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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813923/a-real-time-and-reduced-complexity-approach-to-the-detection-and-monitoring-of-static-joint-overloading-in-humans
#1
Wansoo Kim, Jinoh Lee, Nikos Tsagarakis, Arash Ajoudani
This paper proposes a novel technique for the real-time estimation of the joint torques variations in humans while performing heavy manipulation tasks. To achieve this, the method is based on the deviations of the Centre of Pressure (CoP) and Ground Reaction Force (GRF) in the presence of interaction forces. The CoP and GRF variations are calculated from the difference between the estimated values (assuming no interaction forces) using a pre-identified statically equivalent serial chain (SESC) and the measured ones (with the effect of interaction forces) using an external device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813459/%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-gene-duplication-in-cetartiodactyla-remains-intact-only-in-pigs-and-possibly-confers-selective-advantage-to-the-species
#2
Thong Minh Le, Quy Van Chanh Le, Dung Minh Truong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Min-Kyeung Choi, Hyesun Cho, Hak-Jae Chung, Jin-Hoi Kim, Jeong-Tae Do, Hyuk Song, Chankyu Park
Several β2-microglobulin (B2M) -bound protein complexes undertake key roles in various immune system pathways, including the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), cluster of differentiation 1 (CD1) protein, non-classical major histocompatibility complex (MHC), and well-known MHC class I molecules. Therefore, the duplication of B2M may lead to an increase in the biological competence of organisms to the environment. Based on the pig genome assembly SSC10.2, a segmental duplication of ~45.5 kb, encoding the entire B2M protein, was identified in pig chromosome 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813455/maternal-serum-c-reactive-protein-concentration-and-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-women-with-preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes
#3
Ivana Musilova, Marian Kacerovsky, Martin Stepan, Tomas Bestvina, Lenka Pliskova, Barbora Zednikova, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate maternal serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in pregnancies complicated by preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) in relation to the presence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and/or intra-amniotic inflammation (IAI). METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-seven women with singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM between 2014 and 2016 were included in this study. Maternal blood and amniotic fluid samples were collected at the time of admission...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812348/inhibition-of-heterogeneous-ice-nucleation-by-bioinspired-coatings-of-polyampholytes
#4
Zhiyuan He, Liuchun Zheng, Zhenqi Liu, Shenglin Jin, Chuncheng Li, Jianjun Wang
Controlling of heterogeneous ice nucleation (HIN) on foreign surfaces is of great importance for anti-ice nucleation material design. In this work, we studied the HIN behaviors on various ion-modified poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) surfaces via chain-extension reaction. Inspired by antifreeze proteins (AFPs), the PBS-based polyampholytes, containing both negative and positive charge groups on a single chain, show excellent performance of ice nucleation inhibition and freezing delay. Unlike the extremely high price and low availability of AFPs, these PBS-based polyampholytes can be commercially synthesized under mild reaction conditions...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811896/effect-of-achillea-wilhelmsii-extract-on-expression-of-the-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-mrna-in-the-pc3-prostate-cancer-cell-line
#5
Mojtaba Ashtiani, Fariba Nabatchian, Hamid Reza Galavi, Ramin Saravani, Farzaneh Farajian-Mashhadi, Saeedeh Salimi
