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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231612/the-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibits-lymphatic-pumping-via-activation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inos-signaling-pathway
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Yingxuan Chen, Sonia Rehal, Simon Roizes, Hai-Lei Zhu, William C Cole, Pierre-Yves von der Weid
OBJECTIVE: Mesenteric lymphatic vessels pumping, important to propel lymph and immune cells from the intestinal interstitium to the mesenteric lymph nodes, is compromised during intestinal inflammation. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), is a significant contributor to the inflammation-induced lymphatic contractile dysfunction, and to determine its mode of action. METHODS: Contractile parameters were obtained form isolated rat mesenteric lymphatic vessels mounted on a pressure myograph after 24-h incubation with or without TNF-α...
February 23, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230774/inhibition-of-ccar1-a-coactivator-of-%C3%AE-catenin-suppresses-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-gastric-cancer-cells
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Te-Sheng Chang, Kuo-Liang Wei, Chung-Kuang Lu, Yi-Hsing Chen, Ying-Tung Cheng, Shui-Yi Tung, Cheng-Shyong Wu, Ming-Ko Chiang
The aberrant activation of Wnt signaling has been implicated in a variety of human cancers, including gastric cancer. Given the current hypothesis that cancer arises from cancer stem cells (CSCs), targeting the critical signaling pathways that support CSC self-renewal appears to be a useful approach for cancer therapy. Cell cycle and apoptosis regulator 1 (CCAR1) is a transcriptional coactivator which has been shown to be a component of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, and which plays an important role in transcriptional regulation by β-catenin...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230237/parasitism-drives-host-genome-evolution-insights-from-the-pasteuria-ramosa-daphnia-magna-system
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Yann Bourgeois, Anne C Roulin, Kristina Müller, Dieter Ebert
Because parasitism is thought to play a major role in shaping host genomes, it has been predicted that genomic regions associated with resistance to parasites should stand out in genome scans, revealing signals of selection above the genomic background. To test whether parasitism is indeed such a major factor in host evolution and to better understand host-parasite interaction at the molecular level, we studied genome-wide polymorphisms in 97 genotypes of the planktonic crustacean Daphnia magna originating from three localities across Europe...
February 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228588/investigation-of-the-role-of-protein-kinase-d-in-human-rhinovirus-replication
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Anabel Guedán, Dawid Swieboda, Mark Charles, Marie Toussaint, Sebastian L Johnston, Amin Asfor, Anusha Panjwani, Tobias J Tuthill, Henry Danahay, Tony Raynham, Aurelie Mousnier, Roberto Solari
Picornavirus replication is known to cause extensive remodelling of Golgi and endoplasmic reticulum membranes and a number of the host proteins involved in the viral replication complex have been identified, including oxysterol binding protein (OSBP) and phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase III beta (PI4KB). Since both OSBP and PI4KB are substrates for protein kinase D (PKD) and PKD is known to be involved in the control of Golgi vesicular and lipid transport, we hypothesised that PKD played a role in viral replication...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228421/randomized-clinical-trial-in-vitamin-d-deficient-adults-comparing-replenishment-with-oral-vitamin-d3-with-narrow-band-uv-type-b-light-effects-on-cholesterol-and-the-transcriptional-profiles-of-skin-and-blood
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Manish P Ponda, Yupu Liang, Jaehwan Kim, Richard Hutt, Kathleen Dowd, Patricia Gilleaudeau, Mary M Sullivan-Whalen, Tori Rodrick, Dong Joo Kim, Irina Barash, Michelle A Lowes, Jan L Breslow
Background: Vitamin D deficiency, defined as a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration <20 ng/mL, is correlated with a more atherogenic lipid profile. However, oral vitamin D supplementation does not lower LDL-cholesterol concentrations or raise HDL-cholesterol concentrations. This uncoupling between association and causation may result from a failure of oral vitamin D to mimic the effect of dermally synthesized vitamin D in response to ultraviolet type B (UVB) light.Objective: We tested the hypothesis that, in vitamin D-deficient adults, the replenishment of vitamin D with UVB exposure would lower LDL-cholesterol concentrations compared with the effect of oral vitamin D3 supplementation...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227972/support-vector-machine-classification-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-essential-tremor-subjects-based-on-temporal-fluctuation
