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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092917/is-fat-mass-accretion-of-late-preterm-infants-associated-with-insulin-resistance
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Nadia Liotto, Maria Lorella Giannì, Francesca Taroni, Paola Roggero, Chiara Cristiana Condello, Anna Orsi, Camilla Menis, Riccardo Bonfanti, Fabio Mosca
BACKGROUND: Late preterm infants show a major fat mass accretion from birth to term. The contribution of preterm birth to the development of the metabolic syndrome is still under investigation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate body composition changes in late preterm infants during the first 3 months and to investigate their insulin sensitivity and resistance. METHODS: We conducted an observational, longitudinal study. A total of 216 late preterm infants underwent body composition assessment using an air displacement plethysmograph at term and at 3 months of corrected age...
January 17, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092913/umbilical-venous-catheter-malposition-is-associated-with-necrotizing-enterocolitis-in-premature-infants
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Mustafa Sulemanji, Khashayar Vakili, David Zurakowski, Wayne Tworetzky, Steven J Fishman, Heung Bae Kim
OBJECTIVE: The etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) remains elusive despite known associations with several factors, including intestinal ischemia related to the effects of umbilical arterial catheterization on the mesenteric circulation. However, the role of the mesenteric venous circulation has yet to be studied as a potential cause of NEC. We examined the association between umbilical venous catheter (UVC) position and the development of NEC in premature infants. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study was performed to examine the effect of UVC on portosystemic shunting via the ductus venosus (DV) and its potential role in NEC...
January 17, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092912/production-and-rheological-properties-of-welan-gum-produced-by-sphingomonas-sp-atcc-31555-with-different-nitrogen-sources
#3
Xiaopeng Xu, Zuoming Nie, Zhiyong Zheng, Li Zhu, Xiaobei Zhan
This study aimed to investigate the effect of nitrogen sources on the production and rheological properties of welan gum produced by Sphingomonas sp. ATCC 31555. Six different nitrogen sources were used for ATCC 31555 fermentation, and 2 of these were further analyzed due to their more positive influence on welan gum production and bacterial biomass. Bacterial biomass, welan gum yield, welan viscosity, molecular weight, monosaccharide composition, acyl content, and welan structure were analyzed. Welan gum production and the biomass concentration of ATCC 31555 were higher in media containing NaNO3 and beef extract...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092868/a-practical-evaluation-of-measurement-uncertainty-in-gamma-ray-efficiency-curve-determination-through-an-analytical-approach
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Katsuhiro Shirono, Yasuhiro Unno, Rio Furukawa, Chushiro Yonezawa
An example of uncertainty evaluation of an efficiency curve is reported. In the applied method, the efficiency curve is determined through the weighted least square method based on measured efficiencies employing a mixed-radionuclide standard source. The variance-covariance matrix of the efficiencies is determined by evaluating the uncertainties of the counting, the calibrated radioactivities, the correction factors for true coincidence summing, and the inadequacy of the fitting function. The proposed method can be a basis to develop a more general procedure...
December 15, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092862/protective-effects-of-total-flavonoids-of-astragalus-against-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-regulating-opg-rankl-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xin-Yu Liu, Lu Xu, Ying Wang, Jin-Xia Li, Yu Zhang, Chong Zhang, Sha-Sha Wang, Xue-Mei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge is one of the oldest and most frequently used crude herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) are the main active components isolated from Astragalus membranaceus Bunge. Our recent study has shown its potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo and in vitro. However, its anti-arthritic effects and mechanisms of action involved have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and possible mechanisms of TFA on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis in rats...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092860/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-quinazoline-phosphoramidate-mustard-conjugates-as-anticancer-drugs
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Songwen Lin, Yingbo Li, Yufen Zheng, Laichun Luo, Qi Sun, Zemei Ge, Tieming Cheng, Runtao Li
A series of novel compounds with phosphoramide mustard functionality incorporated into the quinazoline scaffold of EGFR/HER2 inhibitors were designed and synthesized as multi-target-directed ligands against tumor cells. In vitro assays showed that tumor cell lines with high HER2 level were more sensitive to the compounds than tumor cells with low HER2 level. Compound 10d (EMB-3) was one of the most potent inhibitors with IC50 of 7.4 nM and 82 nM against EGFR and HER2, respectively. The mechanism studies were also supported by the effect of 10d-induced DNA damage in MDA-MB-468 cells...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092851/plasmid-dna-affinity-partitioning-using-polyethylene-glycol-sodium-sulfate-aqueous-two-phase-systems
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Behzad Nazer, Mohammad Reza Dehghani, Bahram Goliaei
Extraction of plasmid DNA (pDNA) from an alkaline bacterial cell lysate has been investigated using partitioning and affinity partitioning in aqueous two-phase systems (ATPSs) containing 12% (w/w) polyethylene glycol and 12% (w/w) sodium sulfate. In this work, a modified 20bp pyrimidine oligonucleotide acting as a triplex-forming oligonucleotide (TFO) was employed as an affinity ligand to improve the partition behavior. The pUC118 plasmid was chosen to be extracted because of its specific oligonucleotide recognition sequence...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092848/the-initial-use-of-arterial-spin-labeling-perfusion-and-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-images-in-the-diagnosis-of-nonconvulsive-partial-status-epileptics
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Takafumi Shimogawa, Takato Morioka, Tetsuro Sayama, Sei Haga, Yuka Kanazawa, Kei Murao, Shuji Arakawa, Ayumi Sakata, Koji Iihara
BACKGROUND: In the diagnosis of nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE), capture of ongoing ictal electroencephalographic (EEG) findings is the gold standard; however, this is practically difficult without continuous EEG monitoring facilities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and perfusion MRI with arterial spin labeling (ASL), have been applied mainly in emergency situations. Recent reports have described that ictal MRI findings, including ictal hyperperfusion on ASL and cortical hyperintensity of cytotoxic edema on DWI, can be obtained from epileptically activated cortex...