Evidence has indicated that human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) was overexpressed in prostate cancer (PCa). Achillea wilhelmsii (AW) is a plant that has been traditionally used for its medicinal properties. The aim of current study was to evaluate the effects of AW extract on a PCa cell line. The cytotoxic activity of the hydroalcoholic extract of AW was studied on the PCa PC3 cell line using MTT assay. Flow cytometry was used to evaluate the effects of the extract on the apoptosis. The expression of hTERT mRNA was analyzed by the reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction method...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811027/design-of-carbohydrate-electron-transfer-peptides-for-human-histocytic-lymphoma-cell-sensing
#6
Kazuharu Sugawara, Toshihiko Kadoya, Hideki Kuramitz, Yoshihiro Mihara
A carbohydrate/electro-transfer peptide probe was fabricated to perform cell sensing. The probe consisted of a cello-oligosaccharide that was created by the conjugation of an electron-transfer peptide (Y5C) and a carbohydrate via a Schiff base. An oxidation wave due to a phenolic hydroxyl group was obtained by scanning with a glassy carbon electrode. This cell-sensing system was based on a competitive reaction between carbohydrates on a cell surface and the probe as each reacted to a protein that recognized the carbohydrate...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810908/relative-risk-estimation-of-dengue-disease-at-small-spatial-scale
#7
Daniel Adyro Martínez-Bello, Antonio López-Quílez, Alexander Torres Prieto
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a high incidence arboviral disease in tropical countries around the world. Colombia is an endemic country due to the favourable environmental conditions for vector survival and spread. Dengue surveillance in Colombia is based in passive notification of cases, supporting monitoring, prediction, risk factor identification and intervention measures. Even though the surveillance network works adequately, disease mapping techniques currently developed and employed for many health problems are not widely applied...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810210/biomechanical-and-histologic-evaluation-of-two-application-forms-of-surgical-glue-for-mesh-fixation-to-the-abdominal-wall
#8
Á Ortillés, G Pascual, E Peña, M Rodríguez, B Pérez-Köhler, C Mesa-Ciller, B Calvo, J M Bellón
The use of an adhesive for mesh fixation in hernia repair reduces chronic pain and minimizes tissue damage in the patient. This study was designed to assess the adhesive properties of a medium-chain (n-butyl) cyanoacrylate glue applied as drops or as a spray in a biomechanical and histologic study. Both forms of glue application were compared to the use of simple-loose or continuous-running polypropylene sutures for mesh fixation. Eighteen adult New Zealand White rabbits were used. For mechanical tests in an ex vivo and in vivo study, patches of polypropylene mesh were fixed to an excised fragment of healthy abdominal tissue or used to repair a partial abdominal wall defect in the rabbit respectively...
August 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809539/polymersomes-with-endosomal-ph-induced-vesicle-to-micelle-morphology-transition-and-a-potential-application-for-controlled-doxorubicin-delivery
#9
Turgay Yildirim, Anja Traeger, Pelin Sungur, Stephanie Hoeppener, Carolin Kellner, Ilknur Yildirim, David Pretzel, Stephanie Schubert, Ulrich S Schubert
A series of pH responsive block copolymers were synthesized via the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran (DHP) protected 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) (2-((tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)ethyl methacrylate (THP-HEMA)) and 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) using p(THP-HEMA) as a macro chain transfer agent (mCTA). The degree of polymerization (DP) of the p(THP-HEMA) block was fixed to 35, whereas the DP of the p(DMAEMA) block was systematically varied from 21 to 50...
