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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645081/loudness-and-time-dependence-of-auditory-evoked-potentials-is-blunted-by-the-nmda-channel-blocker-mk-801
#1
Tobias Teichert
Amplitudes of auditory evoked potentials (AEP) increase with the intensity/loudness of sounds (loudness-dependence of AEP, LDAEP), and the time between adjacent sounds (time-dependence of AEP, TDAEP). Both, blunted LDAEP and blunted TDAEP are markers of altered auditory function in schizophrenia (SZ). However, while blunted LDAEP has been attributed to altered serotonergic function, blunted TDAEP has been linked to altered NMDA receptor function. Despite phenomenological similarities of the two effects, no common pharmacological underpinnings have been identified...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645039/fundamental-causes-of-accelerated-declines-in-colorectal-cancer-mortality-modeling-multiple-ways-that-disadvantage-influences-mortality-risk
#2
Sean A P Clouston, Marcie S Rubin, David Chae, Jeremy Freese, Barbara Nemesure, Bruce G Link
BACKGROUND: Improvements in colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality reflect the distribution of effective preventions. Social inequalities often generate unequal diffusion of medical interventions, resulting in disparate outcomes while preventions are being disseminated throughout the population. This study used a novel method to examine whether Race (Black versus White) and SES influenced when rates of CRC mortality started to decline, and how rapidly they did so. METHOD: Mortality counts from 1968-2010 were derived from death certificates of U...
June 13, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645034/formation-of-hematite-nanoparticle-monolayers-of-controlled-coverage-and-structure-at-polymeric-microparticles
#3
Marta Sadowska, Zbigniew Adamczyk, Małgorzata Nattich-Rak
The deposition of hematite nanoparticles (22nm and 29nm in diameter) on negatively charged polystyrene microspheres (820nm in diameter) was studied by micro-electrophoretic measurements and AFM. The influence of ionic strength, varied between 10(-4) and 10(-2)M, was determined. Initially, the electrophoretic mobility change of microspheres upon the addition of controlled amount of hematite nanoparticles were measured. These dependencies were quantitatively interpreted in terms of the general electrokinetic model...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645033/acetic-acid-assisted-fabrication-of-hierarchical-flower-like-bi2o3-for-photocatalytic-degradation-of-sulfamethoxazole-and-rhodamine-b-under-solar-irradiation
#4
Yueping Bao, Teik-Thye Lim, Ziyi Zhong, Rong Wang, Xiao Hu
With the assistance of acetic acid (CH3COOH), a novel 3D flower-like Bi2O3 was synthesized via hydrothermal process followed by calcination. For the first time, the role of CH3COOH as a capping agent in the formation of flower-like structure was investigated. The as-prepared flower-like Bi2O3 had a high activity on the degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) under simulated solar light irradiation due to the narrow band gap of 2.69eV, high percentage of β-Bi2O3 as well as high intensity of polar facets (120) and (200)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644976/biomaterials-that-promote-cell-cell-interactions-enhance-the-paracrine-function-of-mscs
#5
Taimoor H Qazi, David J Mooney, Georg N Duda, Sven Geissler
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) secrete paracrine factors that play crucial roles during tissue regeneration. Whether this paracrine function is influenced by the properties of biomaterials in general, and those used for cell delivery in particular, largely remains unexplored. Here, we investigated if three-dimensional culture in distinct microenvironments - nanoporous hydrogels (mean pore size ∼5 nm) and macroporous scaffolds (mean pore size ∼120 μm) - affects the secretion pattern of MSCs, and consequently leads to differential paracrine effects on target progenitor cells such as myoblasts...