December 21, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092841/phytochemical-study-and-protective-effect-of-trigonella-foenum-graecum-fenugreek-seeds-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-toxicity-in-liver-and-kidney-of-male-rat
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Sakhria Mbarki, Hichem Alimi, Hafsia Bouzenna, Abdelfettah Elfeki, Najla Hfaiedh
Liver and kidney diseases are a global concern, therefore considerable efforts to obtain fine herbs useful as drugs from medicinal plants are currently in progress. The aim of this work was to study the antioxidant effects of previous supplementation with fenugreek seeds (FS) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) toxicity in the liver and kidney. CCl4 toxicity was induced by one dose (i.g. 5ml CCl4/kg of body weight, 50% CCl4 in olive oil) after 7 weeks of normal diet or diet rich in 10% of grinded fenugreek seeds (20g of pellet rat food/rat/day)...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092820/pcr-screening-of-an-african-fermented-pearl-millet-porridge-metagenome-to-investigate-the-nutritional-potential-of-its-microbiota
#10
Fabien Saubade, Christèle Humblot, Youna M Hemery, Jean-Pierre Guyot
Cereals are staple foods in most African countries, and many African cereal-based foods are spontaneously fermented. The nutritional quality of cereal products can be enhanced through fermentation, and traditional cereal-based fermented foods (CBFFs) are possible sources of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with useful nutritional properties. The nutritional properties of LAB vary depending on the species and even on the strain, and the microbial composition of traditional CBFFs varies from one traditional production unit (TPU) to another...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092788/patient-level-meta-analysis-of-efficacy-and-hypoglycaemia-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-initiating-insulin-glargine-100u-ml-or-neutral-protamine-hagedorn-insulin-analysed-according-to-concomitant-oral-antidiabetes-therapy
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David R Owens, Louise Traylor, Peter Mullins, Wolfgang Landgraf
AIMS: Evaluate efficacy and hypoglycaemia according to concomitant oral antidiabetes drug (OAD) in people with type 2 diabetes initiating insulin glargine 100U/mL (Gla-100) or neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin once daily. METHODS: Four studies (target fasting plasma glucose [FPG] ⩽100mg/dL [⩽5.6mmol/L]; duration ⩾24weeks) were included. Standardised data from 2091 subjects (Gla-100, n=1024; NPH insulin, n=1067) were analysed. Endpoints included glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and FPG change, glycaemic target achievement, hypoglycaemia, weight change, and insulin dose...
