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Yvonne Groen, Anselm B M Fuermaier, Lara Tucha, Matthias Weisbrod, Steffen Aschenbrenner, Oliver Tucha
This study describes the development and utility of a new self-report measure of attentional capacities of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): the Everyday Life Attention Scale (ELAS). Different from previous attention scales, attentional capacities are rated for nine everyday situations. Study 1 investigated the factor structure, validity, and reliability of the ELAS in 1206 healthy participants. Confirmatory factor analysis supported a situation-specific approach which categorizes everyday attention into nine situation scales: Reading, Movie, Activity, Lecture, Conversation, Assignment, Cooking, Cleaning up, and Driving...
March 14, 2018: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
Mohamad Assi, Nicolas Dauguet, Patrick Jacquemin
The isolation of ribonucleic acid (RNA) suitable for gene expression studies is challenging in the pancreas, due to its high ribonuclease activity. This is even more complicated during pancreatitis, a condition associated with inflammation and fibrosis. Our aim was to implement a time-effective and reproducible protocol to isolate high quality RNA from specific pancreatic cell subtypes, in normal and inflammatory conditions. We used two genetically engineered mouse models (GEMM), Ela-CreER/YFP and Sox9-CreER/YFP, to isolate acinar and ductal cells, respectively...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Çağdaş Topçu, Hilmi Uysal, Ömer Özkan, Özlenen Özkan, Övünç Polat, Merve Bedeloğlu, Arzu Akgül, Ela Naz Döğer, Refik Sever, Ömer Halil Çolak
BACKGROUND: We assessed the recovery of 2 face transplantation patients with measures of complexity during neuromuscular rehabilitation. Cognitive rehabilitation methods and functional electrical stimulation were used to improve facial emotional expressions of full-face transplantation patients for 5 months. Rehabilitation and analyses were conducted at approximately 3 years after full facial transplantation in the patient group. We report complexity analysis of surface electromyography signals of these two patients in comparison to the results of 10 healthy individuals...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Feng Wang, Hongyan Li, Ela Markovsky, Ryan Glass, Elisa de Stanchina, Simon N Powell, Gary K Schwartz, Adriana Haimovitz-Friedman
Recent data in our laboratory indicate that engagement of host-derived microenvironmental elements impact tumor response to single high dose radiation therapy (SDRT). In these studies we showed that microvascular endothelial damage plays a critical role in tumor response as regulator of direct lethal damage of SDRT. Using a genetic model of Acid Sphingomyelinase (ASMase)-deficient mice we showed that activation of this enzyme by SDRT-induced damage in the endothelium is mandatory for tumor cure. ASMase activation triggers ceramide-mediated apoptosis, and therein microvascular dysfunction, which increased the vulnerability of tumor cells to lethal damage by radiation...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Leslie Citrome, Judith C Kando, Caleb Bliss
Objectives: In two Phase III studies, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX) reduced binge eating (BE) days/week in adults with moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) and was associated with improvement based on the Clinical Global Impressions-Improvement (CGI-I) scale. In this study, post hoc analyses examined the relationships between clinical observations and clinical rating scales in individuals with BED. Clinical trial registration: NCT01718483 (ClinicalTrials...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Heba F Salem, Rasha M Kharshoum, Fatma I Abo El-Ela, Amr Gamal F, Khaled R A Abdellatif
Tamoxifen citrate (TXC) is commonly indicated to prevent cell multiplication and development of breast cancer. However, it is usually associated with limited activity and development of toxicity and resistance. This study aimed to describe an in situ pH-responsive niosomes as a carrier for localized and sustained delivery of TXC. The thin film hydration method was utilized to produce TXC niosomes using sorbitan monostearate and cholesterol of 1:1 Molar ratio. The produced formula displayed nano-spherical shape with entrapment efficiency (EE) of 88...
February 27, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Patrick J Stiff, Pau Montesinos, Tony Peled, Efrat Landau, Noga Rosenheimer Goudsmid, Julie Mandel, Nira Hasson, Esti Olesinski, Ela Glukhman, David A Snyder, Einat Galamidi Cohen, Orna Srur Kidron, Dalia Bracha, Dorit Harati, Keren Ben-Abu, Etty Freind, Laurence S Freedman, Yael C Cohen, Liraz Olmer, Raya Barishev, Vanderson Rocha, Eliane Gluckman, Mary M Horowitz, Mary Eapen, Arnon Nagler, Guillermo Sanz
Umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) has a high early mortality rate primarily related to transplanted stem cell dose. To decrease early mortality and enhance engraftment, a portion of selected cord blood units (20-50%) was expanded with cytokines and the copper chelator tetraethylenepentamine (carlecortemcel-L) and transplanted with the un-manipulated fraction after myeloablative conditioning. The primary endpoint was 100 day survival which was compared to a contemporaneous double-unit cord blood transplant (DUCBT) group...