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Decho Surangsrirat, Chusak Thanawattano, Ronachai Pongthornseri, Songphon Dumnin, Chanawat Anan, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Decho Surangsrirat, Chusak Thanawattano, Ronachai Pongthornseri, Songphon Dumnin, Chanawat Anan, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Ronachai Pongthornseri, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Songphon Dumnin, Chanawat Anan, Chusak Thanawattano, Decho Surangsrirat
Tremor is a common symptom shared in both Parkinson's disease (PD) and Essential tremor (ET) subjects. The differential diagnosis of PD and ET tremor is important since the realization of treatment depends on specific medication. A novel feature is developed based on a hypothesis that tremor of PD subject has a larger fluctuation during resting than action task. Tremor signal is collected using a triaxial gyroscope sensor attached to subject's finger during kinetic and resting task. The angular velocity signal is analyzed by transforming a one-dimensional to two-dimensional signal using a relation of signal and its delay versions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227573/video-monitoring-of-oxygen-saturation-during-controlled-episodes-of-acute-hypoxia
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Paul S Addison, David M H Foo, Dominique Jacquel, Ulf Borg, Paul S Addison, David M H Foo, Dominique Jacquel, Ulf Borg, Ulf Borg, Dominique Jacquel, Paul S Addison, David M H Foo
A method for extracting video photoplethysmographic information from an RGB video stream is tested on data acquired during a porcine model of acute hypoxia. Cardiac pulsatile information was extracted from the acquired signals and processed to determine a continuously reported oxygen saturation (SvidO2). A high degree of correlation was found to exist between the video and a reference from a pulse oximeter. The calculated mean bias and accuracy across all eight desaturation episodes were -0.03% (range: -0.21% to 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227450/using-multiple-placements-of-accelerometers-to-measure-cardiovascular-pulse-transit-times
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Natalie Kurgan Canino, Ruisheng Rick Wang, Charles J Robinson, Natalie Kurgan Canino, Ruisheng Wang, Charles J Robinson, Natalie Kurgan Canino, Charles J Robinson, Ruisheng Rick Wang
To measure pulse transit times (PTT) and calculate pulse wave velocities (PWV), tri-axial and uniaxial accelerometers were placed in groups of 2 to 4 over the manubrium, xiphoid process, forehead, wrist and ankle, and/or over the carotid, femoral, and posterior auricular arteries in 11 consented supine subjects. Signals were sampled at 1 kHz and filtered. Radial vectors were calculated from the tri-axial measurements. A 3-lead ECG was simultaneously collected over the same 180 s window, as well as respiratory rate...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227337/prediction-of-the-outcome-in-cardiac-arrest-patients-undergoing-hypothermia-using-eeg-wavelet-entropy
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Hana Moshirvaziri, Nima Ramezan-Arab, Shadnaz Asgari, Hana Moshirvaziri, Nima Ramezan-Arab, Shadnaz Asgari, Hana Moshirvaziri, Nima Ramezan-Arab, Shadnaz Asgari
Cardiac arrest (CA) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Induction of hypothermia has been found to improve the functional recovery of CA patients after resuscitation. However, there is no clear guideline for the clinicians yet to determine the prognosis of the CA when patients are treated with hypothermia. The present work aimed at the development of a prognostic marker for the CA patients undergoing hypothermia. A quantitative measure of the complexity of Electroencephalogram (EEG) signals, called wavelet sub-band entropy, was employed to predict the patients' outcomes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227307/estimating-the-progression-of-muscle-fatigue-based-on-dependence-between-motor-units-using-high-density-surface-electromyogram
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Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar, Adrian Bingham, Sridhar P Arjunan, Dinesh K Kumar, Adrian Bingham, Dinesh K Kumar, Sridhar P Arjunan
