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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349574/pacific-ciguatoxin-induces-excitotoxicity-and-neurodegeneration-in-the-motor-cortex-via-caspase-3-activation-implication-for-irreversible-motor-deficit
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Pallavi Asthana, Ni Zhang, Gajendra Kumar, Virendra Bhagawan Chine, Kunal Kumar Singh, Yim Ling Mak, Leo Lai Chan, Paul Kwan Sing Lam, Chi Him Eddie Ma
Consumption of fish containing ciguatera toxins or ciguatoxins (CTXs) causes ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). In some patients, CFP recurrence occurs even years after exposure related to CTXs accumulation. Pacific CTX-1 (P-CTX-1) is one of the most potent natural substances known that causes predominantly neurological symptoms in patients; however, the underlying pathogenies of CFP remain unknown. Using clinically relevant neurobehavioral tests and electromyography (EMG) to assess effects of P-CTX-1 during the 4 months after exposure, recurrent motor strength deficit occurred in mice exposed to P-CTX-1...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348869/role-of-the-n-terminal-lid-in-regulating-the-interaction-of-phosphorylated-mdmx-with-p53
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Jane Vin Chan, Dawn Xin Ping Koh, Yun Liu, Thomas L Joseph, David P Lane, Chandra S Verma, Yaw Sing Tan
Murine double minute 4 protein (MDMX) is crucial for the regulation of the tumor suppressor protein p53. Phosphorylation of the N-terminal domain of MDMX is thought to affect its binding with the transactivation domain of p53, thus playing a role in p53 regulation. In this study, the effects of MDMX phosphorylation on the binding of p53 were investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. It is shown that in addition to the previously proposed mechanism in which phosphorylated Y99 of MDMX inhibits p53 binding through steric clash with P27 of p53, the N-terminal lid of MDMX also appears to play an important role in regulating the phosphorylation-dependent interactions between MDMX and p53...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346833/phase-1b-trial-of-ficlatuzumab-a-humanized-hepatocyte-growth-factor-inhibitory-monoclonal-antibody-in-combination-with-gefitinib-in-asian-patients-with-nsclc
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Eng-Huat Tan, Wan-Teck Lim, Myung-Ju Ahn, Quan-Sing Ng, Jin Seok Ahn, Daniel Shao-Weng Tan, Jong-Mu Sun, May Han, Francis C Payumo, Krista McKee, Wei Yin, Marc Credi, Shefali Agarwal, Jaroslaw Jac, Keunchil Park
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met pathway dysregulation is a mechanism for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Ficlatuzumab (AV-299; SCH 900105), a humanized IgG1 κ HGF inhibitory monoclonal antibody, prevents HGF/c-Met pathway ligand-mediated activation. This phase 1b study assessed the safety/tolerability, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and antitumor activity of ficlatuzumab plus gefitinib in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344619/acoustic-analysis-of-voice-in-singers-a-systematic-review
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Dhanshree R Gunjawate, Rohit Ravi, Rajashekhar Bellur
Purpose: Singers are vocal athletes having specific demands from their voice and require special consideration during voice evaluation. Presently, there is a lack of standards for acoustic evaluation in them. The aim of the present study was to systematically review the available literature on the acoustic analysis of voice in singers. Method: A systematic review of studies on acoustic analysis of voice in singers (PubMed/MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, ProQuest, Cochrane, Ovid, Science Direct, and Shodhganga) was carried out...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340781/suicidal-thoughts-and-behaviors-among-college-students-and-same-aged-peers-results-from-the-world-health-organization-world-mental-health-surveys
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Philippe Mortier, Randy P Auerbach, Jordi Alonso, William G Axinn, Pim Cuijpers, David D Ebert, Jennifer G Green, Irving Hwang, Ronald C Kessler, Howard Liu, Matthew K Nock, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Nancy A Sampson, Alan M Zaslavsky, Jibril Abdulmalik, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Ali Al-Hamzawi, Corina Benjet, Koen Demyttenaere, Silvia Florescu, Giovanni De Girolamo, Oye Gureje, Josep Maria Haro, Chiyi Hu, Yueqin Huang, Peter De Jonge, Elie G Karam, Andrzej Kiejna, Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Sing Lee, John J Mcgrath, Siobhan O'neill, Vladimir Nakov, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Marina Piazza, José Posada-Villa, Charlene Rapsey, Maria Carmen Viana, Miguel Xavier, Ronny Bruffaerts
PURPOSE: The primary aims are to (1) obtain representative prevalence estimates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) among college students worldwide and (2) investigate whether STB is related to matriculation to and attrition from college. METHODS: Data from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys were analyzed, which include face-to-face interviews with 5750 young adults aged 18-22 spanning 21 countries (weighted mean response rate = 71.4%). Standardized STB prevalence estimates were calculated for four well-defined groups of same-aged peers: college students, college attriters (i...
