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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094753/quantifying-cutaneous-adverse-effects-of-systemic-glucocorticoids-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-cross-sectional-cohort-study
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Jonna Amann, Anne-Marie Wessels, Friederike Breitenfeldt, Dörte Huscher, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Johannes W G Jacobs, Frank Buttgereit
OBJECTIVES: EULAR guidelines state that adverse effects (AEs) of glucocorticoid (GC) therapy should be considered and discussed with the patient before treatment is initiated. However, reliable quantitative data, especially on cutaneous AEs of low-to-medium dose GCs are lacking. We performed a study assessing the occurrence of cutaneous AEs of GCs and its association with current and cumulative GC doses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In a cross-sectional study performed in 2 outpatient rheumatology centres, 381 RA patients were enrolled...
January 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079757/pathogenesis-of-abdominal-pain-in-bowel-obstruction-role-of-mechanical-stress-induced-upregulation-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-gut-smooth-muscle-cells
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You-Min Lin, Yu Fu, John Winston, Ravi Radhakrishnan, Sushil K Sarna, Li-Yen M Huang, Xuan-Zheng Shi
Abdominal pain is one of the major symptoms in bowel obstruction (BO); its cellular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. We tested the hypothesis that mechanical stress in obstruction upregulates expression of nociception mediator nerve growth factor (NGF) in gut smooth muscle cells (SMC), and NGF sensitizes primary sensory nerve to contribute to pain in BO. Partial colon obstruction was induced with a silicon band implanted in the distal bowel of Sprague-Dawley rats. Colon-projecting sensory neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG, T13 to L2) were identified for patch clamp and gene expression studies...
January 6, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060510/coordination-dependent-spectroscopic-signatures-of-divalent-metal-ion-binding-to-carboxylate-head-groups-h2-and-he-tagged-vibrational-spectra-of-m-2-%C3%A2-rco2%C3%A2-m-mg-and-ca-r-cd3-cd2cd3-complexes
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Joseph W DePalma, Patrick J Kelleher, Laís C Tavares, Mark A Johnson
We explore the intramolecular distortions present in divalent metal ion-carboxylate ion pairs using vibrational spectroscopy of the cryogenically cooled, mass-selected species isolated in the gas phase. The spectral signatures of the C-O stretching modes are identified using the perdeutero isotopologues of the acetate and propionate anions to avoid congestion arising from the CH2 fundamentals. Both Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) are observed to bind in a symmetrical, so-called "bidentate" arrangement to the -CO2¯ group...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045545/multistep-oxidation-of-diethynyl-oligophenylamine-bridged-diruthenium-and-diiron-complexes
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Jing Zhang, Shen-Zhen Guo, Yu-Bao Dong, Li Rao, Jun Yin, Guang-Ao Yu, František Hartl, Sheng Hua Liu
Homo-dinuclear nonlinear complexes [{M(dppe)Cp*}2{μ-(-C≡C)2X}] (dppe = 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane; Cp* = η(5)-C5Me5; X = triphenylamine (TPA), M = Ru (1a) and Fe (1b); X = N,N,N',N'-tetraphenylphenylene-1,4-diamine (TPPD), M = Ru (2a)) were prepared and characterized by (1)H, (13)C, and (31)P NMR spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction (1a, 2a). Attempts to prepare the diiron analogue of 2a were not successful. Experimental data obtained from cyclic voltammetry, square wave voltammetry, UV-vis-NIR (NIR = near-infrared) spectro-electrochemistry, and very informative IR spectro-electrochemistry in the C≡C stretching region, combined with density functional theory calculations, afford to make an emphasizing assessment of the close association between the metal-ethynyl termini and the oligophenylamine bridge core as well as their respective involvement in sequential one-electron oxidations of these complexes...
