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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938738/resolution-of-infertility-and-number-of-children-1386-couples-followed-for-a-median-of-13-years
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A A Righarts, A Gray, N P Dickson, L Parkin, W R Gillett
STUDY QUESTION: How common were children among infertile couples? SUMMARY ANSWER: A total of 61.7% of infertile couples presenting for care subsequently had live born children 13.1 years after first being clinically assessed, with a mean of 1.7 children among those who had at least one. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: While the prognoses for infertile couples undertaking specific treatments have been well described, less is known about those not undergoing these treatments or the total number of children...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938397/regulation-of-orbital-fibrosis-and-adipogenesis-by-pathogenic-th17-cells-in-graves-orbitopathy
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Sijie Fang, Yazhuo Huang, Sisi Zhong, Yangyang Li, Yidan Zhang, Yinwei Li, Jing Sun, Xingtong Liu, Yang Wang, Shuo Zhang, Tianle Xu, Xiaodong Sun, Ping Gu, Dan Li, Huifang Zhou, Bin Li, Xianqun Fan
Context: Th17 cells are correlated with many human autoimmune disorders including Graves' disease, and may play key roles in the pathogenesis of Graves' orbitopathy (GO). Objective: To study the phenotype of Th17 cells in patients with GO and healthy subjects, investigate the fibrosis and adipogenesis in orbital fibroblasts (OFs) modulated by IL-17A, and determine the interaction between Th17 cells and OFs. Design/Setting/Participants: Blood samples and orbital tissues from GO patients and healthy controls were collected...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937981/cognitive-function-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-heart-disease-related-cerebrovascular-and-cardiovascular-responses
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Mathieu Gayda, Vincent Gremeaux, Louis Bherer, Martin Juneau, Joffrey Drigny, Olivier Dupuy, Gabriel Lapierre, Véronique Labelle, Annik Fortier, Anil Nigam
Chronic exercise has been shown to prevent or slow age-related decline in cognitive functions in otherwise healthy, asymptomatic individuals. We sought to assess cognitive function in a stable coronary heart disease (CHD) sample and its relationship to cerebral oxygenation-perfusion, cardiac hemodynamic responses, and [Formula: see text] peak compared to age-matched and young healthy control subjects. Twenty-two young healthy controls (YHC), 20 age-matched old healthy controls (OHC) and 25 patients with stable CHD were recruited...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937980/methanobrevibacter-attenuation-via-probiotic-intervention-reduces-flatulence-in-adult-human-a-non-randomised-paired-design-clinical-trial-of-efficacy
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Minseok Seo, Jaeyoung Heo, Joon Yoon, Se-Young Kim, Yoon-Mo Kang, Jihyun Yu, Seoae Cho, Heebal Kim
TRIAL DESIGN: The aim of this study was to investigate which of the gut microbes respond to probiotic intervention, as well as study whether they are associated with gastrointestinal symptoms in a healthy adult human. For the experimental purpose, twenty-one healthy adults were recruited and received probiotic mixture, which is composed of five Lactobacilli strains and two Bifidobacteria strains, once a day for 60 days. Defecation survey and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis were conducted pre- and post-administration to measure phenotypic differences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937849/neurodynamic-mobilization-in-a-collegiate-long-jumper-with-exercise-induced-lateral-leg-and-ankle-pain-a-case-report
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Terry Cox, Tom Sneed, Herb Hamann
STUDY DESIGN: Case Report. BACKGROUND: The purpose of this case report is to describe nerve mobilization in the treatment of lower extremity neuropathic pain in a female collegiate long jumper. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 21 year-old long jumper presented 7 months after onset of ankle and leg pain. She complained of "aching" pain over the lateral ankle, radiating proximally to just superior to the lateral knee. Neurodynamic testing of the sural and superficial branch of the fibular nerves was positive...
September 22, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937645/bioelectrochemical-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-esat-6-in-an-antibody-based-biomicrosystem
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Danna Sepulveda, Miguel A Aroca, Andres Varela, Patricia Del Portillo, Johann F Osma
Bioelectrochemical sensing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis through electro-immunosensors is a promising technique to detect relevant analytes. In general, immunosensors require the formation of organic assemblies by the adsorption of molecular constituents. Moreover, they depend on the correct immobilization of the bio-recognition element in the biosensor. These procedures cannot be easily monitored without the use of invasive methods. In this work, an impedance analysis technique was used, as a non-invasive method, to measure and differentiate the manufacturing stages of the sensors...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937306/biocompatibility-assessment-of-functionalized-magnetic-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-in-human-heparg-cells
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Cédric Pisani, Estelle Rascol, Christophe Dorandeu, Clarence Charnay, Yannick Guari, Joël Chopineau, Jean-Marie Devoisselle, Odette Prat
Magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (M-MSNs) are a promising class of nanoparticles for drug delivery. However, a deep understanding of the toxicological mechanisms of action of these nanocarriers is essential, especially in the liver. The potential toxicity on HepaRG cells of pristine, pegylated (PEG), and lipid (DMPC) M-MSNs were compared. Based on MTT assay and real-time cell impedance, none of these NPs presented an extensive toxicity on hepatic cells. However, we observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) that the DMPC and pristine M-MSNs were greatly internalized...