June 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644950/hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-fanconi-anemia-and-dyskeratosis-congenita-a-minireview
#6
REVIEW
Mouhab Ayas
Bone marrow failure syndrome is an epithet of bone marrow failure (all or single-cell lineage) that is attributable to an underlying genetic aberration usually with a constellation of somatic abnormalities. Multiple inheritance patterns have been described in these disorders; many are transmitted in an autosomal recessive pattern, which may consequently lead to a higher prevalence of such illnesses in homogeneous societies such as Saudi Arabia, where consanguineous marriages are not uncommon. At King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, the most common entity referred for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is Fanconi anemia, followed by pure red aplasia, and, less commonly, dyskeratosis congenita, congenital neutropenia, and others...
June 15, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644949/hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-adult-patients
#7
REVIEW
Riad El Fakih, Syed Ahmed, Feras Alfraih, Amr Hanbali
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) consists of precursor B ALL or T ALL phenotypes. In the pediatric population, ALL patients enjoy an 80% long-term survival with the current pediatric chemotherapy protocols as compared with 50% long-term survival in the adult population. In adults, complete remission rates are similar to those of pediatric patients; however, long-term survival is much lower with the majority of deaths attributable to relapsed disease. Postremission consolidation strategies in adults include chemotherapy, autologous, or allogeneic transplant...
June 15, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644915/mechanistic-insights-on-the-reduction-of-co2-to-silylformates-catalyzed-by-ir-nsin-species
#8
Luis A Oro, Alejandro Julián, Jefferson Guzmán, E A Jaseer, Francisco Fernández-Alvarez, Raquel Royo, Victor Polo, María Pilar García Orduña, Fernando Lahoz
The hydrosilylation of CO2 with different silanes such as HSiEt3, HSiMe2Ph, HSiMePh2, HSiMe(OSiMe3)2 and HSi(OSiMe3)3 in presence of catalytic ammounts of the iridium(III) complex [Ir(H)(CF3CO2)(NSiN*)(coe)] (1; NSiN* = fac-bis-(4-methylpyridine-2-yloxy); coe = cis-cyclooctene) has been comparatively studied. The activity of the hydrosilylation catalytic system based on 1 depends on the nature of the reducing agent, where HSiMe(OSiMe3)2 has proven to be the most active. The aforementioned reactions were found to be highly selective to the formation of the corresponding silylformate...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644895/floristic-characteristics-and-affinities-in-lao-pdr-with-a-reference-to-the-biogeography-of-the-indochina-peninsula
#9
Hua Zhu
The flora of Laos is composed of 5,005 species in 1,373 genera and 188 families of seed plants. Floristic and geographical attributes of the flora were analyzed. Tropical floristic elements at the family and generic levels contributed a majority (62.23% of the families and 82.30% of the genera) of the flora, of which the dominant geographical elements were pantropical distribution (42.02% of families) and tropical Asian distribution (30.08% of genera). This revealed that the flora of Lao PDR is tropical in nature and has a conspicuously tropical Asian affinity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644883/effects-of-dietary-inclusion-of-high-concentrations-of-crude-glycerin-on-meat-quality-and-fatty-acid-profile-of-feedlot-fed-nellore-bulls
#10
Eric H C B van Cleef, André P D'Áurea, Vanessa R Fávaro, Flavia O S van Cleef, Robson S Barducci, Marco T C Almeida, Otávio R Machado Neto, Jane M B Ezequiel
Crude glycerin, the main by-product of biodiesel production, can replace dietary energy sources, such as corn. The objective of this study was to evaluate the inclusion of up to 30% of crude glycerin in dry matter (DM) of the total diets, and its effects on meat quality parameters of feedlot Nellore bulls. Thirty animals (227.7 ± 23.8 kg body weight; 18 months old) were housed in individual pens and fed 5 experimental diets, containing 0, 7.5, 15, 22.5 or 30% crude glycerin (DM basis). After 103 d (21 d adaptation) animals were slaughtered and the Longissimus muscle was collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644848/exploring-the-differences-between-pet-and-non-pet-owners-implications-for-human-animal-interaction-research-and-policy
#11