January 16, 2018: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340284/optical-imaging-during-toddlerhood-brain-responses-during-naturalistic-social-interactions
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Yoko Hakuno, Laura Pirazzoli, Anna Blasi, Mark H Johnson, Sarah Lloyd-Fox
Despite the importance of our ability to interact and communicate with others, the early development of the social brain network remains poorly understood. We examined brain activity in 12- to 14-month-old infants while they were interacting live with an adult in two different naturalistic social scenarios (i.e., reading a picture book versus singing nursery rhymes with gestures), as compared to baseline (i.e., showing infants a toy without eye contact or speech). We used functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) recorded over the right temporal lobe of infants to assess the role of the superior temporal sulcus-temporoparietal junction (STS-TPJ) region during naturalistic social interactions...
January 2018: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336870/trends-in-singing-voice-research-an-innovative-approach
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Pedro Melo Pestana, Vaz Freitas Susana, Maria Conceição Manso
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to trace and describe research patterns in singing voice, to compare the amount of published research over time, to identify journals that published most papers on "singing voice," and to establish the most frequent research topics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study uses qualitative and quantitative approaches through descriptive statistics, text mining, and clustering. The authors conducted a search to identify scientific papers...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336750/percutaneous-versus-cut-down-technique-for-indwelling-port-placement
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Mario Matiotti-Neto, Mariam F Eskander, Omidreza Tabatabaie, Gyulnara Kasumova, Lindsay A Bliss, Sing Chau Ng, Nicholas E Tawa, Blanche Murphy, Jonathan F Critchlow, Jennifer F Tseng
The superiority of surgical cut-down of the cephalic vein versus percutaneous catheterization of the subclavian vein for the insertion of totally implantable venous access devices (TIVADs) is debated. To compare the safety and efficacy of surgical cut-down versus percutaneous placement of TIVADs. This is a single-institution retrospective cohort study of oncologic patients who had TIVADs implanted by 14 surgeons. Primary outcomes were inability to place TIVAD by the primary approach and postoperative complications within 30 days...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331952/inter-relationship-between-ocular-perfusion-pressure-blood-pressure-intraocular-pressure-profiles-and-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
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Yih-Chung Tham, Sing-Hui Lim, Preeti Gupta, Tin Aung, Tien Y Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the inter-relationship between ocular perfusion pressure (OPP), blood pressure (BP), intraocular pressure (IOP) profiles and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in a multiethnic Asian population. METHODS: Participants were recruited from the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases Study and underwent standardised ocular and systemic examinations. POAG was defined according to the International Society for Geographical and Epidemiological Ophthalmology criteria...