January 3, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034301/mechanistic-differences-between-hiv-1-and-siv-nucleocapsid-proteins-and-cross-species-hiv-1-genomic-rna-recognition
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Klara Post, Erik D Olson, M Nabuan Naufer, Robert J Gorelick, Ioulia Rouzina, Mark C Williams, Karin Musier-Forsyth, Judith G Levin
BACKGROUND: The nucleocapsid (NC) domain of HIV-1 Gag is responsible for specific recognition and packaging of genomic RNA (gRNA) into new viral particles. This occurs through specific interactions between the Gag NC domain and the Psi packaging signal in gRNA. In addition to this critical function, NC proteins are also nucleic acid (NA) chaperone proteins that facilitate NA rearrangements during reverse transcription. Although the interaction with Psi and chaperone activity of HIV-1 NC have been well characterized in vitro, little is known about simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) NC...
December 29, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024423/molecular-phylogenetic-study-on-few-morphotypes-of-a-patellogastropod-cellana-karachiensis-from-northern-arabian-sea-reveals-unexpected-genetic-diversity
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Sneha Joseph, Bhavik Vakani, Rahul Kundu
A group of limpets, Cellana karachiensis, exhibiting phenotypic plasticity were examined from Gujarat coastline India, using molecular phylogeny. Previous examination of the COI genes established the presence of three different haplotypes X, Y and Z, while present study showed three more haplotypes X1, X2 and Z1. Thus, a total of six COI gene haplotypes, having 99.23% to 99.85% sequence similarity, were observed with variations at six sites. Bayesian phylogenetic analysis shows divergence of lineages X-Y, X1-X2 and Z-Z1...
December 26, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010076/communication-trapping-a-proton-in-argon-spectroscopy-and-theory-of-the-proton-bound-argon-dimer-and-its-solvation
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D C McDonald, D T Mauney, D Leicht, J H Marks, J A Tan, J-L Kuo, M A Duncan
Ion-molecule complexes of the form H(+)Arn are produced in pulsed-discharge supersonic expansions containing hydrogen and argon. These ions are analyzed and mass-selected in a reflectron spectrometer and studied with infrared laser photodissociation spectroscopy. Infrared spectra for the n = 3-7 complexes are characterized by a series of strong bands in the 900-2200 cm(-1) region. Computational studies at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level examine the structures, binding energies, and infrared spectra for these systems...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003951/a-soft-stretchable-bending-sensor-and-data-glove-applications
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Zhong Shen, Juan Yi, Xiaodong Li, Mark Hin Pei Lo, Michael Z Q Chen, Yong Hu, Zheng Wang
Soft sensors are required to accommodate the flexible and deformable natures of the human body in wearable device applications. They are also suitable for integration with soft robotic devices to monitor the performance status and provide references for feedback control. However, the choices for bending sensors are still highly limited. In this paper, a soft bending sensor is presented. By careful design with a blend of sensitive and insensitive regions, the sensor could be stretchable while being insensitive to stretching...
2016: Robotics and Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959859/type-1-diabetes-prevention-a-goal-dependent-on-accepting-a-diagnosis-of-an-asymptomatic-disease
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Anette-G Ziegler, Ezio Bonifacio, Alvin C Powers, John A Todd, Leonard C Harrison, Mark A Atkinson
Type 1 diabetes, a disease defined by absolute insulin deficiency, is considered a chronic autoimmune disorder resulting from the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells. The incidence of childhood-onset type 1 diabetes has been increasing at a rate of 3%-5% per year globally. Despite the introduction of an impressive array of therapies aimed at improving disease management, no means for a practical "cure" exist. This said, hope remains high that any of a number of emerging technologies (e.g., continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pumps, smart algorithms), alongside advances in stem cell biology, cell encapsulation methodologies, and immunotherapy, will eventually impact the lives of those with recently diagnosed or established type 1 diabetes...
November 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934761/spectroscopic-snapshots-of-the-proton-transfer-mechanism-in-water
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Conrad T Wolke, Joseph A Fournier, Laura C Dzugan, Matias R Fagiani, Tuguldur T Odbadrakh, Harald Knorke, Kenneth D Jordan, Anne B McCoy, Knut R Asmis, Mark A Johnson
The Grotthuss mechanism explains the anomalously high proton mobility in water as a sequence of proton transfers along a hydrogen-bonded (H-bonded) network. However, the vibrational spectroscopic signatures of this process are masked by the diffuse nature of the key bands in bulk water. Here we report how the much simpler vibrational spectra of cold, composition-selected heavy water clusters, D(+)(D2O)n, can be exploited to capture clear markers that encode the collective reaction coordinate along the proton-transfer event...