Jessica Saunders, Layla Parast, Susan H Babey, Jeremy V Miles
There is conflicting evidence about whether living with pets results in better mental and physical health outcomes, with the majority of the empirical research evidence being inconclusive due to methodological limitations. We briefly review the research evidence, including the hypothesized mechanisms through which pet ownership may influence health outcomes. This study examines how pet and non-pet owners differ across a variety of socio-demographic and health measures, which has implications for the proper interpretation of a large number of correlational studies that attempt to draw causal attributions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644829/swapping-the-n-and-c-terminal-domains-of-human-apolipoprotein-e3-and-ai-reveals-insights-into-their-structure-activity-relationship
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Mark T Lek, Siobanth Cruz, Nnejiuwa U Ibe, Wendy H J Beck, John K Bielicki, Paul M M Weers, Vasanthy Narayanaswami
Apolipoprotein (apo) E3 and apoAI are exchangeable apolipoproteins that play a dominant role in regulating plasma lipoprotein metabolism. ApoE3 (299 residues) is composed of an N-terminal (NT) domain bearing a 4-helix bundle and a C-terminal (CT) domain bearing a series of amphipathic α-helices. ApoAI (243 residues) also comprises a highly helical NT domain and a less structured CT tail. The objective of this study was to understand their structural and functional role by generating domain swapped chimeras: apoE3-NT/apoAI-CT and apoAI-NT/apoE-CT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644808/esim-edge-similarity-for-screen-content-image-quality-assessment
#13
Zhangkai Ni, Lin Ma, Huanqiang Zeng, Jing Chen, Canhui Cai, Kai-Kuang Ma
In this paper, an accurate full-reference image quality assessment (IQA) model developed for assessing screen content images (SCIs), called the edge similarity (ESIM), is proposed. It is inspired by the fact that the human visual system (HVS) is highly sensitive to edges that are often encountered in SCIs; therefore, essential edge features are extracted and exploited for conducting IQA for the SCIs. The key novelty of the proposed ESIM lies in the extraction and use of three salient edge features-i.e., edge contrast, edge width, and edge direction...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644725/quantifying-structural-modifications-of-gills-of-two-fish-species-astyanax-altiparanae-lambari-and-prochilodus-lineatus-curimbat%C3%A3-after-exposure-to-biodegradable-detergents-in-urban-lake-water
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Bruno Fiorelini Pereira, Anderson Luis Alves, José Augusto Senhorini, Priscilla Hakime Scalize, Fellipe Augusto Tocchini De Figueiredo, Dimítrius Leonardo Pitol, Flávio Henrique Caetano
Anthropic actions in rivers and urban lakes are a cause for concern to our ecosystem. The effects on fauna and flora of substances discharged into waterways have become a focus for investigations globally. Biodegradable detergents are widely used in residences and small industries, but little is known regarding the consequences on fish fauna. The objective of the present study was to identify modifications in gill structure in two fish species, Astyanax altiparanae and Prochilodus lineatus, after treatment with water obtained from an urban lake and an exposure to 1 ppm diluted biodegradable detergents (linear alkylbenzene sulfonate)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644724/modeling-long-term-effects-attributed-to-nitrogen-dioxide-no2-and-sulfur-dioxide-so2-exposure-on-asthma-morbidity-in-a-nationwide-cohort-in-israel
#15
N Greenberg, R S Carel, E Derazne, A Tiktinsky, D Tzur, B A Portnov
Studies have provided extensive documentation that acutely elevated environmental exposures contribute to chronic health problems. However, only attention has been paid to the effects of modificate of exposure assessment methods in environmental health investigations, leading to uncertainty and gaps in our understanding of exposure- and dose-response relationships. The goal of the present study was to evaluate whether average or peak concentration exerts a greater influence on asthma outcome, and which of the exposure models may better explain various physiological responses generated by nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or sulfur dioxide (SO2) air pollutants...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644649/role-of-a-neighbor-ion-in-the-fragmentation-dynamics-of-covalent-molecules
