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Annalisa Colonna, Anna B Smith, Stuart Smith, Kirandeep VanDenEshof, Jane Orgill, Paul Gringras, Deb K Pal
Background: Consolidation of learning occurs during sleep but when it is disturbed there may be an adverse impact upon these functions. While research has focused upon how sleep affects cognition in adulthood, the effects of disrupted sleep are likely to impact more heavily on learning among children and adolescents. We aimed to investigate whether a night's sleep impacts upon executive function compared with an equivalent wakefulness period. We also wanted to know whether restricting sleep would reduce these effects on performance...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Leonardo J Magnoni, Ep Eding, Isabelle Leguen, Patrick Prunet, Inge Geurden, Rodrigo O A Ozório, Johan W Schrama
Oxygen limitation and dietary imbalances are key aspects influencing feed intake (FI) and growth performance in cultured fish. This study investigated the combined effects of hypoxia and dietary electrolyte balance on the growth performance, body composition and nutrient utilization in a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) isogenic line. Fish were fed ad libitum two experimental diets: electrolyte-balanced or -imbalanced diets (DEB 200 or 700 mEq kg-1 , respectively) and exposed to normoxia or hypoxia (7.9 or 4...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Maria Del Mar Amador, Marion Masingue, Rabab Debs, Foudil Lamari, Vincent Perlbarg, Emmanuel Roze, Bertrand Degos, Fanny Mochel
BACKGROUND: Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a rare neurodegenerative disease related to sterols metabolism. It affects both central and peripheral nervous systems but treatment with chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) has been reported to stabilize clinical scores and improve nerve conduction parameters. Few quantitative brain structural studies have been conducted to assess the effect of CDCA in CTX. METHODS AND RESULTS: We collected retrospectively clinical, neurophysiological, and quantitative brain structural data in a cohort of 14 patients with CTX treated by CDCA over a mean period of 5 years...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Michał Romański, Jacek Wachowiak, Franciszek K Główka
Treosulfan is a prodrug that undergoes a highly pH- and temperature-dependent nonenzymatic conversion to the monoepoxide {(2S,3S)-1,2-epoxy-3,4-butanediol 4-methanesulfonate [S,S-EBDM]} and diepoxide {(2S,3S)-1,2:3,4-diepoxybutane [S,S-DEB]}. Currently, treosulfan is tested in clinical trials as an alternative to busulfan in conditioning prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Of note, the optimal dosing of the prodrug is still unresolved, especially in infants. In this paper, the pharmacokinetics of treosulfan, together with its biologically active epoxides, is comprehensively reviewed for the first time, with the focus on conditioning prior to HSCT...
March 19, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Debasish Deb, Ankita Shrestha, Indu B Maiti, Nrisingha Dey
Development of disease-resistant plant varieties achieved by engineering anti-microbial transgenes under the control of strong promoters can suffice the inhibition of pathogen growth and simultaneously ensure enhanced crop production. For evaluating the prospect of such strong promoters, we comprehensively characterized the full-length transcript promoter of Cassava Vein Mosaic Virus (CsVMV; -565 to +166) and identified CsVMV8 (-215 to +166) as the highest expressing fragment in both transient and transgenic assays...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Moon Hyung Choi, Ga Eun Park, Soon Nam Oh, Michael Yong Park, Sung Eun Rha, Young Joon Lee, Seung Eun Jung, Joon-Il Choi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the reproducibility of Modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (mRECIST) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) using multiphasic computed tomography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The institutional review board approved this retrospective study. We evaluated 97 patients who underwent TACE (60 conventional TACE [cTACE] and 37 drug-eluting bead TACE [DEB-TACE]) for HCC from 2010 to 2014...
