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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920808/characterizing-the-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-status-of-two-populations-of-free-ranging-eastern-box-turtles-terrapene-carolina-carolina
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Megan K Watson, John Byrd, Christopher A Phillips, Matthew C Allender
Ultraviolet B radiation is recommended for captive reptiles to stimulate production of adequate levels of vitamin D; however, little is known regarding the vitamin D status in many free-ranging populations. Current reference ranges for vitamin D in eastern box turtles have not yet been established. Sixty free-ranging eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) from two well-studied populations in Illinois (n = 24) and Tennessee (n = 36) were assayed for plasma vitamin D concentration in 2014. There were no significant differences in concentrations between individuals in Illinois (mean: 117...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919072/assessment-of-nicotine-withdrawal-induced-changes-in-sucrose-preference-in-mice
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Y Alkhlaif, D Bagdas, A Jackson, A J Park, M I Damaj
Anhedonia, induced by nicotine withdrawal, may serve as an important affective sign that reinforces tobacco use and smoking relapse rates in humans. Animal models provide a way to investigate the underlying neurobiological factors involved in the decrease in responding for positive affective stimuli during nicotine withdrawal and may aid in drug development for nicotine dependence. Thus, we explored the use of the sucrose preference test to measure nicotine withdrawal-induced reduction in response for positive affective stimuli in mice...
September 15, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904332/identification-of-sites-of-2-o-methylation-vulnerability-in-human-ribosomal-rnas-by-systematic-mapping
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Sunny Sharma, Virginie Marchand, Yuri Motorin, Denis L J Lafontaine
Ribosomal RNA modifications are important in optimizing ribosome function. Sugar 2'-O-methylation performed by fibrillarin-associated box C/D antisense guide snoRNAs impacts all steps of translation, playing a role in disease etiology (cancer). As it renders adjacent phosphodiester bonds resistant to alkaline treatment, 2'-O-methylation can be monitored qualitatively and quantitatively by applying next-generation sequencing to fragments of randomly cleaved RNA. We remapped all sites of 2'-O-methylation in human rRNAs in two isogenic diploid cell lines, one producing and one not producing the antitumor protein p53...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903710/are-some-attitudes-more-self-defining-than-others-assessing-self-related-attitude-functions-and-their-consequences
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Peter V Zunick, Jacob D Teeny, Russell H Fazio
Attitudes serve multiple functions, some related to the self-concept. We call attitudes that help people define who they are "self-defining." Across four studies, we tested a brief self-report measure of the extent to which an attitude is self-defining. Studies 1 and 2 showed that self-defining attitudes tend to be extreme, positive, and unambivalent. Studies 3 and 4 produced two main findings. First, self-definition was related to, but not redundant with, a number of other characteristics of the attitude (e...
August 2017: Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903120/opening-the-black-box-of-cognitive-behavioural-case-management-in-clients-with-ultra-high-risk-for-psychosis
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Jessica A Hartmann, Patrick D McGorry, Stefanie J Schmidt, G Paul Amminger, Hok Pan Yuen, Connie Markulev, Gregor E Berger, Eric Y H Chen, Lieuwe de Haan, Ian B Hickie, Suzie Lavoie, Meredith J McHugh, Nilufar Mossaheb, Dorien H Nieman, Merete Nordentoft, Anita Riecher-Rössler, Miriam R Schäfer, Monika Schlögelhofer, Stefan Smesny, Andrew Thompson, Swapna Kamal Verma, Alison R Yung, Barnaby Nelson
BACKGROUND: Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is the first-choice treatment in clients with ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis. However, CBT is an umbrella term for a plethora of different strategies, and little is known about the association between the intensity and content of CBT and the severity of symptomatic outcome. METHODS: A sample of 268 UHR participants received 6 months of CBT with case management (CBCM) in the context of the multi-centre NEURAPRO trial with monthly assessments of attenuated psychotic symptoms (APS)...
