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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110501/worldwide-variability-in-growth-and-its-association-with-health-incorporating-body-composition-developmental-plasticity-and-intergenerational-effects
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REVIEW
Jonathan C K Wells
In their seminal book "Worldwide variation in human growth," published in 1976, Eveleth and Tanner highlighted substantial variability within and between populations in the magnitude and schedule of human growth. In the four decades since then, research has clarified why growth variability is so closely associated with human health. First, growth patterns are strongly associated with body composition, both in the short- and long-term. Poor growth in early life constrains the acquisition of lean tissue, while compensatory "catch-up" growth may elevate body fatness...
January 22, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110470/thermal-control-weather-and-aging
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REVIEW
Alexandra Schneider, Regina Rückerl, Susanne Breitner, Kathrin Wolf, Annette Peters
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to highlight the latest developments in the field of weather and health with a focus on the elderly. The current state of knowledge is summarized and open questions and emerging fields of research are discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: It is expected that climate change will lead to higher global average surface temperatures and more extreme climatic conditions. Previous studies have shown that non-optimal temperatures are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, specifically in elderly people...
January 21, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110449/membrane-fluidity-controls-redox-regulated-cold-stress-responses-in-cyanobacteria
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Eugene G Maksimov, Kirill S Mironov, Marina S Trofimova, Natalya L Nechaeva, Daria A Todorenko, Konstantin E Klementiev, Georgy V Tsoraev, Eugene V Tyutyaev, Anna A Zorina, Pavel V Feduraev, Suleyman I Allakhverdiev, Vladimir Z Paschenko, Dmitry A Los
Membrane fluidity is the important regulator of cellular responses to changing ambient temperature. Bacteria perceive cold by the transmembrane histidine kinases that sense changes in thickness of the cytoplasmic membrane due to its rigidification. In the cyanobacterium Synechocystis, about a half of cold-responsive genes is controlled by the light-dependent transmembrane histidine kinase Hik33, which also partially controls the responses to osmotic, salt, and oxidative stress. This implies the existence of some universal, but yet unknown signal that triggers adaptive gene expression in response to various stressors...
January 21, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110421/dendritic-cell-immune-responses-in-hiv-1-controllers
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REVIEW
Enrique Martin-Gayo, Xu G Yu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Robust HIV-1-specific CD8 T cell responses are currently regarded as the main correlate of immune defense in rare individuals who achieve natural, drug-free control of HIV-1; however, the mechanisms that support evolution of such powerful immune responses are not well understood. Dendritic cells (DCs) are specialized innate immune cells critical for immune recognition, immune regulation, and immune induction, but their possible contribution to HIV-1 immune defense in controllers remains ill-defined...
January 21, 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110414/expression-of-the-citrus-cstip2-1-gene-improves-tobacco-plant-growth-antioxidant-capacity-and-physiological-adaptation-under-stress-conditions
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Cristina P S Martins, Diana M Neves, Luciana C Cidade, Amanda F S Mendes, Delmira C Silva, Alex-Alan F Almeida, Mauricio A Coelho-Filho, Abelmon S Gesteira, Walter S Soares-Filho, Marcio G C Costa
Overexpression of the citrus CsTIP2;1 improves plant growth and tolerance to salt and drought stresses by enhancing cell expansion, H 2 O 2 detoxification and stomatal conductance. Tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs) are a subfamily of aquaporins, belonging to the major intrinsic protein family. In a previous study, we have shown that a citrus TIP isoform, CsTIP2;1, is highly expressed in leaves and also transcriptionally regulated in leaves and roots by salt and drought stresses and infection by 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus', the causal agent of the Huanglongbing disease, suggesting its involvement in the regulation of the flow of water and nutrients required during both normal growth and stress conditions...
January 21, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110381/minimal-residual-disease-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Pamela J Sung, Selina M Luger
New technology and improved understanding of the pathogenesis of acute leukemias have allowed for sensitive detection of minimal residual disease (MRD). Despite many years of research demonstrating the prognostic value of MRD, there is no standard of care for measurement of MRD in acute myeloid leukemia. The techniques for assessment are continuing to improve at a rapid pace; however, the benefit of risk-adapted approaches for MRD positive disease remains a major question. This review focuses on recent methodological advances for MRD detection, the role of MRD in prognostication, and current application of the available evidence in guiding therapy decisions...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110380/iscev-standard-for-clinical-electro-oculography-2017-update
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Paul A Constable, Michael Bach, Laura J Frishman, Brett G Jeffrey, Anthony G Robson
The clinical electro-oculogram (EOG) is an electrophysiological test of the outer retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in which changes in the electrical potential across the RPE are recorded during successive periods of dark and light adaptation. This document presents the 2017 EOG Standard from the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV: www.iscev.org ). This standard has been reorganized and updated to include an explanation of the mechanism of the EOG, but without substantive changes to the testing protocol from the previous version published in 2011...
