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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641264/a-single-channel-eog-based-speller
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Shenghong He, Yuanqing Li
Electrooculography (EOG) signals, which can be used to infer the intentions of a user based on eye movements, are widely used in human-computer interface (HCI) systems. Most existing EOG-based HCI systems incorporate a limited number of commands because they generally associate different commands with a few different types of eye movements, such as looking up, down, left, or right. This paper presents a novel single-channel EOG-based HCI that allows users to spell asynchronously by only blinking. Forty buttons corresponding to 40 characters displayed to the user via a graphical user interface (GUI) are intensified in a random order...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641214/motor-system-dysfunction-in-the-schizophrenia-diathesis-neural-systems-to-neurotransmitters
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R Abboud, C Noronha, V A Diwadkar
Motor control is a ubiquitous aspect of human function, and from its earliest origins, abnormal motor control has been proposed as being central to schizophrenia. The neurobiological architecture of the motor system is well understood in primates and involves cortical and sub-cortical components including the primary motor cortex, supplementary motor area, dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, the prefrontal cortex, the basal ganglia, and cerebellum. Notably all of these regions are associated in some manner to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia...
April 25, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641179/quantitative-study-of-the-proportion-of-the-pore-volume-of-human-fluorotic-enamel-filled-by-resin-infiltrant
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Frederico Barbosa de Sousa, Isabel Maria Porto Lelis, Regina Célia Bressan Queiroz Figueiredo, Andressa Cavalcanti Pires, Raquel Fernanda Gerlach
AIM: Capillarity theory predicts that the pore volume infiltrated by a liquid in a body with tubular capillaries is directly proportional to the capillary radius. The expected volume available for infiltration is the loosely bound water volume, which can be related to the capillary radii. We tested the hypothesis that the proportion of the pore volume infiltrated by resin infiltrant (Vratio(resin)) is correlated and agrees with the proportion of the pore volume with loosely bound water ( [Formula: see text] )...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641133/abc-transporters-in-megakaryopoiesis-and-platelet-activity
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Wei Wang, Lorena Buitrago, Ying Wang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) is a family of transporters that facilitates the translocation of substrates across cell membrane using its ATPase subunit. These transporters have key roles in multidrug resistance, lipid homeostasis, antigen processing, immunity, cell proliferation and hematopoiesis. Some ABC transporters are selectively expressed on megakaryocyte progenitor, megakaryocyte and its cellular fragment platelet. However, the role of ABC transporters in hemostasis and thrombosis were not well explored until recently...
June 14, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640837/identification-and-prediction-of-alternative-transcription-start-sites-that-generate-rod-photoreceptor-specific-transcripts-from-ubiquitously-expressed-genes
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Evgenya Y Popova, Anna C Salzberg, Chen Yang, Samuel Shao-Min Zhang, Colin J Barnstable
Transcriptome complexity is substantially increased by the use of multiple transcription start sites for a given gene. By utilizing a rod photoreceptor-specific chromatin signature, and the RefSeq database of established transcription start sites, we have identified essentially all known rod photoreceptor genes as well as a group of novel genes that have a high probability of being expressed in rod photoreceptors. Approximately half of these novel rod genes are transcribed into multiple mRNA and/or protein isoforms through alternative transcriptional start sites (ATSS), only one of which has a rod-specific epigenetic signature and gives rise to a rod transcript...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640805/high-confidence-assessment-of-functional-impact-of-human-mitochondrial-non-synonymous-genome-variations-by-apogee
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Stefano Castellana, Caterina Fusilli, Gianluigi Mazzoccoli, Tommaso Biagini, Daniele Capocefalo, Massimo Carella, Angelo Luigi Vescovi, Tommaso Mazza
24,189 are all the possible non-synonymous amino acid changes potentially affecting the human mitochondrial DNA. Only a tiny subset was functionally evaluated with certainty so far, while the pathogenicity of the vast majority was only assessed in-silico by software predictors. Since these tools proved to be rather incongruent, we have designed and implemented APOGEE, a machine-learning algorithm that outperforms all existing prediction methods in estimating the harmfulness of mitochondrial non-synonymous genome variations...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640759/electroactive-%C3%AE-crystalline-phase-inclusion-and-photoluminescence-response-of-heat-controlled-spin-coated-pvdf-tio2-free-standing-nanocomposite-film-for-nanogenerator-and-active-nanosensor
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Md Mehebub Alam, Ayesha Sultana, Debabrata Sarkar, Dipankar Mandal
The electroactive β-phase is most desirable due to its highest piezo-, pyro- and ferro-electric properties in poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Induction of β-phase is successfully accomplished in titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) doped spin coated PVDF nanocomposite (PNC) films. The optimized yields of β-phase and homogeneous ultra-smooth free standing PNC film is utilized in mechanical energy harvesting application by fabricating a nanogenerator (NG) where the typical electrical poling step is not undertaken...
