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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806841/genetic-polymorphisms-as-predictive-markers-of-response-to-growth-hormone-therapy-in-children-with-growth-hormone-deficiency
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Anna Maria Jung, Martin Zenker, Christina Lißewski, Denny Schanze, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Tilman Robert Rohrer
Objective Growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) is commonly treated with recombinant human GH (rhGH). Individual response to rhGH therapy varies widely and there is evidence that variations in growth-related genes, e. g. the GH receptor (GHR) gene, may impact treatment response. We aimed to identify genetic polymorphisms which could serve as predictive markers of response to rhGH therapy. Methods We conducted a genetic analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the GHR exon 3 deletion in 101 paediatric GHD patients receiving rhGH...
August 14, 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806776/the-very-low-frequency-band-of-heart-rate-variability-represents-the-slow-recovery-component-after-a-mental-stress-task
#2
Harunobu Usui, Yusuke Nishida
The very low-frequency (VLF) band of heart rate variability (HRV) has different characteristics compared with other HRV components. Here we investigated differences in HRV changes after a mental stress task. After the task, the high-frequency (HF) band and ratio of high- to low-frequency bands (LF/HF) immediately returned to baseline. We evaluated the characteristics of VLF band changes after a mental stress task. We hypothesized that the VLF band decreases during the Stroop color word task and there would be a delayed recovery for 2 h after the task (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806760/endothelial-activation-and-dysfunction-in-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome
#3
Xiao-Kun Li, Zhen-Dong Yang, Juan Du, Bo Xing, Ning Cui, Pan-He Zhang, Hao Li, Xiao-Ai Zhang, Qing-Bin Lu, Wei Liu
BACKGROUND: Pathogenesis of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) has not been well described yet. Recent studies indicate that SFTSV could replicate in endothelial cells. Here we performed a case-control study to determine whether endothelial activation/dysfunction occurred in SFTSV infection and to identify the biomarkers reflecting endothelial dysfunction. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a case-control study of 134 SFTS patients and 68 healthy controls, serum levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, tissue plasminogen activator, P-selectin, platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecular, CD40 ligand, E-selectin, vascular endothelial growth factor A, serum amyloid antigen 1 (SAA-1) and vascular cell adhesion molecular 1 were significantly enhanced in the patients than the controls (all P<0...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806746/selective-small-chemical-inhibitors-of-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-5-with-anti-lung-cancer-activity
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Gui-Mei Kong, Min Yu, Zhongping Gu, Zhi Chen, Rui-Ming Xu, Deon O'Bryant, Zhengxin Wang
Protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) plays critical roles in a wide variety of biological processes, including tumorigenesis. By screening a library of small chemical compounds, we identified eight compounds that selectively inhibit the PRMT5 enzymatic activity, with IC50 values ranging from 0.1 to 6 μM. Molecular docking simulation and site-directed mutagenesis indicated that identified compounds target the substrate-binding site in PRMT5. Treatment of lung cancer cells with identified inhibitors led to inhibition of the symmetrical arginine methylation of SmD3 and histones and the cellular proliferation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806740/community-and-government-managed-marine-protected-areas-increase-fish-size-biomass-and-potential-value
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Angelica A D Chirico, Timothy R McClanahan, Johan S Eklöf
Government-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) can restore small fish stocks, but have been heavily criticized for excluding resource users and creating conflicts. A promising but less studied alternative are community-managed MPAs, where resource users are more involved in MPA design, implementation and enforcement. Here we evaluated effects of government- and community-managed MPAs on the density, size and biomass of seagrass- and coral reef-associated fish, using field surveys in Kenyan coastal lagoons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806718/stochastic-separation-theorems
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A N Gorban, I Y Tyukin
The problem of non-iterative one-shot and non-destructive correction of unavoidable mistakes arises in all Artificial Intelligence applications in the real world. Its solution requires robust separation of samples with errors from samples where the system works properly. We demonstrate that in (moderately) high dimension this separation could be achieved with probability close to one by linear discriminants. Based on fundamental properties of measure concentration, we show that for M<aexp(bn) random M-element sets in R(n) are linearly separable with probability p, p>1-ϑ, where 1>ϑ>0 is a given small constant...
July 31, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806717/efficient-construction-of-sparse-radial-basis-function-neural-networks-using-l1-regularization
#7
Xusheng Qian, He Huang, Xiaoping Chen, Tingwen Huang
This paper investigates the construction of sparse radial basis function neural networks (RBFNNs) for classification problems. An efficient two-phase construction algorithm (which is abbreviated as TPCLR1 for simplicity) is proposed by using L1 regularization. In the first phase, an improved maximum data coverage (IMDC) algorithm is presented for the initialization of RBF centers and widths. Then a specialized Orthant-Wise Limited-memory Quasi-Newton (sOWL-QN) method is employed to perform simultaneous network pruning and parameter optimization in the second phase...
