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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787037/effects-of-perinatal-exposure-to-dibutyltin-chloride-on-fat-and-glucose-metabolism-in-mice-and-molecular-mechanisms-in-vitro
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Raquel Chamorro-García, Bassem M Shoucri, Sigal Willner, Heidi Käch, Amanda Janesick, Bruce Blumberg
BACKGROUND: The organotin dibutyltin (DBT) is used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, in construction materials, and in medical devices. Previous animal studies showed detrimental effects of DBT during in utero development at relatively high doses, but little was known about the effects of DBT exposure at environmentally relevant doses on endpoints such as obesity and metabolic disease. OBJECTIVES: We tested the potential obesogenic effects of DBT using in vitro and in vivo models...
May 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786974/embryonic-exposure-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-a-brominated-flame-retardant-reduces-the-size-of-song-control-nuclei-in-a-songbird
#2
Margaret L Eng, Viktoria Winter, John E Elliott, Scott A MacDougall-Shackleton, Tony D Williams
Environmental contaminants have the potential to act as developmental stressors and impair development of song and the brain of songbirds, but they have been largely unstudied in this context. 2,2',4,4',5-Pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) is a brominated flame retardant congener that has demonstrated endocrine disrupting effects, and has pervaded the global environment. We assessed the effects of in ovo exposure to environmentally relevant levels of BDE-99 on the neuroanatomy of the song-control system in a model songbird species, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)...
May 22, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786970/density-functional-theory-calculations-revealing-metal-like-band-structures-for-ultrathin-ge-111-and-211-surface-layers
#3
Chih-Shan Tan, Michael Hsuan-Yi Huang
To find out if germanium should also possess facet-dependent electrical conductivity properties, surface state density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed on 1-6 layers of Ge (100), (110), (111), and (211) planes. Tunable Ge (100) and (110) planes always present the same semiconducting band structure with a band gap of 0.67 eV expected of bulk germanium. In contrast, 1, 2, 4, and 5 layers of Ge (111) and (211) plane models show metal-like band structures with continuous density of states (DOS) throughout the entire band...
May 21, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786968/p62-mediated-autophagy-affects-nutrition-dependent-insulin-receptor-substrate-1-dynamics-in-3t3-l1-preadipocytes
#4
Hirobumi Igawa, Akihiro Kikuchi, Hirofumi Misu, Kiyo-Aki Ishii, Shuichi Kaneko, Toshinari Takamura
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown that the organism's nutritional status changes the protein levels of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) in a tissue-specific manner. Although the mechanisms underlying the regulation of IRS-1 in the nutrient-rich conditions associated with diabetes and insulin resistance have been well studied, those under nutrient-poor conditions remain unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate how IRS-1 protein levels change depending on the nutritional status of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786967/developmental-chromatin-restriction-of-pro-growth-gene-networks-acts-as-an-epigenetic-barrier-to-axon-regeneration-in-cortical-neurons
#5
Ishwariya Venkatesh, Vatsal Mehra, Zimei Wang, Ben Califf, Murray G Blackmore
Axon regeneration in the central nervous system is prevented in part by a developmental decline in the intrinsic regenerative ability of maturing neurons. This loss of axon growth ability likely reflects widespread changes in gene expression, but the mechanisms that drive this shift remain unclear. Chromatin accessibility has emerged as a key regulatory mechanism in other cellular contexts, raising the possibility that chromatin structure may contribute to the age-dependent loss of regenerative potential. Here we establish an integrated bioinformatic pipeline that combines analysis of developmentally dynamic gene networks with transcription factor regulation and genome-wide maps of chromatin accessibility...
May 22, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786957/statistical-approaches-to-adjusting-weights-for-dependent-arms-in-network-meta-analysis
#6
Yu-Xuan Su, Yu-Kang Tu
Network meta-analysis compares multiple treatments in terms of their efficacy and harm by including evidence from randomized controlled trials. Most clinical trials use parallel design, where patients are randomly allocated to different treatments and receive only one treatment. However, some trials use within person designs such as split-body, split-mouth and cross-over designs, where each patient may receive more than one treatment. Data from treatment arms within these trials are no longer independent, so the correlations between dependent arms need to be accounted for within the statistical analyses...