In this study we have tested the hypothesis regarding the increase in synchronization with the onset of muscle fatigue. For this aim, we have investigated the difference in the synchronicity between high density surface electromyogram (sEMG) channels of the rested muscles and when at the limit of endurance. Synchronization was measured by computing and normalizing the mutual information between the sEMG signals recorded from the high-density array electrode locations. Ten volunteers (Age range: 21 and 35 years; Mean age = 26 years; Male = 6, Female = 4) participated in our experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227200/obstructive-sleep-apnea-severity-estimation-fusion-of-speech-based-systems
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D Ben Or, E Dafna, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, D Ben Or, E Dafna, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, E Dafna
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep-related breathing disorder. Previous studies associated OSA with anatomical abnormalities of the upper respiratory tract that may be reflected in the acoustic characteristics of speech. We tested the hypothesis that the speech signal carries essential information that can assist in early assessment of OSA severity by estimating apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). 198 men referred to routine polysomnography (PSG) were recorded shortly prior to sleep onset while reading a one-minute speech protocol...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227136/can-ppg-be-used-for-hrv-analysis
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N Pinheiro, R Couceiro, J Henriques, J Muehlsteff, I Quintal, L Goncalves, P Carvalho, N Pinheiro, R Couceiro, J Henriques, J Muehlsteff, I Quintal, L Goncalves, P Carvalho, P Carvalho, J Muehlsteff, L Goncalves, N Pinheiro, J Henriques, I Quintal, R Couceiro
Heart rate variability (HRV) represents one of the most promising markers of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulation. However, it requires the acquisition of the ECG signal in order to reliably detect the RR intervals, which is not always easily and comfortably available in personal health applications. Additionally, due to progress in single spot optical sensors, photoplethysmography (PPG) is an interesting alternative for heartbeat interval measurements, since it is a more convenient and a less intrusive measurement technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227112/estimation-of-macro-sleep-stages-from-whole-night-audio-analysis
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E Dafna, M Halevi, D Ben Or, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, E Dafna, M Halevi, D Ben Or, A Tarasiuk, Y Zigel, D Ben Or, Y Zigel, M Halevi, E Dafna, A Tarasiuk
During routine sleep diagnostic procedure, sleep is broadly divided into three states: rapid eye movement (REM), non-REM (NREM) states, and wake, frequently named macro-sleep stages (MSS). In this study, we present a pioneering attempt for MSS detection using full night audio analysis. Our working hypothesis is that there might be differences in sound properties within each MSS due to breathing efforts (or snores) and body movements in bed. In this study, audio signals of 35 patients referred to a sleep laboratory were recorded and analyzed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226950/prediction-of-posture-dependent-tremor-by-the-calculation-of-the-endpoint-compliance
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Takuya Murata, Kouhei Sakurada, Toshio Tsuji, Yuichi Kurita, Takuya Murata, Kouhei Sakurada, Toshio Tsuji, Yuichi Kurita, Kouhei Sakurada, Takuya Murata, Toshio Tsuji, Yuichi Kurita
This paper proposes to use the analysis of human mechanical impedance to predict spatial behavior of tremor. Traditional studies have revealed that the variability in force is proportional to the mean level of force generated, which is described as signal dependent noise. The variability in force sometimes generates unintentional and uncontrollable rhythmic muscle movements, called tremor. Tremor appears most commonly on arms and hands due to not only a symptom of a neurological disorder, but also when we tighten our muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226632/an-eeg-blind-source-separation-algorithm-based-on-a-weak-exclusion-principle
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Lan Ma, Thierry Blu, William S-Y Wang, Lan Ma, Thierry Blu, William S-Y Wang, Lan Ma, William S-Y Wang, Thierry Blu
The question of how to separate individual brain and non-brain signals, mixed by volume conduction in electroencephalographic (EEG) and other electrophysiological recordings, is a significant problem in contemporary neuroscience. This study proposes and evaluates a novel EEG Blind Source Separation (BSS) algorithm based on a weak exclusion principle (WEP). The chief point in which it differs from most previous EEG BSS algorithms is that the proposed algorithm is not based upon the hypothesis that the sources are statistically independent...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224371/can-disproportionality-analysis-of-post-marketing-case-reports-be-used-for-comparison-of-drug-safety-profiles