March 16, 2018: Academic Radiology
Lisa Barbera, Rinku Sutradhar, Anna Chu, Hsien Seow, Doris Howell, Craig C Earle, Mary Ann O'Brien, Deb Dudgeon, Clare Atzema, Amna Husain, Ying Liu, Carlo DeAngelis
BACKGROUND: Opioid prescribing has been increasingly scrutinized among non-cancer patients. As an unintended consequence, opioids may be under-prescribed for cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to compare trends in opioid prescribing in younger adults with and without cancer. METHODS: From 2004 to 2013, Ontario residents 18-64 years eligible for government paid pharmacare were annually stratified into 3 groups: no cancer history, cancer diagnosis >5 years ago and cancer diagnosis ≤5 years ago...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Shibashis Paul, Shyamolina Ghosh, Deb Shankar Ray
We consider a reaction-diffusion system with linear, stochastic activator-inhibitor kinetics where the time evolution of concentration of a species at any spatial location depends on the relative average concentration of its neighbors. This self-regulating nature of kinetics brings in spatial correlation between the activator and the inhibitor. An interplay of this correlation in kinetics and disparity of diffusivities of the two species leads to symmetry breaking non-equilibrium transition resulting in stationary pattern formation...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Annie Hartmann, Deb Kegelmeyer, Anne Kloos
: Individuals with concomitant spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury have cognitive deficits that may limit the ability to learn novel motor tasks necessary for functional independence. Errorless learning has been shown to improve cognitive task performance in persons with brain injury but little is known about its usefulness for improving novel motor task learning. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 44-year-old man with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries from a motor vehicle accident was admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital...
April 2018: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
Yousheng Yan, Zhaoyan Meng, Shengju Hao, Fang Wang, Xiaohua Jin, Daguang Sun, Huafang Gao, Xu Ma
BACKGROUND: Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is an inherited skin disorder with variable severity and heterogeneous genetic involvement. Recessive DEB (RDEB) is a rare heritable blistering skin condition caused by loss-of-function mutations in the COL7A1 gene. AIM: This study aimed to determine the genetic basis of three Chinese RDEB patients from different families and identify correlations between phenotype and genotype. METHODS: All three patients were diagnosed with RDEB based on typical phenotype...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Jeff Myers, Roxanne Cosby, Danusia Gzik, Ingrid Harle, Deb Harrold, Nadia Incardona, Tara Walton
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning and goals of care discussions involve the exploration of what is most important to a person, including their values and beliefs in preparation for health-care decision-making. Advance care planning conversations focus on planning for future health care, ensuring that an incapable person's wishes are known and can guide the person's substitute decision maker for future decision-making. Goals of care discussions focus on preparing for current decision-making by ensuring the person's goals guide this process...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Jennifer M Watchmaker, Blaise deB Frederick, Matthew R Fusco, Larry T Davis, Meher R Juttukonda, Sarah K Lants, Howard S Kirshner, Manus J Donahue
BACKGROUND: Surgical revascularization is often performed in patients with moyamoya, however routine tools for efficacy evaluation are underdeveloped. The gold standard is digital subtraction angiography (DSA); however, DSA requires ionizing radiation and procedural risk, and therefore is suboptimal for routine surveillance of parenchymal health. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether parenchymal vascular compliance measures, obtained noninvasively using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide surrogates to revascularization success by comparing measures with DSA before and after surgical revascularization...
March 8, 2018: Neurosurgery
Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Deb O'Kane, Candice Oster
Restrictive practices continue to be used in mental health care despite increasing recognition of their harms and an international effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate their use. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore mental health nurses' views of the potential elimination of these practices. Nine focus groups were conducted with 44 mental health nurses across Australia, and the data analysed using thematic analysis. Overall, the nurses expressed significant fear about the potential elimination of restrictive practices and saw themselves as being blamed for both the use of these practices and the consequences should they be eliminated...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Priscila Aparecida Milani, Karina Bugan Debs, Geórgia Labuto, Elma Neide Vasconcelos Martins Carrilho
Sugarcane bagasse and hydroponic lettuce roots were used as biosorbents for Cu(II), Fe(II), Zn(II), and Mn(II) removal from monoelemental solutions in aqueous medium, at pH 5.5, using batch procedures. These biomasses were studied in natura (lettuce roots, NLR, and sugarcane bagasse, NSB) and modified with HNO3 (lettuce roots, MLR, and sugarcane bagasse, MSB). Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radushkevich non-linear isotherm models were used to evaluate the data from the metal ion adsorption assessment. The maximum adsorption capacities (qmax ) in monoelemental solution, calculated using the Langmuir isothermal model for Cu(II), Fe(II), Zn(II), and Mn(II), were respectively 24...
