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Hoon-Seong Choi, Dae-Hyun Roh, Seo-Yeon Yoon, Soon-Gu Kwon, Sheu-Ran Choi, Suk-Yun Kang, Ji-Young Moon, Ho-Jae Han, Hyun-Woo Kim, Alvin J Beitz, Jang-Hern Lee
Although we have recently demonstrated that carrageenan-induced inflammation upregulates the expression of spinal interleukin (IL)-1β, which inhibits spinal astrocyte activation and results in the delayed development of Mirror-Image Pain (MIP), little is known regarding the mechanisms that underlie how spinal IL-1β inhibits the astrocyte activation. In this study, we examined the effect of spinal IL-1β on astrocyte gap junctions (GJ) and the development of MIP. Following unilateral carrageenan (CA) injection, mechanical allodynia (MA) was evaluated at various time points...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Meghan L M Fuzzen, Leslie M Bragg, Gerald R Tetreault, Paulina A Bahamonde, Rajiv N Tanna, Charles J Bennett, Mark E McMaster, Mark R Servos
Municipal wastewater effluent (MWWE) and its constituents, such as chemicals of emerging concern, pose a potential threat to the sustainability of fish populations by disrupting key endocrine functions in aquatic organisms. While studies have demonstrated changes in biological markers of exposure of aquatic organisms to groups of chemicals of emerging concern, the variability of these markers over time has not been sufficiently described in wild fish species. The aim of this study was to assess the spatial and temporal variability of biological markers in response to MWWE exposure and to test the consistency of these responses between seasons and among years...
2016: PloS One
Paula D Strassle, Felicia N Williams, Sonia Napravnik, David van Duin, David J Weber, Anthony Charles, Bruce A Cairns, Samuel W Jones
Classic determinants of burn mortality are age, burn size, and the presence of inhalation injury. Our objective was to describe temporal trends in patient and burn characteristics, inpatient mortality, and the relationship between these characteristics and inpatient mortality over time. All patients aged 18 years or older and admitted with burn injury, including inhalation injury only, between 2004 and 2013 were included. Adjusted Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to estimate the relationship between admit year and inpatient mortality...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Konstantinos Triantafyllou, Paraskevas Gkolfakis, Nikos Viazis, Panagiotis Tsibouris, Athanasios Tsigaridas, Periklis Apostolopoulos, John Anastasiou, Eleni Hounda, Ioannis Skianis, Konstantina Katopodi, Xhoela Ndini, George Alexandrakis, Demetrios G Karamanolis
INTRODUCTION: Since its introduction, small bowel video capsule endoscopy (VCE) use has evolved considerably. AIM: Evaluation of the temporal changes of small bowel VCE utilization in three tertiary centers in Greece in Era 1 (2002-2009) and Era 2 (2010-2014) and the development a forecast model for future VCE use during 2015-2017. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from all small bowel VCE examinations were retrieved and analyzed in terms of the annual number of the performed examinations, their indications and the significance of their findings...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Samuel Y Ash, Alejandro A Diaz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review aims to summarize the most recent evidence related to imaging and severe asthma, both with regard to advances in imaging research and to their current and potential clinical implications. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent work in imaging in severe asthma has principally been using computed tomography (CT) and MRI, as well as the integration of the two. Some of the most notable findings include the use of CT imaging biomarkers to create unique clusters of asthmatics, and the use of co-registration to link CT images of airways with regional variation in ventilation in MRI...