September 14, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903041/mir-150-mediated-foxo1-regulation-programs-cd8-t-cell-differentiation
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Young Ho Ban, Se-Chan Oh, Sang-Hwan Seo, Seok-Min Kim, In-Pyo Choi, Philip D Greenberg, Jun Chang, Tae-Don Kim, Sang-Jun Ha
MicroRNA (miR)-150 is a developmental regulator of several immune-cell types, but its role in CD8(+) T cells is largely unexplored. Here, we show that miR-150 regulates the generation of memory CD8(+) T cells. After acute virus infection, miR-150 knockout (KO) mice exhibited an accelerated differentiation of CD8(+) T cells into memory cells and improved production of effector cytokines. Additionally, miR-150 KO CD8(+) T cells displayed an enhanced recall response and improved protection against infections with another virus and bacteria...
September 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899204/physical-and-functional-properties-of-spray-dried-powders-from-blackcurrant-juice-and-extracts-obtained-from-the-waste-of-juice-processing
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Diego Archaina, Graciela Leiva, Daniela Salvatori, Carolina Schebor
Blackcurrants contain high levels of polyphenolics, particularly flavonols and anthocyanins, which contribute to their high antioxidant activity. The aims of this work were the recovery of bioactive compounds from the remaining solid (waste) after processing blackcurrant juice and to obtain spray-dried powders from the blackcurrant juice and extracts. The extraction of bioactive compounds from the fruit pulp was performed by ultrasound-assisted extraction. Experiments were conducted to select the more suitable solvent, and citric acid was chosen...
January 1, 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898654/plant-cell-walls
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Herman Höfte, Aline Voxeur
Plants are able to generate large leaf surfaces that act as two-dimensional solar panels with a minimum investment in building material, thanks to a hydrostatic skeleton. This requires high intracellular pressures (up to 1 MPa), which depend on the presence of strong cell walls. The walls of growing cells (also called primary walls), are remarkably able to reconcile extreme tensile strength (up to 100 MPa) with the extensibility necessary for growth. All walled organisms are confronted with this dilemma - the need to balance strength and extensibility - and bacteria, fungi and plants have evolved independent solutions to cope...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893081/paired-box-7-pax7-gene-molecular-characterization-polymorphism-and-its-association-with-growth-performance-in-goose-anser-cygnoides
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C Wang, Y Yang, Liu Yi, S Gong, Wang Ying, D He
1. Paired box (Pax7) gene is a member of the paired box family and plays a critical role in animal growth and muscle development. However, the molecular characterisation of the goose Pax7 gene is unknown. 2. The open reading frame of goose Pax7 is composed of 1509 bp, which encodes a protein of 503 amino acids and shares high homology with Pax7 of other birds. 3. Ten single nucleotide polymorphisms were identified in the genomic DNA sequence, 8 located in the intron region and two located in the exon region...
September 12, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892065/regulatory-t-cells-impede-acute-and-long-term-immunity-to-blood-stage-malaria-through-ctla-4
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Samarchith P Kurup, Nyamekye Obeng-Adjei, Scott M Anthony, Boubacar Traore, Ogobara K Doumbo, Noah S Butler, Peter D Crompton, John T Harty
Malaria, caused by the protozoan Plasmodium, is a devastating mosquito-borne disease with the potential to affect nearly half the world's population. Despite mounting substantial T and B cell responses, humans fail to efficiently control blood-stage malaria or develop sterilizing immunity to reinfections. Although forkhead box P3 (FOXP3)(+)CD4(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells form a part of these responses, their influence remains disputed and their mode of action is unknown. Here we show that Treg cells expand in both humans and mice in blood-stage malaria and interfere with conventional T helper cell responses and follicular T helper (TFH)-B cell interactions in germinal centers...
