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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786974/embryonic-exposure-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-a-brominated-flame-retardant-reduces-the-size-of-song-control-nuclei-in-a-songbird
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Margaret L Eng, Viktoria Winter, John E Elliott, Scott A MacDougall-Shackleton, Tony D Williams
Environmental contaminants have the potential to act as developmental stressors and impair development of song and the brain of songbirds, but they have been largely unstudied in this context. 2,2',4,4',5-Pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) is a brominated flame retardant congener that has demonstrated endocrine disrupting effects, and has pervaded the global environment. We assessed the effects of in ovo exposure to environmentally relevant levels of BDE-99 on the neuroanatomy of the song-control system in a model songbird species, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)...
May 22, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786966/controlled-selectivity-of-co-2-reduction-on-copper-by-pulsing-the-electrochemical-potential
#2
Kevin W Kimura, Kevin E Fritz, Jiyoon Kim, Jin Suntivich, Héctor D Abruña, Tobias Hanrath
We demonstrate a simple strategy to enhance the CO2 reduction reaction (CO2 RR) selectivity by applying a pulsed electrochemical potential to a polycrystalline copper electrode. By controlling the pulse duration, we show that the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is highly suppressed to a fraction of the original value (<5 % faradaic efficiency) and selectivity for the CO2 RR dramatically improves (>75 % CH4 and >50 % CO faradaic efficiency). We attribute the improved CO2 RR selectivity to a dynamically rearranging surface coverage of hydrogen and intermediate species during the pulsing...
May 22, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786965/l-and-d-threo-ethylphenidate-concentrations-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-in-horses
#3
Heather K Knych, Dan S McKemie, Kelsey Seminoff, Petra Hartmann, Lynn Hovda, Dionne Benson
Ethylphenidate is a psychostimulant and analogue of the commonly prescribed compound, methylphenidate (Ritalin®). There are a limited number of studies describing the disposition and pharmacologic/toxicological effects of ethylphenidate in any species. The abuse potential in equine athletes along with the limited data available regarding administration in horses necessitates further study. The objectives of the current study were to describe drug concentrations, develop an analytical method that could be used to regulate its use and describe the pharmacodynamic effects of ethylphenidate in horses...
May 22, 2018: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786954/urinary-metabolites-predict-prolonged-duration-of-delayed-graft-function-in-dcd-kidney-transplant-recipients
#4
S Kostidis, J R Bank, D Soonawala, E Nevedomskaya, C van Kooten, O A Mayboroda, J W de Fijter
Extending kidney donor criteria, including donation after circulatory death (DCD), has resulted in increased rates of delayed graft function (DGF) and primary nonfunction. Here, we used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to analyze the urinary metabolome of DCD transplant recipients at multiple time points (days 10, 42, 180 and 360 after transplantation). The aim was to identify markers that predict prolonged duration of functional DGF (fDGF). Forty-seven metabolites were quantified and their levels were evaluated in relation to fDGF...
May 22, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786935/evaluation-of-pcr-primers-targeting-the-groel-gene-for-the-specific-detection-of-streptococcus-agalactiae-in-the-context-of-aquaculture
#5
W J Leigh, R N Zadoks, A Jaglarz, J Z Costa, G Foster, K D Thompson
AIMS: The aim of this study was to design a set of primers for specific detection and identification of Streptococcus agalactiae in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that can detect a diverse range of S. agalactiae isolates from different hosts and that it is capable of discriminating between S. agalactiae and other species that are closely related or potentially present in aquaculture environments, notably Streptococcus iniae. METHODS AND RESULTS: Primers, based on the groEL2 gene of S...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786866/characterization-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-pathogen-inactivated-and-quarantine-plasma-in-routine-use-for-treatment-of-acquired-immune-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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R Herbrecht, M Ojeda-Uribe, D Kientz, C Fohrer, A Bohbot, O Hinschberger, K-L Liu, E Remy, C Ernst, J-S Lin, L Corash, J P Cazenave
BACKGROUND: Auto-immune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a morbid multi-organ disorder. Cardiac involvement not recognized in initial disease descriptions is a major cause of morbidity. Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) requires exposure to multiple plasma donors with risk of transfusion-transmitted infection (TTI). Pathogen inactivation (PI) with amotosalen-UVA, the INTERCEPT Blood System for Plasma (IBSP) is licensed to reduce TTI risk. METHODS: An open-label, retrospective study evaluated the efficacy of quarantine plasma (QP) and IBSP in TTP and defined treatment emergent cardiac abnormalities...
