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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776086/universal-avalanche-statistics-and-triggering-close-to-failure-in-a-mean-field-model-of-rheological-fracture
#1
Jordi Baró, Jörn Davidsen
The hypothesis of critical failure relates the presence of an ultimate stability point in the structural constitutive equation of materials to a divergence of characteristic scales in the microscopic dynamics responsible for deformation. Avalanche models involving critical failure have determined common universality classes for stick-slip processes and fracture. However, not all empirical failure processes exhibit the trademarks of criticality. The rheological properties of materials introduce dissipation, usually reproduced in conceptual models as a hardening of the coarse grained elements of the system...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775992/from-breaking-point-to-breakthrough-during-the-icu-stay-a-qualitative-study-of-family-members-experiences-of-long-term-intensive-care-patients-pathways-towards-survival
#2
Hege S Haugdahl, Regina Eide, Ingeborg Alexandersen, Tove Engan Paulsby, Berit Stjern, Stine Borgen Lund, Gørill Haugan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore family members' experiences of long-term intensive care unit (ICU) patients' pathways towards survival and to highlight family members' efforts to promote the patient's health during the ICU stay. BACKGROUND: Although considerable research has been devoted to the substantial burden of long-term ICU patients, less attention has been paid to health promoting factors that facilitate patients' health and survival during ICU stays. Support from family members can improve patient outcome...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775120/successful-improvement-of-pain-symptomatology-in-a-suspected-case-of-cramp-fasciculation-syndrome-via-interventional-pain-treatment
#3
Anita Gupta, Lucas First, Celeste A Swain
Peripheral nerve hyperexcitability (PNH) syndromes are a rare set of neuromuscular disorders that include cramp-fasciculation syndrome (CFS) and Isaacs syndrome (IS). Successful treatment of these diseases has been achieved with antiepileptic medications; however, chronic pain symptoms can persist. We provide a case report of a 25-year-old female who has suffered from painful severe muscle spasms and fasciculations since childhood. With CFS as our working diagnosis, a treatment regimen using interventional pain techniques, including sympathetic chain blocks, ketamine infusions, and trigger point injections, resulted in a significant decrease in the patient's chronic pain symptoms...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774204/non-canonical-activities-of-hog1-control-sensitivity-of-candida-albicans-to-killer-toxins-from-debaryomyces-hansenii
#4
Ana Morales-Menchén, Federico Navarro-García, José P Guirao-Abad, Elvira Román, Daniel Prieto, Ioana V Coman, Jesús Pla, Rebeca Alonso-Monge
Certain yeasts secrete peptides known as killer toxins or mycocins with a deleterious effect on sensitive yeasts or filamentous fungi, a common phenomenon in environmental species. In a recent work, different Debaryomyces hansenii ( Dh ) strains isolated from a wide variety of cheeses were identified as producing killer toxins active against Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis . We have analyzed the killer activity of these toxins in C. albicans mutants defective in MAPK signaling pathways and found that the lack of the MAPK Hog1 (but not Cek1 or Mkc1) renders cells hypersensitive to Dh mycocins while mutants lacking other upstream elements of the pathway behave as the wild type strain...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773845/aicar-inhibits-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dna-binding-independently-of-ampk-to-attenuate-lps-triggered-inflammatory-responses-in-human-macrophages
#5
Johannes Kirchner, Bernhard Brüne, Dmitry Namgaladze
5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-D-ribofuranoside (AICAR) is an established pharmacological activator of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Both, AICAR and AMPK were reported to attenuate inflammation. However, AICAR is known for many AMPK-independent effects, although the mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Here we report a potent suppression of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory gene expression by AICAR in primary human macrophages, which occurred independently of its conversion to AMPK-activating 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-D-ribofuranosyl monophosphate...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773601/combinatorial-targeting-of-xpo1-and-flt3-exerts-synergistic-anti-leukemia-effects-through-induction-of-differentiation-and-apoptosis-in-flt3-mutated-acute-myeloid-leukemias-from-concept-to-clinical-trial
#6
Weiguo Zhang, Charlie Ly, Jo Ishizawa, Hong Mu, Vivian Ruvolo, Sharon Shacham, Naval Daver, Michael Andreeff
Targeted therapies against FLT3-mutated acute myeloid leukemia have shown limited clinical efficacy primarily because of the acquisition of secondary mutations in FLT3 and persistent activation of downstream pro-survival pathways such as MEK/ERK, PI3K/AKT, and STAT5. Activation of these additional kinases may also result in phosphorylation of tumor suppressor proteins promoting their nuclear export. Thus, co-targeting nuclear export proteins (i.e., XPO1) and FLT3 concomitantly may be therapeutically effective...
