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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936491/intrinsic-%C3%AE-helix-propensities-compact-hydrodynamic-radii-in-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
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Lance R English, Erin C Tilton, Benjamin J Ricard, Steven T Whitten
Proteins that lack tertiary stability under normal conditions, known as intrinsically disordered, exhibit a wide range of biological activities. Molecular descriptions for the biology of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) consequently rely on disordered structural models, which in turn require experiments that assess the origins to structural features observed. For example, while hydrodynamic size is mostly insensitive to sequence composition in chemically denatured proteins, IDPs show strong sequence-specific effects in the hydrodynamic radius (Rh ) when measured under normal conditions...
December 9, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936186/maternal-separation-impairs-cocaine-induced-behavioural-sensitization-in-adolescent-mice
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Irene Gracia-Rubio, Olga Valverde, Elena Martinez-Laorden, Maria Moscoso-Castro, M Victoria Milanés, M Luisa Laorden
Adverse early-life conditions induce persistent disturbances that give rise to negative emotional states. Therefore, early life stress confers increased vulnerability to substance use disorders, mainly during adolescence as the brain is still developing. In this study, we investigated the consequences of maternal separation, a model of maternal neglect, on the psychotropic effects of cocaine and the neuroplasticity of the dopaminergic system. Our results show that mice exposed to maternal separation displayed attenuated behavioural sensitization, while no changes were found in the rewarding effects of cocaine in the conditioned place preference paradigm and in the reinforcing effects of cocaine in the self-administration paradigm...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935732/active-perspective-taking-induces-flexible-use-of-self-knowledge-during-social-inference
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Andrew R Todd, Austin J Simpson, Diana I Tamir
Social life hinges on the ability to infer others' mental states. By default, people often recruit self-knowledge during social inference, particularly for others who are similar to oneself. How do people's active perspective-taking efforts-deliberately imagining another's perspective-affect self-knowledge use? In 2 experiments, we test the flexible self-application hypothesis: that the application of self-knowledge to a perspective-taking target differs based on that person's similarity to oneself. We found consistent evidence that, when making inferences about dissimilar others, perspective taking increased the projection of one's own traits and preferences to those targets, relative to a control condition...
December 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935643/plant-herbivore-synchrony-and-selection-on-plant-flowering-phenology
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Elsa Fogelström, Martin Olofsson, Diana Posledovich, Christer Wiklund, Johan Petter Dahlgren, Johan Ehrlén
Temporal variation in natural selection has profound effects on the evolutionary trajectories of populations. One potential source of variation in selection is that differences in thermal reaction norms and temperature influence the relative phenology of interacting species. We manipulated the phenology of the butterfly herbivore Anthocharis cardamines relative to genetically identical populations of its host plant, Cardamine pratensis, and examined the effects on butterfly preferences and selection acting on the host plant...
December 9, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935269/from-adolescent-to-elder-rats-motivation-for-palatable-food-and-cannabinoids-receptors
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Octavio Amancio-Belmont, Antonio Romano-López, Alejandra Evelin Ruiz-Contreras, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Oscar Prospéro-García
To analyze motivation, food self-administration and decision-making was evaluated in adolescent, adult and aged rats. Subjects were trained to press a lever (fixed ratio, FR1 and FR5) in an operant chamber, to obtain chocolate flavor pellets. We assessed the progressive ratio (PR), extinction and reinstatement of the behavior. To estimate decision-making for food, rats were trained in the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm: a) associating one compartment with lab chow (LCh) one day and the other compartment with rice krisspies (RK), the next day...
December 9, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933137/gallstone-ileus-associated-with-impaction-at-meckel-s-diverticulum-case-report-and-literature-review
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Harveen K Lamba, Yiwen Shi, Ajita Prabhu
Gallstone ileus due to erosion of one or more gallstones into the gastrointestinal tract is an uncommon cause of small bowel obstruction. The site of impaction is usually distal ileum, and less commonly the jejunum, colon, duodenum, or stomach. We report a rare case of gallstone ileus with impaction at the proximal small bowel and at a Meckel's diverticulum (MD) in a 64-year-old woman managed with laparoscopic converted to open small bowel resections. Patient was discharged home in stable condition and remained asymptomatic at 6-mo follow up...
