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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110513/effect-of-methylnaltrexone-and-naloxone-on-esophageal-motor-function-in-man
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E Scarpellini, A Pauwels, R Vos, N Rommel, J Tack
BACKGROUND: Endogenous opioids (EO) acting on μ-opiod receptors in central and enteric nervous system (ENS) control gastrointestinal motility but it is still unclear whether EO in ENS may control esophageal function in man, thus we will study the effects of methylnaltrexone (MNTX), a peripherally selective, and naloxone (NA), a non-selective μ-opiod receptor antagonist, on esophageal motility in healthy subjects. METHODS: Fifteen HV (6 M; 34.1 ± 0.6 years; BMI: 22...
January 22, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110481/pregnancy-associated-transient-osteoporosis-of-the-hip-results-of-a-case-control-study
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Peyman Hadji, Jelena Boekhoff, Melitta Hahn, Lars Hellmeyer, Olaf Hars, Ioannis Kyvernitakis
: The etiology and underlying mechanisms of transient of osteoporosis of the hip (TOH) during pregnancy are still unclear, since no systematic analyses exist. Our results support the hypothesis that TOH is a multifactorial disease, which is associated with immobility, dental problems, and lack of exercise in childhood. INTRODUCTION: Pregnancy-associated transient osteoporosis of the hip (TOH) is a rare but severe form of osteoporosis, which may affect a subgroup of women in the last trimester of pregnancy or immediately postpartum...
December 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110273/shifting-balance-on-a-static-mutation-selection-landscape-a-novel-scenario-of-positive-selection
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Christopher T Jones, Noor Youssef, Edward Susko, Joseph P Bielawski
A version of the mechanistic mutation-selection (MutSel) model that accounts for temporal dynamics at a site is presented. This is used to show that the rate ratio dN/dS at a site can be transiently >1 even when fitness coefficients are fixed or the fitness landscape is static. This occurs whenever a site drifts away from its fitness peak and is then forced back by selection, a process reminiscent of shifting balance. Shifting balance is strongest when the substitution process is not dominated by selection or drift, but admits interplay between the two...
November 8, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110171/long-term-usability-and-bio-integration-of-polyimide-based-intra-neural-stimulating-electrodes
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S Wurth, M Capogrosso, S Raspopovic, J Gandar, G Federici, N Kinany, A Cutrone, A Piersigilli, N Pavlova, R Guiet, G Taverni, J Rigosa, P Shkorbatova, X Navarro, Q Barraud, G Courtine, S Micera
Stimulation of peripheral nerves has transiently restored lost sensation and has the potential to alleviate motor deficits. However, incomplete characterization of the long-term usability and bio-integration of intra-neural implants has restricted their use for clinical applications. Here, we conducted a longitudinal assessment of the selectivity, stability, functionality, and biocompatibility of polyimide-based intra-neural implants that were inserted in the sciatic nerve of twenty-three healthy adult rats for up to six months...
January 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110046/response-of-spirodela-polyrhiza-to-cerium-subcellular-distribution-growth-and-biochemical-changes
#5
Qinsong Xu, Yuji Jiang, Weiyue Chu, Chunlei Su, Dan Hu, Qianqian Lu, Tingting Zhang
Rare earth elements are new and emerging contaminants in freshwater systems. Greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza L.) is a common aquatic plant widely used in phytotoxicity tests for xenobiotic substances. In this study, the cerium (Ce) accumulation potential, the distribution of Ce in bio-molecules, and ensuing biochemical responses were investigated in greater duckweed fronds when they were exposed to Ce (0, 10, 20, 40, and 60μM). There was a concentration dependent increase in Ce accumulation, which reached a maximum of 67mgg(-1) of dry weight (DW) at 60μM Ce after 14 d...