January 13, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331134/coarse-grained-model-of-nanoscale-segregation-water-diffusion-and-proton-transport-in-nafion-membranes
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Aleksey Vishnyakov, Runfang Mao, Ming-Tsung Lee, Alexander V Neimark
We present a coarse-grained model of the acid form of Nafion membrane that explicitly includes proton transport. This model is based on a soft-core bead representation of the polymer implemented into the dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation framework. The proton is introduced as a separate charged bead that forms dissociable Morse bonds with water beads. Morse bond formation and breakup artificially mimics the Grotthuss hopping mechanism of proton transport. The proposed DPD model is parameterized to account for the specifics of the conformations and flexibility of the Nafion backbone and sidechains; it treats electrostatic interactions in the smeared charge approximation...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328426/relaxant-and-vasoprotective-effects-of-ginger-extracts-on-porcine-coronary-arteries
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Hsing-Chen Wu, Chi-Ting Horng, Shih-Chang Tsai, You-Li Lee, Shou-Cheng Hsu, Yi-Jen Tsai, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Jo-Hua Chiang, Daih-Huang Kuo, Jai-Sing Yang
Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is a popular Chinese herbal medicine, which is considered to warm the stomach and dispel cold in traditional Chinese medicine. Ginger is widely used to treat stomach disorders, and it has been reported to exhibit antithrombotic activity via the inhibition of platelet aggregation and thromboxane B2 production in vitro. Cardiovascular disease is associated with the aberrant functioning of the heart and circulatory system; the relatively narrow vessels of the circulation are commonly affected and blocked by atherosclerosis, which may result in angina or heart attack...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326025/how-age-and-frequency-impact-the-thyroid-cartilages-of-professional-singers
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Fabian Unteregger, Jan Thommen, Flurin Honegger, Silke Potthast, Salome Zwicky, Claudio Storck
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Young professional singers can easily reach very high pitches. In contrast, older singers often complain that they have to exert substantially more laryngopharyngeal force to reach the same high pitch compared with their earlier years. Various factors such as the property changes of the mucosa and ossification that impact the singing apparatus were suggested as explanations in the literature. The aim of this study was to analyze thyroid deformation-and thereby stiffness indirectly-during singing as a potential reason for this phenomenon...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323139/reverse-micelle-extraction-of-antibiotics-using-an-eco-friendly-sophorolipids-biosurfactant
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Sing Chuong Chuo, Norfahana Abd-Talib, Siti Hamidah Mohd-Setapar, Hashim Hassan, Hasmida Mohd Nasir, Akil Ahmad, David Lokhat, Ghulam Md Ashraf
Reverse micelles extraction of erythromycin and amoxicillin were carried out using the novel Sophorolipids biosurfactant. By replacing commonly used chemical surfactants with biosurfactant, reverse micelle extraction can be further improved in terms of environmental friendliness and sustainability. A central composite experimental design was used to investigate the effects of solution pH, KCl concentration, and sophorolipids concentration on the reverse micelle extraction of antibiotics. The most significant factor identified during the reverse micelle extraction of both antibiotics is the pH of aqueous solutions...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322072/plan-in-2-d-execute-in-3-d-an-augmented-reality-solution-for-cup-placement-in-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Javad Fotouhi, Clayton P Alexander, Mathias Unberath, Giacomo Taylor, Sing Chun Lee, Bernhard Fuerst, Alex Johnson, Greg Osgood, Russell H Taylor, Harpal Khanuja, Mehran Armand, Nassir Navab
Reproducibly achieving proper implant alignment is a critical step in total hip arthroplasty procedures that has been shown to substantially affect patient outcome. In current practice, correct alignment of the acetabular cup is verified in C-arm x-ray images that are acquired in an anterior-posterior (AP) view. Favorable surgical outcome is, therefore, heavily dependent on the surgeon's experience in understanding the 3-D orientation of a hemispheric implant from 2-D AP projection images. This work proposes an easy to use intraoperative component planning system based on two C-arm x-ray images that are combined with 3-D augmented reality (AR) visualization that simplifies impactor and cup placement according to the planning by providing a real-time RGBD data overlay...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321916/a-spatiotemporal-analysis-of-acoustic-interactions-between-great-reed-warblers-acrocephalus-arundinaceus-using-microphone-arrays-and-robot-audition-software-hark
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Reiji Suzuki, Shiho Matsubayashi, Fumiyuki Saito, Tatsuyoshi Murate, Tomohisa Masuda, Koichi Yamamoto, Ryosuke Kojima, Kazuhiro Nakadai, Hiroshi G Okuno
