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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212389/application-of-calibrated-forceps-for-assessing-mechanical-nociception-with-high-time-resolution-in-mice
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Hideki Kashiwadani, Yuichi Kanmura, Tomoyuki Kuwaki
In order to investigate the basic physiological mechanisms of pain and the anti-nociceptive effects of analgesics, development of pain assays in mice is critical due to the advances of genetic manipulation techniques. The von Frey hairs/Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments test (von Frey test) has long been applied to examine mechanical nociception in mice. Though the von Frey test is a well-established and standardized method, it is inappropriate to assess a rapid change in the nociceptive threshold because voluntary resting/sleeping states are necessary to examine the response...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210542/dynamic-association-between-perfusion-and-white-matter-integrity-across-time-since-injury-in-veterans-with-history-of-tbi
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Alexandra L Clark, Katherine J Bangen, Scott F Sorg, Dawn M Schiehser, Nicole D Evangelista, Benjamin McKenna, Thomas T Liu, Lisa Delano-Wood
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral blood flow (CBF) plays a critical role in the maintenance of neuronal integrity, and CBF alterations have been linked to deleterious white matter changes. Although both CBF and white matter microstructural alterations have been observed within the context of traumatic brain injury (TBI), the degree to which these pathological changes relate to one another and whether this association is altered by time since injury have not been examined. The current study therefore sought to clarify associations between resting CBF and white matter microstructure post-TBI...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208668/redox-proteomics-and-platelet-activation-understanding-the-redox-proteome-to-improve-platelet-quality-for-transfusion
#3
REVIEW
Giona Sonego, Mélanie Abonnenc, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Michel Prudent, Niels Lion
Blood banks use pathogen inactivation (PI) technologies to increase the safety of platelet concentrates (PCs). The characteristics of PI-treated PCs slightly differ from those of untreated PCs, but the underlying reasons are not well understood. One possible cause is the generation of oxidative stress during the PI process. This is of great interest since reactive oxygen species (ROS) act as second messengers in platelet functions. Furthermore, there are links between protein oxidation and phosphorylation, another mechanism that is critical for cell regulation...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208233/neonatal-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-impair-learning-behaviour-by-disrupting-hippocampal-organization-in-male-swiss-albino-mice
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Rakesh Bhaskar, Ashish K Mishra, Banalata Mohanty
Hippocampus is highly susceptible to endocrine disrupting chemicals exposure particularly during the critical phase of brain development. In the present study, mice offspring were exposed to endocrine disruptors mancozeb (MCZ) and imidacloprid (IMI) individually (40 mg MCZ and 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) as well as to their equimixture (40 mg MCZ + 0.65 mg IMI/kg/day) through the diet of lactating mothers from post-natal day (PND) 1 to PND 28. Half of the randomly selected male offspring were killed at PND 29 and the rest half were left unexposed and killed at PND 63...
February 16, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207783/patient-experience-with-outpatient-encounters-at-public-hospitals-in-shanghai-examining-different-aspects-of-physician-services-and-implications-of-overcrowding
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Yuhua Bao, Guanrong Fan, Dongdong Zou, Tong Wang, Di Xue
BACKGROUND: Over 90% of outpatient care in China was delivered at public hospitals, making outpatient experience in this setting an important aspect of quality of care. OBJECTIVE: To assess outpatient experience with different aspects of physician services at China's public hospitals and its association with overcrowding of the hospital outpatient departments. RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a large survey of outpatient experience in Shanghai, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196878/global-characterization-of-protein-secretion-from-human-macrophages-following-non-canonical-caspase-4-5-inflammasome-activation
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Martina B Lorey, Katariina Rossi, Kari K Eklund, Tuula A Nyman, Sampsa Matikainen
Gram-negative bacteria are associated with a wide spectrum of infectious diseases in humans. Inflammasomes are cytosolic protein complexes that are assembled when the cell encounters pathogens or other harmful agents. The non-canonical caspase-4/5 inflammasome is activated by gram-negative bacteria-derived lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and by endogenous oxidized phospholipids. Protein secretion is a critical component of the innate immune response. Here we have used label-free quantitative proteomics to characterize global protein secretion in response to non-canonical inflammasome activation upon intracellular LPS recognition in human primary macrophages...