February 22, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Xia Su, Ying Tian, Hongzhuan Zhou, Yinglong Li, Zhenhua Zhang, Beiyu Jiang, Bing Yang, Jue Zhang, Jing Fang
In recent years, plasma activated solution (PAS) have made a good progress in the disinfection of medical device, tooth whitening, fruit preservation. In this study, we investigated the inactivation efficacy of Newcastle disease virus by PAS. Water, 0.9% NaCl and 0.3% H2 O2 were excited by plasma to obtain the corresponding solutions PAS(H2 O), PAS(NaCl) and PAS(H2 O2 ). The complete inactivation of virus after PAS treatment for 30 min was confirmed by the embryo lethality assay (ELA) and hemagglutination (HA) test...
February 23, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Kamelia M Osman, Ashgan M Hessain, Usama H Abo-Shama, Zeinab M Girh, Saleh A Kabli, Hassan A Hemeg, Ihab M Moussa
Escherichia coli is a recognized zoonotic food-borne pathogen; however, the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the underdeveloped countries to differentiate pathogenic from non-pathogenic E. coli is a problematic issue. Our grail was to assess the phenotypic virulence markers motility, hemolysin, congo red agar, embryo lethality assay and serum resistance for pathogenic E. coli (PEC) correlated to PCR tests which is currently used world-wide to evaluate the PEC. The 448 strains of Escherichia coli that were isolated from different sources, were characterized for phenotypic virulence factors such as motility, hemolysin, Congo red binding, Embryo Lethality assay (ELA) and serum resistance, as well as antibiotic susceptibility using disc diffusion method to 23 antibiotics ...
February 2018: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Laura Isabel Vossen, Ela Markovsky, Anat Eldar-Boock, Harald Rune Tschiche, Stefanie Wedepohl, Evgeny Pisarevsky, Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Marcelo Calderón
Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is found to be a stem-cell marker in several tumor types and its overexpression is known to correlate with increased metastatic capacity. To combine extravasation- and ligand-dependent targeting to NCAM overexpressing-cells in the tumor microenvironment, we developed a PEGylated NCAM-targeted dendritic polyglycerol (PG) conjugate. Here, we describe the synthesis, physico-chemical characterization and biological evaluation of a PG conjugate bearing the mitotic inhibitor paclitaxel (PTX) and an NCAM-targeting peptide (NTP)...
February 19, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Ambika Mathur, Jennifer E Graham-Engeland, Danica C Slavish, Joshua M Smyth, Richard B Lipton, Mindy J Katz, Martin J Sliwinski
Early life adversity (ELA) has been associated with pain symptomatology in adulthood, but mechanisms and moderators of these associations are unclear. Using recall based and concurrently assessed self-report data, we examined associations between ELA, mood, sleep, and recent pain intensity and interference, and whether optimism and perceived control weakened these associations in a midlife community sample of diverse adults reporting some ELA. Controlling for demographic variables and BMI, higher levels of ELA were associated with more pain intensity and interference; greater sleep disturbance and negative mood accounted for these associations...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Ela Alcántara-Flores, Alicia E Brechú-Franco, Angel Villegas-Monter, Guillermo Laguna-Hernández, Armando Gómez-Campos
Phyllonoma laticuspis leaves are used in Carrizal de Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico, to heal skin lesions such as injuries and smallpox sequelae and to treat diabetes mellitus type 2, and organic extracts of these leaves have been reported to exert antibacterial effects. High demand of P. laticuspis as a medicinal plant has decreased its natural populations, and propagation of the species has not yet been reported. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the vegetative propagation of the species through cutting and air layering, as well as its sexual propagation in a preserved population...
March 2017: Revista de Biología Tropical
Maria A Bobes, Agustin Lage-Castellanos, Ela I Olivares, Jhoanna Perez Hidalgo-Gato, Jaime Iglesias, Ana Maria Castro-Laguardia, Pedro Valdes-Sosa
Event related potentials (ERPs) provide precise temporal information about cognitive processing, but with poor spatial resolution, while functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) reliably identifies brain areas involved, but with poor temporal resolution. Here we use fMRI to guide source localization of the ERPs at different times for studying the temporal dynamics of the neural system for recognizing familiar faces. fMRI activation areas were defined in a previous experiment applying the same paradigm used for ERPs...
