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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110510/access-equity-and-costs-of-induced-abortion-services-in-australia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mridula Shankar, Kirsten I Black, Philip Goldstone, Safeera Hussainy, Danielle Mazza, Kerry Petersen, Jayne Lucke, Angela Taft
OBJECTIVES: To examine access and equity to induced abortion services in Australia, including factors associated with presenting beyond nine weeks gestation. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of 2,326 women aged 16+ years attending for an abortion at 14 Dr Marie clinics. Associations with later presentation assessed using multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS: Over a third of eligible women opted for a medical abortion. More than one in 10 (11...
January 22, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110508/on-an-enhanced-rank-preserving-structural-failure-time-model-to-handle-treatment-switch-crossover-and-dropout
#2
Lingling Li, Shijie Tang, Liewen Jiang
It is very challenging to estimate the comparative treatment effect between a treatment therapy and a control therapy on overall survival in the presence of treatment crossover, switch to an alternative non-study therapy, and non-random patient dropout. Existing methods (e.g., intent-to-treat and per-protocol) are known to be biased. We proposed two new estimators to address these analytical challenges and evaluated their performance via a comprehensive simulation study. The new estimators were constructed by combining an enhanced rank-preserving structural failure time model and the inverse probability censoring weighting approach...
January 22, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110475/pattern-recognition-of-spectral-entropy-features-for-detection-of-alcoholic-and-control-visual-erp-s-in-multichannel-eegs
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T K Padma Shri, N Sriraam
This paper presents a novel ranking method to select spectral entropy (SE) features that discriminate alcoholic and control visual event-related potentials (ERP'S) in gamma sub-band (30-55 Hz) derived from a 64-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) recording. The ranking is based on a t test statistic that rejects the null hypothesis that the group means of SE values in alcoholics and controls are identical. The SE features with high ranks are indicative of maximal separation between their group means. Various sizes of top ranked feature subsets are evaluated by applying principal component analysis (PCA) and k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) classification...
January 21, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110459/calcium-phosphate-ceramics-and-polysaccharide-based-hydrogel-scaffolds-combined-with-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differently-support-bone-repair-in-rats
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Sophie Frasca, Françoise Norol, Catherine Le Visage, Jean-Marc Collombet, Didier Letourneur, Xavier Holy, Elhadi Sari Ali
Research in bone tissue engineering is focused on the development of alternatives to autologous bone grafts for bone reconstruction. Although multiple stem cell-based products and biomaterials are currently being investigated, comparative studies are rarely achieved to evaluate the most appropriate approach in this context. Here, we aimed to compare different clinically relevant bone tissue engineering methods and evaluated the kinetic repair and the bone healing efficiency supported by mesenchymal stem cells and two different biomaterials, a new hydrogel scaffold and a commercial hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate ceramic, alone or in combination...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110457/reduced-proliferation-and-colony-formation-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc-after-dual-targeting-of-egfr-and-hedgehog-pathways
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Hannes Liebig, Georg Günther, Marlen Kolb, Christian Mozet, Andreas Boehm, Andreas Dietz, Gunnar Wichmann
PURPOSE: The hedgehog signalling pathway (Hh) is frequently active in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Overexpressed Hh associates with poor prognosis. The Hh inhibitor vismodegib targets smoothened, and based on molecular data, may prevent resistance to EGFR targeting. METHODS: To elucidate potential roles of vismodegib in HNSCC therapy, its sole effects and those combined with cisplatin, docetaxel, and cetuximab on HNSCC cell lines were assessed by MTT metabolisation and BrdU incorporation...
January 21, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110436/contribution-of-inducible-and-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthases-to-mitochondrial-damage-and-melatonin-rescue-in-lps-treated-mice
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José Antonio García, Francisco Ortiz, Javier Miana, Carolina Doerrier, Marisol Fernández-Ortiz, Iryna Rusanova, Germaine Escames, José Joaquín García, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo
NOS isoform activation is related to liver failure during sepsis, but the mechanisms driving mitochondrial impairment remain unclear. We induced sepsis by LPS administration to inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS(-/-)) and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS(-/-)) mice and their respective wild-type controls to examine the contribution of iNOS to mitochondrial failure in the absence of nNOS. To achieve this goal, the determination of messenger RNA (mRNA) expression and protein content of iNOS in cytosol and mitochondria, the mitochondrial respiratory complex content, and the levels of nitrosative and oxidative stress (by measuring 3-nitrotyrosine residues and carbonyl groups, respectively) were examined in the liver of control and septic mice...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110426/influenza-a-virus-upregulates-prpf8-gene-expression-to-increase-virus-production
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Chee-Hing Yang, Hui-Chun Li, Yu-Ling Shiu, Tzu-Shan Ku, Chia-Wen Wang, Yi-Shuan Tu, Hung-Ling Chen, Cheng-Hao Wu, Shih-Yen Lo
A ddRT-PCR analysis was performed to detect cellular genes that are differentially expressed after influenza A virus (H1N1) infection of A549 cells. After ddRT-PCR, eight DNA fragments were identified. PRPF8, one of the cellular genes that were upregulated after virus infection, was further analyzed since it has previously been identified as a cellular factor required for influenza virus replication. The upregulation of PRPF8 gene expression after viral infection was confirmed using real-time RT-PCR for mRNA detection and Western blot analysis for protein detection...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110414/expression-of-the-citrus-cstip2-1-gene-improves-tobacco-plant-growth-antioxidant-capacity-and-physiological-adaptation-under-stress-conditions
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Cristina P S Martins, Diana M Neves, Luciana C Cidade, Amanda F S Mendes, Delmira C Silva, Alex-Alan F Almeida, Mauricio A Coelho-Filho, Abelmon S Gesteira, Walter S Soares-Filho, Marcio G C Costa
Overexpression of the citrus CsTIP2;1 improves plant growth and tolerance to salt and drought stresses by enhancing cell expansion, H 2 O 2 detoxification and stomatal conductance. Tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs) are a subfamily of aquaporins, belonging to the major intrinsic protein family. In a previous study, we have shown that a citrus TIP isoform, CsTIP2;1, is highly expressed in leaves and also transcriptionally regulated in leaves and roots by salt and drought stresses and infection by 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus', the causal agent of the Huanglongbing disease, suggesting its involvement in the regulation of the flow of water and nutrients required during both normal growth and stress conditions...