May 17, 2018: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772680/the-crosstalk-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-stress-pathways-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-complex-mechanisms-relevant-for-cancer-inflammation-and-infection
#7
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M Lienhard Schmitz, M Samer Shaban, B Vincent Albert, Anke Gökçen, Michael Kracht
Stressful conditions occuring during cancer, inflammation or infection activate adaptive responses that are controlled by the unfolded protein response (UPR) and the nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells (NF-κB) signaling pathway. These systems can be triggered by chemical compounds but also by cytokines, toll-like receptor ligands, nucleic acids, lipids, bacteria and viruses. Despite representing unique signaling cascades, new data indicate that the UPR and NF-κB pathways converge within the nucleus through ten major transcription factors (TFs), namely activating transcription factor (ATF)4, ATF3, CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein (CEBP) homologous protein (CHOP), X-box-binding protein (XBP)1, ATF6α and the five NF-κB subunits...
May 16, 2018: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771636/subcellular-topography-modulates-actin-dynamics-and-signaling-in-b-cells
#8
Christina M Ketchum, Xiaoyu Sun, Alexandra Suberi, John T Fourkas, Wenxia Song, Arpita Upadhyaya
B cell signaling activation is most effectively triggered by the binding of B cell receptors (BCRs) to membrane-bound antigens.  In vivo, B cells encounter antigen on antigen presenting cells (APC), which possess complex surfaces with convoluted topographies, a fluid membrane and deformable cell bodies. However, whether and how the physical properties of antigen presentation affect B cell activation is not well understood. Here, we use nanotopographic surfaces that allow systematic variation of geometric parameters to show that surface features on a subcellular scale influence B cell signaling and actin dynamics...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771490/photo-responsive-nanovehicle-for-two-independent-wavelength-light-triggered-sequential-release-of-p-gp-shrna-and-doxorubicin-to-optimize-and-enhance-synergistic-therapy-of-multidrug-resistant-cancer
#9
Ming Wu, Xinyi Lin, Xionghong Tan, Jiong Li, Zuwu Wei, Da Zhang, Youshi Zheng, Ai-Xian Zheng, Bixing Zhao, Yongyi Zeng, Xiaolong Liu, Jingfeng Liu
Pre-release of RNA molecules than chemotherapeutic drugs with a sufficient interval is a vital prerequisite for RNA/drug co-delivery strategy to overcome multidrug resistance (MDR) of cancer cells, but how to precisely control their release at different time points is still a grand challenge up to now. This study aims to on-demand remotely manipulate RNA and drug release in real time through single delivery system to sequentially play their respective roles for optimizing and enhancing their synergistic antitumor effects...
May 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771142/the-development-of-a-mouse-model-of-mtbi-induced-post-traumatic-migraine-and-identification-of-the-delta-opioid-receptor-as-a-novel-therapeutic-target
#10
Laura S Moye, Madeline L Novack, Alycia F Tipton, Harish Krishnan, Subhash C Pandey, Amynah Aa Pradhan
Background Post-traumatic headache is the most common and long-lasting impairment observed following mild traumatic brain injury, and frequently has migraine-like characteristics. The mechanisms underlying progression from mild traumatic brain injury to post-traumatic headache are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to develop a mouse model of post-traumatic headache and identify mechanisms and novel targets associated with this disorder. Methods We combined the closed head weight-drop method and the nitroglycerin chronic migraine model...