June 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640750/in-vivo-monitoring-of-infection-via-implantable-microsensors-a-pilot-study
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Andrej Ring, Heiko Sorg, Andreas Weltin, Daniel J Tilkorn, Jochen Kieninger, Gerald Urban, Jörg Hauser
The most common complication after implantation of foreign material is infection, leading to implant failure and severe patient discomfort. Smoldering-infections proceed inapparently and might not get verified by radiological diagnostics. Early identification of this type of infection might significantly reduce the rate of complications. Therefore, we manufactured a microsensor strip in a hybrid of thin-film and laminate technology in a wafer-level process. It comprises electrochemical, amperometric microsensors for glucose, oxygen and lactate as well as an integrated reference electrode...
June 22, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640705/genomic-analysis-of-childhood-brain-tumors-methods-for-genome-wide-discovery-and-precision-medicine-become-mainstream
#9
Stephen C Mack, Paul A Northcott
Recent breakthroughs in next-generation sequencing technology and complementary genomic platforms have transformed our capacity to interrogate the molecular landscapes of human cancers, including childhood brain tumors. Numerous high-throughput genomic studies have been reported for the major histologic brain tumor entities diagnosed in children, including interrogations at the level of the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome, many of which have yielded essential new insights into disease biology. The nature of these discoveries has been largely platform dependent, exemplifying the usefulness of applying different genomic and computational strategies, or integrative approaches, to address specific biologic and/or clinical questions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637004/autophagy-is-required-for-crizotinib-induced-apoptosis-in-met-amplified-gastric-cancer-cells
#10
Rebecca D Schroeder, Woonyoung Choi, David S Hong, David J McConkey
MET amplification has been clinically credentialed as a therapeutic target in gastric cancer, but the molecular mechanisms underlying sensitivity and resistance to MET inhibitors are still not well understood. Using whole-genome mRNA expression profiling, we identified autophagy as a top molecular pathway that was activated by the MET inhibitor crizotinib in drug-sensitive human gastric cancer cells, and functional studies confirmed that crizotinib increased autophagy levels in the drug-sensitive cells in a concentration-dependent manner...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636974/sema3a-partially-reverses-vegf-effects-through-binding-to-neuropilin-1
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Bruna Palodetto, Adriana da Silva Santos Duarte, Matheus Rodrigues Lopes, Flavia Adolfo Corrocher, Fernanda Marconi Roversi, Fernanda Soares Niemann, Karla Priscila Vieira Ferro, Ana Leda Figueiredo Longhini, Paula Melo Campos, Patricia Favaro, Sara Teresinha Olalla Saad
Cross-talk between hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) is essential for HSCs regulation and leukemogenesis. Studying bone marrow of myelodysplasia patients, a pre-leukemic condition, we found mRNA overexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) in CD34(+) HSCs and semaphorin 3A (SEMA3A) in BMSCs. To better understand the role of VEGFA and SEMA3A in leukemogenesis, we recruited 30 myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients, 29 acute myeloid leukemia (6 secondary to MDS) patients and 12 controls...
June 3, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636972/assessing-landowners-attitudes-toward-wild-hogs-and-support-for-control-options
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Carlotta A Caplenor, Neelam C Poudyal, Lisa I Muller, Chuck Yoest
Wild hogs (Sus scrofa) are an invasive species with destructive habits, particularly rooting and wallowing, which can directly impact agricultural crops, pasture land, and water quality. Considering wild hogs are widely dispersed across the landscape, they are extremely difficult to control. Disagreements can arise among different stakeholders over whether and how their populations should be managed. The purpose of this article was to examine Tennessee, United States landowners' attitudes toward wild hogs, to compare acceptability of control methods, and to evaluate factors significantly influencing public support for regulations to control wild hogs...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636748/e-cadherin-mediates-uvr-and-calcium-induced-melanin-transfer-in-human-skin-cells
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Suman K Singh, Richard Baker, Stephen K Sikkink, Carine Nizard, Sylvianne Schnebert, Robin Kurfurst, Desmond J Tobin
Skin pigmentation is directed by epidermal-melanin units, characterized by long-lived and dendritic epidermal melanocytes (MC) that interact with viable keratinocytes (KC) to contribute melanin to the epidermis. Previously we reported that MC:KC contact is required for melanosome transfer, that this can be enhanced by filopodial and by UVR/UVA irradiation, which can up-regulate melanosome transfer via Myosin X-mediated control of MC filopodia. Both MC and KC express Ca(2+) -dependent E-cadherins. These homophilic adhesion contacts induce transient increases in intra-KC Ca(2+) , while ultraviolet radiation (UVR) raises intra-MC Ca(2+) via calcium selective ORAI1 ion channels; both are associated with regulating melanogenesis...