February 14, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194972/fragment-based-approach-for-the-evaluation-of-nmr-chemical-shifts-for-large-biomolecules-incorporating-the-effects-of-the-solvent-environment
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K V Jovan Jose, Krishnan Raghavachari
We present an efficient implementation of the molecules-in-molecules (MIM) fragment-based quantum chemical method for the evaluation of NMR chemical shifts of large biomolecules. Density functional techniques have been employed in conjunction with large basis sets and including the effects of the solvent environment in these calculations. The MIM-NMR method is initially benchmarked on a set of (alanine)10 conformers containing strong intramolecular interactions. The incorporation of a second low level of theory to recover the missing long-range interactions in the primary fragmentation scheme is critical to yield reliable chemical shifts, with a mean absolute deviation (MAD) from direct unfragmented calculations of 0...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194186/safety-and-effectiveness-of-bone-marrow-cell-concentrate-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-critical-limb-ischemia-utilizing-a-rapid-point-of-care-system
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Venkatesh Ponemone, Saniya Gupta, Dalip Sethi, Manish Suthar, Monika Sharma, Richard J Powell, Kenneth Lee Harris, Nungshi Jungla, Priyadarshini Arambam, Upendra Kaul, Ashok Seth, Suhail Bukhari
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the end stage of lower extremity peripheral vascular disease (PVD) in which severe obstruction of blood flow results in ischemic rest pain, ulcers and/or gangrene, and a significant risk of limb loss. This open-label, single-arm feasibility study evaluated the safety and therapeutic effectiveness of autologous bone marrow cell (aBMC) concentrate in revascularization of CLI patients utilizing a rapid point-of-care device. Seventeen (17) no-option CLI patients with ischemic rest pain were enrolled in the study...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182021/procedural-moderate-sedation-with-ketamine-in-pediatric-critical-care-unit
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Tarek R Hazwani, Hala Al-Alem
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of moderate sedation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) settings according to moderate sedation protocol using ketamine and midazolam and to determine areas for the improvement in our clinical practice. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A retrospective study was conducted in the PICU. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review was performed for patients who had received moderate sedation between January and the end of December 2011 and who are eligible to inclusion criteria...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174302/free-energy-landscape-remodeling-of-the-cardiac-pacemaker-channel-explains-the-molecular-basis-of-familial-sinus-bradycardia
#10
Stephen Boulton, Madoka Akimoto, Sam Akbarizadeh, Giuseppe Melacini
The hyperpolarization-activated and cyclic-nucleotide modulated ion channel (HCN) drives the pacemaker activity in the heart, and its malfunction can result in heart disorders. One such disorder, familial sinus bradycardia, is caused by the S672R mutation in HCN, whose electrophysiological phenotypes include a negative shift in the channel activation voltage and an accelerated HCN deactivation. The outcomes of these changes are abnormally low resting heart rates. However, the molecular mechanism underlying these electrophysiological changes is currently not fully understood...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168210/white-matter-predicts-functional-connectivity-in-premanifest-huntington-s-disease
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Peter McColgan, Sarah Gregory, Adeel Razi, Kiran K Seunarine, Fatma Gargouri, Alexandra Durr, Raymund A C Roos, Blair R Leavitt, Rachael I Scahill, Chris A Clark, Sarah J Tabrizi, Geraint Rees, A Coleman, J Decolongon, M Fan, T Petkau, C Jauffret, D Justo, S Lehericy, K Nigaud, R Valabrègue, A Choonderbeek, E P T Hart, D J Hensman Moss, H Crawford, E Johnson, M Papoutsi, C Berna, R Reilmann, N Weber, J Stout, I Labuschagne, B Landwehrmeyer, M Orth, H Johnson
OBJECTIVES: The distribution of pathology in neurodegenerative disease can be predicted by the organizational characteristics of white matter in healthy brains. However, we have very little evidence for the impact these pathological changes have on brain function. Understanding any such link between structure and function is critical for understanding how underlying brain pathology influences the progressive behavioral changes associated with neurodegeneration. Here, we demonstrate such a link between structure and function in individuals with premanifest Huntington's...
February 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167493/smad4-regulates-growth-plate-matrix-production-and-chondrocyte-polarity
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Amanda T Whitaker, Ellora Berthet, Andrea Cantu, Diana J Laird, Tamara Alliston
Smad4 is an intracellular effector of the TGFβ family that has been implicated in Myhre syndrome, a skeletal dysplasia characterized by short stature, brachydactyly and stiff joints. The TGFβ pathway also plays a critical role in the development, organization and proliferation of the growth plate, although the exact mechanisms remain unclear. Skeletal phenotypes in Myhre syndrome overlap with processes regulated by the TGFβ pathway, including organization and proliferation of the growth plate and polarity of the chondrocyte...
February 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166925/-is-universal-screening-for-cervical-length-among-singleton-pregnancies-with-no-history-of-preterm-birth-justified
#13
P Rozenberg
The ultrasonographic measurement of cervical length with a cutoff of 15mm is currently the best method to identify a group of asymptomatic women in the general population at risk of spontaneous preterm birth, especially among asymptomatic patients with a singleton pregnancy with no history of preterm birth. Cerclage and 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17OHP-C) are ineffective to reduce the risk of preterm birth among asymptomatic patients with a short cervix in midtrimester. However, vaginal progesterone (200-mg capsules of micronized progesterone or gel containing 90mg progesterone) has been demonstrated effective in 2 large randomized trials to reduce the risk of preterm birth and possibly the composite morbidity and perinatal mortality associated among asymptomatic women with a short cervix in the general population screened by ultrasound of the cervix in midtrimester...