Acoustic interactions are important for understanding intra- and interspecific communication in songbird communities from the viewpoint of soundscape ecology. It has been suggested that birds may divide up sound space to increase communication efficiency in such a manner that they tend to avoid overlap with other birds when they sing. We are interested in clarifying the dynamics underlying the process as an example of complex systems based on short-term behavioral plasticity. However, it is very problematic to manually collect spatiotemporal patterns of acoustic events in natural habitats using data derived from a standard single-channel recording of several species singing simultaneously...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320915/healthcare-utilization-and-costs-associated-with-treatment-for-opioid-dependence
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Ankit Shah, Margaret Duncan, Nipun Atreja, Kei Sing Tai, Mugdha Gore
OBJECTIVE: Opioid use disorder (OUD) can be managed with medication assisted therapy (MAT) (methadone [MET], buprenorphine [BUP], or extended-release naltrexone [XR-NTX]) or counseling alone (non-pharmacological therapy [NPT]). The objective of this study was to evaluate healthcare resource utilization and costs associated with XR-NTX compared with alternative treatments for opioid dependence. METHODS: Adults with a diagnosis of opioid dependence who initiated treatment with XR-NTX, BUP, MET, or NPT between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014 were identified in the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial administrative claims database...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314840/development-of-stem-cell-mobilizing-agents-targeting-cxcr4-receptor-for-peripheral-blood-stem-cell-transplantation-and-beyond
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Chien-Huang Wu, Jen-Shin Song, Hsuan-Hao Kuan, Szu-Huei Wu, Ming-Chen Chou, Jiing-Jyh Jan, Lun Kelvin Tsou, Yi-Yu Ke, Chiung-Tong Chen, Kai-Chia Yeh, Sing-Yi Wang, Teng-Kuang Yeh, Chen-Tso Tseng, Chen-Lung Huang, Mine-Hsine Wu, Po-Chu Kuo, Chia-Jui Lee, Kak-Shan Shia
The function of the CXCR4/CXCL12 axis accounts for many disease indications, including tissue/nerve regeneration, cancer metastasis and inflammation. Blocking CXCR4 signaling with its antagonists may lead to moving out CXCR4+ cell types from bone marrow to peripheral circulation. We have discovered a novel series of pyrimidine-based CXCR4 antagonists, a representative (i.e., 16) of which was tolerated at a higher dose and showed better HSC-mobilizing ability at the maximal response dose relative to the approved drug 1 (AMD3100), and thus considered a potential drug candidate for PBSCT indication...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314635/semiochemicals-to-enhance-herbivory-by-diorhabda-carinulata-aggregations-in-saltcedar-tamarix-spp-infestations
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Alexander M Gaffke, Sharlene E Sing, Tom L Dudley, Daniel W Bean, Justin A Russak, Agenor Mafra-Neto, Paul A Grieco, Robert K D Peterson, David K Weaver
BACKGROUND: Semiochemicals for monitoring, attracting or repelling pest and beneficial organisms are increasingly deployed in agricultural and forest systems for pest management activities. However, the use of aggregation pheromones and host plant attractants for the express purpose of increasing the efficacy of classical biological control agents of weeds has not been widely reported. Therefore, we conducted field-based assays to determine if a specialized wax based matrix impregnated with an aggregation pheromone of the northern tamarisk beetle Diorhabda carinulata (Desbrochers) or host plant volatiles could increase the efficacy of D...
January 3, 2018: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313052/a-deep-learning-approach-to-digitally-stain-optical-coherence-tomography-images-of-the-optic-nerve-head
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Sripad Krishna Devalla, Khai Sing Chin, Jean-Martial Mari, Tin A Tun, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Tin Aung, Alexandre H Thiéry, Michaël J A Girard
Purpose: To develop a deep learning approach to digitally stain optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of the optic nerve head (ONH). Methods: A horizontal B-scan was acquired through the center of the ONH using OCT (Spectralis) for one eye of each of 100 subjects (40 healthy and 60 glaucoma). All images were enhanced using adaptive compensation. A custom deep learning network was then designed and trained with the compensated images to digitally stain (i.e., highlight) six tissue layers of the ONH...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310555/mechanical-circulatory-support-for-the-failing-fontan-conversion-to-assisted-single-ventricle-circulation-preliminary-observations
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Syed M Peer, Kristopher B Deatrick, Thomas J Johnson, Jonathan W Haft, Francis D Pagani, Richard G Ohye, Edward L Bove, Alvaro Rojas-Peña, Ming-Sing Si
BACKGROUND: Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) of a failing Fontan circulation remains challenging. We hypothesized that MCS can be provided by converting the Fontan circulation into a mechanically assisted single ventricle parallel circulation (MASVC). METHODS: A porcine model of functionally univentricular circulation was created under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) by performing an atrial septectomy, tricuspid valvectomy, and interrupting antegrade pulmonary blood flow...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
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