November 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933046/phylogenetic-signals-of-salinity-and-season-in-bacterial-community-composition-across-the-salinity-gradient-of-the-baltic-sea
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Daniel P R Herlemann, Daniel Lundin, Anders F Andersson, Matthias Labrenz, Klaus Jürgens
Understanding the key processes that control bacterial community composition has enabled predictions of bacterial distribution and function within ecosystems. In this study, we used the Baltic Sea as a model system to quantify the phylogenetic signal of salinity and season with respect to bacterioplankton community composition. The abundances of 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing reads were analyzed from samples obtained from similar geographic locations in July and February along a brackish to marine salinity gradient in the Baltic Sea...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933039/the-contribution-of-mathematical-modeling-to-understanding-dynamic-aspects-of-rumen-metabolism
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André Bannink, Henk J van Lingen, Jennifer L Ellis, James France, Jan Dijkstra
All mechanistic rumen models cover the main drivers of variation in rumen function, which are feed intake, the differences between feedstuffs and feeds in their intrinsic rumen degradation characteristics, and fractional outflow rate of fluid and particulate matter. Dynamic modeling approaches are best suited to the prediction of more nuanced responses in rumen metabolism, and represent the dynamics of the interactions between substrates and micro-organisms and inter-microbial interactions. The concepts of dynamics are discussed for the case of rumen starch digestion as influenced by starch intake rate and frequency of feed intake, and for the case of fermentation of fiber in the large intestine...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931777/effects-of-maternal-separation-on-nicotine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-and-subsequent-learning-and-memory-in-adolescent-female-rats
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Fatemeh Delavari, Nouzar Nakhaee, Khadijeh Esmaeilpour, Saeid Esmaeili Mahani, Vahid Sheibani
Adverse early life experiences can potentially increase risk for drug abuse later in life. However, little research has been conducted studying the effects of maternal separation (MS), an experimental model for early life stress, on the rewarding effects of nicotine. Cognitive function may be affected by MS. So, we also investigated whether nicotine administration affect spatial learning and memory in MS adolescent female rats. Rat pups were subjected to daily MS for 15min (MS15) or 180min (MS180) during the first 2 weeks of life or reared under normal animal facility rearing (AFR) conditions...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931654/the-response-of-the-microcirculation-to-mechanical-support-of-the-heart-in-critical-illness
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REVIEW
Sakir Akin, Atila Kara, Corstiaan A den Uil, Can Ince
Critical illness associated with cardiac pump failure results in reduced tissue perfusion in all organs and occurs in various conditions such as sepsis, cardiogenic shock, and heart failure. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices can be used to maintain organ perfusion in patients with cardiogenic shock and decompensated chronic heart failure. However, correction of global hemodynamic parameters by MCS does not always cause a parallel improvement in microcirculatory perfusion and oxygenation of the organ systems, a condition referred to as a loss of hemodynamic coherence between macro- and microcirculation (MC)...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931189/adaptation-of-propionibacterium-freudenreichii-to-long-term-survival-under-gradual-nutritional-shortage
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Flavia Figueira Aburjaile, Marine Rohmer, Hugues Parrinello, Marie-Bernadette Maillard, Eric Beaucher, Gwénaële Henry, Aurélie Nicolas, Marie-Noëlle Madec, Anne Thierry, Sandrine Parayre, Stéphanie-Marie Deutsch, Muriel Cocaign-Bousquet, Anderson Miyoshi, Vasco Azevedo, Yves Le Loir, Hélène Falentin
BACKGROUND: Propionibacterium freudenreichii is an Actinobacterium widely used in the dairy industry as a ripening culture for Swiss-type cheeses, for vitamin B12 production and some strains display probiotic properties. It is reportedly a hardy bacterium, able to survive the cheese-making process and digestive stresses. RESULTS: During this study, P. freudenreichii CIRM-BIA 138 (alias ITG P9), which has a generation time of five hours in Yeast Extract Lactate medium at 30 °C under microaerophilic conditions, was incubated for 11 days (9 days after entry into stationary phase) in a culture medium, without any adjunct during the incubation...
December 8, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930388/should-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-measurable-residual-disease-be-transplanted-in-first-complete-remission
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Francesco Buccisano, Roland B Walter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Measurable ('minimal') residual disease in acute myeloid leukemia during first complete morphologic remission (MRD CR1) identifies patients with particularly high relapse risk and short survival. Here, we examine the evidence regarding optimal postremission treatment strategy for such patients. RECENT FINDINGS: With chemotherapy alone or chemotherapy/autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), disease recurrence appears inevitable in patients with MRD CR1...
December 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929349/effects-of-paclitaxel-on-mechanical-sensitivity-and-morphine-reward-in-male-and-female-c57bl6-mice
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Harshini Neelakantan, Sara Jane Ward, Ellen Ann Walker
This study evaluated the hypothesis that a paclitaxel treatment regimen sufficient to produce mechanical allodynia would alter sensitivities of male and female mice to the conditioned rewarding and reinforcing effects of morphine. Saline or paclitaxel were administered on Days 1, 3, 5, and 7 in male and female C57Bl/6 mice to induce morphine-reversible mechanical allodynia as measured by the Von Frey filament test. Paclitaxel treatment did not change sensitivity to morphine conditioned place preference (CPP) relative to saline treatment in either male or female mice...