October 20, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Ana Coito, Christoph M Michel, Pieter van Mierlo, Serge Vulliemoz, Gijs Plomp
: The importance of functional brain connectivity to study physiological and pathological brain activity has been widely recognized. Here, we aimed to 1) review a methodological pipeline to investigate directed functional connectivity between brain regions using source signals derived from high-density EEG; 2) elaborate on some methodological challenges; 3) apply this pipeline to temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients and healthy controls to investigate directed functional connectivity differences in the theta and beta frequency bands during EEG epochs without visible pathological activity...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Marta Pardo, Eleonore Beurel, Richard S Jope
Cotinine is the major metabolite of nicotine and has displayed some capacity for improving cognition in mouse models following chronic administration. We tested if acute cotinine treatment is capable of improving cognition in the mouse model of Fragile X syndrome, Fmr1(-/-) knockout mice, and if this is related to inhibition by cotinine treatment of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β), which is abnormally active in Fmr1(-/-) mice. Acute cotinine treatment increased the inhibitory serine-phosphorylation of GSK3β and the activating phosphorylation of AKT, which can mediate serine-phosphorylation of GSK3β, in both wild-type and Fmr1(-/-) mouse hippocampus...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Jiabo Chen, Fayun Li, Zhiping Fan, Yanjie Wang
Source apportionment of river water pollution is critical in water resource management and aquatic conservation. Comprehensive application of various GIS-based multivariate statistical methods was performed to analyze datasets (2009-2011) on water quality in the Liao River system (China). Cluster analysis (CA) classified the 12 months of the year into three groups (May-October, February-April and November-January) and the 66 sampling sites into three groups (groups A, B and C) based on similarities in water quality characteristics...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Shuoyang Chen, Tingfa Xu, Daqun Li, Jizhou Zhang, Shenwang Jiang
During the process of moving object detection in an intelligent visual surveillance system, a scenario with complex background is sure to appear. The traditional methods, such as "frame difference" and "optical flow", may not able to deal with the problem very well. In such scenarios, we use a modified algorithm to do the background modeling work. In this paper, we use edge detection to get an edge difference image just to enhance the ability of resistance illumination variation. Then we use a "multi-block temporal-analyzing LBP (Local Binary Pattern)" algorithm to do the segmentation...
October 21, 2016: Sensors
Yu Gu, Yang-Fu Wang, Qiang Li, Zu-Wu Liu
Chinese liquors can be classified according to their flavor types. Accurate identification of Chinese liquor flavors is not always possible through professional sommeliers' subjective assessment. A novel polymer piezoelectric sensor electric nose (e-nose) can be applied to distinguish Chinese liquors because of its excellent ability in imitating human senses by using sensor arrays and pattern recognition systems. The sensor, based on the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) principle is comprised of a quartz piezoelectric crystal plate sandwiched between two specific gas-sensitive polymer coatings...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Kathleen Marie Burchhardt, Megan E Miller, William O Cline, Marc Cubeta
The fungus Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi (Mvc), a pathogen of Vaccinium spp., requires asexual and sexual spore production to complete its life cycle. A recent study found population structuring of Mvc over a broad spatial scale in the US. In this study, we examined fine-scale genetic structuring, temporal dynamics, and reproductive biology within a 125 x 132m blueberry plot from 2010 to 2012. A total of 395 isolates of Mvc were sampled from infected shoots and fruits to examine their multilocus haplotype (MLH) using microsatellite markers...
October 24, 2016: Phytopathology
César González-Ramírez, Jesús Montanero-Fernández, Diego Peral-Pacheco
BACKGROUND: The extreme variability of Temporary disability duration causes a deep impact in Public Health. We try to understand what factors does duration of disability depend on. METHODS: Through cohort study with data of temporal disabilities collected by Ibermutuamur from 2008 to 2012, we use statistical multivariate methods. RESULTS: The most reliable and convenient algorithm to predict duration was a categorical classification tree that distinguished between brief and long disabilities, taking into account both medical-biological and socioeconomic factors...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
I Bernátová, P Bališ, R Goga, M Behuliak, J Zicha, I Sekaj
This study investigated the contribution of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to blood pressure regulation in conscious adult male Wistar rats exposed to acute stress. Role of ROS was investigated in rats with temporally impaired principal blood pressure regulation systems using ganglionic blocker pentolinium (P, 5 mg/kg), angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor captopril (C, 10 mg/kg), nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME (L, 30 mg/kg) and superoxide dismutase mimeticum tempol (T, 25 mg/kg). Mean arterial pressure (MAP) was measured by the carotid artery catheter and inhibitors were administered intravenously...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
Eran Bar-Kalifa, Dana Atzil-Slonim, Eshkol Rafaeli, Tuvia Peri, Julian Rubel, Wolfgang Lutz
Objective: We aimed to assess the extent to which therapists' reports of client functioning track their clients' changing experience of their own functioning from session to session (temporal congruence) as well as the extent to which they over- or underestimate their clients' functioning (level or directional bias) and to examine whether these indices predict treatment outcomes. Method: The participants included 384 clients who were treated by 77 therapists. Both clients and therapists rated the clients' functioning each session...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Tanya T Nguyen, Sanja Kovacevic, Sheena I Dev, Kun Lu, Thomas T Liu, Lisa T Eyler
Objective: Disturbances in functional connectivity have been suggested to contribute to cognitive and emotion processing deficits observed in bipolar disorder (BD). Functional connectivity between medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and other brain regions may be particularly abnormal. The goal of the present study was to characterize the temporal dynamics of the default mode network (DMN) connectivity in BD and examine its association with cognition. Method: In a preliminary study, euthymic BD (n = 15) and healthy comparison (HC, n = 19) participants underwent resting-state functional MRI, using high-resolution sequences adapted from the Human Connectome Project, and completed neuropsychological measures of processing speed and executive function...