November 9, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092745/omija-fruit-ethanol-extract-improves-adiposity-and-related-metabolic-disturbances-in-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Hyo Jin Park, Hye-Jin Kim, Sang Ryong Kim, Myung-Sook Choi, Un Ju Jung
This study investigated the biological and molecular mechanisms underlying the antiobesity effect of omija fruit ethanol extract (OFE) in mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD). C57BL/6J mice were fed an HFD (20% fat, w/w) with or without OFE (500 mg/kg body weight) for 16 weeks. Dietary OFE significantly increased brown adipose tissue weight and energy expenditure while concomitantly decreasing white adipose tissue (WAT) weight and adipocyte size by up-regulating the expression of brown fat-selective genes in WAT...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092739/an-emg-driven-biomechanical-model-of-the-canine-cervical-spine
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M Alizadeh, G G Knapik, J S Dufour, C Zindl, M J Allen, J Bertran, N Fitzpatrick, W S Marras
Due to the frequency of cervical spine injuries in canines, the purpose of this effort was to develop an EMG-driven dynamic model of the canine cervical spine to assess a biomechanical understanding that enables one to investigate the risk of neck disorders. A canine subject was recruited in this investigation in order to collect subject specific data. Reflective markers and a motion capture system were used for kinematic measurement; surface electrodes were used to record electromyography signals, and with the aid of force plate kinetics were recorded...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092649/new-onset-depression-following-stable-slow-and-rapid-rate-of-prescription-opioid-dose-escalation
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Joanne Salas, Jeffrey F Scherrer, Frank David Schneider, Mark D Sullivan, Kathleen K Bucholz, Thomas Burroughs, Laurel A Copeland, Brian K Ahmedani, Patrick J Lustman
Recent studies suggest that longer durations of opioid use, independent of maximum morphine equivalent dose (MED) achieved, is associated with increased risk of new-onset depression (NOD). Conversely, other studies, not accounting for duration, found that higher MED increased probability of depressive symptoms. To determine whether rate of MED increase is associated with NOD, a retrospective cohort analysis of Veterans Health Administration data (2000-2012) was conducted. Eligible patients were new, chronic (>90 days) opioid users, aged 18 to 80, and without depression diagnoses for 2 years before start of follow-up (n = 7051)...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092647/dietary-intake-mediates-the-relationship-of-body-fat-to-pain
#15
Charles F Emery, KayLoni L Olson, Andrew Bodine, Victoria Lee, Diane L Habash
Prior studies have documented an association of obesity with chronic pain, but the mechanism explaining the association remains unknown. This study evaluated the degree to which dietary intake of foods with anti-inflammatory effects mediates the relationship of body fat to body pain. Ninety-eight community-residing healthy adults (60% women; mean age = 43.2 ± 15.3 years; range: 20-78 years) participated in a home-based study of home environment, food-related behaviors, health, and adiposity. During a 3-hour home visit evaluation, 3 measures of body fat were collected, including height and weight for calculation of body mass index (BMI)...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092609/horse-expert-an-aided-expert-system-for-diagnosing-horse-diseases
#16
H Qin, J Xiao, X Gao, H Wang
In contrast to the rapid development of the horse husbandry in China, the ability of horse veterinarians to diagnose diseases has not been improved and only a few domain experts have considerable expertise. At present, many expert systems have been developed for diseases diagnosis, but few for horse diseases diagnosis have been studied in depth. This paper presents the design and development of a computer-aided expert system for diagnosing horse diseases. We suggest an approach for diagnosis of horse diseases based on the analysis of diagnostic characteristics and the experiential knowledge of domain experts...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092599/wild-boars-sus-scrofa-as-bioindicators-of-environmental-levels-of-selenium-in-poland
#17
E Nowakowska, B Pilarczyk, R Pilarczyk, A Tomza-Marciniak, M Bąkowska, A Marciniak
The objective of the study was to determine selenium content in selected organs (liver, kidney) of wild boars from different regions of Poland. Materials for the study were obtained from 28 sites located in 16 provinces of Poland. Selenium concentrations in organs were determined using spectrofluorometric methods after wet mineralization in HNO3 and HClO4 mixture. Mean selenium concentrations in the investigated wild boars from Poland were 0.230 μg/g wet weight in the liver and 1.327 μg/g w.w. in the kidneys...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092590/adaptive-neural-synchronization-control-for-bilateral-teleoperation-systems-with-time-delay-and-backlash-like-hysteresis
#18
Huanqing Wang, Peter Xiaoping Liu, Shichao Liu
This paper considers the master and slave synchronization control for bilateral teleoperation systems with time delay and backlash-like hysteresis. Based on radial basis functions neural networks' approximation capabilities, two improved adaptive neural control approaches are developed. By Lyapunov stability analysis, the position and velocity tracking errors are guaranteed to converge to a small neighborhood of the origin. The contributions of this paper can be summarized as follows: 1) by using the matrix norm established using the weight vector of neural networks as the estimated parameters, two novel control schemes are developed and 2) the hysteresis inverse is not required in the proposed controllers...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092578/experienced-gray-wolf-optimization-through-reinforcement-learning-and-neural-networks
#19
E Emary, Hossam M Zawbaa, Crina Grosan
In this paper, a variant of gray wolf optimization (GWO) that uses reinforcement learning principles combined with neural networks to enhance the performance is proposed. The aim is to overcome, by reinforced learning, the common challenge of setting the right parameters for the algorithm. In GWO, a single parameter is used to control the exploration/exploitation rate, which influences the performance of the algorithm. Rather than using a global way to change this parameter for all the agents, we use reinforcement learning to set it on an individual basis...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092570/identifying-epigenetic-biomarkers-using-maximal-relevance-and-minimal-redundancy-based-feature-selection-for-multi-omics-data
#20
Saurav Mallik, Tapas Bhadra, Ujjwal Maulik
Epigenetic Biomarker discovery is an important task in bioinformatics. In this article, we develop a new framework of identifying statistically significant epigenetic biomarkers using maximal-relevance and minimal-redundancy criterion based feature (gene) selection for multi-omics dataset. Firstly, we determine the genes that have both expression as well as methylation values, and follow normal distribution. Similarly, we identify the genes which consist of both expression and methylation values, but do not follow normal distribution...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
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