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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923162/comparison-of-different-osmotic-therapies-in-a-mouse-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Vinoth K M Khandelwal, Prabhakar Singh, Tatiana Ravingerova, Marslin Gregory, Hardik Gandhi, Manu Chaudhary
BACKGROUND: Inflammation in the affected region, increased intracranial pressure, consequent oedema and congestion contribute to the negative outcome of traumatic brain injury. Osmotic therapies are recommended for improvement in cognitive and motor functions. Aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of osmotic therapies in a mice model of traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Experimental closed head injury was performed in adult Swiss albino mice by the weight-drop method...
October 11, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923140/h2s-adsorption-onto-cu-zn-ni-nanoparticles-loaded-activated-carbon-and-ni-co-nanoparticles-loaded-%C3%AE-al2o3-optimization-and-adsorption-isotherms
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A Daneshyar, M Ghaedi, M M Sabzehmeidani, A Daneshyar
The nanocomposites based on copper, zinc and nickel were loaded on activated carbon (Cu-Zn-Ni-NPs-AC) and cobalt and nickel nanoparticles was loaded on γ-alumina (Ni-Co-NPs-γAl2O3) and applied for removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from natural gas and their efficiency were compared. Cu-Zn-Ni/AC and Ni-Co/γ-Al2O3 was characterized using different techniques such as energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The effects of variables such as amount of adsorbent, flow rate, temperature, pressure and volume of gas on H2S removal were examined and optimum values were found to be 0...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923064/sparse-regression-based-structure-learning-of-stochastic-reaction-networks-from-single-cell-snapshot-time-series
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Anna Klimovskaia, Stefan Ganscha, Manfred Claassen
Stochastic chemical reaction networks constitute a model class to quantitatively describe dynamics and cell-to-cell variability in biological systems. The topology of these networks typically is only partially characterized due to experimental limitations. Current approaches for refining network topology are based on the explicit enumeration of alternative topologies and are therefore restricted to small problem instances with almost complete knowledge. We propose the reactionet lasso, a computational procedure that derives a stepwise sparse regression approach on the basis of the Chemical Master Equation, enabling large-scale structure learning for reaction networks by implicitly accounting for billions of topology variants...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923062/the-kinematics-of-plant-nutation-reveals-a-simple-relation-between-curvature-and-the-orientation-of-differential-growth
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Renaud Bastien, Yasmine Meroz
Nutation is an oscillatory movement that plants display during their development. Despite its ubiquity among plants movements, the relation between the observed movement and the underlying biological mechanisms remains unclear. Here we show that the kinematics of the full organ in 3D give a simple picture of plant nutation, where the orientation of the curvature along the main axis of the organ aligns with the direction of maximal differential growth. Within this framework we reexamine the validity of widely used experimental measurements of the apical tip as markers of growth dynamics...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923060/the-limitations-of-model-based-experimental-design-and-parameter-estimation-in-sloppy-systems
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Andrew White, Malachi Tolman, Howard D Thames, Hubert Rodney Withers, Kathy A Mason, Mark K Transtrum
We explore the relationship among experimental design, parameter estimation, and systematic error in sloppy models. We show that the approximate nature of mathematical models poses challenges for experimental design in sloppy models. In many models of complex biological processes it is unknown what are the relevant physical mechanisms that must be included to explain system behaviors. As a consequence, models are often overly complex, with many practically unidentifiable parameters. Furthermore, which mechanisms are relevant/irrelevant vary among experiments...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922944/oocyte-vitrification-for-elective-fertility-preservation-the-past-present-and-future
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Vinay Gunnala, Glenn Schattman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Oocyte cryopreservation is no longer experimental and one of its rapidly growing indications is elective fertility preservation. Currently there is no sufficient evidence to support its practice and therefore its place in IVF remains uncertain. RECENT FINDINGS: Vitrification has superior post-thaw survival and fertilization outcomes compared with oocytes that were frozen with the slow-freeze technique. Oocyte vitrification produces similar IVF outcomes compared with fresh oocytes and is not associated with further obstetrical or perinatal morbidity...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922844/prediction-of-acute-postoperative-pain-following-breast-cancer-surgery-using-the-pain-sensitivity-questionnaire-a-cohort-study
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Benno Rehberg, Stanislas Mathivon, Christophe Combescure, Yannick Mercier, Georges L Savoldelli
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have indicated that preoperative pain sensitivity correlates with postoperative pain intensity, and thus may be used to predict severe postoperative pain. Self-rating of pain sensitivity using the "Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire (PSQ)" may be an adjunct to these measures. METHODS: We tested the predictive ability of the PSQ as well as experimental parameters of pain sensitivity and other known risk factors for acute pain in 198 patients scheduled for breast cancer surgery...
