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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646369/impacts-of-a-temporary-urban-pop-up-park-on-physical-activity-and-other-individual-and-community-level-outcomes
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Deborah Salvo, Jorge A Banda, Jylana L Sheats, Sandra J Winter, Daniela Lopes Dos Santos, Abby C King
Physical inactivity is a known risk factor for obesity and a number of chronic diseases. Modifying the physical features of neighborhoods to provide residents with equitable and convenient access to spaces for physical activity (PA) is a promising strategy for promoting PA. Public urban recreation spaces (e.g., parks) play an important role in promoting PA and are potentially an important neighborhood element for optimizing social capital and liveability in cities. Most studies examining the effects of park availability and use on PA have focused on traditional, permanent parks...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646365/post-diagnosis-serum-insulin-like-growth-factors-in-relation-to-dietary-and-lifestyle-changes-in-the-prostate-testing-for-cancer-and-treatment-protect-trial
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Vanessa Er, Kalina Biernacka, Andrew J Simpkin, Richard M Martin, Mona Jeffreys, Pauline Emmett, Rebecca Gilbert, Kerry N L Avery, Eleanor Walsh, Michael Davis, Jenny L Donovan, David E Neal, Freddie C Hamdy, Jeff M P Holly, J Athene Lane
PURPOSE: The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system is modifiable by diet and lifestyle, and has been linked to prostate cancer development and progression. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 621 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer to investigate the associations of dietary and lifestyle changes with post-diagnosis circulating levels of IGF-I and IGFBP-3. We used analysis of covariance to estimate the associations, controlling for baseline IGF-I or IGFBP-3, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646209/upregulation-of-circulating-microrna-134-in-adult-onset-still-s-disease-and-its-use-as-potential-biomarker
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Tsai-Ling Liao, Yi-Ming Chen, Chia-Wei Hsieh, Hsin-Hua Chen, Hsiu-Chin Lee, Wei-Ting Hung, Kuo-Tung Tang, Der-Yuan Chen
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a multi-systemic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology. To date, no single diagnostic test is available for AOSD. Herein, we investigated the pathogenic role of microRNAs in AOSD. MicroRNA profiles in plasma from AOSD patients and healthy controls were analyzed by microarray analysis, followed by quantitative reverse transcription PCR validation. The biological functions of microRNAs were evaluated using in vitro cell-based assay. Among the differentially expressed microRNAs, microRNA-134 (miR-134) expression was positively correlated with AOSD activity scores and significantly decreased after effective treatment...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645969/protocol-for-the-residents-in-action-pilot-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-riat-evaluating-a-behaviour-change-intervention-to-promote-walking-reduce-sitting-and-improve-mental-health-in-physically-inactive-older-adults-in-retirement-villages
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Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Ashlene Wright, Eleanor Quested, Elissa Burton, Keith D Hill, Ester Cerin, Stuart J H Biddle, Nikos Ntoumanis
INTRODUCTION: Ageing is accompanied by increased risks of chronic disease, declined functioning and increased dependency. Physical activity is critical to retaining health and independence, but the majority of older people are insufficiently physically active to achieve these benefits and have high levels of sedentary (sitting) time. Activity programmes are often offered in retirement villages; however, their uptake is limited. Furthermore, although the physical environment in and around these villages can play an important role in decisions to be physically active, its role is often overlooked by research in these settings...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645259/adapted-yoga-to-improve-physical-function-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-physically-inactive-older-adults-a-randomised-controlled-pilot-trial
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Garry A Tew, Jenny Howsam, Matthew Hardy, Laura Bissell
BACKGROUND: Yoga is a holistic therapy of expanding popularity, which has the potential to produce a range of physical, mental and social benefits. This trial evaluated the feasibility and effects of an adapted yoga programme on physical function and health-related quality of life in physically-inactive older adults. METHODS: In this randomised controlled pilot trial, 52 older adults (90% female; mean age 74.8 years, SD 7.2) were randomised 1:1 to a yoga programme or wait-list control...