January 21, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110404/microrna-150-targets-elk1-and-modulates-the-apoptosis-induced-by-ox-ldl-in-endothelial-cells
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Bing Qin, Yaqing Shu, Li Xiao, Tingting Lu, Yinyao Lin, Huan Yang, Zhengqi Lu
Atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammatory disease, is the major cause of life-threatening complications such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Endothelial cells (ECs) apoptosis plays a vital role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Although a subset of microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as critical regulators of atherosclerosis, studies on their participation in endothelial apoptosis in atherosclerosis have been limited. In the current study, we show that miRNA-150 (miR-150) expression was substantially up-regulated during the oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL)-induced apoptosis in human umbilical cord vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
January 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110397/enhancement-of-acetate-productivity-in-a-thermophilic-55%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-hollow-fiber-membrane-biofilm-reactor-with-mixed-culture-syngas-h2-co2-fermentation
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Yun-Qi Wang, Shi-Jin Yu, Fang Zhang, Xiu-Yang Xia, Raymond J Zeng
Conversion of organic wastes to syngas is an attractive way to utilize wastes. The produced syngas can be further used to produce a variety of chemicals. In this study, a hollow-fiber membrane biofilm reactor with mix cultures was operated at 55 °C to convert syngas (H2/CO2) into acetate. A high concentration of acetate (42.4 g/L) was reached in batch experiment while a maximum acetate production rate of 10.5 g/L/day was achieved in the continuous-flow mode at hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 1 day. Acetate was the main product in both batch and continuous-flow experiments...
January 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110357/the-potential-role-of-tree-diversity-in-reducing-shallow-landslide-risk
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Yuta Kobayashi, Akira S Mori
Recently, interest in utilizing ecosystems for disaster risk reduction has increased, even though there remains considerable uncertainty regarding the role of ecosystems in buffering against natural hazards. This ecosystem role can be considered an ecosystem service. Although a strong body of evidence shows that biodiversity enhances ecosystem services, there are only a few studies of the relationship between biodiversity and the role of the ecosystem in reducing the risk of natural disasters. To explore the desired state of an ecosystem for disaster risk reduction we applied the finding that biodiversity enhances ecosystem services to evaluate the role of woody vegetation in reducing the frequency and severity of shallow landslides...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110320/acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-recent-update
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Alam Azeem, Chun Suen Ka, Ma Daqing
Acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) was first described in 1995 as a clinical syndrome distinct to classic acute decompensation. Characterized by complications of decompensation, ACLF occurs on a background of chronic liver dysfunction and is associated with high rates of organ failure and significant short-term mortality estimated between 45% and 90%. Despite the clinical relevance of the condition, it still remains largely undefined with continued disagreement regarding its precise etiological factors, clinical course, prognostic criteria and management pathways...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110316/insensitivity-of-pi3k-akt-gsk3-signaling-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-patients
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Liu Xunxian, Yao Zemin
Our recent studies with cultured retinal pigment epithelium cells suggested that overexpression of interleukin 17 receptor C (IL-17RC), a phenomenon observed in peripheral blood and chorioretinal tissues with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), was associated with altered activation of phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), Akt, and glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3). We wondered whether or not altered PI3K, Akt, and GSK3 activities could be detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) obtained from AMD patients...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110279/walking-the-c4-pathway-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Robert T Furbank
The year 2016 marks 50 years since the publication of the seminal paper by Hatch and Slack describing the biochemical pathway we now know as C4 photosynthesis. This review provides insight into the initial discovery of this pathway, the clues which led Hatch and Slack and others to these definitive experiments, some of the intrigue which surrounds the international activities which led up to the discovery, and personal insights into the future of this research field. While the biochemical understanding of the basic pathways came quickly, the role of the bundle sheath intermediate CO2 pool was not understood for a number of years, and the nature of C4 as a biochemical CO2 pump then linked the unique Kranz anatomy of C4 plants to their biochemical specialization...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110276/photosynthesis-in-c3-c4-intermediate-moricandia-species