December 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162843/a-sociological-stance-on-fatigue-and-tiredness-social-inequalities-norms-and-representations
#14
Marc Loriol
Fatigue is complex, representing simultaneously a physiological, psychological and social phenomenon. The sociological approach attempts to understand the experience of fatigue and its characterization at diverse periods and in various social contexts. After giving a sociological history of different forms of fatigue through the ages (acedia, melancholy, neurasthenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.), this article proposes a social epidemiology of fatigue in the current period. Objectification of working and living conditions allows us to illustrate social inequalities in fatigue and exhaustion, but seems to contradict dominant social representations of fatigue today...
February 2, 2017: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159786/bacteriophage-%C3%AE-m1-of-pectobacterium-evolves-to-escape-two-bifunctional-type-iii-toxin-antitoxin-and-abortive-infection-systems-through-mutations-in-a-single-viral-gene
#15
Tim R Blower, Ray Chai, Rita Przybilski, Shahzad Chindhy, Xinzhe Fang, Samuel E Kidman, Hui Tan, Ben F Luisi, Peter C Fineran, George P C Salmond
: Some bacteria, when infected by their viral parasites (bacteriophages), undergo a suicidal response that also terminates productive viral replication (abortive infection; Abi). This response can be viewed as an altruistic act protecting the uninfected bacterial clonal population. Abortive infection can occur through the action of Type III protein-RNA toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems, such as ToxINPa from the phytopathogen, Pectobacterium atrosepticum Rare spontaneous mutants evolved in the generalized transducing phage, ΦM1, which escaped ToxINPa-mediated abortive infection in P...
February 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159684/energy-landscape-analysis-of-the-subcortical-brain-network-unravels-system-properties-beneath-resting-state-dynamics
#16
Jiyoung Kang, Chongwon Pae, Hae-Jeong Park
The configuration of the human brain system at rest, which is in a transitory phase among multistable states, remains unknown. To investigate the dynamic systems properties of the human brain at rest, we constructed an energy landscape for the state dynamics of the subcortical brain network, a critical center that modulates whole brain states, using resting state fMRI. We evaluated alterations in energy landscapes following perturbation in network parameters, which revealed characteristics of the state dynamics in the subcortical brain system, such as maximal number of attractors, unequal temporal occupations, and readiness for reconfiguration of the system...
February 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158153/trigeminal-neuralgia-induced-by-cobra-venom-leads-to-cognitive-deficits-associated-with-downregulation-of-creb-bdnf-pathway
#17
Li Zhang, Xinli Ding, Zhe Wu, Xiaoyan Qian, Jianxiong An, Ming Tian
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain often results in cognitive impairment. Our previous study showed that trigeminal neuralgia induced by cobra venom leads to spatial learning and memory deficits, although the underlying mechanism remains unclear. However, recent evidence indicates that the c-AMP-responsive element binding protein (CREB)/brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) pathway plays a critical role in various etiologies of cognitive deficits. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to explore the CREB/BDNF pathway to determine the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of cognitive impairment caused by cobra venom-induced trigeminal neuralgia...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156671/a-novel-risk-stratification-model-for-patients-with-brain-metastasis-incorporating-with-physiological-signals
#18
Tsung-Ying Ho, Eng-Yen Huang, Chong-Jong Wang
: 38 Background: Brain metastasis (BM) develops in 10%-40% of patients with malignancies. Survival expectancy is critical for choosing an optimal treatment for BM patients. Previous reports have proposed different risk stratification systems based on clinical and image-related factors. Heart rate variability (HRV), a physiological factor, has also been reported as a novel prognosticator for BM patients. In this study, we proposed a novel risk stratification model for BM patients by incorporating HRV signals...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155264/surgical-and-endovascular-venous-arterialization-ready-to-take-on-the-desert-by-storm
#19
Michiel A Schreve, Çağdaş Ünlü, Steven Kum, Yih K Tan
Patients with critical limb ischemia have a poor life expectancy, and aggressive revascularization is accepted to maintain their independence in the end stage of life. Bypass surgery and, more recently, endovascular interventions with angioplasty and stenting have become the treatment of choice to prevent amputation and resolve rest pain. Up to 20% of patients with critical limb ischemia are not suitable candidates for a vascular intervention because of extensive occlusions of the outflow in the crural and pedal vessels...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154009/caspase-6-undergoes-a-distinct-helix-strand-interconversion-upon-substrate-binding
#20
Kevin B Dagbay, Nicolas Bolik-Coulon, Sergey N Savinov, Jeanne A Hardy
Caspases are cysteine aspartate proteases that are major players in key cellular processes, including apoptosis and inflammation. Specifically, caspase-6 has also been implicated in playing a unique and critical role in neurodegeneration: however structural similarities between caspase-6 and other caspases have hampered precise targeting of caspase-6. All caspases can exist in a canonical conformation, in which the substrate binds atop a beta-strand platform in the 130's region. This caspase-6 region can also adopt a helical conformation that has not been seen in any other caspases...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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