#16
A Méry, A N Agnihotri, J Douady, X Fléchard, B Gervais, S Guillous, W Iskandar, E Jacquet, J Matsumoto, J Rangama, F Ropars, C P Safvan, H Shiromaru, D Zanuttini, A Cassimi
Fragmentation of molecular nitrogen dimers (N_{2})_{2} induced by collision with low energy 90 keV Ar^{9+} ions is studied to evidence the influence of a molecular environment on the fragmentation dynamics of N_{2} cations. Following the capture of three or four electrons from the dimer, the three-body N_{2}^{+}+N^{m+}+N^{n+} [with (m,n)=(1,1) or (1, 2)] fragmentation channels provide clean experimental cases where molecular fragmentation may occur in the presence of a neighbor molecular cation. The effect of the environment on the fragmentation dynamics within the dimer is investigated through the comparison of the kinetic energy release (KER) spectra for these three-body channels and for isolated N_{2}^{(m+n)+} monomer cations...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644641/emergent-weyl-fermion-excitations-in-tap-explored-by-181-ta-quadrupole-resonance
#17
H Yasuoka, T Kubo, Y Kishimoto, D Kasinathan, M Schmidt, B Yan, Y Zhang, H Tou, C Felser, A P Mackenzie, M Baenitz
The ^{181}Ta quadrupole resonance [nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR)] technique is utilized to investigate the microscopic magnetic properties of the Weyl semimetal TaP. We find three zero-field NQR signals associated with the transition between the quadrupole split levels for Ta with I=7/2 nuclear spin. A quadrupole coupling constant, ν_{Q}=19.250  MHz, and an asymmetric parameter of the electric field gradient, η=0.423, are extracted, in good agreement with band structure calculations. In order to examine the magnetic excitations, the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T_{1}T) is measured for the f_{2} line (±5/2↔±3/2 transition)...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644558/current-understanding-of-cancer-stem-cells-review-of-their-radiobiology-and-role-in-head-and-neck-cancers
#18
REVIEW
Paul Ambrose Reid, Puthenparampil Wilson, Yanrui Li, Loredana Gabriela Marcu, Eva Bezak
Evidence of cancer cells that bear attributes analogous to those of normal stem cells has developed a hierarchical model of cancer's architecture and progression. This subset of cancer stem cells (CSCs) drives the progression and therapy resistance of cancers. Research to identify the phenotypes of these CSCs presents evidence of a subpopulation that is more resistant to therapy and may proliferate in response. Literature shows that CSCs typically represent around 1%-10% of cell populations in head and neck cancer but this proportion may increase in response to a therapeutic radiation dose...
June 23, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644464/a-synthetic-ion-transporter-that-disrupts-autophagy-and-induces-apoptosis-by-perturbing-cellular-chloride-concentrations
#19
Nathalie Busschaert, Seong-Hyun Park, Kyung-Hwa Baek, Yoon Pyo Choi, Jinhong Park, Ethan N W Howe, Jennifer R Hiscock, Louise E Karagiannidis, Igor Marques, Vítor Félix, Wan Namkung, Jonathan L Sessler, Philip A Gale, Injae Shin
Perturbations in cellular chloride concentrations can affect cellular pH and autophagy and lead to the onset of apoptosis. With this in mind, synthetic ion transporters have been used to disturb cellular ion homeostasis and thereby induce cell death; however, it is not clear whether synthetic ion transporters can also be used to disrupt autophagy. Here, we show that squaramide-based ion transporters enhance the transport of chloride anions in liposomal models and promote sodium chloride influx into the cytosol...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644419/context-relevant-prediction-model-for-copd-domain-using-bayesian-belief-network
#20
Hamid Mcheick, Lokman Saleh, Hicham Ajami, Hafedh Mili
In the last three decades, researchers have examined extensively how context-aware systems can assist people, specifically those suffering from incurable diseases, to help them cope with their medical illness. Over the years, a huge number of studies on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been published. However, how to derive relevant attributes and early detection of COPD exacerbations remains a challenge. In this research work, we will use an efficient algorithm to select relevant attributes where there is no proper approach in this domain...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
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