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Urte Schlüter, Andrea Bräutigam, Udo Gowik, Michael Melzer, Pascal-Antoine Christin, Samantha Kurz, Tabea Mettler-Altmann, Andreas Pm Weber
Evolution of C4 photosynthesis is not distributed evenly in the plant kingdom. Particularly interesting is the situation in the Brassicaceae, because the family contains no C4 species, but several C3-C4 intermediates, mainly in the genus Moricandia Investigation of leaf anatomy, gas exchange parameters, the metabolome, and the transcriptome of two C3-C4 intermediate Moricandia species, M. arvensis and M. suffruticosa, and their close C3 relative M. moricandioides enabled us to unravel the specific C3-C4 characteristics in these Moricandia lines...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110268/metabolic-and-physiological-adjustment-of-suaeda-maritima-to-combined-salinity-and-hypoxia
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Jan H Behr, Alain Bouchereau, Solenne Berardocco, Charlotte E Seal, Timothy J Flowers, Christian Zörb
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Suaeda maritima is a halophyte commonly found on coastal wetlands in the intertidal zone. Due to its habitat S. maritima has evolved tolerance to high salt concentrations and hypoxic conditions in the soil caused by periodic flooding. In the present work, the adaptive mechanisms of S. maritima to salinity combined with hypoxia were investigated on a physiological and metabolic level. METHODS: To compare the adaptive mechanisms to deficient, optimal and stressful salt concentrations, S...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110251/gold-nanomaterials-for-the-selective-capturing-and-sers-diagnosis-of-toxins-in-aqueous-and-biological-fluids
#17
Waleed A Hassanain, Emad L Izake, Michael S Schmidt, Godwin A Ayoko
A highly sensitive nanosensing method for the combined selective capture and SERS detection of Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in blood plasma has been developed. The new method utilizes gold coated magnetic nanoparticles that are functionalized with anti MC-LR antibody Fab' fragments for the selective capture of MC-LR from aqueous media and blood plasma. Using an oriented immobilization approach, the Fab' fragments are covalently attached to gold surface to form a monolayer with high capture efficiency towards the toxin...
January 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110229/aerobic-granular-sludge-inoculated-microbial-fuel-cells-for-enhanced-epoxy-reactive-diluent-wastewater-treatment
#18
Kai Cheng, Jingping Hu, Huijie Hou, Bingchuan Liu, Qin Chen, Keliang Pan, Wenhong Pu, Jiakuan Yang, Xu Wu, Changzhu Yang
Microbial consortiums aggregated on the anode surface of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are critical factors for electricity generation as well as biodegradation efficiencies of organic compounds. Here in this study, aerobic granular sludge (AGS) was assembled on the surface of the MFC anode to form an AGS-MFC system with superior performance on epoxy reactive diluent (ERD) wastewater treatment. AGS-MFCs successfully shortened the startup time from 13d to 7d compared to the ones inoculated with domestic wastewater...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110219/tgf-%C3%AE-engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cells-tgf-%C3%AE-mscs-for-treatment-of-type-1-diabetes-t1d-mice-model
#19
Saeed Daneshmandi, Mohammad Hossein Karimi, Ali Akbar Pourfathollah
OBJECTIVE: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are advantageous candidates for cell therapy of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Considering immunomodulatory effect of MSC, in this study, we engineered MSCs with TGF-β gene to increase MSC potency for T1D therapy in mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two plans were designed for prevention and treatment of diabetes, respectively. In both of them, MSCs were injected i.v. and then, the diabetes features including serum insulin, blood glucose, glucose tolerance, splenocytes proliferation, and IL-4/IFN-γ production were evaluated...
January 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110215/neuroprotective-action-of-n-acetyl-serotonin-in-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis-through-the-activation-of-both-trkb-creb-bdnf-pathway-and-akt-nrf2-antioxidant-enzyme-in-neuronal-cells
#20
Jae-Myung Yoo, Bo Dam Lee, Dai-Eun Sok, Jin Yuel Ma, Mee Ree Kim
N-acetyl serotonin (NAS) as a melatonin precursor has neuroprotective actions. Nonetheless, it is not clarified how NAS protects neuronal cells against oxidative stress. Recently, we have reported that N-palmitoyl serotonins possessed properties of antioxidants and neuroprotection. Based on those, we hypothesized that NAS, a N-acyl serotonin, may have similar actions in oxidative stress-induced neuronal cells, and examined the effects of NAS based on in vitro and in vivo tests. NAS dose-dependently inhibited oxidative stress-induced cell death in HT-22 cells...
January 6, 2017: Redox Biology
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