June 23, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644786/antecedents-and-consequences-of-medical-students-moral-decision-making-during-professionalism-dilemmas
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Lynn Monrouxe, Malissa Shaw, Charlotte Rees
Medical students often experience professionalism dilemmas (which differ from ethical dilemmas) wherein students sometimes witness and/or participate in patient safety, dignity, and consent lapses. When faced with such dilemmas, students make moral decisions. If students' action (or inaction) runs counter to their perceived moral values-often due to organizational constraints or power hierarchies-they can suffer moral distress, burnout, or a desire to leave the profession. If moral transgressions are rationalized as being for the greater good, moral distress can decrease as dilemmas are experienced more frequently (habituation); if no learner benefit is seen, distress can increase with greater exposure to dilemmas (disturbance)...
June 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644022/hot-spot-residues-to-be-mutated-common-in-g-protein-coupled-receptors-of-class-a-identification-of-thermostabilizing-mutations-followed-by-determination-of-three-dimensional-structures-for-two-example-receptors
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Satoshi Yasuda, Yuta Kajiwara, Yosuke Toyoda, Kazushi Morimoto, Ryoji Suno, So Iwata, Takuya Kobayashi, Takeshi Murata, Masahiro Kinoshita
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are indispensable to life and also implicated in a number of diseases, construct important drug targets. For the efficient structure-guided drug design, however, their structural stabilities must be enhanced. An amino-acid mutation is known to possibly lead to the enhancement, but currently available experimental and theoretical methods for identifying stabilizing mutations suffer such drawbacks as the incapability of exploring the whole mutational space with minor effort and the unambiguous physical origin of the enhanced or lowered stability...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643783/cdt1-stabilizes-an-open-mcm-ring-for-helicase-loading
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Jordi Frigola, Jun He, Kerstin Kinkelin, Valerie E Pye, Ludovic Renault, Max E Douglas, Dirk Remus, Peter Cherepanov, Alessandro Costa, John F X Diffley
ORC, Cdc6 and Cdt1 act together to load hexameric MCM, the motor of the eukaryotic replicative helicase, into double hexamers at replication origins. Here we show that Cdt1 interacts with MCM subunits Mcm2, 4 and 6, which both destabilizes the Mcm2-5 interface and inhibits MCM ATPase activity. Using X-ray crystallography, we show that Cdt1 contains two winged-helix domains in the C-terminal half of the protein and a catalytically inactive dioxygenase-related N-terminal domain, which is important for MCM loading, but not for subsequent replication...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643554/combined-effects-of-physical-inactivity-and-acute-hyperglycemia-on-arterial-distensibility
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David Montero, Sune Dandanell, Laura Oberholzer, Stefanie Keiser, Andreas Breenfeldt-Andersen, Thomas Haider, Mario Merlini, Anne-Kristine Meinild-Lundby, Carsten Lundby
Arterial distensibility, an independent predictor of cardiovascular events, is transiently increased with acute hyperglycemia (AHG) in healthy individuals. Whether this response interacts with physical inactivity remains unknown. We examined the effects of short-term bed rest (BR) on the response of carotid artery distensibility (CD) to AHG, and the influence of underlying changes in insulin resistance and blood volume. CD was assessed with ultrasonography before as well as 30 and 120 minutes following ingestion of 75 g of glucose prior to and after 3 days of BR in 15 healthy male volunteers...
June 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643197/ampk-is-activated-early-in-cerebellar-granule-cells-undergoing-apoptosis-and-influences-vadc1-phosphorylation-status-and-activity
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A Bobba, E Casalino, G Amadoro, V A Petragallo, A Atlante
The neurodegeneration of cerebellar granule cells, after low potassium induced apoptosis, is known to be temporally divided into an early and a late phase. Voltage-dependent anion channel-1 (VDAC1) protein, changing from the closed inactive state to the active open state, is central to the switch between the early and late phase. It is also known that: (i) VDAC1 can undergo phosphorylation events and (ii) AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), the sensor of cellular stress, may have a role in neuronal homeostasis...