January 1, 2018: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770079/summary-of-the-naci-update-on-the-recommended-use-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-vaccine-nine-valent-hpv-vaccine-two-dose-immunization-schedule-and-the-use-of-hpv-vaccines-in-immunocompromised-populations
#11
S L Deeks, M C Tunis, S Ismail
Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections. In the absence of vaccination, it is estimated that 75% of sexually active Canadians will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives. HPV vaccine programs were first recommended by Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) in 2007. In addition to the existing HPV vaccine options in Canada, NACI recently recommended the use of a newly authorized nine-valent HPV (HPV9) vaccine according to a 3-dose immunization schedule for the prevention of HPV types 6-, 11-, 16-, 18-, 31-, 33-, 45-, 52- and 58-related cancers and anogenital warts in females aged 9 to 45 years and males aged 9 to 26 years...
June 1, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768637/phase-transition-induced-pattern-formation-applied-to-basic-research-on-homeopathy-a-systematic-review
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Maria Olga Kokornaczyk, Claudia Scherr, Natalia Borisovna Bodrova, Stephan Baumgartner
BACKGROUND:  Methods based on phase-transition-induced pattern formation (PTPF) are increasingly used in medical research. Frequent application fields are medical diagnosis and basic research in homeopathy. Here, we present a systematic review of experimental studies concerning PTPF-based methods applied to homeopathy research. We also aimed at categorizing the PTPF methods included in this review. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  Experimental studies were collected from scientific databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Russian eLibrary) and from experts in the research field in question, following the PRISMA guidelines...
May 16, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768247/oocyte-triggering-day-progesterone-levels-and-endometrial-appearance-in-normoresponders-undergoing-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-hypothesis-and-a-study-protocol
#13
Charalampos Siristatidis, Panagiotis Drakopoulos, Paraskevi Vogiatzi, Vasilios Karageorgiou, George Daskalakis
In this report, we propose a study protocol capable of improving IVF outcomes in subfertile women with expected normal ovarian response. This proposal derives from conflicting published data and observations in our daily practice, concerning the negative impact of progesterone (P4) elevation at the day of oocyte triggering on pregnancy outcomes. Our hypothesis points to the combination of two previous "suspects" of reduced success after assisted reproduction techniques (ART) - the endometrium ultrasonographic parameters and P4 elevation at the day of oocyte triggering on their impact on pregnancy outcomes...
May 16, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767734/electrical-burns-and-late-spontaneous-artery-ruptures-about-three-cases
#14
C Reinbold, K Serror, M Mimoun, M Chaouat, O Marco, D Boccara
Electrical burns are responsible for arterial and venous thrombosis, as well as weakening of the arteries. Immediate or delayed arterial occlusions, secondary to the aggression of the intima, or aneurysms, secondary to the aggression of the media, sometimes lead to artery ruptures without any warning signs. Such ruptures may trigger a hemorrhagic shock whose period of onset is variable and unpredictable. We are presenting here three cases treated in our department for electrical burns, whose complications were marked by hemorrhagic shock, secondary to late artery ruptures, sometimes occurring several months following the event...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765414/developmental-pathways-pervade-stem-cell-responses-to-evolving-extracellular-matrices-of-3d-bioprinted-microenvironments
#15
Quyen A Tran, Visar Ajeti, Brian T Freeman, Paul J Campagnola, Brenda M Ogle
Developmental studies and 3D in vitro model systems show that the production and engagement of extracellular matrix (ECM) often precede stem cell differentiation. Yet, unclear is how the ECM triggers signaling events in sequence to accommodate multistep process characteristic of differentiation. Here, we employ transcriptome profiling and advanced imaging to delineate the specificity of ECM engagement to particular differentiation pathways and to determine whether specificity in this context is a function of long-term ECM remodeling...
2018: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765000/harnessing-bistability-for-directional-propulsion-of-soft-untethered-robots
#16
Tian Chen, Osama R Bilal, Kristina Shea, Chiara Daraio
In most macroscale robotic systems, propulsion and controls are enabled through a physical tether or complex onboard electronics and batteries. A tether simplifies the design process but limits the range of motion of the robot, while onboard controls and power supplies are heavy and complicate the design process. Here, we present a simple design principle for an untethered, soft swimming robot with preprogrammed, directional propulsion without a battery or onboard electronics. Locomotion is achieved by using actuators that harness the large displacements of bistable elements triggered by surrounding temperature changes...