January 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109982/altered-glutamate-metabolism-contributes-to-antiepileptogenic-effects-in-the-progression-from-focal-seizure-to-generalized-seizure-by-low-frequency-stimulation-in-the-ventral-hippocampus
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Hong-Liu Sun, Wei Zhu, Yu-Rong Zhang, Xiao-Hong Pan, Jun-Ru Zhang, Xiang-Ming Chen, Yu-Xia Liu, Shu-Cui Li, Qiao-Yun Wang, Da-Ping Deng
As a promising method for treating intractable epilepsy, the inhibitory effect of low-frequency stimulation (LFS) is well known, although its mechanisms remain unclear. Excessive levels of cerebral glutamate are considered a crucial factor for epilepsy. Therefore, we designed experiments to investigate the crucial parts of the glutamate cycle. We evaluated glutamine synthetase (GS, metabolizes glutamate), glutaminase (synthesizes glutamate), and glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD, a γ-aminobutyric acid [GABA] synthetase) in different regions of the brain, including the dentate gyrus (DG), CA3, and CA1 subregions of the hippocampus, and the cortex, using western blots, immunohistochemistry, and enzyme activity assays...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109911/rho-kinase-inhibitor-prevents-acute-injury-against-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia-by-enhancing-the-expression-and-function-of-gaba-receptors-in-rats
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Lin Huang, Qin Li, Ruiting Wen, Zhiying Yu, Na Li, Liping Ma, Wanyu Feng
Studies have shown hydroxyfasudil-mediated inhibition of Rho-kinase (ROCK) has efficacy in rodent models of focal ischemia and in in vitro systems that recapitulate stroke conditions. However, the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of the ROCK inhibitor on stroke are not well understood. In this study, we examined the role of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) interneurons in the effects of hydroxyfasudil on transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) induced acute ischemia-reperfusion injury to explore the mechanisms...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109863/disruption-of-cortical-arterial-network-is-associated-with-the-severity-of-transient-neurological-events-after-direct-bypass-surgery-in-adult-moyamoya-disease
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Yusuke Egashira, Keita Yamauchi, Yukiko Enomoto, Noriyuki Nakayama, Shinichi Yoshimura, Toru Iwama
OBJECTIVE: Transient neurological events (TNEs) frequently occur after revascularization in adult moyamoya disease (MMD). In the present study, we hypothesized that cortical arterial network disruption may be associated with TNE severity following bypass surgery. METHODS: This retrospective study included 76 hemispheres in 45 consecutive adult MMD patients who underwent direct revascularization surgery at our institution. We classified cortical arterial network disruption grade (NDG) into the following four categories based on angiography: NDG 0, > 90% of suprasylvian cortical branches of the middle cerebral artery demonstrated anterograde filling; NDG 1, 50% to 90%; NDG 2, < 50%; NDG 3, none...
January 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109833/a-novel-method-linking-neural-connectivity-to-behavioral-fluctuations-behavior-regressed-connectivity
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Antony D Passaro, Jean M Vettel, Jonathan McDaniel, Vernon Lawhern, Piotr J Franaszczuk, Stephen M Gordon
BACKGROUND: During an experimental session, behavioral performance fluctuates, yet most neuroimaging analyses of functional connectivity derive a single connectivity pattern. These conventional connectivity approaches assume that since the underlying behavior of the task remains constant, the connectivity pattern is also constant. NEW METHOD: We introduce a novel method, behavior-regressed connectivity (BRC), to directly examine behavioral fluctuations within an experimental session and capture their relationship to changes in functional connectivity...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109728/the-utility-of-hair-cortisol-concentrations-in-the-prediction-of-ptsd-symptoms-following-traumatic-physical-injury
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Maria L Pacella, Bryce Hruska, Susann Steudte-Schmiedgen, Richard L George, Douglas L Delahanty
RATIONALE: Although cortisol alterations have been associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTSD symptoms (PTSS), the direction of association is mixed. Cortisol which is measured in blood, saliva, or urine is subject to transient factors that may confound results. Recent advances in cortisol sampling techniques provide novel opportunities to address these inconsistencies. Hair cortisol sampling is a non-invasive method for the retrospective assessment of long-term integrated cortisol, yet its utility at predicting PTSS has not been assessed in acute injury victims...