September 22, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937241/preejection-period-as-a-sympathetic-activity-index-a-role-of-confounding-factors
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J Krohova, B Czippelova, Z Turianikova, Z Lazarova, I Tonhajzerova, M Javorka
In previous studies, one of the systolic time intervals - preejection period (PEP) - was used as an index of sympathetic activity reflecting the cardiac contractility. However, PEP could be also influenced by several other cardiovascular variables including preload, afterload and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). The aim of this study was to assess the behavior of the PEP together with other potentially confounding cardiovascular system characteristics in healthy humans during mental and orthostatic stress (head-up tilt test - HUT)...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936669/impedance-flow-cytometry-as-a-tool-to-analyze-microspore-and-pollen-quality
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Iris Heidmann, Marco Di Berardino
Analyzing pollen quality in an efficient and reliable manner is of great importance to the industries involved in seed and fruit production, plant breeding, and plant research. Pollen quality parameters, viability and germination capacity, are analyzed by various staining methods or by in vitro germination assays, respectively. These methods are time-consuming, species-dependent, and require a lab environment. Furthermore, the obtained viability data are often poorly related to in vivo pollen germination and seed set...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936653/live-cell-imaging-of-auxin-and-cytokinin-signaling-in-maize-female-gametophytes
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Antony M Chettoor, Matthew M S Evans
The plant life cycle is characterized by the alternation of generations between genetically active diploid sporophytes and haploid gametophytes. The gametophytes of flowering plants are sexually dimorphic. While the male gametophyte consists of only three cells (two sperm and a vegetative cell) and is released by the parent sporophyte, the female gametophyte (or embryo sac) is more complex and remains imbedded within diploid sporophyte tissues. In maize, the female gametophyte is embedded in a large ovule surrounded with multiple nucellar cell layers impeding live-cell imaging approaches to study embryo sac functions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936526/modeling-the-impedance-spectra-of-mixed-conducting-thin-films-with-exposed-and-embedded-current-collectors
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Jiapeng Liu, Francesco Ciucci
In this article, we develop a new finite-element-based model for the simulation of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) response of mixed ionic electronic conducting (MIEC) thin films. We first validated the model against experimental data for Sm-doped CeO2 (SDC) symmetrical films deposited on an yittria-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) substrate, a pure ionic conductor. We first studied the configuration where the patterned electrodes are placed on top of the MIEC ("exposed" configuration). Our model is capable of correctly reproducing the EIS response and the total capacitance, together with their dependence on the oxygen partial pressure...
September 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936524/proton-conduction-in-alkali-metal-ion-exchanged-porous-ionic-crystals
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Sayaka Uchida, Reina Hosono, Ryo Eguchi, Ryosuke Kawahara, Ryota Osuga, Junko N Kondo, Mitsuhiro Hibino, Noritaka Mizuno
Proton conduction in alkali metal ion-exchanged porous ionic crystals A2[Cr3O(OOCH)6(etpy)3]2[α-SiW12O40]·nH2O [I-A(+)] (A = Li, Na, K, Cs, etpy = 4-ethylpyridine) is investigated. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction measurements show that I-A(+) possesses analogous one-dimensional channels where alkali metal ions (A(+)) and water of crystallization exist. Impedance spectroscopy and water diffusion measurements of I-A(+) show that proton conductivities are low (10(-7)-10(-6) S cm(-1)) under low relative humidity (RH), and protons mostly migrate as H3O(+) with H2O as vehicles (vehicle mechanism)...
September 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936266/a-novel-method-for-the-isolation-of-extracellular-vesicles-and-rna-from-urine
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Anna Markowska, R Scott Pendergrast, J Stephen Pendergrast, P Shannon Pendergrast
The discovery of urinary extracellular biomarkers has been impeded by the lack of efficient methods for the isolation of extracellular vesicles (EVs: exosomes and microvesicles) and extracellular nucleic acid (RNA and DNA) from urine. Ultracentrifugation (UC), considered the gold standard for vesicle isolation from many biofluids, is efficacious but laborious, and, like most commercially available methods, is unable to isolate enough material from small volumes for protein or RNA-based biomarker discovery. We have developed a novel precipitation method for the isolation of EVs and nucleic acids from urine...