June 22, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642166/frontal-alpha-oscillations-and-attentional-control-a-virtual-reality-neurofeedback-study
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Anna M Berger, Eddy J Davelaar
Two competing views about alpha oscillations suggest that cortical alpha reflect either cortical inactivity or cortical processing efficiency. We investigate the role of alpha oscillations in attentional control, as measured with a Stroop task. We use neurofeedback to train 22 participants to increase their level of alpha amplitude. Based on the conflict/control loop theory, we selected to train prefrontal alpha and focus on the Gratton effect as an index of deployment of attentional control. We expected an increase or a decrease in the Gratton effect with increase in neural learning depending on whether frontal alpha oscillations reflect cortical idling or enhanced processing efficiency, respectively...
June 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642151/the-role-of-the-lb-structural-loop-and-its-interactions-with-the-pdz-domain-of-the-human-htra3-protease
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Tomasz Wenta, Przemysław Glaza, Mirosław Jarząb, Urszula Zarzecka, Dorota Żurawa-Janicka, Adam Lesner, Joanna Skórko-Glonek, Barbara Lipińska
Human HtrA3 protease is a proapoptotic protein, involved in embryo implantation and oncogenesis. In stress conditions the protease is activated by removal of its N-terminal domain. The activated form, ΔN-HtrA3L is a homotrimer composed of the protease (PD) and PDZ domains. The LB structural loop of the PD is longer by six amino acid residues than its counterparts of other human HtrA proteins and interacts with the PDZ in a way not observed in other known HtrA structures. By size exclusion chromatography of the ΔN-HtrA3L mutated variants we found that removal of the additional LB loop residues caused a complete loss of the proper trimeric structure while impairing their interactions with the PDZ domain decreased the amount of the trimers...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642038/functional-characterization-of-21-allelic-variants-of-dihydropyrimidinase
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Eiji Hishinuma, Fumika Akai, Yoko Narita, Masamitsu Maekawa, Hiroaki Yamaguchi, Nariyasu Mano, Akifumi Oda, Noriyasu Hirasawa, Masahiro Hiratsuka
Dihydropyrimidinase (DHP, EC 3.5.2.2), encoded by the gene DPYS, is the second enzyme in the catabolic pathway of pyrimidine and of fluoropyrimidine drugs such as 5-fluorouracil, which are commonly used in anticancer treatment; DHP catalyzes the hydrolytic ring opening of dihydrouracil and dihydro-5-fluorouracil. DPYS mutations are known to contribute to interindividual variations in the toxicity of fluoropyrimidine drugs, but the functional characterization of DHP allelic variants remains inadequate. In this study, in vitro analysis was performed on 22 allelic variants of DHP by transiently expressing wild-type DHP and 21 DHP variants in 293FT cells and characterizing their enzymatic activities by using dihydrouracil and dihydro-5-fluorouracil as substrates...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641995/acetylator-status-impacts-amifampridine-phosphate-firdapse%C3%A2-pharmacokinetics-and-exposure-to-a-greater-extent-than-renal-function
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Peter E Haroldsen, Zlatko Sisic, Joe Datt, Donald G Musson, Gary Ingenito
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of amifampridine phosphate (Firdapse™) and its major inactive 3-N-acetyl metabolite in renally impaired and healthy individuals with slow acetylator (SA) and rapid acetylator (RA) phenotypes. METHODS: This was a Phase I, multicenter, open-label study of the PK properties and safety profile of amifampridine phosphate in individuals with normal, mild, moderate, or severely impaired renal function...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641915/the-antimicrobial-spectrum-of-xeroform-%C3%A2
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David J Barillo, Anthony R Barillo, Sarah Korn, Kan Lam, Paul S Attar
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Xeroform(®) is a petrolatum-based fine mesh gauze containing 3% bismuth tribromophenate. Bismuth, similar to other metals, has antimicrobial properties. Xeroform(®) has been used for decades in burn and plastic surgery as a donor site dressing and as a covering for wounds or partial thickness burns. Despite this, the antimicrobial spectrum of Xeroform(®) remains largely unknown. We examined the in-vitro efficacy of Xeroform(®) against common burn pathogens using zone-of-inhibition methodology in a commercial research facility...