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Christiane Michel, Emil Scosyrev, Michael Petrin, Robert Schmouder
Clinical trials usually do not have the power to detect rare adverse drug reactions. Spontaneous adverse reaction reports as for example available in post-marketing safety databases such as the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) are therefore a valuable source of information to detect new safety signals early. To screen such large data-volumes for safety signals, data-mining algorithms based on the concept of disproportionality have been developed. Because disproportionality analysis is based on spontaneous reports submitted for a large number of drugs and adverse event types, one might consider using these data to compare safety profiles across drugs...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223337/functional-expression-of-dopamine-d2-receptor-is-regulated-by-tetraspanin-7-mediated-postendocytic-trafficking
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Seol-Ae Lee, Yeongjun Suh, Saebom Lee, Jaehoon Jeong, Soo Jeong Kim, So Jung Kim, Sang Ki Park
The dopaminergic system plays an essential role in various functions of the brain, including locomotion, memory, and reward, and the deregulation of dopaminergic signaling as a result of altered functionality of dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) is implicated in multiple neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Tetraspanin-7 (TSPAN7) is expressed to variable degrees in different tissues, with the highest level in the brain, and multiple mutations in TSPAN7 have been implicated in intellectual disability. Here, we tested the hypothesis that TSPAN7 may be a binding partner of DRD2 that is involved in the regulation of its functional activity...
February 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222028/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-human-cytosolic-sulfotransferase-sult-1c4
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Amber L Guidry, Zachary E Tibbs, Melissa Runge-Morris, Charles N Falany
Human cytosolic sulfotransferase 1C4 (hSULT1C4) is a dimeric Phase II drug-metabolizing enzyme primarily expressed in the developing fetus. SULTs facilitate the transfer of a hydrophilic sulfonate moiety from 3'-phosphoadenosine-5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS) onto an acceptor substrate altering the substrate's biological activity and increasing the compound's water solubility. While several of the hSULTs' endogenous and xenobiotic substrates have been identified, the physiological function of hSULT1C4 remains unknown...
February 21, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220125/hgf-secreted-by-activated-kupffer-cells-induces-apoptosis-of-plasmodium-infected-hepatocytes
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Lígia Antunes Gonçalves, Joana Rodo, Lurdes Rodrigues-Duarte, Luciana Vieira de Moraes, Carlos Penha-Gonçalves
Malaria liver stage infection is an obligatory parasite development step and represents a population bottleneck in Plasmodium infections, providing an advantageous target for blocking parasite cycle progression. Parasite development inside hepatocytes implies a gross cellular insult evoking innate host responses to counteract intra-hepatocytic infection. Using primary hepatocyte cultures, we investigated the role of Kupffer cell-derived hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in malaria liver stage infection. We found that Kupffer cells from Plasmodium-infected livers produced high levels of HGF, which trigger apoptosis of infected hepatocytes through a mitochondrial-independent apoptosis pathway...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217833/lengthening-primary-cilia-enhances-cellular-mechanosensitivity
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M Spasic, C R Jacobs
The primary cilium is a mechanosensor in a variety of mammalian cell types, initiating and directing intracellular signalling cascades in response to external stimuli. When primary cilia formation is disrupted, cells have diminished mechanosensitivity and an abrogated response to mechanical stimulation. Due to this important role, we hypothesised that increasing primary cilia length would enhance the downstream response and therefore, mechanosensitivity. To test this hypothesis, we increased osteocyte primary cilia length with fenoldopam and lithium and found that cells with longer primary cilia were more mechanosensitive...
February 20, 2017: European Cells & Materials
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