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Himanshu Chaudhary, Aditya Iyer, Vinod Subramaniam, Mireille M A E Claessens
Phospholipid vesicles are commonly used to get insight into the mechanism by which oligomers of amyloidogenic proteins damage membranes. Oligomers of the protein α-synuclein (αS) are thought to create pores in phospholipid vesicles containing a high amount of anionic phospholipids but fail to damage vesicle membranes at lower surface charge densities. The current understanding of how αS oligomers damage membranes is thus incomplete. This incomplete understanding may, in part, result from the choice of model membrane systems...
October 21, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Casey L Kinman, Courtney A Lemieux, Anubhav Agrawal, Jeremy T Gaskins, Kate V Meriwether, Sean L Francis
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: A variety of factors affect the amount of bother experienced by different women with equivalent pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The goal of this study was to describe the relationship between age and bother experienced from objectively equivalent stages of POP. METHODS: Records of all patients presenting to a pelvic floor subspecialty clinic between January 2014 and March 2015 were reviewed. Women with POP stage ≥ 2 were included...
October 20, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Endale Amare, Claire Mouquet-Rivier, Isabelle Rochette, Abdulaziz Adish, Gulelat D Haki
This study evaluated the effect of popping and fermentation on the chemical composition of three types of Amaranthus caudatus grains cultivated in Ethiopia. Proximate composition, minerals and mineral absorption inhibitors were analyzed. Popping caused a decrease in protein content by 4 % and an increase in fat, ash, acid detergent fiber (ADF) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) contents by 12, 10, 15 and 67 %, respectively. While fermentation increased protein, fat and ash content by 3, 22 and 14 %, respectively but did not significantly change ADF and NDF content...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Delia Elena Urcan, Simone Giacosa, Fabrizio Torchio, Susana Río Segade, Stefano Raimondi, Marta Bertolino, Vincenzo Gerbi, Nastasia Pop, Luca Rolle
The impact of postharvest dehydration on the volatile composition of Malvasia moscata grapes and fortified wines produced from them was assessed. The ripeness effect of fresh grapes on volatile compounds of dehydrated grapes was evaluated for the first time in this study. Fresh grape berries were densimetrically sorted, and more represented density classes were selected. Dehydration of riper berries (20.5 °Brix) led to volatile profiles richer in terpenes, particularly linalool and geraniol. The effect of dehydration rate on the volatile composition of dehydrated grapes and fortified wines was also evaluated...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Zhizhao Che, Panagiotis E Theodorakis
Surface nanobubbles are stable gaseous phases in liquids that form on solid substrates. While their existence has been confirmed, there are many open questions related to their formation and dissolution processes along with their structures and properties, which are difficult to investigate experimentally. To address these issues, we carried out molecular dynamics simulations based on atomistic force fields for systems comprised of water, air (N2 and O2), and a Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) substrate...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
R M Islam, R J Bell, B Billah, M B Hossain, S R Davis
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of, and risk factors for, pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) in women in Bangladesh. METHODS: A nationally representative sample of 1590 Bangladeshi women, aged 30-59 years, was recruited using a multistage cluster sampling technique, between September 2013 and March 2014. Urinary incontinence (UI), fecal incontinence (FI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) were assessed using validated questionnaires. The weighted prevalence and the factors associated with each PFD were investigated using multivariable weighted logistic regression...
October 20, 2016: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Daniel Stäb, Steffen Bollmann, Christian Langkammer, Kristian Bredies, Markus Barth
With the advent of ultra-high field MRI scanners in clinical research, susceptibility based MRI has recently gained increasing interest because of its potential to assess subtle tissue changes underlying neurological pathologies/disorders. Conventional, but rather slow, three-dimensional (3D) spoiled gradient-echo (GRE) sequences are typically employed to assess the susceptibility of tissue. 3D echo-planar imaging (EPI) represents a fast alternative but generally comes with echo-time restrictions, geometrical distortions and signal dropouts that can become severe at ultra-high fields...
