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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149795/development-of-a-psycho-educational-support-program-for-individuals-with-primary-progressive-aphasia-and-their-care-partners
#1
Darby J Morhardt, Mary C O'Hara, Kristine Zachrich, Christina Wieneke, Emily J Rogalski
Primary progressive aphasia is a language-based dementia that initially spares other cognitive domains; however, aphasia interferes with many life roles such as work and interpersonal relationships. Psycho-educational programs, such as support groups have been shown to be effective for persons with Alzheimer's dementia; however, little is known regarding their effectiveness for persons with primary progressive aphasia. This paper describes the development of a program that offers support, education and activities for persons with primary progressive aphasia and their care-partners and its feasibility...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149746/habitat-mosaics-and-path-analysis-can-improve-biological-conservation-of-aquatic-biodiversity-in-ecosystems-with-low-head-dams
#2
Sean M Hitchman, Martha E Mather, Joseph M Smith, Jane S Fencl
Conserving native biodiversity depends on restoring functional habitats in the face of human-induced disturbances. Low-head dams are a ubiquitous human impact that degrades aquatic ecosystems worldwide. To improve our understanding of how low-head dams impact habitat and associated biodiversity, our research examined complex interactions among three spheres of the total environment. i.e., how low-head dams (anthroposphere) affect aquatic habitat (hydrosphere), and native biodiversity (biosphere) in streams and rivers...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149744/bacterial-community-structure-along-the-subtidal-sandy-sediment-belt-of-a-high-arctic-fjord-kongsfjorden-svalbard-islands
#3
Conte Antonella, Papale Maria, Amalfitano Stefano, Mikkonen Anu, Rizzo Carmen, De Domenico Emilio, Michaud Luigi, Lo Giudice Angelina
Open fjords are subject to contrasting environmental conditions, owing to meltwater glacial inputs, terrestrial runoff, and marine water mass exchanges, which are exacerbated by anthropogenic and climate perturbations. Following a slope-dependent water circulation, the subtidal sandy sediment belt regulates the convergent transport of nutrients downward the fjord depths, and the effective entrapment of suspended particles and microorganisms. In this study, we aimed at testing how glacial and seawater inputs may influence the bacterial community structure of subtidal sand deposits in the Kongsfjorden...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149731/purinergic-drug-targets-for-gastrointestinal-disorders
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Burnstock, Kenneth A Jacobson, Fievos L Christofi
Purinergic receptors are implicated in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal disorders and are being explored as potential therapeutic targets. Gut inflammation releases ATP that acts on neuronal, glial, epithelial and immune cells. Purinergic signalling in glia and neurons is implicated in enteric neuropathies. Inflammation activates glia to increase ATP release and alter purinergic signalling. ATP release causes neuron death and gut motor dysfunction in colitis via a P2X7-dependent neural-glial pathway and a glial purinergic-connexin-43 pathway...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149727/surface-modification-of-electrospun-poly-l-lactic-acid-scaffolds-by-reactive-magnetron-sputtering
#5
E N Bolbasov, P V Maryin, K S Stankevich, A I Kozelskaya, E V Shesterikov, Yu I Khodyrevskaya, M V Nasonova, D K Shishkova, Yu A Kudryavtseva, Y G Anissimov, S I Tverdokhlebov
In this study, we modified the surface of bioresorbable electrospun poly-(l-lactic) acid (PLLA) scaffolds by reactive magnetron sputtering of a titanium target under a nitrogen atmosphere. We examined the influence of the plasma treatment time on the structure and properties of electrospun PLLA scaffolds using SEM, XRF, FTIR, XRD, optical goniometry, and mechanical testing. It was observed that the coating formed did not change physicomechanical properties of electrospun PLLA scaffolds and simultaneously, increased their hydrophilicity...
November 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149725/a-method-for-the-design-of-ultrasonic-devices-for-scanning-acoustic-microscopy-using-impulsive-signals
#6
Mototaka Arakawa, Hiroshi Kanai, Kazuo Ishikawa, Ryo Nagaoka, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshifumi Saijo
Scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) using impulsive signals is useful for characterization of biological tissues and cells. The operating center frequency of an ultrasonic device strongly depends on the performance characteristics of the device if the measurement is conducted by using impulsive signals. In this paper, a method for the design of ultrasonic devices for SAM using impulsive signals was developed. A new plane-wave model was introduced to calculate frequency characteristics of loss of ultrasonic devices by taking into account the conversion loss at the ultrasonic transducer, the transmission loss at the acoustic anti-reflection coating, and the propagation loss in the couplant...