December 2, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923110/impact-of-oligonucleotide-structure-chemistry-and-delivery-method-on-in-vitro-cytotoxicity
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Maja M Janas, Yongfeng Jiang, Mark K Schlegel, Scott Waldron, Satya Kuchimanchi, Scott A Barros
Single-stranded (ss) 2'-fluoro (2'-F)-modified oligonucleotides (ONs) with a full phosphorothioate (PS) backbone have been reported to be cytotoxic and cause DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) when transfected into HeLa cells. However, the molecular determinants of these effects have not been fully explored. In this study, we investigated the impact of ON structure, chemistry, delivery method, and cell type on in vitro cytotoxicity and DSBs. We found that ss PS-ONs were more cytotoxic than double-stranded (ds) PS-ONs, irrespective of the 2'-ribose chemistry, inclusive of the 2'-F modification...
December 6, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922964/the-effect-of-uniaxial-mechanical-stretch-on-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Chuang Zhao, Yunfeng Li, Xuemei Wang, Shujuan Zou, Jing Hu, En Luo
Wnt/β-catenin signal is required in bone formation and remodling, but little is known about whether Wnt/β-catenin signal could promote osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) after uniaxial mechanical stretch. In this study, rat BMSCs were identified by flow cytometry and used for mechanical stretch. A custom-made uniaxial dynamic stretch apparatus was applied for rat BMSCs stretch. There were 2 groups in the study: the mechanical stretch group and the nonstretch control group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919785/a-comparative-assessment-of-preclinical-chemotherapeutic-response-of-tumors-using-quantitative-non-gaussian-diffusion-mri
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Junzhong Xu, Ke Li, R Adam Smith, John C Waterton, Ping Zhao, Zhaohua Ding, Mark D Does, H Charles Manning, John C Gore
BACKGROUND: Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) signal attenuation is often not mono-exponential (i.e. non-Gaussian diffusion) with stronger diffusion weighting. Several non-Gaussian diffusion models have been developed and may provide new information or higher sensitivity compared with the conventional apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) method. However the relative merits of these models to detect tumor therapeutic response is not fully clear. METHODS: Conventional ADC, and three widely-used non-Gaussian models, (bi-exponential, stretched exponential, and statistical model), were implemented and compared for assessing SW620 human colon cancer xenografts responding to barasertib, an agent known to induce apoptosis via polyploidy...
December 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911784/%C3%AE-arrestin-mediates-the-frank-starling-mechanism-of-cardiac-contractility
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Dennis M Abraham, Robert T Davis, Chad M Warren, Lan Mao, Beata M Wolska, R John Solaro, Howard A Rockman
The Frank-Starling law of the heart is a physiological phenomenon that describes an intrinsic property of heart muscle in which increased cardiac filling leads to enhanced cardiac contractility. Identified more than a century ago, the Frank-Starling relationship is currently known to involve length-dependent enhancement of cardiac myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity. However, the upstream molecular events that link cellular stretch to the length-dependent myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity are poorly understood. Because the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) and the multifunctional transducer protein β-arrestin have been shown to mediate mechanosensitive cellular signaling, we tested the hypothesis that these two proteins are involved in the Frank-Starling mechanism of the heart...