May 21, 2018: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786865/infection-with-phytopathogenic-bacterium-inhibits-melatonin-biosynthesis-decreases-longevity-of-its-vector-and-suppresses-the-free-radical-defense
#7
Yasser Nehela, Nabil Killiny
Vector-borne phytopathogenic bacteria may alter the reproductive fitness, survival, behavior, and metabolism of their vectors. Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) is associated with the Huanglongbing (HLB; also known as citrus greening disease), one of the most destructive citrus diseases worldwide, and transmitted by Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Insecta, Hemiptera, Liviidae). The genome sequencing of CLas revealed that it does not have the ability to synthesize tryptophan, the precursor of melatonin, and it must acquire it from its host plant or insect vector to achieve its biological processes, such as growth and multiplication...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786861/temporally-feathered-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-a-planning-technique-to-reduce-normal-tissue-toxicity
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Juan Carlos López Alfonso, Shireen Parsai, Nikhil Joshi, Andrew Godley, Chirag Shah, Shlomo A Koyfman, Jimmy J Caudell, Clifton D Fuller, Heiko Enderling, Jacob G Scott
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has allowed optimization of three-dimensional spatial radiation dose distributions permitting target coverage while reducing normal tissue toxicity. However, radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity is a major contributor to patients' quality of life and often a dose-limiting factor in the definitive treatment of cancer with radiation therapy. We propose the next logical step in the evolution of IMRT using canonical radiobiological principles, optimizing the temporal dimension through which radiation therapy is delivered to further reduce radiation-induced toxicity by increased time for normal tissue recovery...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786852/evolution-of-lobar-abnormalities-of-cerebral-glucose-metabolism-in-41-children-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#9
Tuhina Govil-Dalela, Ajay Kumar, Michael E Behen, Harry T Chugani, Csaba Juhász
OBJECTIVE: We analyzed long-term changes of lobar glucose metabolic abnormalities in relation to clinical seizure variables and development in a large group of children with medically refractory epilepsy. METHODS: Forty-one children (25 males) with drug-resistant epilepsy had a baseline positron emission tomography (PET) scan at a median age of 4.7 years; the scans were repeated after a median of 4.3 years. Children with progressive neurological disorders or space-occupying lesion-related epilepsy and those who had undergone epilepsy surgery were excluded...
May 22, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786829/meta-analysis-examining-the-epidemiology-of-clozapine-associated-neutropenia
#10
N Myles, H Myles, S Xia, M Large, S Kisely, C Galletly, R Bird, D Siskind
BACKGROUND: Clozapine is associated with life-threatening neutropenia. There are no previous meta-analyses of the epidemiology of clozapine-associated neutropenia. OBJECTIVES: To determine the cumulative incidence of mild, moderate and severe neutropenia, incidence of death related to severe neutropenia, case fatality rate of neutropenia and the longitudinal incidence of neutropenia following exposure to clozapine. DATA SOURCES: A systematic search of Medline, EMBASE and PsycINFO using search terms [clozapine OR clopine OR zaponex OR clozaril] AND [neutropenia OR agranulocytosis]...
May 21, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786827/the-protective-effect-of-montelukast-against-skeletal-muscle-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-an-experimental-rat-model
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Mehmet İlker Bilgiç, Güray Altun, Hüsamettin Çakıcı, Kaan Gideroğlu, Gürsel Saka
BACKGROUND: Montelukast is a selective leukotriene D-4 receptor antagonist, which specifically and reversibly inhibits cysteinyl leukotriene-1 receptor. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect of Montelukast on skeletal muscle reperfusion injury created as acute ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury in Wistar-albino rats. METHODS: The study comprised 16 male Wistar-albino rats. The rats were randomly separated into two groups as control (IR) and treatment (IR+Montelukast)...
May 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786794/protocols-for-studies-on-genetically-engineered-mouse-models-in-prostate-cancer
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Chris W D Armstrong, Oksana Lyubomska, Melissa J LaBonte, David J J Waugh
Cancer studies have entered an era that is heavily focused on the contribution of the tumor microenvironment. For this reason, in vivo experimentation in an immunodeficient model system is no longer fit for purpose. As a consequence, numerous genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) which self-develop tumors have been developed to allow experiments to be performed in a fully immunocompetent setting. One of the most commonly used technologies is Cre-loxP recombination due to its unique ability to control target gene expression in a specified tissue type...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786776/a-framework-for-image-based-modeling-of-acute-myocardial-ischemia-using-intramurally-recorded-extracellular-potentials
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Brett M Burton, Kedar K Aras, Wilson W Good, Jess D Tate, Brian Zenger, Rob S MacLeod
The biophysical basis for electrocardiographic evaluation of myocardial ischemia stems from the notion that ischemic tissues develop, with relative uniformity, along the endocardial aspects of the heart. These injured regions of subendocardial tissue give rise to intramural currents that lead to ST segment deflections within electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings. The concept of subendocardial ischemic regions is often used in clinical practice, providing a simple and intuitive description of ischemic injury; however, such a model grossly oversimplifies the presentation of ischemic disease-inadvertently leading to errors in ECG-based diagnoses...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786774/computational-fluid-dynamics-modeling-of-the-human-pulmonary-arteries-with-experimental-validation