January 2017: J Circ Biomark
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935942/oxygen-evolution-reaction-dynamics-monitored-by-an-individual-nanosheet-based-electronic-circuit
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Peiyao Wang, Mengyu Yan, Jiashen Meng, Gengping Jiang, Longbing Qu, Xuelei Pan, Jefferson Zhe Liu, Liqiang Mai
The oxygen evolution reaction involves complex interplay among electrolyte, solid catalyst, and gas-phase and liquid-phase reactants and products. Monitoring catalysis interfaces between catalyst and electrolyte can provide valuable insights into catalytic ability. But it is a challenging task due to the additive solid supports in traditional measurement. Here we design a nanodevice platform and combine on-chip electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement, temporary I-V measurement of an individual nanosheet, and molecular dynamic calculations to provide a direct way for nanoscale catalytic diagnosis...
September 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935148/effect-of-physical-activity-and-age-on-plasma-copper-zinc-iron-and-magnesium-concentration-in-physically-active-healthy-males
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Gurseen Rakhra, Daisy Masih, Annu Vats, Saroj K Verma, Vijay K Singh, Rashmi Tomar Rana, Vandana Kirar, Som Nath Singh
OBJECTIVES: The concentration of nutritionally important minerals in circulation is under tight homeostatic control, however, physical activity and aging influence their body stores and nutritional requirement. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of both physical activity and age on plasma concentrations of copper, zinc, iron, and magnesium. METHODS: Stratified cluster sampling was used for selection of study participants (N = 360) belonging to three physical activity groups: sedentary, moderately active, and highly active on the basis of their physical activity levels as 1...
November 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934987/lifestyle-precision-medicine-the-next-generation-in-type-2-diabetes-prevention
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Pascal M Mutie, Giuseppe N Giordano, Paul W Franks
The driving force behind the current global type 2 diabetes epidemic is insulin resistance in overweight and obese individuals. Dietary factors, physical inactivity, and sedentary behaviors are the major modifiable risk factors for obesity. Nevertheless, many overweight/obese people do not develop diabetes and lifestyle interventions focused on weight loss and diabetes prevention are often ineffective. Traditionally, chronically elevated blood glucose concentrations have been the hallmark of diabetes; however, many individuals will either remain 'prediabetic' or regress to normoglycemia...
September 22, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934477/a-structural-map-of-oncomir-1-at-single-nucleotide-resolution
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Saikat Chakraborty, Yamuna Krishnan
The miR-17-92a cluster, also known as 'oncomiR-1', is an RNA transcript that plays a pivotal regulatory role in cellular processes, including the cell cycle, proliferation and apoptosis. Its dysregulation underlies the development of several cancers. Oncomir-1 comprises six constituent miRNAs, each processed with different efficiencies as a function of both developmental time and tissue type. The structural mechanisms that regulate such differential processing are unknown, and this has impeded our understanding of the dysregulation of oncomiR-1 in pathophysiology...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934175/the-role-of-body-adiposity-index-in-determining-body-fat-percentage-in-colombian-adults-with-overweight-or-obesity
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Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Katherine González-Ruíz, Alejandra Tordecilla-Sanders, Antonio García-Hermoso, Jacqueline Schmidt-RioValle, Emilio González-Jiménez
The aim of this study is to investigate the accuracy of body adiposity index (BAI) as a convenient tool for assessing body fat percentage (BF%) in a sample of adults with overweight/obesity using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). The study population was composed of 96 volunteers (60% female, mean age 40.6 ± 7.5 years old). Anthropometric characteristics (body mass index, height, waist-to-height ratio, hip and waist circumference), socioeconomic status, and diet were assessed, and BF% was measured by BIA-BF% and by BAI-BF%...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934106/biosensor-technology-reveals-the-disruption-of-the-endothelial-barrier-function-and-the-subsequent-death-of-blood-brain-barrier-endothelial-cells-to-sodium-azide-and-its-gaseous-products
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Dan T Kho, Rebecca H Johnson, Simon J O'Carroll, Catherine E Angel, E Scott Graham
Herein we demonstrate the sensitive nature of human blood-brain barrier (BBB) endothelial cells to sodium azide and its gaseous product. Sodium azide is known to be acutely cytotoxic at low millimolar concentrations, hence its use as a biological preservative (e.g., in antibodies). Loss of barrier integrity was noticed in experiments using Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS) biosensor technology, to measure endothelial barrier integrity continuously in real-time. Initially the effect of sodium azide was observed as an artefact where it was present in antibodies being employed in neutralisation experiments...
September 21, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933756/a-disposable-amperometric-sensor-based-on-high-performance-pedot-pss-ionic-liquid-nanocomposite-thin-film-modified-screen-printed-electrode-for-the-analysis-of-catechol-in-natural-water-samples
#20
Francis D Krampa, Yaw Aniweh, Gordon A Awandare, Prosper Kanyong
A conducting polymer-based composite material of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT): poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) doped with different percentages of a room temperature ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([EMIM][BF₄]), was prepared and a very small amount of the composite (2.0 µL) was drop-coated on the working area of a screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE). The SPCE, modified with PEDOT:PSS/IL composite thin-film, was characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), profilometry and sessile contact angle measurements...
July 26, 2017: Sensors
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