October 24, 2016: Neuropsychology
Jun Zhou
This paper deals with the spatial, temporal and spatiotemporal dynamics of a spatial plant-wrack model. The parameter regions for the stability and instability of the unique positive constant steady state solution are derived, and the existence of time-periodic orbits and non-constant steady state solutions are proved by bifurcation method. The nonexistence of positive nonconstant steady state solutions are studied by energy method and Implicit Function Theorem. Numerical simulations are presented to verify and illustrate the theoretical results...
August 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Suzanne Faxneld, Urs Berger, Björn Helander, Sara Danielsson, Anna Aroha Miller, Elisabeth Nyberg, Jan-Olov Persson, Anders Bignert
Temporal and spatial trends of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) were investigated in Baltic Sea herring liver (Clupea harengus) from three sites, and white-tailed sea eagle (WTSE) eggs (Haliaeetus albicilla) from two freshwater and two marine areas in Sweden. Trends of most quantifiable PFAAs increased over the monitored period (1980 - 2014 in herring, 1960s/1980s - 2010 in WTSE). No significant decreasing trends were observed for the most recent ten years for any substances, except perfluorooctane sulfonamide (FOSA)...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Chunxia Peng, Wei Wang, Quangang Xu, Mo Yang, Huangfen Zhou, Shuo Zhao, Shihui Wei
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences between macular inner retinal layers and peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer (pRNFL) thickness in Chinese patients with neuromyelitis spectrum optic neuritis (NMOSD-ON) and isolated optic neuritis (ION) with only one episode. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 35 patients (35 eyes) with NMOSD-ON (NMO-IgG seropositive) and 46 patients (46 eyes) with ION after one episode. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) was used to quantify pRNFL, macular RNFL (mRNFL), ganglion cell and inner plexiform layers (GCIPL) and inner nuclear layer (INL) thickness using an automated algorithm...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Tommy C Y Chan, Alex Lk Ng, George P M Cheng, Zheng Wang, Victor C P Woo, Vishal Jhanji
We compared the visual and refractive outcomes between 2 different incisional sites in small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) for low myopic astigmatism. This was a contralateral eye study. Consecutive cases that underwent bilateral SMILE surgery were included. Procedures for both eyes were identical apart from the location of opening incision. The incision was set on the temporal side for the right eye (Group 1), while a superior incision was set for the left eye (Group 2). Twenty-nine patients with a mean age of 35...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fabrizio Bernini, Daniele Malferrari, Marcello Pignataro, Carlo Augusto Bortolotti, Giulia Di Rocco, Lidia Lancellotti, Maria Franca Brigatti, Rakez Kayed, Marco Borsari, Federica Del Monte, Elena Castellini
The pathological hallmark of misfolded protein diseases and aging is the accumulation of proteotoxic aggregates. However, the mechanisms of proteotoxicity and the dynamic changes in fiber formation and dissemination remain unclear, preventing a cure. Here we adopted a reductionist approach and used atomic force microscopy to define the temporal and spatial changes of amyloid aggregates, their modes of dissemination and the biochemical changes that may influence their growth. We show that pre-amyloid oligomers (PAO) mature to form linear and circular protofibrils, and amyloid fibers, and those can break reforming PAO that can migrate invading neighbor structures...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
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