December 2016: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928758/mapping-chu9d-utility-scores-from-the-pedsql-tm-4-0-sf-15
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Christine Mpundu-Kaambwa, Gang Chen, Remo Russo, Katherine Stevens, Karin Dam Petersen, Julie Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ 4.0 Short Form 15 Generic Core Scales (hereafter the PedsQL) and the Child Health Utility-9 Dimensions (CHU9D) are two generic instruments designed to measure health-related quality of life in children and adolescents in the general population and paediatric patient groups living with specific health conditions. Although the PedsQL is widely used among paediatric patient populations, presently it is not possible to directly use the scores from the instrument to calculate quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) for application in economic evaluation because it produces summary scores which are not preference-based...
December 7, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926450/changing-health-behavior-motivation-from-i-must-to-i-want
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S Knecht, P Kenning
In the past, medicine was dominated by acute diseases. Since treatments were unknown to patients they followed their medical doctors´ directives-at least for the duration of the disease. Behavior was thus largely motivated by avoiding expected costs associated with alternative behaviors (I-must). The health challenges prevailing today are chronic conditions resulting from the way we chose to live. Traditional directive communication has not been successful in eliciting and maintaining appropriate lifestyle changes...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925508/%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-carbon-nanotube-enhanced-sensor-for-ciprofloxacin-detection
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Jorge M P J Garrido, Manuel Melle-Franco, Karol Strutyński, Fernanda Borges, Christopher M A Brett, E Manuela P J Garrido
A simple and expedite electrochemical methodology was developed for the determination of ciprofloxacin, based on a glassy carbon (GC) electrode modified by a combination of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) incorporated in a polyaniline film. The combined use of β-CD and MWCNT in the electrochemical sensor leads to a significant signal improvement. The β-CD/MWCNT modified GC electrode exhibited efficient electrocatalytic behavior in the oxidation of ciprofloxacin with relatively high sensitivity, stability and lifetime...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924216/atrial-fibrillation-management-in-older-heart-failure-patients-a-complex-clinical-problem
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REVIEW
Giovanni Pulignano, Donatella Del Sindaco, Maria Denitza Tinti, Stefano Tolone, Giovanni Minardi, Antonio Lax, Massimo Uguccioni
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF), two problems of growing prevalence as a consequence of the ageing population, are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. AF and HF also share common risk factors and pathophysiologic processes such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, and valvular heart disease often occur together. Although elderly patients with both HF and AF are affected by worse symptoms and poorer prognosis, there is a paucity of data on appropriate management of these patients...
January 2016: Heart International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923885/a-systematic-review-of-interventions-to-enhance-healthy-lifestyle-behaviors-in-adolescents-delivered-via-mobile-phone-text-messaging
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Lois J Loescher, Stephen A Rains, Sandra S Kramer, Chelsie Akers, Renee Moussa
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review healthy lifestyle interventions targeted to adolescents and delivered using text messaging (TM). DATA SOURCE: PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Web of Science databases. STUDY INCLUSION CRITERIA: Research articles published during 2011 to 2014; analyses focused on intervention targeting adolescents (10-19 years), with healthy lifestyle behaviors as main variables, delivered via mobile phone-based TM...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923191/a-highly-specific-ratiometric-two-photon-fluorescent-probe-to-detect-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-in-plasma-and-living-systems
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Li-Wei Zou, Ping Wang, Xing-Kai Qian, Lei Feng, Yang Yu, Dan-Dan Wang, Qiang Jin, Jie Hou, Zhi-Hong Liu, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
In this study, a highly specific ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe GP-BAN was developed and well-characterized to monitor dipeptidyl peptidase IV in plasma and living systems. GP-BAN was designed on the basis of the catalytic properties and substrate preference of DPP-IV, and it could be readily hydrolyzed upon addition of DPP-IV under physiological conditions. Both reaction phenotyping and inhibition assays demonstrated that GP-BAN displayed good reactivity and high selectivity towards DPP-IV over other human serine hydrolases including FAP, DPP-VIII, and DPP-IX...
November 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922639/mesolimbic-leptin-signaling-negatively-regulates-cocaine-conditioned-reward
#20
M Shen, C Jiang, P Liu, F Wang, L Ma
The regulatory mechanisms underlying the response to addictive drugs are complex, and increasing evidence indicates that there is a role for appetite-regulating pathways in substance abuse. Leptin, an important adipose hormone that regulates energy balance and appetite, exerts its physiological functions via leptin receptors. However, the role of leptin signaling in regulating the response to cocaine remains unclear. Here we examined the potential role of leptin signaling in cocaine reward using a conditioned place preference (CPP) procedure...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
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