May 15, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764981/mice-with-endogenous-tdp-43-mutations-exhibit-gain-of-splicing-function-and-characteristics-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#17
Pietro Fratta, Prasanth Sivakumar, Jack Humphrey, Kitty Lo, Thomas Ricketts, Hugo Oliveira, Jose M Brito-Armas, Bernadett Kalmar, Agnieszka Ule, Yichao Yu, Nicol Birsa, Cristian Bodo, Toby Collins, Alexander E Conicella, Alan Mejia Maza, Alessandro Marrero-Gagliardi, Michelle Stewart, Joffrey Mianne, Silvia Corrochano, Warren Emmett, Gemma Codner, Michael Groves, Ryutaro Fukumura, Yoichi Gondo, Mark Lythgoe, Erwin Pauws, Emma Peskett, Philip Stanier, Lydia Teboul, Martina Hallegger, Andrea Calvo, Adriano Chiò, Adrian M Isaacs, Nicolas L Fawzi, Eric Wang, David E Housman, Francisco Baralle, Linda Greensmith, Emanuele Buratti, Vincent Plagnol, Elizabeth Mc Fisher, Abraham Acevedo-Arozena
TDP-43 (encoded by the gene TARDBP ) is an RNA binding protein central to the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, how TARDBP mutations trigger pathogenesis remains unknown. Here, we use novel mouse mutants carrying point mutations in endogenous Tardbp to dissect TDP-43 function at physiological levels both in vitro and in vivo Interestingly, we find that mutations within the C-terminal domain of TDP-43 lead to a gain of splicing function. Using two different strains, we are able to separate TDP-43 loss- and gain-of-function effects...
May 15, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764283/minimally-invasive-thread-trigger-digit-release-a-preliminary-report-on-34-digits-of-the-adult-hands
#18
Danqing Guo, Logan McCool, Alexander Senk, Brionn Tonkin, Joseph Guo, Rachel M Lytie, Danzhu Guo
The trigger finger release was performed in 34 digits (11 thumbs and 23 fingers) of 24 patients through the thread transecting technique with the tip-to-tip approach, in which a 22-gauge needle inserts into a 18-gauge needle when both needles are inside the hand, guiding the 22-gauge needle to exit the hand at the same access point of 18-gauge needle. We prospectively evaluated the effectiveness and functional recovery of these patients. In all 34 digits, triggering and locking were resolved, and complete extension and flexion occurred immediately following the release...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762474/saccharomyces-cerevisiae-boulardii-reduces-the-deoxynivalenol-induced-alteration-of-the-intestinal-transcriptome
#19
Imourana Alassane-Kpembi, Philippe Pinton, Jean-François Hupé, Manon Neves, Yannick Lippi, Sylvie Combes, Mathieu Castex, Isabelle P Oswald
Type B trichothecene mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is one of the most frequently occurring food contaminants. By inducing trans-activation of a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines and increasing the stability of their mRNA, trichothecene can impair intestinal health. Several yeast products, especially Saccharomyces cerevisiae , have the potential for improving the enteric health of piglets, but little is known about the mechanisms by which the administration of yeast counteracts the DON-induced intestinal alterations...
May 15, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762446/prospective-analysis-of-the-greater-occipital-nerve-location-in-patients-undergoing-occipital-nerve-decompression
#20
Jacqueline S Israel, Steve J Kempton, Ahmed M Afifi
BACKGROUND: Migraine surgery and onabotulinumtoxinA injections aim to deactivate neurovascular trigger points implicated in chronic headaches. The greater occipital nerve (GON) is a common trigger point. The depth of this nerve has not been previously described. The purpose of this study was to report the intraoperative location, including depth, of the GON in human subjects undergoing migraine surgery. METHODS: We reviewed records of patients who underwent GON decompression by a single surgeon...
May 14, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
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