January 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109698/microbubble-assisted-ultrasound-induced-transient-phosphatidylserine-translocation
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Jean-Michel Escoffre, Marc Derieppe, Bart Lammertink, Clemens Bos, Chrit Moonen
Microbubble-assisted ultrasound (sonopermeabilization) results in reversible permeabilization of the plasma membrane of cells. This method is increasingly used in vivo because of its potential to deliver therapeutic molecules with limited cell damage. Nevertheless, the effects of sonopermeabilization on the plasma membrane remain not fully understood. We investigated the influence of sonopermeabilization on the transverse mobility of phospholipids, especially on phosphatidylserine (PS) externalization. We performed studies using optical imaging with Annexin V and FM1-43 probes to monitor PS externalization of rat glioma C6 cells...
January 18, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109678/paclitaxel-induced-increase-in-mitochondrial-volume-mediates-dysregulation-of-intracellular-ca-2-in-putative-nociceptive-glabrous-skin-neurons-from-the-rat
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Eser Yilmaz, Simon C Watkins, Michael S Gold
We have recently demonstrated that in a rat model of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), there is a significant decrease in the duration of the depolarization-evoked Ca(2+) transient in small diameter, IB4+, and capsaicin-responsive neurons innervating the glabrous skin of the hindpaw. This change was specific to the transient duration and significantly smaller if not undetectable in neurons innervating the dorsal skin of the hindpaw or the skin of the inner thigh. Given the importance of mitochondria in intracellular Ca(2+) regulation and the findings of chemotherapy-associated increase in mitotoxicity along the sensory neuron axons, we hypothesized that CIPN is due to both increases and decreases in mitochondria function, with changes manifest in distinct subpopulations of afferents...
January 16, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109630/analytical-model-for-the-design-of-in-situ-horizontal-permeable-reactive-barriers-hprbs-for-the-mitigation-of-chlorinated-solvent-vapors-in-the-unsaturated-zone
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Iason Verginelli, Oriana Capobianco, Niels Hartog, Renato Baciocchi
In this work we introduce a 1-D analytical solution that can be used for the design of horizontal permeable reactive barriers (HPRBs) as a vapor mitigation system at sites contaminated by chlorinated solvents. The developed model incorporates a transient diffusion-dominated transport with a second-order reaction rate constant. Furthermore, the model accounts for the HPRB lifetime as a function of the oxidant consumption by reaction with upward vapors and its progressive dissolution and leaching by infiltrating water...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109332/structural-characteristics-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers
#14
N Cremades, S W Chen, C M Dobson
Oligomeric forms of amyloid aggregates have been detected in the brains and tissues of patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease, and it is widely thought that such species are key pathogenic agents in the development and spreading of the disease; however, the study of these species has been proven to be extremely challenging, primarily as a result of their intrinsically transient nature and high levels of heterogeneity. Identifying the structural nature and the details of the mechanisms of formation and interconversion of individual oligomeric species, particularly those with high toxicity, is of fundamental importance not only for understanding the mechanisms of protein misfolding and amyloid aggregation but also for the identification of diagnostic and therapeutic targets...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109273/blocking-of-platelet-glycoprotein-receptor-ib-reduces-thrombo-inflammation-in-mice-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
#15
Michael K Schuhmann, Josua Guthmann, Guido Stoll, Bernhard Nieswandt, Peter Kraft, Christoph Kleinschnitz
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke causes a strong inflammatory response that includes T cells, monocytes/macrophages, and neutrophils. Interaction of these immune cells with platelets and endothelial cells facilitates microvascular dysfunction and leads to secondary infarct growth. We recently showed that blocking of platelet glycoprotein (GP) receptor Ib improves stroke outcome without increasing the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage. Until now, it has been unclear whether GPIb only mediates thrombus formation or also contributes to the pathophysiology of local inflammation...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109138/adaptations-in-the-microarchitecture-and-load-distribution-of-maternal-cortical-and-trabecular-bone-in-response-to-multiple-reproductive-cycles-in-rats