May 22, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786907/simulation-of-the-degradation-of-cyclic-ketene-acetal-and-vinyl-based-copolymers-synthesized-via-a-radical-process-influence-of-the-reactivity-ratios-on-the-degradability-properties
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Didier Gigmes, Paul H M Van Steenberge, Didier Siri, Dagmar R D'hooge, Yohann Guillaneuf, Catherine Lefay
The radical copolymerization of vinyl and cyclic ketene acetal (CKA) monomers is a promising way to prepare degradable vinyl polymers. The reactivity of the comonomer pair is known to be dependent of the vinyl monomer structure that requires to play with experimental conditions (feed ratio, overall monomer conversion, etc.) to target a desired cumulative (average) copolymer composition. Even if the materials are completely degradable, there is no information about the homogeneity of the degraded products. This theoretical study, using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, allows simulating degradation at the molecular level...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786898/adults-with-comorbid-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-alcohol-use-disorder-and-opioid-use-disorder-the-effectiveness-of-modified-prolonged-exposure
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Kelly R Peck, Julie A Schumacher, Paul R Stasiewicz, Scott F Coffey
Opioid use disorders (OUDs) are a growing problem in the United States. When OUDs co-occur with problematic drinking and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), negative drug-related mental and physical health outcomes may be exacerbated. Thus, it is important to establish whether PTSD treatments with established efficacy for dually diagnosed individuals also demonstrate efficacy in individuals who engage in problematic drinking and concurrent opioid misuse. Adults who met DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD and alcohol dependence were recruited from a substance use treatment facility and were randomly assigned to receive either modified prolonged exposure (mPE) therapy for PTSD or a non-trauma-focused comparison treatment...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786861/temporally-feathered-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-a-planning-technique-to-reduce-normal-tissue-toxicity
#9
Juan Carlos López Alfonso, Shireen Parsai, Nikhil Joshi, Andrew Godley, Chirag Shah, Shlomo A Koyfman, Jimmy J Caudell, Clifton D Fuller, Heiko Enderling, Jacob G Scott
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has allowed optimization of three-dimensional spatial radiation dose distributions permitting target coverage while reducing normal tissue toxicity. However, radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity is a major contributor to patients' quality of life and often a dose-limiting factor in the definitive treatment of cancer with radiation therapy. We propose the next logical step in the evolution of IMRT using canonical radiobiological principles, optimizing the temporal dimension through which radiation therapy is delivered to further reduce radiation-induced toxicity by increased time for normal tissue recovery...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786858/ecosystem-heterogeneity-and-diversity-mitigate-amazon-forest-resilience-to-frequent-extreme-droughts
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Marcos Longo, Ryan G Knox, Naomi M Levine, Luciana F Alves, Damien Bonal, Plinio B Camargo, David R Fitzjarrald, Matthew N Hayek, Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Scott R Saleska, Rodrigo da Silva, Scott C Stark, Raphael P Tapajós, Kenia T Wiedemann, Ke Zhang, Steven C Wofsy, Paul R Moorcroft
The impact of increases in drought frequency on the Amazon forest's composition, structure and functioning remain uncertain. We used a process- and individual-based ecosystem model (ED2) to quantify the forest's vulnerability to increased drought recurrence. We generated meteorologically realistic, drier-than-observed rainfall scenarios for two Amazon forest sites, Paracou (wetter) and Tapajós (drier), to evaluate the impacts of more frequent droughts on forest biomass, structure and composition. The wet site was insensitive to the tested scenarios, whereas at the dry site biomass declined when average rainfall reduction exceeded 15%, due to high mortality of large-sized evergreen trees...
May 22, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786844/effect-of-meat-type-animal-fatty-acid-composition-and-isothermal-temperature-on-the-viscoelastic-properties-of-meat-batters
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Seline Glorieux, Liselot Steen, Jos De Brabanter, Imogen Foubert, Ilse Fraeye
The aim of this research was to simultaneously study the effect of meat type (chicken breast and leg meat), animal fatty acid composition (selected pork backfats having a low and high degree of saturation, respectively), and isothermal temperature (50, 60, 70, and 80 °C) on the viscoelastic properties of meat batters during and after application of different time-temperature profiles. Gelation of meat proteins contributed most to the viscoelastic properties of meat batters during heating, whereas crystallization of the lipids especially contributed to the viscoelastic properties during the cooling phase...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786842/correlated-time-variation-of-bulk-microstructure-and-rheology-in-asphalt-binders
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A Ramm, N Sakib, A Bhasin, M C Downer
We use near-infrared dark-field optical microscopy to probe isothermal time variation of the volume fraction of naturally-occurring, subsurface microstructures in PG 64-22 asphalt binders at temperature T=30∘C, following a rapid heating (cooling) increment |ΔT|=20∘C from initial temperature T0=10∘C(50∘C). We compare these microstructure variations with isothermal time variations of the magnitude |G30∗(t)| of the bulk complex shear modulus measured for identical sample conditions with a Dynamic Shear Rheometer...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786839/the-influence-of-scalded-flour-fermentation-and-plants-belonging-to-lamiaceae-family-on-the-wheat-bread-quality-and-acrylamide-content
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Elena Bartkiene, Vadims Bartkevics, Vita Krungleviciute, Iveta Pugajeva, Daiva Zadeike, Grazina Juodeikiene, Dalia Cizeikiene
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of additives such as plants belonging to Lamiaceae family (Thymus vulgaris, Carum carvi, Origanum vulgare, Ocimum basilicum, and Coriandrum sativum), scalded flour (SF) or scalded flour fermented with Lactobacillus plantarum LUHS135 (SFFLp) on the quality and acrylamide formation in wheat bread. The formation of acrylamide and bread quality significantly depended on the king of plants used and the amount of SF and SFFLp used. The additives of T. vulgaris and SF increased the content of acrylamide by 3...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786809/-diagnosing-epileptic-seizures-and-epilepsy
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Kristina Malmgren, Tommy Stödberg, Åsa Amandusson, Maria Strandberg
There are many episodic conditions which may be confused with epileptic seizures. The diagnosis of epileptic seizures is still dependent on a good history and witness report, as well as good knowledge of seizure semiology, and of the symptoms of a variety of differential diagnostic conditions. The principal differential diagnoses in adults and children are outlined in this review. The diagnostic problems do not exist only initially, so it is important to reconsider the diagnosis when deemed relevant. The possibility of home video recordings of recurring attacks may be helpful...