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Alifer D Bordones, Matthew Leroux, Vitaly O Kheyfets, Yu-An Wu, Chia-Yuan Chen, Ender A Finol
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic progressive disease characterized by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure, caused by an increase in pulmonary arterial impedance. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be used to identify metrics representative of the stage of PH disease. However, experimental validation of CFD models is often not pursued due to the geometric complexity of the model or uncertainties in the reproduction of the required flow conditions. The goal of this work is to validate experimentally a CFD model of a pulmonary artery phantom using a particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786744/mir%C3%A2-133b-regulates-proliferation-and-apoptosis-in-high%C3%A2-glucose%C3%A2-induced-human-retinal-endothelial-cells-by-targeting-ras-homolog-family-member-a
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Jun Yao, Jihong Wang, Yong Yao, Kelei Wang, Qianqian Zhou, Ying Tang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of microRNA (miR)‑133b in high‑glucose‑induced human retinal endothelial cells (hRECs), particularly regarding its potential targeting of ras homolog family member A (RhoA). To establish the high‑glucose‑induced diabetic retinopathy (DR) model, hRECs were cultured in high‑glucose medium for 1, 2 and 3 days. An Annexin allophycocyanin (APC)/7‑aminoactinomycin D (7‑AAD) staining assay was performed to measure the apoptosis of hRECs. Next, the cells were transfected with miR‑133b inhibitors or mimics, and the cell proliferation and apoptosis were measured by MTT and Annexin‑APC/7‑AAD staining assays, respectively...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786731/regioselective-and-diastereoselective-synthesis-of-two-functionalized-1-5-methanoindeno-1-2-d-azocines-via-a-three-component-reaction
#16
Jun Cao, Jing Sun, Chao-Guo Yan
The morpholine promoted three-component reaction of N-alkylpiperidinone, indane-1,3-dione and 2-arylideneindane-1,3-dione in ethanol at room temperature resulted in the (1H-1,5-methanoindeno[1,2-d]azocin-12-ylidene)-1H-indene-1,3(2H)-dione derivatives in good yields and with exo-configuration. Under similar conditions, the reaction of N-alkylpiperidinone with 2-arylideneindane-1,3-dione afforded 7H-1,5-methanoindeno[1,2-d]azocine-7,12-diones with endo-configuration. The domino reaction is believed to proceed with domino Knoevenagel condensation, Michael addition and aldol condensation reaction...
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786710/direct-observation-of-the-oxidation-of-dna-bases-by-phosphate-radicals-formed-under-radiation-a-model-of-the-backbone-to-base-hole-transfer
#17
Jun Ma, Jean-Louis Marignier, Pascal Pernot, Chantal Houée-Levin, Anil Kumar, Michael D Sevilla, Amitava Adhikary, Mehran Mostafavi
In irradiated DNA, by the base-to-base and backbone-to-base hole transfer processes, the hole (i.e., the unpaired spin) localizes on the most electropositive base, guanine. Phosphate radicals formed via ionization events in the DNA-backbone must play an important role in the backbone-to-base hole transfer process. However, earlier studies on irradiated hydrated DNA, on irradiated DNA-models in frozen aqueous solution and in neat dimethyl phosphate showed the formation of carbon-centered radicals and not phosphate radicals...
May 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786693/hormonebase-a-population-level-database-of-steroid-hormone-levels-across-vertebrates
#18
Maren N Vitousek, Michele A Johnson, Jeremy W Donald, Clinton D Francis, Matthew J Fuxjager, Wolfgang Goymann, Michaela Hau, Jerry F Husak, Bonnie K Kircher, Rosemary Knapp, Lynn B Martin, Eliot T Miller, Laura A Schoenle, Jennifer J Uehling, Tony D Williams
Hormones are central regulators of organismal function and flexibility that mediate a diversity of phenotypic traits from early development through senescence. Yet despite these important roles, basic questions about how and why hormone systems vary within and across species remain unanswered. Here we describe HormoneBase, a database of circulating steroid hormone levels and their variation across vertebrates. This database aims to provide all available data on the mean, variation, and range of plasma glucocorticoids (both baseline and stress-induced) and androgens in free-living and un-manipulated adult vertebrates...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786689/gridded-birth-and-pregnancy-datasets-for-africa-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
#19
W H M James, N Tejedor-Garavito, S E Hanspal, A Campbell-Sutton, G M Hornby, C Pezzulo, K Nilsen, A Sorichetta, C W Ruktanonchai, A Carioli, D Kerr, Z Matthews, A J Tatem
Understanding the fine scale spatial distribution of births and pregnancies is crucial for informing planning decisions related to public health. This is especially important in lower income countries where infectious disease is a major concern for pregnant women and new-borns, as highlighted by the recent Zika virus epidemic. Despite this, the spatial detail of basic data on the numbers and distribution of births and pregnancies is often of a coarse resolution and difficult to obtain, with no co-ordination between countries and organisations to create one consistent set of subnational estimates...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786682/-the-implementation-of-the-method-of-enhanced-external-counter-pulsation-for-the-treatment-of-cardiovascular-diseases
#20
V A Badtieva, D N Voroshilova
The cardiovascular diseases occupy a leading place in the structure of overall morbidity affecting the population not only of Russia but also of the majority of the developed countries throughout the world; they thus impose the heavy social and economic burden on both the public healthcare services and the modern society in general. At the same time, systemic atherosclerosis is considered to be one of the most common, severe, and life-threatening condition. Despite the presence of a large number of pharmaceutical and surgical methods for the treatment of this pathology, they are not infrequently lacking the desired effectiveness...
May 21, 2018: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
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