#16
Chantal M J de Bakker, Allison R Altman-Singles, Yihan Li, Wei-Ju Tseng, Connie Li, X Sherry Liu
Pregnancy, lactation, and weaning result in dramatic changes in maternal calcium metabolism. In particular, the increased calcium demand during lactation causes a substantial degree of maternal bone loss. This reproductive bone loss has been suggested to be largely reversible, as multiple clinical studies have found that parity and lactation history have no adverse effect on post-menopausal fracture risk. However, the precise effects of pregnancy, lactation, and post-weaning recovery on maternal bone structure are not well understood...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109108/-brachiocephalic-artery-sparing-aortic-arch-repair-combined-with-stent-graft-elephant-trunk-technique-for-stanford-type-a-aortic-dissection-analysis-of-23-cases
#17
Song-Lin DU, Jun Wan, Wu-Jun Wang, Kai-Can Cai, Ya-Xiang Liu, Xiang-Hui Mao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical outcomes of brachiocephalic artery-sparing aortic arch repair combined with stent-graft elephant trunk technique for treatment of Stanford type A aortic dissection. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with Stanford type A aortic dissection requiring arch replacement underwent brachiocephalic artery-sparing aortic arch repair combined with stent-graft elephant trunk technique. The operations were performed within 72 h (20 cases) or 3-14 days (3 cases) after the onset of aortic dissection...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108997/risk-of-high-grade-precancerous-lesions-and-invasive-cancers-in-high-risk-hpv-positive-women-with-normal-cervix-or-cin-1-at-baseline-a-population-based-cohort-study
#18
Srabani Mittal, Partha Basu, Richard Muwonge, Dipanwita Banerjee, Ishita Ghosh, Mitali Mukherjee Sengupta, Pradip Das, Priatosh Dey, Ranajit Mandal, Chinmay Panda, Jaydip Biswas, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan
Infection with High-risk Human Papillomavirus (HR-HPV) is transient and clears on its own in majority of the women. Only a few women who have persistent infection may finally develop Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) or cervical cancer in later years. The risk of progression in the HR-HPV positive women with normal cervix or low grade lesion on colposcopy and histopathology at baseline is less studied. We performed a longitudinal study on 650 HR-HPV positive women with colposcopy and/or histopathology proved normal or CIN1 diagnosis at baselineto assess the cumulative risk of development of high-grade CIN...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108881/diagnostic-performance-of-point-of-care-ultrasonography-in-identifying-the-etiology-of-respiratory-distress-in-neonates
#19
Harish Rachuri, Tejo Pratap Oleti, Srinivas Murki, Sreeram Subramanian, Jayalatha Nethagani
OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic test performance of Point of care ultrasonography (PoC-USG) for identifying the etiology of respiratory distress (RD) in neonates when combination of radiological and clinical criteria is considered as the gold standard. METHODS: A neonate was included in the study if he/she had RD and underwent x-ray chest and ultrasound within 4 h of admission and the age was less than 24 h. The neonates admitted with non-respiratory illness were chosen as controls...
January 21, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108839/sporadic-insulinomas-on-volume-perfusion-ct-dynamic-enhancement-patterns-and-timing-of-optimal-tumour-parenchyma-contrast
#20
Liang Zhu, Wen-Ming Wu, Hua-Dan Xue, Wei Liu, Xuan Wang, Hao Sun, Ping Li, Yu-Pei Zhao, Zheng-Yu Jin
OBJECTIVES: To assess enhancement patterns of sporadic insulinomas on volume perfusion CT (VPCT), and to identify timing of optimal tumour-parenchyma contrast. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent VPCT for clinically suspected insulinomas were retrospectively identified. Patients with insulinomas confirmed by surgery were included, and patients with familial syndromes were excluded. Two radiologists evaluated VPCT images in consensus. Tumour-parenchyma contrast at each time point was measured, and timing of optimal contrast was determined...
January 20, 2017: European Radiology
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