October 20, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Sorina Motoc, Florica Manea, Adriana Iacob, Alberto Martinez-Joaristi, Jorge Gascon, Aniela Pop, Joop Schoonman
In this study, the detection protocols for the individual, selective, and simultaneous determination of ibuprofen (IBP) and diclofenac (DCF) in aqueous solutions have been developed using HKUST-1 metal-organic framework-carbon nanofiber composite (HKUST-CNF) electrode. The morphological and electrical characterization of modified composite electrode prepared by film casting was studied by scanning electronic microscopy and four-point-probe methods. The electrochemical characterization of the electrode by cyclic voltammetry (CV) was considered the reference basis for the optimization of the operating conditions for chronoamperometry (CA) and multiple-pulsed amperometry (MPA)...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
Sarah C Bath, Victor J M Pop, Victoria L Furmidge-Owen, Maarten Broeren, Margaret P Rayman
Background Though iodine deficiency in pregnancy is a matter of public-health concern, a functional measure of iodine status is lacking. The thyroid-specific protein, thyroglobulin (Tg), which reflects thyroid size, has shown promise as a functional measure in studies of children and adults, but data in pregnancy are sparse. In a cohort of mildly-to-moderately iodine-deficient pregnant women, we aimed to explore whether serum Tg is a sensitive functional biomarker of iodine status and to examine longitudinal change in Tg with gestational age...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Merete L Hetland, Niels Steen Krogh, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Inge Juul Sørensen, Jensen Dorte Vendelbo
OBJECTIVES: Electronic platforms have been developed to help the clinician monitor disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to support at treat-to-target strategy. We present an initiative to interactively improve disease control in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: In patients who presented with one or more swollen joints AND moderate/high disease activity (i.e. either CDAI≥10.1 and/or DAS-28CRP>3.2, which is automatically calculated in the DANBIO registry), a red alert was shown, which activated a pop-up: "This patient has at least one swollen joint AND either CDAI≥ 10...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Tomasz Róg, Adam Orłowski, Alicia Llorente, Tore Skotland, Tuulia Sylvänne, Dimple Kauhanen, Kim Ekroos, Kirsten Sandvig, Ilpo Vattulainen
In this Data in Brief article we provide a data package of GROMACS input files for atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of multicomponent, asymmetric lipid bilayers using the OPLS-AA force field. These data include 14 model bilayers composed of 8 different lipid molecules. The lipids present in these models are: cholesterol (CHOL), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (POPC), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylethanolamine (POPE), 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine (SOPE), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylserine (POPS), 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylserine (SOPS), N-palmitoyl-D-erythro-sphingosyl-phosphatidylcholine (SM16), and N-lignoceroyl-D-erythro-sphingosyl-phosphatidylcholine (SM24)...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Da Zhou, Bing-Hang Li, Jing Wang, Yong-Nian Ding, Yan Dong, Yuan-Wen Chen, Jian-Gao Fan
BACKGROUND: Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a serine endopeptidase that is widely distributed in vivo, particularly in the liver. Significant changes in functional mitochondrial proteins involved with mitochondrial oxidoreductases/transporters and nucleic acid binding proteins were observed after POP inhibition in the liver, which suggested a role of POP in regulating liver energy metabolism. Steatosis in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with disturbances in lipid and energy metabolism in hepatocytes...
2016: PloS One
Shigemitsu Shirai, Keisuke Hirano, Norihiro Kobayashi
It is difficult to treat a thrombotic embolism in the common femoral artery or popliteal artery (POP A), i.e., the non-stenting zone. We report a new technique for the treatment of thrombotic embolism in the non-stenting zone using a self-expandable nitinol stent. Case 1 had an external iliac artery (EIA) occlusion that occurred over several months. A self-expandable nitinol stent was placed in the right EIA lesion via a retrograde approach using a distal 9-Fr balloon protection guide catheter in the right femoral artery...
October 19, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Lotte Schut, Arnlaug Wangensteen, Jolanda Maaskant, Johannes L Tol, Roald Bahr, Maarten Moen
BACKGROUND: The current literature on the value of clinical evaluation for predicting time to return to sport (RTS) after acute hamstring injuries has not been systematically summarised. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature on the prognostic value of clinical findings (patient history and physical examination) for time to RTS after acute hamstring injuries in athletes. DATA SOURCES: The databases PubMed, EMBASE, SPORTDiscus and Cochrane Library were searched between October 2014 and August 2015...
October 18, 2016: Sports Medicine
Hideaki Kaneko, Shuo Zhang, Miho Sekiguchi, Takuya Nikaido, Koshi Makita, Jiro Kurata, Shin-Ichi Konno
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate activity of the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in response to lumbar mechanical stimulation in patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although a modified activity of the NAc was characterized in cLBP patients, its pathological significance has yet to be determined. We hypothesized that NAc activation in response to pain might differ depending on the extent of psychiatric problems, which might be associated with the affective/motivational background of chronic pain...
October 17, 2016: Spine
Tim I M Korevaar, Eric A P Steegers, Victor J Pop, Maarten A Broeren, Layal Chaker, Yolanda B de Rijke, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Marco Medici, Theo J Visser, Henning Tiemeier, Robin P Peeters
CONTEXT: Thyroperoxidase antibody (TPOAb) positivity is the main risk factor for thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy and is consistently associated with premature delivery. However, the underlying mechanism is currently unknown. We hypothesized that TPOAb positivity may interfere with gestational thyroid stimulation induced by the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: TSH, FT4, TPOAbs and/or hCG concentrations were measured in early and late pregnancy of 7587 pregnant women from two Dutch population-based prospective cohorts (N=5924 Generation R; N=1663 HAPPY)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Duk Hee Lee
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of major cardiovascular risk factors like glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia, and high blood pressure. The most important risk factor for MetS is abdominal obesity. Also, insulin resistance is considered as an underlying pathophysiology of MetS. Under the current paradigm, excess calorie intake and physical inactivity are major contributors to obesity and insulin resistance.Meanwhile, many environmental chemicals have recently received attention as a significant contributor to obesity and obesity-related metabolic dysfunction...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Erik Dedekam, Eric A Walker
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October 2016: Military Medicine
Dorothy Kammerer-Doak, Kamil Svabik, Tony Bazi
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Members of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) come from different geographic locations and practice settings. A member survey regarding practice patterns provides valuable information for practitioners and researchers alike, and allows the IUGA to discover areas to focus on education and information dissemination. METHODS: A questionnaire was developed by the IUGA Research and Development committee and distributed electronically to IUGA surgeons...
October 17, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Rune Lykke, Jan Blaakær, Bent Ottesen, Helga Gimbel
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to compare the incidence of subsequent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair in women following radical hysterectomy versus total abdominal hysterectomy. METHODS: From the Danish National Patient Registry, we collected data on all radical hysterectomies, all total abdominal hysterectomies, and all POP operations performed in Denmark from 1 January 1977 to 31 December 2009. We excluded patients with prior POP repair, POP diagnosis, or concomitant POP repair at hysterectomy...
October 17, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
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