November 2, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149695/rheo-optical-near-infrared-nir-spectroscopy-study-of-partially-miscible-polymer-blend-of-polymethyl-methacrylate-pmma-and-polyethylene-glycol-peg
#7
Hideyuki Shinzawa, Junji Mizukado
Tensile deformations of a partially miscible blend of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) is studied by a rheo-optical characterization near-infrared (NIR) technique to probe deformation behavior during tensile deformation. Sets of NIR spectra of the polymer samples were collected by using an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) NIR spectrometer coupled with a tensile testing machine as an excitation device. While deformations of the samples were readily captured as strain-dependent NIR spectra, the entire feature of the spectra was overwhelmed with the baseline fluctuation induced by the decrease in the sample thickness and subsequent change in the light scattering...
November 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149681/mechanistic-insight-into-contextual-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
#8
REVIEW
Ying E Zhang
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) controls a wide range of cellular functions by activating both SMADs and non-SMAD pathways. In different tissue or physiological environment, cellular responses to TGF-β can be diverse, even opposite. Complex regulations at the level of ligand mobilization, receptor presentation, and the network of intracellular signal transducers afford the TGF-β pathway with versatile means to induce precise cellular responses in accordance to specific contextual demands. This article summarizes recent development in how cells manage their responses to TGF-β through ligand activation, receptor abundance, as well as SMAD-dependent and SMAD-independent mechanisms...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149675/evaluation-of-potassium-ferrate-as-an-alternative-disinfectant-on-cyanobacteria-inactivation-and-associated-toxin-fate-in-various-waters
#9
Jiajia Fan, Bo-Hung Lin, Che-Wei Chang, Yuqing Zhang, Tsair-Fuh Lin
Potassium ferrate (K2FeO4) is an effective oxidant that may be used as a pre- or post-oxidant in the purification of source water with cyanobacterial issues. To provide a better basis for the application of this oxidant during water treatment processes, the impacts of K2FeO4 on the cell viability of Microcystis aeruginosa and the fate of associated microcystins (MCs) were investigated in various water matrices. The results showed that a water matrix can significantly affect the effectiveness of K2FeO4 on cyanobacteria inactivation...
November 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149671/silver-nanoparticles-stimulate-the-proliferation-of-sulfate-reducing-bacterium-desulfovibrio-vulgaris
#10
Zhaoyu Chen, Ji Lu, Shu-Hong Gao, Min Jin, Philip L Bond, Ping Yang, Zhiguo Yuan, Jianhua Guo
The intensive use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in cosmetics and textiles causes their release into sewer networks of urban water systems. Although a few studies have investigated antimicrobial activities of nanoparticles against environmental bacteria, little is known about potential impacts of the released AgNPs on sulfate reducing bacteria in sewers. Here, we investigated the effect of AgNPs on Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hidenborough (D. vulgaris), a typical sulfate-reducing bacterium (SRB) in sewer systems...
November 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149667/tumor-acidosis-and-hypoxia-differently-modulate-the-inflammatory-program-measurements-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
Anne Riemann, Sarah Reime, Oliver Thews
Inflammatory mediators produced by the tumor cells are of importance for immune response but also for malignant progression. The aim of the study was to analyze the expression of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α, inducible isoform of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2, and osteopontin in vitro in two different tumor cell lines under hypoxia (pO2≈1.5 mmHg) and/or acidosis (pH=6.6) for up to 24 hours since hypoxia and acidosis are common characteristics of solid tumors...
November 14, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149665/a-study-of-microbial-communities-on-terracotta-separator-and-on-biocathode-of-air-breathing-microbial-fuel-cells
#12
Laura Rago, Sarah Zecchin, Stefania Marzorati, Andrea Goglio, Lucia Cavalca, Pierangela Cristiani, Andrea Schievano
Recently, terracotta has attracted interest as low-cost and biocompatible material to build separators in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). However, the influence of a non-conductive material like terracotta on electroactive microbiological communities remains substantially unexplored. This study aims at describing the microbial pools developed from two different seed inocula (bovine and swine sewage) in terracotta-based air-breathing MFC. A statistical approach on microbiological data confirmed different community enrichment in the MFCs, depending mainly on the inoculum...
November 11, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149661/unraveling-the-effects-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-on-uptake-translocation-and-distribution-of-cadmium-in-phragmites-australis-cav-trin-ex-steud
#13
Xiaochen Huang, Li Wang, Shishu Zhu, Shih-Hsin Ho, Jieting Wu, Prasanta K Kalita, Fang Ma
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. has been reported to form a symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF). However, the tolerance mechanism for AMF symbiosis on cadmium (Cd) phytotoxicity still remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of Rhizophagus irregularis inoculation on Cd-stressed (0, 1, and 20mgL(-1)) roots, stems, and leaves of P. australis with regard to subcellular Cd distribution and chemical forms of Cd. In addition, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to investigate variations in subcellular structures and functional groups in plant organs...