September 11, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890916/power-analysis-to-detect-treatment-effects-in-longitudinal-clinical-trials-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Zhiyue Huang, Graciela Muniz-Terrera, Brian D M Tom
INTRODUCTION: Assessing cognitive and functional changes at the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and detecting treatment effects in clinical trials for early AD are challenging. METHODS: Under the assumption that transformed versions of the Mini-Mental State Examination, the Clinical Dementia Rating Scale-Sum of Boxes, and the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale tests'/components' scores are from a multivariate linear mixed-effects model, we calculated the sample sizes required to detect treatment effects on the annual rates of change in these three components in clinical trials for participants with mild cognitive impairment...
September 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886977/an-optimization-model-for-collection-haul-transfer-treatment-and-disposal-of-infectious-medical-waste-application-to-a-greek-region
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Gerasimos Mantzaras, Evangelos A Voudrias
The objective of this work was to develop an optimization model to minimize the cost of a collection, haul, transfer, treatment and disposal system for infectious medical waste (IMW). The model calculates the optimum locations of the treatment facilities and transfer stations, their design capacities (t/d), the number and capacities of all waste collection, transport and transfer vehicles and their optimum transport path and the minimum IMW management system cost. Waste production nodes (hospitals, healthcare centers, peripheral health offices, private clinics and physicians in private practice) and their IMW production rates were specified and used as model inputs...
September 5, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870525/rectal-balloon-use-limits-vaginal-displacement-rectal-dose-and-rectal-toxicity-in-patients-receiving-imrt-for-postoperative-gynecological-malignancies
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Cheng-Chia Wu, Yen-Ruh Wuu, Theodore Yanagihara, Ashish Jani, Eric P Xanthopoulos, Akhil Tiwari, Jason D Wright, William M Burke, June Y Hou, Ana I Tergas, Israel Deutsch
Pelvic radiotherapy for gynecologic malignancies traditionally used a 4-field box technique. Later trials have shown the feasibility of using intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) instead. But vaginal movement between fractions is concerning when using IMRT due to greater conformality of the isodose curves to the target and the resulting possibility of missing the target while the vagina is displaced. In this study, we showed that the use of a rectal balloon during treatment can decrease vaginal displacement, limit rectal dose, and limit acute and late toxicities...
September 1, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870477/a-low-protein-high-carbohydrate-diet-increases-browning-in-perirenal-adipose-tissue-but-not-in-inguinal-adipose-tissue
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Mayara P Pereira, Laís A A Ferreira, Flávia H S da Silva, Marcelo A Christoffolete, George S Metsios, Valéria E Chaves, Suélem A de França, Amílcar S Damazo, Andreas D Flouris, Nair H Kawashita
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the browning and origin of fatty acids (FAs) in the maintenance of triacylglycerol (TG) storage and/or as fuel for thermogenesis in perirenal adipose tissue (periWAT) and inguinal adipose tissue (ingWAT) of rats fed a low-protein, high-carbohydrate (LPHC) diet. METHODS: LPHC (6% protein, 74% carbohydrate) or control (C; 17% protein, 63% carbohydrate) diets were administered to rats for 15 d. The tissues were stained with hematoxylin and eosin for histologic analysis...
October 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869602/targeting-mitochondrial-translation-by-inhibiting-ddx3-a-novel-radiosensitization-strategy-for-cancer-treatment
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M R Heerma van Voss, F Vesuna, G M Bol, J Afzal, S Tantravedi, Y Bergman, K Kammers, M Lehar, R Malek, M Ballew, N Ter Hoeve, D Abou, D Thorek, C Berlinicke, M Yazdankhah, D Sinha, A Le, R Abrahams, P T Tran, P J van Diest, V Raman
DDX3 is a DEAD box RNA helicase with oncogenic properties. RK-33 is developed as a small-molecule inhibitor of DDX3 and showed potent radiosensitizing activity in preclinical tumor models. This study aimed to assess DDX3 as a target in breast cancer and to elucidate how RK-33 exerts its anti-neoplastic effects. High DDX3 expression was present in 35% of breast cancer patient samples and correlated with markers of aggressiveness and shorter survival. With a quantitative proteomics approach, we identified proteins involved in the mitochondrial translation and respiratory electron transport pathways to be significantly downregulated after RK-33 or DDX3 knockdown...