June 19, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641591/foucault-retires-to-the-gym-understanding-embodied-aging-in-the-third-age
#16
Kristi A Allain, Barbara Marshall
In light of recent social pressures leading to a reimagining of the "Third Age" as a time of constant activity rather than repose and relaxation, this article explores the pressure on individuals to age "successfully" by engaging in physical activity in later life. Through semi-structured interviews with 15 retired or semi-retired gym-goers (eight women and seven men), the article examines how this call to increased activity impacts the ways active mid-life and older adults understand themselves and others...
June 23, 2017: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641528/drug-design-synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-substituted-benzofurans-as-hsp90-inhibitors
#17
Sundeep Kadasi, Thadeu E M M Costa, Neha Arukala, Mallika Toshakani, Chaitanya Duggineti, Sreekanth Thota, Sayan Dutta Gupta, Shiva Raj, Carmen Penido, Maria G Henriques, Nulgumnalli Manjunathaiah Raghavendra
BACKGROUND: Heat shock protein 90 is a molecular chaperone required for the stability and function of several client proteins that promote cancer cell growth and/or survival. Discovery of Hsp90 inhibitors has emerged as an attractive target of research in cancer therapeutics. Natural products like geldanamycin and radicicol are established Hsp90 inhibitors, but face limitations with toxicity and inactivity, by in vivo studies respectively. However, they lay the logical starting point for the design of novel synthetic or semi-synthetic congeners as Hsp90 inhibitors...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641189/qualitative-and-quantitative-simulation-of-androgen-receptor-antagonists-a-case-study-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers
#18
Yang Wu, Wei Shi, Pu Xia, Xiaowei Zhang, Hongxia Yu
Recently, great attention has been paid to the identification and prediction of the androgen disrupting potencies of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). However, few existing models can discriminate active and inactive compounds, which make the quantitative prediction process including the quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) technique unreliable. In this study, different grouping methods were investigated and compared for qualitative identification, including molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations (MD)...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640740/differential-effects-of-isc-operon-mutations-on-the-biosynthesis-and-activity-of-key-anaerobic-metalloenzymes-in-escherichia-coli
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Monique Jaroschinsky, Constanze Pinske, R Gary Sawers
Escherichia coli has two machineries for the synthesis of FeS clusters, namely Isc (iron-sulfur cluster) and Suf (sulfur formation). The Isc machinery, encoded by the iscRSUA-hscBA-fdx-iscXoperon, plays a crucial role in the biogenesis of FeS clusters for the oxidoreductases of aerobic metabolism. Less is known, however, about the role of ISC in the maturation of key multi-subunit metalloenzymes of anaerobic metabolism. Here, we determined the contribution of each iscoperon gene product towards the functionality of the major anaerobic oxidoreductases in E...
June 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640230/total-flavonoids-of-drynariae-rhizoma-prevent-bone-loss-induced-by-hindlimb-unloading-in-rats
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Shuanghong Song, Ziyang Gao, Xujun Lei, Yinbo Niu, Yuan Zhang, Cuiqin Li, Yi Lu, Zhezhi Wang, Peng Shang
Drynariae Rhizoma is a kidney-tonifying herb that has a long history in clinical practice for the treatment of bone fractures and joint diseases in China. Flavonoids are considered to be its major active ingredients and are reported to ease bone loss in ovariectomized rats. However, the beneficial effects of the total flavonoids of Drynariae Rhizoma on osteoporosis caused by microgravity or mechanical inactivity remain unknown. This study assessed the effects of total Drynariae Rhizoma flavonoids (DRTF, Qihuang, Beijing, China, national medicine permit No...
June 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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