August 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809536/ternary-solar-cells-based-on-two-small-molecule-donors-with-same-conjugated-backbone-the-role-of-good-miscibility-and-hole-relay-process
#10
Liangang Xiao, Tianxiang Liang, Ke Gao, Tianqi Lai, Xuebin Chen, Feng Liu, Thomas P Russell, Fei Huang, Xiaobin Peng, Yong Cao
Ternary organic solar cells (OSCs) are very attractive for further enhancing the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of binary ones but still with a single active layer. However, improving the PCEs is still challenging because a ternary cell with one more component is more complicated on phase separation behavior. If the two donors or two acceptors have similar chemical structures, good miscibility can be expected to reduce the try-and-error work. Herein, we report ternary devices based on two small molecule donors with the same backbone but different substituents...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808984/multiple-gas-phase-conformations-of-a-synthetic-linear-poly-acrylamide-polymer-observed-using-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
#11
Jean R N Haler, Johann Far, Abdelhafid Aqil, Jan Claereboudt, Nick Tomczyk, Kevin Giles, Christine Jérôme, Edwin De Pauw
Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) has emerged as a powerful separation and identification tool to characterize synthetic polymer mixtures and topologies (linear, cyclic, star-shaped,…). Electrospray coupled to IM-MS already revealed the coexistence of several charge state-dependent conformations for a single charge state of biomolecules with strong intramolecular interactions, even when limited resolving power IM-MS instruments were used. For synthetic polymers, the sample's polydispersity allows the observation of several chain lengths...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808643/polymorphism-rs16917496-at-the-mir-502-binding-site-of-the-lysine-methyltransferase-5a-set8-and-its-correlation-with-colorectal-cancer-in-iranians
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Meysam Mosallayi, Miganoosh Simonian, Sharifeh Khosravi, Ahmad Reza Salehi, Mahsa Khodadoostan, Vahid Sebghatollahi, Azar Baradaran, Rasoul Salehi
BACKGROUND: One of the gene expression regulatory mechanisms is mediated by small noncoding RNAs called microRNA (miRNA). They interact with a recognition sequence located mostly in 3'-untranslated regions (3'-UTRs) of mRNAs. Polymorphisms in miRNAs recognition sequences could affect gene expression which in turn may alter disease susceptibility. SET8, a member of the SET domain-containing methyltransferase, acts in a variety of biological processes such as genomic stability. Here, we report correlation of rs16917496 polymorphism, located in the recognition sequence of miR-502 within 3'-UTR of SET8, with colorectal cancer (CRC) in Iranians...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808310/genome-scale-analysis-identifies-nek2-dlgap5-and-ect2-as-promising-diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-in-human-lung-cancer
#13
Yuan-Xiang Shi, Ji-Ye Yin, Yao Shen, Wei Zhang, Hong-Hao Zhou, Zhao-Qian Liu
This study aims to identify promising biomarkers for the early detection of lung cancer and evaluate the prognosis of lung cancer patients. Genome-wide mRNA expression data obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GSE19188, GSE18842 and GSE40791), including 231 primary tumor samples and 210 normal samples, were used to discover differentially expressed genes (DEGs). NEK2, DLGAP5 and ECT2 were found to be highly expressed in tumor samples. These results were experimentally confirmed by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807981/delineation-of-the-timing-of-second-line-therapy-post-autologous-stem-cell-transplant-in-patients-with-al-amyloidosis
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Yi L Hwa, Rahma Warsame, Morie A Gertz, Francis K Buadi, Martha Q Lacy, Shaji K Kumar, David Dingli, Steve R Zeldenrust, Nelson Leung, Suzanne R Hayman, Prashant Kapoor, Wilson I Gonsalves, Taxiarchis V Kourelis, Stephen Russell, Ronald S Go, Miriam A Hobbs, Amie L Fonder, S Vincent Rajkumar, Angela Dispenzieri
Among patients with immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis, there is little consensus on when reinstitution of chemotherapy should occur. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the patterns of relapse or progression (R/P) and the timing of re-initiating therapy among 235 patients initially treated with ASCT at Mayo Clinic. The median time from ASCT to second-line therapy was 24.3 months. At the time of restarting therapy, median dFLC was 9.9 mg/dL (42% of diagnosis value); 32% had a dFLC< 5mg/dL; and 63% met criteria for organ R/P...
August 14, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806711/the-potential-of-an-automated-system-to-identify-the-upper-limb-component-of-a-controlled-sitting-posture
#15
María B Sánchez, Ian Loram, John Darby, Paul Holmes, Penelope B Butler
Full trunk control in sitting is demonstrated only when the head-trunk are aligned and upper limbs remain free of contact from mechanical support. These components represent a Controlled Kinetic Chain and can be evaluated in people with neuromotor disability using the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) when a therapist provides manual trunk support at different segmental levels. However, the SATCo, as with other clinical assessments of control, is subjective. The SATCo was translated to objective rules relating the position of the hands and elbows to the head-trunk and then tested to determine the extent to which this automated objective method replicated the clinical judgement...