July 27, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806712/association-between-background-parenchymal-enhancement-and-pathologic-complete-remission-throughout-the-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-breast-cancer-patients
#8
Chao You, Weijun Peng, Wenxiang Zhi, Min He, Guangyu Liu, Li Xie, Luan Jiang, Xiaoxin Hu, Xuxia Shen, Yajia Gu
PURPOSE: To retrospectively investigate the quantitative background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) of the contralateral normal breast in patients with unilateral invasive breast cancer throughout multiple monitoring points of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and to further determine whether BPE is associated with tumor response, especially at the early stage of NAC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 90 patients with unilateral breast cancer who then received six or eight cycles of NAC before surgery were analyzed retrospectively...
August 11, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806711/the-potential-of-an-automated-system-to-identify-the-upper-limb-component-of-a-controlled-sitting-posture
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María B Sánchez, Ian Loram, John Darby, Paul Holmes, Penelope B Butler
Full trunk control in sitting is demonstrated only when the head-trunk are aligned and upper limbs remain free of contact from mechanical support. These components represent a Controlled Kinetic Chain and can be evaluated in people with neuromotor disability using the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) when a therapist provides manual trunk support at different segmental levels. However, the SATCo, as with other clinical assessments of control, is subjective. The SATCo was translated to objective rules relating the position of the hands and elbows to the head-trunk and then tested to determine the extent to which this automated objective method replicated the clinical judgement...
August 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806701/application-of-different-spectrophotometric-methods-for-simultaneous-determination-of-elbasvir-and-grazoprevir-in-pharmaceutical-preparation
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Khalid A M Attia, Nasr M El-Abasawi, Ahmed El-Olemy, Ahmed H Abdelazim
The first three UV spectrophotometric methods have been developed of simultaneous determination of two new FDA approved drugs namely; elbasvir and grazoprevir in their combined pharmaceutical dosage form. These methods include simultaneous equation, partial least squares with and without variable selection procedure (genetic algorithm). For simultaneous equation method, the absorbance values at 369 (λmax of elbasvir) and 253nm (λmax of grazoprevir) have been selected for the formation of two simultaneous equations required for the mathematical processing and quantitative analysis of the studied drugs...
August 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806698/fluorescence-and-electron-paramagnetic-resonance-studies-of-norfloxacin-and-n-donor-mixed-ligand-ternary-copper-ii-complexes-stability-and-interaction-with-sds-micelles
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Gabriel S Vignoli Muniz, Jimmy Llontop Incio, Odivaldo C Alves, Klaus Krambrock, Letícia R Teixeira, Sonia R W Louro
The stability of ternary copper(II) complexes of a heterocyclic ligand, L (L being 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) or 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)) and the fluorescent antibacterial agent norfloxacin (NFX) as the second ligand was studied at pH7.4 and different ionic strengths. Fluorescence quenching upon titration of NFX with the binary complexes allowed to obtain stability constants for NFX binding, Kb, as a function of ionic strength. The Kb values vary by more than two orders of magnitude when buffer concentration varies from 0...
August 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806685/ecofriendly-gold-nanoparticles-lysozyme-interaction-thermodynamical-perspectives
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Swarup Roy, Shailendra K Saxena, Suryakant Mishra, Priyanka Yogi, P R Sagdeo, Rajesh Kumar
In the featured work interaction between biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (GNP) and lysozyme (Lys) has been studied using multi-spectroscopic approach. A moderate association constant (Kapp) of 2.66×10(4)L/mol has been observed indicative of interactive nature. The binding constant (Kb) was 1.99, 6.30 and 31.6×10(4)L/mol at 291, 298 and 305K respectively and the number of binding sites (n) was found to be approximately one. Estimated values of thermodynamic parameters (Enthalpy change, ΔH=141.99kJ/mol, entropy change, ΔS=570J/mol/K, Gibbs free energy change, ΔG=-27...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806679/development-of-a-predictive-model-for-lead-cadmium-and-fluorine-soil-water-partition-coefficients-using-sparse-multiple-linear-regression-analysis
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Kengo Nakamura, Tetsuo Yasutaka, Tatsu Kuwatani, Takeshi Komai
In this study, we applied sparse multiple linear regression (SMLR) analysis to clarify the relationships between soil properties and adsorption characteristics for a range of soils across Japan and identify easily-obtained physical and chemical soil properties that could be used to predict K and n values of cadmium, lead and fluorine. A model was first constructed that can easily predict the K and n values from nine soil parameters (pH, cation exchange capacity, specific surface area, total carbon, soil organic matter from loss on ignition and water holding capacity, the ratio of sand, silt and clay)...
July 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806676/occurrence-and-air-soil-exchange-of-organochlorine-pesticides-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-at-a-cawnet-background-site-in-central-china-implications-for-influencing-factors-and-fate
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Lingxi Zhan, Tian Lin, Zuwu Wang, Zhineng Cheng, Gan Zhang, Xiaopu Lyu, Hairong Cheng
Ambient air and soil samples were collected between March 2012 and March 2013 at Jinsha, a regional background site in central China, to measure the concentrations of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The average concentrations of total OCPs and total PCBs were 191 ± 107 and 39.4 ± 27.1 pg/m(3) in air (gaseous and particulate phase) and 0.585 ± 0.437 and 0.083 ± 0.039 ng/g in soil, respectively. The higher concentrations of p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (p,p'-DDT) and p,p'-DDT/p,p'-DDE ratios in the soil indicated recent p,p'-DDT input to the soil...