February 20, 2018: Brain Topography
Hande Mefkure Ozkaya, Nil Comunoglu, Muge Sayitoglu, Fatma Ela Keskin, Sinem Firtina, Khusan Khodzhaev, Tugce Apaydin, Nurperi Gazioglu, Necmettin Tanriover, Buge Oz, Pinar Kadioglu
OBJECTIVE: To determine aryl hydrocarbon interacting protein (AIP) gene variations and AIP and somatostatin receptor (SSTR) 1-5 immunostaining in patients with apparently sporadic acromegaly with poor versus good response to somatostatin analogues (SRLs). METHODS: A total of 94 patients (66 with poor and 28 with good response to SRLs) were screened for the AIP gene variations using Sanger sequencing. Immunostaining was performed in 60 tumors. RESULTS: Several variations, albeit some with undetermined significance, were detected, especially in poor responder patients...
February 17, 2018: Pituitary
Maria Rosa Rebordão, Ana Amaral, Karolina Lukasik, Anna Szóstek-Mioduchowska, Pedro Pinto-Bravo, António Galvão, Dariusz J Skarzynski, Graça Ferreira-Dias
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are DNA complexes carrying nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins, such as elastase (ELA), cathepsin-G (CAT) and myeloperoxidase (MPO). Mare endometrosis is a chronic degenerative process characterized by excessive collagen in endometrium. While NETs fight bacteria that cause endometritis, they may trigger endometrial fibrogenesis. The aim was to evaluate the in vitro effect of some NETs components on mare endometrial fibrogenesis and determine its relationship with histopathology or estrous cycle...
February 7, 2018: Theriogenology
Chien-Hung Wu, Kow-Ming Chang, Yi-Ming Chen, Bo-Wen Huang, Yu-Xin Zhang, Shui-Jinn Wang
Atmospheric pressure plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (AP-PECVD) technique and KrF excimer laser annealing (ELA) were employed for the fabrication of indium gallium zinc oxide thin-film transistors (IGZO-TFTs). Device with a 150 mJ/cm2 laser annealing densities demonstrated excellent electrical characteristics with improved on/off current ratio of 4.7×107, high channel mobility of 10 cm2/V-s, and low subthreshold swing of 0.15 V/dec. The improvements are attributed to the adjustment of oxygen vacancies in the IGZO channel to an appropriate range of around 28...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Jan Höltge, Shauna L Mc Gee, Myriam V Thoma
OBJECTIVES: The steeling effect suggests that early-life adversity can have a beneficial impact later in life. However, little is known about its underlying mechanisms and long-term outcomes . The study aimed to examine the role of early-life adversity (ELA) on successful aging, and whether this relationship can be explained by mental and physical health. METHOD: Socio-demographics, early-life adversity (ELA), individual quality of life (iQoL), and mental and physical health of 270 individuals (M age = 66...
February 15, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
Mariam M Youssef, Mark D Underwood, Yung-Yu Huang, Shu-Chi Hsiung, Yan Liu, Norman R Simpson, Mihran J Bakalian, Gorazd B Rosoklija, Andrew J Dwork, Victoria Arango, J John Mann
Background: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is implicated in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD) and suicide. Both are partly caused by early life adversity (ELA) and ELA reduces BDNF protein levels. This study examines the association of BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and brain BDNF levels with depression and suicide. We hypothesized that both MDD and ELA would be associated with the Met allele and lower brain BDNF levels. Such an association would be consistent with low BDNF mediating the effect of ELA on adulthood suicide and MDD...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Hüseyin Ulaş Pınar, Zümrüt Ela Arslan Kaşdoğan, Betül Başaran, İlker Çöven, Ömer Karaca, Rafi Doğan
OBJECTIVE: To compare IOP changes between spinal anesthesia (SA) and general anesthesia (GA) in patients who underwent lumbar disc surgery in the prone position. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, controlled trial. SETTING: Operating room. PATIENTS: Forty ASA I-II patients scheduled for lumbar disc surgery in prone position. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly allocated to the SA or GA groups. MEASUREMENTS: IOP was measured before anesthesia (IOP1), 10 min after spinal or general anesthesia in supine position (IOP2), 10 min after being placed in the prone position (IOP3), and at the end of the operation in the prone position (IOP4)...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
L Bai, Y Hou, G-H Lin, X Zhang, G-Q Liu, B Yu
INTRODUCTION: Our aim was to compare the effect of Sinus Tarsi Approach (STA) vs Extensile Lateral Approach(ELA) for Treatment of Closed Displaced Intra-Articular Calcaneal Fractures (DIACF.) is still being debated, MATERIALS AND METHODS: A thorough research was carried out in the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane library databases from inception to December 2016. Only prospective or retrospective comparative studies was selected in this meta-analysis. Two independent reviewers conducted literature search, data extraction, and quality assessment...
February 1, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
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