March 8, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Yun-Zhu Mu, Zi-Cen Du, Zheng-Zhong Zhang, Hao Yang, Xing Chen, Yanbo Wang, Lin-Li Liu
Distrophic epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa(DEB-Pr, OMIM#604129) is a rare subtype of epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica. It is characterized by recurrent vesicles and erosions on the extensor of the limbs at birth or shortly thereafter and pruriginosa papules and nodules accompanied with intense itching and nail dystrophy in adult stage1 . Histology reveals hyperkeratosis, mild acanthosis and a subepidermal blister formation2 . Electron microscopic studies showed alterations in the number and ultrastructure of anchoring fibrils in lesional, perilesional and non-lesional skin3 ...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Samantha Greenberg, Beverly M Yashar, Mark Pearlman, Deb Duquette, Kara Milliron, Monica Marvin
Healthcare disparities exist in the provision of cancer genetic services including genetic counseling and testing related to BRCA1/2 mutations. To address this in a community health setting a screening tool was created to identify high-risk women. This study evaluates the implementation of the tool and identifies opportunities for improved cancer genetic screening, including regular clinician education. A mixed-method approach was used to evaluate clinician utilization of the screening tool at Planned Parenthood affiliates...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Community Genetics
KangJu Lee, Seul Gee Lee, Ilkwang Jang, Seung Hyun Park, Dasom Yang, Il Ho Seo, Sung-Kyung Bong, Duk Hwan An, Min Kwon Lee, In Kwon Jung, Yong Hoon Jang, Jung Sun Kim, WonHyoung Ryu
In-stent restenosis (ISR) often occurs after applying drug eluting stents to the blood vessels suffering from atherosclerosis or thrombosis. For treatment of ISR, drug eluting balloons (DEB) have been developed to deliver anti-proliferative drugs to the lesions with ISR. However, there are still limitations of DEB such as low drug delivery efficiency and drug loss to blood flow. Although most researches have focused on alteration of drug formulation for more efficient drug delivery, there are few studies that have attempted to understand and utilize the contact modality of DEB drug delivery...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Takuji Masunaga, Akiharu Kubo, Akira Ishiko
Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB), pretibial, a rare subtype of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), is characterized by recurrent blisters and erosions predominantly on the pretibial region. We report the case of a 60-year-old Japanese woman with persistent blistering eruptions and scar formation on the pretibial region and elbows. Mutational analysis revealed a previously reported c.5797C>T mutation in exon 70 (p.R1933X) and a novel c.6348+1G>A mutation in intron 76 of COL7A1. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction revealed that the c...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
Charlene H Emerson, Christopher R Lopez, Albert Ribes-Zamora, Erica J Polleys, Christopher L Williams, Lythou Yeo, Jacques E Zaneveld, Rui Chen, Alison A Bertuch
The Ku heterodimer acts centrally in non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) of DNA double strand breaks (DSB). Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ku, like mammalian Ku, binds and recruits NHEJ factors to DSB ends. Consequently, NHEJ is virtually absent in yeast Ku null ( yku 70Δ or yku80Δ ) strains. Previously, we unexpectedly observed imprecise NHEJ proficiency in a yeast Ku mutant with impaired DNA end-binding (DEB). However, how DEB impairment supported imprecise NHEJ was unknown. Here, we found imprecise NHEJ proficiency to be a feature of a panel of DEB-impaired Ku mutants and that DEB impairment resulted in a deficiency in precise NHEJ...
March 2, 2018: Genetics
Lulu Liu, Bin Liu, Jiajun Ren, Gang Hui, Chao Qi, Junnan Wang
BACKGROUND: Drug-eluting balloons (DEB) have significant value for treating coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the merits of using DEB versus drug-eluting stents (DES) to treat CAD remain controversial. Herein, we conducted a meta-analysis to compare the safety and efficacy of DEB and DES for treatment of CAD. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CENTRAL databases for eligible trials comparing DEB with DES for treatment of CAD. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE); the secondary endpoints included in-lesion late lumen loss (LLL), binary restenosis (BR), myocardial infarction (MI), target lesion revascularization (TLR) and mortality...
March 2, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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