August 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805909/genomewide-association-study-for-production-and-meat-quality-traits-in-canchim-beef-cattle
#16
G G Santiago, F Siqueira, F F Cardoso, L C A Regitano, R Ventura, B P Sollero, M D Souza, F B Mokry, A B R Ferreira, R A A Torres
The commercial value of the bovine carcass is determined by a set of traits, such as weight, yield, back fat thickness, and marbling; therefore, the genetic improvement of growth, meat, and carcass quality traits is an important tool to add value to the supply chain. Genomewide association studies (GWAS) enable the identification of loci that control phenotypic expression of quantitative traits (QTL). Therefore, the objective of this work was to perform a GWAS to identify genomic regions and genes associated with growth, carcass traits, and meat quality in Canchim beef cattle...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805896/the-composition-of-dietary-fat-alters-the-transcriptional-profile-of-pathways-associated-with-lipid-metabolism-in-the-liver-and-adipose-tissue-in-the-pig
#17
T A Kellner, N K Gabler, J F Patience
The objective was to investigate the of effect chemical composition of dietary fat on transcription of genes involved in lipid metabolism in adipose tissue and the liver via transcriptional profiling in growing pigs. A total of 48 Genetiporc 6.0 × Genetiporc F25 (PIC, Inc., Hendersonville, TN) barrows (initial BW of 44.1 ± 1.2 kg) were randomly allotted to 1 of 6 dietary treatments. Each experimental diet included 95% of a corn-soybean meal basal diet and 5% cornstarch (control; CNTR), animal-vegetable blend (AV), coconut oil (COCO), corn oil (COIL), fish oil (FO), or tallow (TAL)...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805849/topology-of-polymer-chains-under-nanoscale-confinement
#18
Vahid Satarifard, Maziar Heidari, Samaneh Mashaghi, Sander J Tans, Mohammad Reza Ejtehadi, Alireza Mashaghi
Spatial confinement limits the conformational space accessible to biomolecules but the implications for bimolecular topology are not yet known. Folded linear biopolymers can be seen as molecular circuits formed by intramolecular contacts. The pairwise arrangement of intra-chain contacts can be categorized as parallel, series or cross, and has been identified as a topological property. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we determine the contact order distributions and topological circuits of short semi-flexible linear and ring polymer chains with a persistence length of lp under a spherical confinement of radius Rc...
August 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804584/the-expression-of-activating-receptor-gene-of-natural-killer-cells-klrc3-in-patients-with-%C3%A2-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-t1dm
#19
Dalia Shalaby, Marwa Saied, Doaa Khater, Abla Abou Zeid
OBJECTIVES: To identify the possible role of natural killer (NK) cells in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) through studying the expression of the KLRC3 gene, which encodes the NK cell activating receptor (NKG2E). METHODS: This study was conducted at Alexandria University Children's Hospital from April to October 2015. The study was conducted with 30 newly diagnosed T1DM patients (15 males and 15 females), aged 7-13 years (10.6±1.8 years) and 20 non-diabetic subjects served as age- and sex-matched controls...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804002/a-novel-glycoside-hydrolase-family-97-enzyme-bifunctional-%C3%AE-l-arabinopyranosidase-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron
#20
Asako Kikuchi, Masayuki Okuyama, Koji Kato, Shohei Osaki, Min Ma, Yuya Kumagai, Kana Matsunaga, Patcharapa Klahan, Takayoshi Tagami, Min Yao, Atsuo Kimura
Glycoside hydrolase family 97 (GH97) is one of the most interesting glycosidase families, which contains inverting and retaining glycosidases. Currently, only two enzyme types, α-glucoside hydrolase and α-galactosidase, are registered in the carbohydrate active enzyme database as GH97 function-known proteins. To explore new specificities, BT3661 and BT3664, which have distinct amino acid sequences when compared with that of GH97 α-glucoside hydrolase and α-galactosidase, were characterized in this study...
August 10, 2017: Biochimie
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