August 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806664/porous-plga-microparticles-formed-by-one-step-emulsification-for-pulmonary-drug-delivery-the-surface-morphology-and-the-aerodynamic-properties
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Shinnosuke Nishimura, Taku Takami, Yoshihiko Murakami
In the present study, by using a newly developed one-step emulsification technique, we tried to prepare porous PLGA particles having a proper diameter and surface morphology in order to achieve both a high efficient delivery of the particles to the lungs and a phagocytosis-avoidance ability. We found that our porous particles have the very low tapped density of 0.04g/cm(3). Experimental and theoretical studies strongly suggest that the shape factor should not be determined only by the outline of the particles, although previous research assigned a value of 1 to the shape factor for particles regardless of the presence of pores and their distribution...
August 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806645/evaluation-of-the-binding-of-four-anti-tumor-casiope%C3%A3-nas%C3%A2-to-human-serum-albumin
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Isabel Correia, Sladjana Borovic, Isabel Cavaco, Cristina P Matos, Somnath Roy, Hugo M Santos, Luz Fernandes, José L Capelo, Lena Ruiz-Azuara, João Costa Pessoa
The metal complexes designated by Casiopeínas® are mixed-ligand Cu(II)-compounds some of them having promising antineoplastic properties. We report studies of binding of Cu(glycinato)(4,7-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline) (Cas-II-Gly (1)), Cu(acetylacetonato)(4,7-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline) (Cas-III-Ea (2)), Cu(glycinato)(4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine) (Cas-IV-Gly (3)) and Cu(acetylacetonato)(4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine) (Cas-III-ia (4)) to human serum albumin (HSA) by circular dichroism (CD), Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806632/clinical-utility-of-serum-lactate-levels-for-differential-diagnosis-of-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-from-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-and-syncope
#17
Ebru Apaydın Doğan, Ali Ünal, Aslıhan Ünal, Çağla Erdoğan
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), and syncope constitutes a major challenge. Misdiagnosis rates up to 20 to 30% are reported in the literature. PURPOSE: To assess the clinical utility of serum lactate levels for differentiation of GTCS, PNES, and syncope based on gender differences. METHODS: Data from 270 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Only patients ≥18 years old with the final diagnosis of GTCS, PNES, or syncope in their chart were recruited...
August 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806619/a-long-term-recurrence-free-survival-of-a-patient-with-the-mixed-adeno-neuroendocrine-bile-duct-carcinoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Wataru Izumo, Ryota Higuchi, Takehisa Yazawa, Shuichiro Uemura, Yutaro Matsunaga, Masahiro Shiihara, Toru Furukawa, Masakazu Yamamoto
INTRODUCTION: Neuroendocrine tumors arising primarily in the bile duct are rare. And among these tumors, mixed adeno-neuroendocrine carcinoma (MANEC) is quite uncommon. We report a patient with MANEC who achieved long-term recurrence-free survival. And our case report includes analysis previous case reports. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 66-year-old man underwent investigation for persistent anorexia and fatigue. Laboratory tests showed that the values of hepatobiliary enzymes were increased...
August 4, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806614/altered-interaction-with-environmental-reinforcers-in-major-depressive-disorder-relationship-to-anhedonia
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Joanna E Szczepanik, Maura L Furey, Allison C Nugent, Ioline D Henter, Carlos A Zarate, Carl W Lejuez
Anhedonia-defined as loss of interest or pleasure-is one of two core symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD). Anhedonia may involve decreased enjoyment of potentially rewarding activities and decreased motivation to engage in such activities. Increased engagement with reinforcers-activities with the potential to be positive experiences-is a frequent target of cognitive-behavioral therapies. Nevertheless, how environmental reinforcers are perceived, and how decisions to approach or avoid them are made by individuals with MDD, is largely unknown...
August 3, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806602/exposure-of-european-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax-to-chemically-dispersed-oil-has-a-chronic-residual-effect-on-hypoxia-tolerance-but-not-aerobic-scope
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Yangfan Zhang, Florian Mauduit, Anthony P Farrell, Denis Chabot, Hélène Ollivier, Adrien Rio-Cabello, Stéphane Le Floch, Guy Claireaux
We tested the hypothesis that the chronic residual effects of an acute exposure of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) to chemically dispersed crude oil is manifest in indices of hypoxic performance rather than aerobic performance. Sea bass were pre-screened with a hypoxia challenge test to establish their incipient lethal oxygen saturation (ILOS), but on discovering a wide breadth for individual ILOS values (2.6-11.0% O2 saturation), fish were subsequently subdivided into either hypoxia sensitive (HS) or hypoxia tolerant (HT) phenotypes, traits that were shown to be experimentally repeatable...
August 1, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
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