January 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922826/phenotypic-spandrel-absolute-discrimination-and-ligand-antagonism
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Paul François, Mathieu Hemery, Kyle A Johnson, Laura N Saunders
We consider the general problem of sensitive and specific discrimination between biochemical species. An important instance is immune discrimination between self and not-self, where it is also observed experimentally that ligands just below the discrimination threshold negatively impact response, a phenomenon called antagonism. We characterize mathematically the generic properties of such discrimination, first relating it to biochemical adaptation. Then, based on basic biochemical rules, we establish that, surprisingly, antagonism is a generic consequence of any strictly specific discrimination made independently from ligand concentration...
December 6, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922631/dataset-of-eye-disease-related-proteins-analyzed-using-the-unfolding-mutation-screen
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Caitlyn L McCafferty, Yuri V Sergeev
A number of genetic diseases are a result of missense mutations in protein structure. These mutations can lead to severe protein destabilization and misfolding. The unfolding mutation screen (UMS) is a computational method that calculates unfolding propensities for every possible missense mutation in a protein structure. The UMS validation demonstrated a good agreement with experimental and phenotypical data. 15 protein structures (a combination of homology models and crystal structures) were analyzed using UMS...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922629/a-collection-of-european-sweet-cherry-phenology-data-for-assessing-climate-change
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Bénédicte Wenden, José Antonio Campoy, Julien Lecourt, Gregorio López Ortega, Michael Blanke, Sanja Radičević, Elisabeth Schüller, Andreas Spornberger, Danilo Christen, Hugo Magein, Daniela Giovannini, Carlos Campillo, Svetoslav Malchev, José Miguel Peris, Mekjell Meland, Rolf Stehr, Gérard Charlot, José Quero-García
Professional and scientific networks built around the production of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) led to the collection of phenology data for a wide range of cultivars grown in experimental sites characterized by highly contrasted climatic conditions. We present a dataset of flowering and maturity dates, recorded each year for one tree when available, or the average of several trees for each cultivar, over a period of 37 years (1978-2015). Such a dataset is extremely valuable for characterizing the phenological response to climate change, and the plasticity of the different cultivars' behaviour under different environmental conditions...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922195/the-neuropeptide-cortistatin-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-myocarditis-via-inhibition-of-cardiomyogenic-t-cell-driven-inflammatory-responses
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Virginia Delgado-Maroto, Clara P Falo, Irene Forte-Lago, Norma Adan, Maria Morell, Elena Maganto-Garcia, Gema Robledo, Francisco O'Valle, Andrew H Lichtman, Elena Gonzalez-Rey, Mario Delgado
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Myocarditis is an inflammatory and autoimmune cardiovascular disease that causes dilated myocardiopathy and is responsible of high morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cortistatin is a neuropeptide produced by neurons and cells of immune and vascular systems. Besides its action in locomotor activity and sleep, cortistatin inhibits inflammation in different experimental models of autoimmune diseases. However, its role in inflammatory cardiovascular disorders is unexplored...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922176/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-sitagliptin-reduces-inflammation-fibrosis-and-preserves-diastolic-function-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Grazia Esposito, Donato Cappetta, Rosa Russo, Alessia Rivellino, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Fiorentina Roviezzo, Elena Piegari, L Liberato Berrino, Francesco Rossi, Antonella De Angelis, Konrad Urbanek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a systemic syndrome driven by co-morbidities and its pathophysiology is poorly understood. Several studies suggesting that dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) might be involved in the pathophysiology of heart failure prompted experimental and clinical investigations of DPP4 inhibitors on cardiovascular system. The aim of our study was to determine whether DPP4 inhibitor sitagliptin (SITA) affects the progression of HFpEF independently from the effects on glycaemia...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921998/localized-charge-imaging-with-scanning-kelvin-probe-microscopy
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M F Orihuela, A M Somoza, J Colchero, M Ortuño, E Palacios-Lidón
In this work, we propose an intuitive and easily implementable approach to model and interpret scanning Kelvin probe microscopy images of insulating samples with localized charges. The method, based on the image charges method, has been validated by a systematic comparison of its predictions with experimental measurements performed on charge domains of different sizes, injected in polymethyl methacrylate discontinuous films. The agreement between predictions and experimental lateral profiles, as well as with spectroscopy tip-sample distance curves, supports its consistency...
December 6, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921349/repeated-trauma-exposure-does-not-impair-distress-reduction-during-imaginal-exposure-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Alissa B Jerud, Frank J Farach, Michele Bedard-Gilligan, Hillary Smith, Lori A Zoellner, Norah C Feeny
BACKGROUND: Based on experimental research on threat extinction, individuals exposed to repeated traumatic events may have impaired outcome in exposure therapy compared to those who have experienced a single trauma (Lang & McTeague, ). This study examined whether repeated trauma exposure predicts smaller changes in self-reported distress during imaginal exposure and worse outcomes for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHODS: Adults (N = 116) with chronic PTSD received up to 10 sessions of prolonged exposure (PE) therapy...