June 21, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636549/p53-independent-p21-induction-by-melk-inhibition
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Tatsuo Matsuda, Taigo Kato, Kazuma Kiyotani, Yunus Emre Tarhan, Vassiliki Saloura, Suyoun Chung, Koji Ueda, Yusuke Nakamura, Jae-Hyun Park
MELK play critical roles in human carcinogenesis through activation of cell proliferation, inhibition of apoptosis and maintenance of stemness. Therefore, MELK is a promising therapeutic target for a wide range of cancers. Although p21 is a well-known p53-downstream gene, we found that treatment with a potent MELK inhibitor, OTS167, could induce p21 protein expression in cancer cell lines harboring loss-of-function TP53 mutations. We also confirmed that MELK knockdown by siRNA induced the p21 expression in p53-deficient cancer cell lines and caused the cell cycle arrest at G1 phase...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636548/ilomastat-a-synthetic-inhibitor-of-mmps-prevents-lung-injury-induced-by-%C3%AE-ray-irradiation-in-mice
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Xiaoman Li, Dehui Ma, Xiaodan Zha, Dongqin Quan, Dong Pan, Manji Sun, Burong Hu, Baoquan Zhao
Lung injury is one of the pathological features in human or animal after radiation and the main side effect for patient after lung cancer radiotherapy. The efficient protective strategy still needs to exploit and the underlying mechanisms remain to be investigated. We found that the expression and activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) significantly increased at the early stage of radiation-induced lung injury (RILI). Pretreatment with Ilomastat, a synthetic inhibitor of MMPs, decreased the expression and activity of MMPs and significantly alleviated the lung inflammation and fibrosis in the irradiated mice, as well as enhanced the survival of irradiated mice...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636482/impact-of-freeway-weaving-segment-design-on-light-duty-vehicle-exhaust-emissions
#16
Qing Li, Fengxiang Qiao, Lei Yu, Shuyan Chen, Tiezhu Li
In United States, 26% of greenhouse gas emissions is emitted from the transportation sector, which meanwhile accompanies with enormous toxic emissions to humans, such as CO, NOx, and HC, approximately 2.5% and 2.44% of a total exhaust emission for a petrol and diesel engine, respectively. These exhaust emissions are typically subject to vehicles' intermittent operations, such as hard acceleration and hard braking. In practice, drivers are inclined to operate intermittently while driving through a weaving segment, due to complex vehicle maneuvering for weaving...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636365/sustainable-elastomers-from-renewable-biomass
#17
Zhongkai Wang, Liang Yuan, Chuanbing Tang
Sustainable elastomers have undergone explosive growth in recent years, partly due to the resurgence of biobased materials prepared from renewable natural resources. However, mounting challenges still prevail: How can the chemical compositions and macromolecular architectures of sustainable polymers be controlled and broadened? How can their processability and recyclability be enabled? How can they compete with petroleum-based counterparts in both cost and performance? Molecular-biomass-derived polymers, such as polymyrcene, polymenthide, and poly(ε-decalactone), have been employed for constructing thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs)...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636360/proneurogenic-effects-of-trazodone-in-murine-and-human-neural-progenitors
#18
Valeria Bortolotto, Francesca Mancini, Giorgina Mangano, Rita Salem, Er Xia, Erika Del Grosso, Michele Bianchi, Pier Luigi Canonico, Lorenzo Polenzani, Mariagrazia Grilli
Several antidepressants increase adult hippocampal Neurogenesis (ahNG) in rodents, primates and, potentially, in humans. This effect may at least partially account for their therapeutic activity. The availability of antidepressants whose mechanism of action involves different neurotransmitter receptors represents an opportunity for increasing our knowledge on their distinctive peculiarities and for dissecting the contribution of receptor subtypes in ahNG modulation. The aim of this study was to evaluate, in vitro, the effects of the antidepressant trazodone (TZD) on ahNG by using primary cultures of adult hippocampal Neural Progenitor Cells (ahNPC) and human iPSC-derived NPC...
June 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636149/photocatalytic-interaction-of-aminophylline-riboflavin-leads-to-ros-mediated-dna-damage-and-cell-death-a-novel-phototherapeutic-mechanism-for-cancer
#19
Saniyya Khan, Imrana Naseem
The accompanied tissue devastation and systemic toxicity of chemotherapy has shifted the quest for having an effective and palliative cancer therapy towards photodynamic therapy (PDT). Riboflavin (Rf), an essential micronutrient is emerging as a potent tool of PDT, due to its excellent photosensitizing properties. It can be used as an efficient adjuvant for various anticancer drugs. The hemolytic and proteolytic effect of photoilluminated aminophylline (Am), a xanthine derivative, and Rf is well documented in literature...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636003/in-vitro-modulation-of-gut-microbiota-by-whey-protein-to-preserve-intestinal-health
#20
T Sánchez-Moya, R López-Nicolás, D Planes, C A González-Bermúdez, G Ros-Berruezo, C Frontela-Saseta
The effect of several types of whey milk - cow, sheep, goat and a mixture of them (60 : 20 : 20, respectively) - was assessed in the human gut microbiota. The prebiotic potential of these substrates was evaluated through in vitro gastrointestinal digestion following faecal batch culture fermentations (mimicking colonic fermentation) for 48 hours, using faeces from normal-weight (NW) and obese (OB) donors. Throughout the fermentation process, pH, gas production, short chain and branched fatty acids (SCFA-BCFA) were measured, as well as the changes of microbiota using qPCR...
June 21, 2017: Food & Function
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