December 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901341/the-efficacy-and-characteristics-of-warm-up-and-re-warm-up-practices-in-soccer-players-a-systematic-review
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Amri Hammami, James Zois, Maamer Slimani, Mark Russel, Ezdine Bouhlel
INTRODUCTION: This review aimed (i) to evaluate the current research that examines the efficacy of warm-up (WU) and re-warm-up (RWU) on physical performance, and (ii) to highlight the WU and RWU characteristics that optimise subsequent performance in soccer players. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A computerized search was performed in the PubMed, ScienceDirect and Google Scholar (from 1995 to December 2015) for English-language, peer- reviewed investigations using the terms "soccer" OR "football" AND "warm-up" OR "stretching" OR "post-activation potentiation" OR "pre-activity" OR "re-warm-up" AND "performance" OR "jump" OR "sprint" OR "running"...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893065/histology-and-biaxial-mechanical-behavior-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-tissue-samples
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Francesco Q Pancheri, Robert A Peattie, Nithin D Reddy, Touhid Ahamed, Wenjian Lin, Timothy D Ouellette, Mark D Iafrati, A Luis Dorfmann
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) represent permanent, localized dilations of the abdominal aorta that can be life-threatening if progressing to rupture. Evaluation of risk of rupture depends on understanding the mechanical behavior of patient AAA walls. In this project, a series of patient AAA wall tissue samples have been evaluated through a combined anamnestic, mechanical and histopathologic approach. Mechanical properties of the samples have been characterized using a novel, strain-controlled, planar biaxial testing protocol emulating the in vivo deformation of the aorta...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890575/3d-hybrid-modelling-of-vascular-network-formation
#17
Holger Perfahl, Barry D Hughes, Tomás Alarcón, Philip K Maini, Mark C Lloyd, Matthias Reuss, Helen M Byrne
We develop an off-lattice, agent-based model to describe vasculogenesis, the de novo formation of blood vessels from endothelial progenitor cells during development. The endothelial cells that comprise our vessel network are viewed as linearly elastic spheres that move in response to the forces they experience. We distinguish two types of endothelial cells: vessel elements are contained within the network and tip cells are located at the ends of vessels. Tip cells move in response to mechanical forces caused by interactions with neighbouring vessel elements and the local tissue environment, chemotactic forces and a persistence force which accounts for their tendency to continue moving in the same direction...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863277/vitamin-d-supplementation-affects-the-igf-system-in-men-after-acute-exercise
#18
Rachel L Darr, Kathleen J Savage, Mark Baker, Gregory E Wilding, Amy Raswalsky, Todd Rideout, Richard W Browne, Peter J Horvath
OBJECTIVE: Contradictory data between the Insulin-Like Growth Factor System (IGF) system and exercise may be due to alteration in IGF binding proteins. Vitamin D (D) deficiency has been related to muscle weakness and Insulin Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 3 (IGFBP3). A Vit. D and acute exercise merge is proposed to modify the IGF system. DESIGN: D insufficient and deficient men (39.0±8.6yo with serum D (25OH D) 20.0±7.7ng/mL) did 1h of stretching (ST), aerobic (AB), and resistance (RT) exercises, before and after 28d of 4000IU/d Vit...
October 2016: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862699/microrna-503-5p-inhibits-stretch-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-and-bone-formation
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Lu Liu, Mengjun Liu, Rongrong Li, Hong Liu, Liling Du, Hong Chen, Yan Zhang, Shijie Zhang, Dongxu Liu
Cyclical stretch-induced bone formation during orthodontic treatment is a complex biological process modulated by various factors including miRNAs and their targeted-gene network. However, the miRNA expression profile and their roles in osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) exposed to mechanical stretch remains unclear. Here, we use the miRNA microarray assay to screen for mechano-sensitive miRNAs during stretch-induced osteogenic differentiation of BMSCs and identified that nine miRNAs were differentially expressed between stretched and control BMSCs...
November 11, 2016: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858240/return-of-motor-evoked-potentials-after-knee-flexion-in-the-setting-of-high-grade-spondylolisthesis
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Justin Tilan, Lindsay M Andras, Mark D Krieger, David L Skaggs
PURPOSE: To present a case of loss of motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) to the left foot in the supine position after a partial reduction and instrumented fusion from L4 to pelvis which was managed successfully without revision or removal of implants. METHODS: We report a patient with high-grade spondylolisthesis who demonstrated loss of motor-evoked potentials after posterior spinal fusion and transfer to supine position. The patient's knees were flexed to 90° and signals were immediately restored...
November 17, 2016: European Spine Journal
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