January 21, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110374/morphological-description-of-limbal-epithelium-searching-for-stem-cells-crypts-in-the-dog-cat-pig-cow-sheep-and-horse
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M Patruno, A Perazzi, T Martinello, A Blaseotto, E Di Iorio, I Iacopetti
The cornea provides protection and transparency to the eye, allowing an optimal sharpness view. In some pathological conditions the cornea is able to regenerate thanks to the presence of a stem cells reservoir present at the level of the transition area between cornea and sclera (limbus). Corneal cell therapies in Veterinary Medicine are really limited due to the lacking of knowledge about the anatomy of the limbal area, the putative presence of stem cells and their identification in domestic species. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of the main distinctive structural features of the sclero-corneal junction and conjunctival-corneal junction areas in some species of veterinary importance, using optic microscope observations of histological sections...
January 21, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110326/behavioural-responses-of-yunnan-snub-nosed-monkeys-rhinopithecus-bieti-to-tourists-in-a-provisioned-monkey-group-in-baimaxueshan-nature-reserve
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Wancai Xia, Baoping Ren, Yanhong Li, Jie Hu, Xinming He, Ali Krzton, Ming Li, Dayong Li
The appearance of tourists brings about behavioural changes in some primates. Primate behavioural responses to human activities can reflect their survival strategy. Little is known about how the behaviour of Rhinopithecus bieti changes in the presence of tourists. Here we provide the first detailed description of interactions between a provisioned group of R. bieti and tourists at Xiangguqing in Baimaxueshan Nature Reserve from July 2012 to June 2013. We found that R. bieti had different response rates to the 5 most common human actions (shout, photograph, offer food, clap, and wave)...
January 21, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110275/traces-of-strong-selective-pressures-in-the-genomes-of-c4-grasses
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Pascal-Antoine Christin
C4 photosynthesis is nature's response to CO2 limitations, and evolved recurrently in several groups of plants. To identify genes related to C4 photosynthesis, Huang et al. looked for evidence of past episodes of adaptive evolution in the genomes of C4 grasses. They identified a large number of candidate genes that evolved under divergent selection, indicating that, besides alterations to expression patterns, the history of C4 involved strong selection on protein-coding sequences.
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110268/metabolic-and-physiological-adjustment-of-suaeda-maritima-to-combined-salinity-and-hypoxia
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Jan H Behr, Alain Bouchereau, Solenne Berardocco, Charlotte E Seal, Timothy J Flowers, Christian Zörb
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Suaeda maritima is a halophyte commonly found on coastal wetlands in the intertidal zone. Due to its habitat S. maritima has evolved tolerance to high salt concentrations and hypoxic conditions in the soil caused by periodic flooding. In the present work, the adaptive mechanisms of S. maritima to salinity combined with hypoxia were investigated on a physiological and metabolic level. METHODS: To compare the adaptive mechanisms to deficient, optimal and stressful salt concentrations, S...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110220/hypoxia-inducing-factor-hif-1%C3%AE-derived-peptide-capable-of-inducing-cancer-reactive-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-from-hla-a24-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Takafumi Minami, Naoki Matsumura, Koichi Sugimoto, Nobutaka Shimizu, Marco De Velasco, Masahiro Nozawa, Kazuhiro Yoshimura, Nanae Harashima, Mamoru Harada, Hirotsugu Uemura
Hypoxic tumor microenvironment makes cancer cells to be therapy-resistant and hypoxia-inducing factors (HIFs) play a central role in hypoxic adaptation. Especially, renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is often associated with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene mutations, leading to up-regulation of HIFs. However, from a different point of view, this suggests the possibility that HIFs could be promising targets in anti-cancer therapy. In this study, we searched for HIF-1α-derived peptides that are able to induce RCC-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) from HLA-A24(+) RCC patients...
January 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110218/hydrogen-peroxide-as-a-central-redox-signaling-molecule-in-physiological-oxidative-stress-oxidative-eustress
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REVIEW
Helmut Sies
Hydrogen peroxide emerged as major redox metabolite operative in redox sensing, signaling and redox regulation. Generation, transport and capture of H2O2 in biological settings as well as their biological consequences can now be addressed. The present overview focuses on recent progress on metabolic sources and sinks of H2O2 and on the role of H2O2 in redox signaling under physiological conditions (1-10nM), denoted as oxidative eustress. Higher concentrations lead to adaptive stress responses via master switches such as Nrf2/Keap1 or NF-κB...