September 4, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868659/evaluating-the-heat-aggression-hypothesis-the-role-of-temporal-and-social-factors-in-predicting-baseball-related-aggression
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William L D Krenzer, Eric D Splan
We examined the role that season progression and social threats play in the heat-aggression hypothesis within Major League Baseball put forward by Reifman, Larrick, and Fein (). Box score data from 38,870 Major League Baseball games between the years of 2000 and 2015 was used to test the heat-aggression relationship, while accounting for temporal and social factors that may be simultaneously exerting influence on player behavior. Controlling for a number of other variables, we observed that the effect of temperature on aggressive behavior is partially contingent on the point of the season in which the game took place...
September 4, 2017: Aggressive Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866859/toxin-gene-contents-and-activity-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-strains-against-two-sugarcane-borer-species-diatraea-saccharalis-f-and-d-flavipennella-box
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L M Silva, M C Silva, S M F A Silva, R C Alves, H A A Siqueira, E J Marques
Bacillus thuringiensis (Berliner) bears essential characteristics in the control of insect pests, such as its unique mode of action, which confers specificity and selectivity. This study assessed cry gene contents from Bt strains and their entomotoxicity against Diatraea saccharalis (F.) and Diatraea flavipennella (Box) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Bioassays with Bt strains were performed against neonates to evaluate their lethal and sublethal activities and were further analyzed by PCR, using primers to identify toxin genes...
September 2, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863635/high-temperature-high-pressure-calorimeter-for-studying-gram-scale-heterogeneous-chemical-reactions
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B P MacLeod, P A Schauer, K Hu, B Lam, D K Fork, C P Berlinguette
We present an instrument for measuring pressure changes and heat flows of physical and chemical processes occurring in gram-scale solid samples under high pressures of reactive gases. Operation is demonstrated at 1232 °C under 33 bars of pure hydrogen. Calorimetric heat flow is inferred using a grey-box non-linear lumped-element heat transfer model of the instrument. Using an electrical calibration heater to deliver 900 J/1 W pulses at the sample position, we demonstrate a dynamic calorimetric power resolution of 50 mW when an 80-s moving average is applied to the signal...
August 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860490/organic-carbon-budget-for-the-eastern-boundary-of-the-north-atlantic-subtropical-gyre-major-role-of-doc-in-mesopelagic-respiration
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Yeray Santana-Falcón, Xosé Antón Álvarez-Salgado, María Dolores Pérez-Hernández, Alonso Hernández-Guerra, Evan Mason, Javier Arístegui
Transports of suspended particulate (POCsusp) and dissolved (DOC) organic carbon are inferred from a box-model covering the eastern boundary of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. Corresponding net respiration rates (R) are obtained from a net organic carbon budget that is based on the transport estimates, and includes both vertical and lateral fluxes. The overall R in the mesopelagic layer (100-1500 m) is 1.6 ± 0.4 mmol C m(-2) d(-1). DOC accounts for up to 53% of R as a result of drawdown of organic carbon within Eastern North Atlantic Central Water (ENACW) that is entrained into sinking Mediterranean Overflow Water (MOW) that leads to formation of Mediterranean water (MW) at intermediate depths (~900 m)...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857256/autophagy-dependent-crosstalk-between-gilt-and-pax-3-influences-radiation-sensitivity-of-human-melanoma-cells
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Jessica D Hathaway-Schrader, Bently P Doonan, Azim Hossain, Faisal F Y Radwan, Lixia Zhang, Azizul Haque
Melanoma represents an ever-increasing problem in the western world as incidence rates continue to climb. Though manageable during early stages, late stage metastatic disease is highly resistant to current intervention. We have previously shown that gamma-interferon-inducible lysosomal thiol-reductase (GILT) enhances HLA class II antigen processing and immune detection of human melanoma cells. Here we report that GILT expression inhibits a potential target, paired box-3 (PAX-3) protein, in late stage human metastatic melanoma...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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