November 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149656/location-specific-mechanical-response-and-morphology-of-facial-soft-tissues
#14
Marco Pensalfini, Johannes Weickenmeier, Marga Rominger, Roberto Santoprete, Oliver Distler, Edoardo Mazza
The facial tissue of 9 healthy volunteers (m/f; age: 23-60y) is characterized at three different locations using a procedure combining suction measurements and 18MHz ultrasound imaging. The time-dependent and multilayered nature of skin is accounted for by adopting multiple loading protocols which differ with respect to suction probe opening size and rate of tissue deformation. Over 700 suction measurements were conducted and analyzed according to location-specific mechanical and morphological characteristics...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149649/chk1-inhibitors-overcome-imatinib-resistance-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#15
Hu Lei, Jin Jin, Meng Liu, Xiangyun Li, Hao Luo, Li Yang, Hanzhang Xu, Yingli Wu
Drug resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) is currently a clinical problem of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Bcr-Abl protein depletion is considered as a way to overcome drug resistance to TKIs. In our study, Chk1 inhibitors, AZD7762 and MK-8776, had strong antitumor effects on CML cell line KBM5 and imatinib-resistant form KBM5(T315I). Moreover, Chk1 inhibitors showed a strong cytotoxic effect on leukemia cells from primary CML and imatinib-resistance CML patients, but low cytotoxic effect on normal human mononuclear cells...
November 11, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149647/dietary-fish-oil-differentially-ameliorates-high-fructose-diet-induced-hepatic-steatosis-and-hyperlipidemia-in-mice-depending-on-time-of-feeding
#16
Katsutaka Oishi, Tatsuya Konishi, Chiaki Hashimoto, Saori Yamamoto, Yoshinori Takahashi, Yasuhiko Shiina
Chrononutrition is the science of nutrition based on chronobiology. Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that fish oil (FO) reduces the risk of cardiovascular events through various actions such as lowering triglycerides. The present study aimed to determine the time of day when the hypertriglyceridemia-decreasing ability of FO is optimal in mice. A high-fructose diet (HFrD) that induces hyperlipidemia in mice was replaced with the same diet containing 4% FO (HFrD-4% FO) at different times of the day for 2 weeks as described below...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149646/dependence-of-growth-inhibiting-action-of-increased-planting-density-on-capacity-of-lettuce-plants-to-synthesize-aba
#17
Lidiya B Vysotskaya, Tatyana N Arkhipova, Guzel R Kudoyarova, Stanislav Yu Veselov
Inhibition of lettuce plant growth under increased planting density was accompanied by accumulation of abscisic acid (ABA) in the shoots of competing plants. To check causal relationship between these responses we studied the effect of decreased synthesis of ABA on growth indexes and hormonal balance of lettuce plants under elevated density of their planting (one (single) or three (competing) plants per pot). Herbicide fluridone was used to inhibit ABA synthesis. Preliminary experiments with single plants showed that presence of fluridone in the soil solution at rather low concentration (0...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149642/oxidative-stress-cell-cycle-arrest-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-induced-by-tris-1-3-dichloro-2-propyl-phosphate
#18
Hanyan Chen, Pingping Wang, Zhongkun Du, Guowei Wang, Shixiang Gao
Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) is an additive flame retardant of high production volume, and frequently detected in biota and environment. However, knowledge on its potential risk and toxicological mechanism still remains limited. In this study, DNA damage, transcriptomic responses and biochemical changes in the liver of zebrafish (Danio rerio) induced by TDCPP were investigated. Zebrafish was exposed to 45.81μg/L (1/100 (96h-LC50)) and 229.05μg/L (1/20 (96h-LC50)) TDCPP for 7 d. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) and GSH contents, in addition to antioxidant enzyme activities in the liver changed significantly, and the mRNA levels of genes related to oxidative stress were alerted in a dose-dependent and/or sex-dependent manner after exposure to TDCPP...
November 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149636/examining-characteristics-associated-with-quitting-smoking-during-pregnancy-and-relapse-postpartum
#19
Farnaaz Kia, Nicole Tosun, Samantha Carlson, Sharon Allen
INTRODUCTION: Smoking during pregnancy is a significant public health concern that can cause adverse health outcomes for both the mother and fetus. Studies have shown only 40% of women quit smoking during pregnancy, with more than half relapsing within 6months, and up to 90% relapsing within one year. This study investigates differences in demographics and smoking-related symptomatology between pregnant smokers and pregnant quitters, as well as factors associated with postpartum relapse...
November 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149631/prostaglandin-j2-promotes-o-glcnacylation-raising-app-processing-by-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-secretases-relevance-to-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Teneka Jean-Louis, Patricia Rockwell, Maria E Figueiredo-Pereira
Regulation of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing by α- and β-secretases is of special interest to Alzheimer's disease (AD), as these proteases prevent or mediate amyloid beta formation, respectively. Neuroinflammation is also implicated in AD. Our data demonstrate that the endogenous mediator of inflammation prostaglandin J2 (PGJ2) promotes full-length APP (FL-APP) processing by α- and β-secretases. The decrease in FL-APP was independent of proteasomal, lysosomal, calpain, caspase, and γ-secretase activities...
November 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
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