January 5, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110209/expansion-of-cd11b-ly-6c-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-mdscs-driven-by-galectin-9-attenuates-cvb3-induced-myocarditis
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Yingying Zhang, Mengying Zhang, Xueqin Li, Zongsheng Tang, Ling He, Kun Lv
Galectin-9 is known to play a role in the modulation of innate and adaptive immunity to ameliorate CVB3-induced myocarditis. In the present study, we found that galectin-9 induced the expansion of CD11b(+)Ly-6C(+) myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) in the heart from CVB3-infected mice. Adoptive transfer of CD11b(+)Ly-6C(+) MDSCs significantly alleviated myocarditis accompanied by increased Th2 and Treg frequency and anti-inflammatory cytokines expression in the heart tissue. Moreover, Ly6C(+) MDSCs, but not Ly6G(+) cells, expressed Arg-1 and NOS2, and suppressed CD4(+) T cell proliferation in vitro in an Arg-1-dependent mechanism; an event that was reversed with treatment of either an Arg-1 inhibitor or addition of excess l-arginine...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110173/tuning-physical-properties-and-bmp-2-release-rates-of-injectable-hydrogel-systems-for-an-optimal-bone-regeneration-effect
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Bo-Bae Seo, Jeong-Tae Koh, Soo-Chang Song
For a substance to be used as a drug delivery carrier and tissue inducible material for a target disease, its drug release rate and physical properties should be optimized to facilitate the healing process. We developed multi-tunable hydrogel systems with various physical properties and release behaviors to determine the optimal conditions for bone regeneration. Five injectable poly(phosphazene) hydrogels were developed with different types and amounts of anionic side-chains. The five polymer hydrogels showed considerably different in vitro and in vivo performances for sol-gel phase transition, dissolution/degradation, water uptake, and pore size...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
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/28110167/chiral-separation-of-new-sulfonamide-derivatives-and-evaluation-of-their-enantioselective-affinity-for-human-carbonic-anhydrase-ii-by-microscale-thermophoresis-and-surface-plasmon-resonance
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Tiphaine Rogez-Florent, Catherine Foulon, Anne-Sophie Drucbert, Nadège Schifano, Perrine Six, Stéphanie Devassine, Patrick Depreux, Pierre-Marie Danzé, Laurence Goossens, Cécile Danel, Jean-François Goossens
The aim of this study was to develop a method combining chiral separation and biophysical techniques to evaluate the enantioselective affinity of original sulfonamide derivatives towards their therapeutic target, the human carbonic anhydrase II (hACII). The first step consisted in the preparation of the enantiomers by chromatographic separation. The performances of HPLC and Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) were studied at the analytical scale by optimization of various experimental conditions using adsorbed polysaccharide chiral stationary phases (amylose AD-H and cellulose OD-H)...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110165/pulling-a-school-trolley-a-good-kinematic-option-for-children
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Eva Orantes-Gonzalez, Jose Heredia-Jimenez
This study analyzed the kinematic gait parameters associated with pulling a school trolley with different loads and the effects of the type of packing device user (backpack vs. trolley) and body side (loadedunloaded). Methods Fifty-three elementary subjects walked at a selfselected speed under four experimental conditions: without a trolley and pulling a trolley with 10%, 15% and 20% of the subject́s body weight (BW). Averages and standard deviations of spatiotemporal gait parameters and 3D kinematics of the lower limbs and thorax were obtained for the loaded and unloaded sides of the body...
January 15, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110117/an-adaptive-method-for-determining-an-acquisition-parameter-t0-in-a-modified-cpmg-sequence
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Donghui Xing, Yiren Fan, Jianfei Hao, Xinmin Ge, Chaoliu Li, Yufeng Xiao, Fei Wu
The modified CPMG (Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill) pulse sequence is a common sequence used for measuring the internal magnetic field gradient distribution of formation rocks, for which t0 (the duration of the first window) is a key acquisition parameter. In order to obtain the optimal t0, an adaptive method is proposed in this paper. By studying the factors influencing discriminant factor σ and its variation trend using T2-G forward numerical simulation, it is found that the optimal t0 corresponds to the maximum value of σ...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110111/applying-a-novel-statistical-method-to-advance-the-personalized-treatment-of-anxiety-disorders-a-composite-moderator-of-comparative-drop-out-from-cbt-and-act
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Andrea N Niles, Kate B Wolitzky-Taylor, Joanna J Arch, Michelle G Craske
BACKGROUND: No prior studies have examined moderators of dropout between distinct treatments for anxiety disorders. This study applied a novel statistical approach for examining moderators of dropout from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). METHOD: We combined data from two randomized controlled trials (N = 208) comparing CBT and ACT for patients with DSM-IV anxiety disorders. Adapting Kraemer's method for constructing and evaluating composite moderators (2013), 26 variables were examined for individual effect sizes...
January 4, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
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