May 21, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786808/-status-epilepticus-in-children-and-adults
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Johan Bjellvi, Niklas Timby, Roland Flink
Status epilepticus, a condition with prolonged or repeated seizures, is a common neurological emergency with significant morbidity and mortality. This text outlines the treatment and initial work-up for convulsive and non-convulsive status epilepticus in adults and children. The most serious form is convulsive (tonic-clonic) status epilepticus, which requires rapid treatment and work-up. Bensodiazepines are the preferred initial treatment, while antiepileptic drugs and anesthetics are added if seizures continue...
May 22, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786789/protocols-for-tissue-microarrays-in-prostate-cancer-studies
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Tatjana Vlajnic, Serenella Eppenberger-Castori, Lukas Bubendorf
Tissue microarray (TMA) technology is a method for high-throughput analysis of tissue biomarkers, commonly used in translational cancer research. TMAs allow performing a variety of in situ applications on hundreds of tissue samples simultaneously using the same protocols as for conventional slides. Thereby, precious material from patient samples remains largely preserved while costs in resources and time in laboratory processing decrease. Therefore, a TMA is a powerful tool to identify and study biomarkers that may have a potential diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive value...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786769/do-fatal-infectious-diseases-eradicate-host-species
#17
Alex P Farrell, James P Collins, Amy L Greer, Horst R Thieme
In simple SI epidemic and endemic models, three classes of incidence functions are identified for their potential to be associated with host extinction: weakly upper density-dependent incidences are never associated with host extinction. Power incidences that depend on the number of susceptibles and infectives by powers strictly between 0 and 1 are associated with initial-constellation-dependent host extinction for all parameter values. Homogeneous incidences, of which frequency-dependent incidence is a very particular case, and power incidences are associated with global host extinction for certain parameter constellations and with host survival for others...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786765/analysis-of-streptomyces-ghanaensis-atcc14672-gene-ssfg_07725-for-putative-%C3%AE-butyrolactone-synthase
#18
Yuriy Kuzhyk, Halyna Mutenko, Victor Fedorenko, Bohdan Ostash
Low molecular weight signaling compounds (LMWC) are important players in regulating various aspects of Streptomyces biology. Their exact roles in certain strain will ultimately depend on overall configuration of regulatory network and thus cannot be predicted on basis of in silico studies. Here, we explored S. ghanaensis gene SSFG_07725 (afsA gh ) presumably involved in initial steps of formation of γ-butyrolactone LMWC. Disruption of afsA gh impaired aerial mycelium formation and increased the transcription of pleiotropic regulatory gene adpA gh , whereas level of moenomycin production remained virtually unaffected...
May 21, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786762/chronic-conditions-and-multimorbidity-in-a-primary-care-population-a-study-in-the-swiss-sentinel-surveillance-network-sentinella
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Markus Gnädinger, Lilli Herzig, Alessandro Ceschi, Dieter Conen, Alfred Staehelin, Marco Zoller, Milo A Puhan
OBJECTIVES: To provide estimates of the prevalence of chronic conditions in Swiss primary care. METHODS: In total, 175 general practitioners (GP) or pediatricians (PED) reporting to the Swiss Sentinel Surveillance Network collected morbidity data. RESULTS: In 26,853 patient contacts, mean (± SD) age was 55.8 ± 21.6 or 6.1 ± 5.7 years (in GPs vs. PEDs, respectively) and 47% were males. In GP patients, median Thurgau Morbidity Index was 2 (IQR 1-3)...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786757/copy-number-abnormality-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cell-lines-based-on-their-genetic-subtypes
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Chihiro Tomoyasu, Toshihiko Imamura, Toshihiro Tomii, Mio Yano, Daisuke Asai, Hiroaki Goto, Akira Shimada, Masashi Sanada, Shotaro Iwamoto, Junko Takita, Masayoshi Minegishi, Takeshi Inukai, Kanji Sugita, Hajime Hosoi
In this study, we performed genetic analysis of 83 B cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) cell lines. First, we performed multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification analysis to identify copy number abnormalities (CNAs) in eight genes associated with B-ALL according to genetic subtype. In Ph+ B-ALL cell lines, the frequencies of IKZF1, CDKN2A/2B, BTG1, and PAX5 deletion were significantly higher than those in Ph- B-ALL cell lines. The frequency of CDKN2A/2B deletion in KMT2A rearranged cell lines was significantly lower than that in non-KMT2A rearranged cell lines...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
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