December 6, 2016: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921336/magnetic-anisotropy-in-pentacoordinate-ni-ii-and-co-ii-complexes-unraveling-electronic-and-geometrical-contributions
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Talal Mallah, Benjamin Cahier, Mauro Perfetti, Georges Zakhia, Daoud Naoufal, Fatima El-Khatib, Régis Guillot, Eric Rivière, Roberta Sessoli, Anne-Laure Barra, Nathalie Guihéry
The magnetic properties of the pentacoordinated [MII(Me4cyclam)N3]+ (Me4cyclam = tetramethylcyclam; N3 = azido and M = Ni and Co) complexes were investigated. Magnetization and EPR studies indicate that they possess an easy plane of magnetization with the axial anisotropy parameters D being close to 22 and larger than 30 cm-1 for the Ni and Co derivative, respectively. Ab initio calculations reproduce the experimental values of the zero field splitting parameters and allow determining the orientation of the anisotropy tensor axes with respect to the molecular frame...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921313/can-the-arts-get-under-the-skin-arts-and-cortisol-for-economically-disadvantaged-children
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Eleanor D Brown, Mallory L Garnett, Kate E Anderson, Jean-Philippe Laurenceau
This within-subjects experimental study investigated the influence of the arts on cortisol for economically disadvantaged children. Participants were 310 children, ages 3-5 years, who attended a Head Start preschool and were randomly assigned to participate in different schedules of arts and homeroom classes on different days of the week. Cortisol was sampled at morning baseline and after arts and homeroom classes on two different days at start, middle, and end of the year. For music, dance, and visual arts, grouped and separately, results of piecewise hierarchical linear modeling with time-varying predictors suggested cortisol was lower after an arts versus homeroom class at middle and end of the year but not start of the year...
December 6, 2016: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921304/hyperthermia-thermal-injuries-and-death-from-a-forced-convection-heat-source-a-case-report-and-experimental-model
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Amanda O Fisher-Hubbard, LokMan Sung, Sean A Hubbard, Leigh Hlavaty
Heat-related deaths of children are most often encountered in the context of enclosed vehicles in summer months. Deviating from this, a 16-month-old boy was found unresponsive in a stroller that was placed adjacent to a space heater during mid-winter. The cause of death was hyperthermia and thermal injuries. Manner of death determination was difficult due to alleged surrounding circumstances. To understand the time-course of this child's injuries, a child death scene investigation was performed; the stroller and space heater were recovered...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921254/the-impact-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-neurodegeneration-tnf-%C3%AE-concentration-in-hypothalamus-and-csf-to-plasma-ratio-of-insulin-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
#18
Ghazaleh Nameni, Ghazaleh Hajiluian, Parviz Shahabi, Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Mehran Mesgari-Abbasi, Mohammad-Reza Hemmati, Seyed Mahdi Vatandoust
There is growing evidence that obesity can lead to neurodegeneration induced by pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α). Moreover, obesity is associated with reduced transport of insulin through the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Insulin deficiency in the brain especially in the hypothalamus region has neurodegenerative and obesity-promoting effects. Because of the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of vitamin D, in the current experimental study, we aimed to investigate the effects of vitamin D supplementation on neurodegeneration, TNF-α concentration in the hypothalamus, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to serum ratio of insulin in high-fat-diet-induced obese rats...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921189/homogenized-constrained-mixture-models-for-anisotropic-volumetric-growth-and-remodeling
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F A Braeu, A Seitz, R C Aydin, C J Cyron
Constrained mixture models for soft tissue growth and remodeling have attracted increasing attention over the last decade. They can capture the effects of the simultaneous presence of multiple constituents that are continuously deposited and degraded at in general different rates, which is important to understand essential features of living soft tissues that cannot be captured by simple kinematic growth models. Recently the novel concept of homogenized constrained mixture models was introduced. It was shown that these models produce results which are very similar (and in certain limit cases even identical) to the ones of constrained mixture models based on multi-network theory...
December 5, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921147/can-the-alendronate-dosage-be-altered-when-combined-with-high-frequency-loading-in-osteoporosis-treatment
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C B Correa, G V Camargos, M Chatterjee, M F Mesquita, A A Del Bel Cury, I Naert, J Duyck, K Vandamme
: Alendronate therapy has been associated with serious side effects. Altering the alendronate concentration and combining with high-frequency loading as mechanical intervention was explored in this animal study as a treatment for osteoporosis. The bone anabolic potency of high-frequency loading was overruled by the different alendronate dosages applied in the present study. Further exploration of reduced hormonal therapy associated with mechanical interventions in osteoporosis treatment should be sought...
December 5, 2016: Osteoporosis International
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