropy-and-lower-mean-diffusivity-than-intracranial-metastases
#15
Kevin S Holly, Benjamin J Barker, Derrick Murcia, Rebekah Bennett, Piyush Kalakoti, Christina Ledbetter, Eduardo Gonzalez-Toledo, Anil Nanda, Hai Sun
Differentiating high-grade gliomas and intracranial metastases through non-invasive imaging has been challenging. Here, we retrospectively compared both intratumoral and peritumoral fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) measurements between high-grade gliomas and metastases. Two methods were utilized to select peritumoral region of interest (ROI). The first method utilized the manual placement of four ROIs adjacent to the lesion. The second method utilized a semiautomated and proprietary MATLAB script to generate an ROI encompassing the entire tumor...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443130/modular-design-of-picroside-ii-biosynthesis-deciphered-through-ngs-transcriptomes-and-metabolic-intermediates-analysis-in-naturally-variant-chemotypes-of-a-medicinal-herb-picrorhiza-kurroa
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Varun Kumar, Ankush Bansal, Rajinder S Chauhan
Picroside-II (P-II), an iridoid glycoside, is used as an active ingredient of various commercial herbal formulations available for the treatment of liver ailments. Despite this, the knowledge of P-II biosynthesis remains scarce owing to its negligence in Picrorhiza kurroa shoots which sets constant barrier for function validation experiments. In this study, we utilized natural variation for P-II content in stolon tissues of different P. kurroa accessions and deciphered its metabolic route by integrating metabolomics of intermediates with differential NGS transcriptomes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442922/inhibition-of-pcsk9-protects-against-radiation-induced-damage-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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Si-Shun Gan, Jian-Qing Ye, Lei Wang, Fa-Jun Qu, Chuan-Min Chu, Yi-Jun Tian, Wei Yang, Xin-Gang Cui
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a protein expressed primarily in the liver, formerly known to maintain plasma lipid homeostasis by regulating low-density lipoprotein receptor levels, and its exact role in the radioresistance of prostate cancer (PCa) remains unclear. We aim to investigate the function of PCSK9 in the radioresistance of PCa cells. METHODS: PCSK9 small interfering RNA (siRNA) was introduced into the PCa cells by transient transfection...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442647/effects-of-high-fat-diet-and-fructose-rich-diet-on-obesity-dyslipidemia-and-hyperglycemia-in-the-wbn-kob-lepr-fa-rat-a-new-model-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#18
Junichi Namekawa, Yoshiichi Takagi, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Yuki Nakamura, Ayaka Watanabe, Dai Nagakubo, Mitsuyuki Shirai, Fumitoshi Asai
Obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are occurring at epidemic-like rates, and these epidemics appear to have emerged largely from changes in daily diet. In the present study, we compared effects of high-fat diet (HFD) and fructose-rich diet (FRD) in WBN/Kob-Lepr(fa) (WBKDF) rats that spontaneously develop obesity, dyslipidemia and T2DM. After a 4-week feeding of each diet, WBKDF-HFD and WBKDF-FRD rats exhibited aggravated obesity and dyslipidemia compared with WBKDF rats fed standard diet (STD). In contrast, hyperglycemia developed in WBKDF-STD rats was significantly inhibited in WBKDF-FRD rats, but not in WBKDF-HFD rats...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441359/relationship-between-expression-of-chalcone-synthase-genes-and-chromones-in-artificial-agarwood-induced-by-formic-acid-stimulation-combined-with-fusarium-sp-a2-inoculation
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Xiaodong Chen, Xiaoling Zhu, Meirou Feng, Zhaojian Zhong, Xin Zhou, Xiaoying Chen, Wei Ye, Weimin Zhang, Xiaoxia Gao
Agarwood (gaharu) is a fragrant resin produced in the heartwood of resinous Gyrinops and Aquilaria species. Artificial agarwood samples were obtained from Aquilaria sinensis (Lour.) Gilg using formic acid (FA) stimulation combined with Fusarium sp. A2 inoculation. The relationship between the expression of chalcone synthase genes (CHS) and dynamic changes in chromone content was explored in resin-deposited parts of the trunks of A. sinensis. CHS gene expression levels were detected by qRT-PCR analysis. The chemical composition of agarwood obtained from the heartwood of A...
April 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441051/diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-brain-of-neurologically-normal-dogs
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Megan J MacLellan, Christopher P Ober, Daniel A Feeney, Carl R Jessen
OBJECTIVE To acquire MRI diffusion data (apparent diffusion coefficient [ADC] and fractional anisotropy [FA] values, including separate measures for gray and white matter) at 3.0 T for multiple locations of the brain of neurologically normal dogs. ANIMALS: 13 neurologically normal dogs recruited from a group of patients undergoing tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. PROCEDURES: MRI duration ranged from 20 to 30 minutes, including obtaining preliminary images to exclude pathological changes (T2-weighted fluid-attenuated inversion recovery transverse and dorsal images) and diffusion-weighted images...
May 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
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