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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823103/bariatric-surgery-is-accompanied-by-changes-in-extracellular-vesicle-associated-and-plasma-fatty-acid-binding-protein-4
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Justyna K Witczak, Thinzar Min, Sarah L Prior, Jeffrey W Stephens, Philip E James, Aled Rees
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery markedly reduces fat mass with beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health but the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are secreted by a variety of cells, including adipocytes, and may mediate some of these benefits. However, the effects of bariatric surgery on circulating EVs are unclear. METHODS: Concentration of plasma EVs isolated by ultracentrifugation at baseline, 1 and 6 months post-bariatric surgery (n = 20) was established using Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis...
August 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821653/human-occipital-and-parietal-gaba-selectively-influence-visual-perception-of-orientation-and-size
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Chen Song, Kristian Sandberg, Lau Møller Andersen, Jakob Udby Blicher, Geraint Rees
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in human brain. GABA level varies substantially across individuals and this variability is associated with inter-individual differences in visual perception. However, it remains unclear whether the association between GABA level and visual perception reflects a general influence of visual inhibition, or whether GABA level of different cortical regions selectively influences perception of different visual features. To address this, we studied how GABA level in parietal and occipital cortices related to inter-individual differences in size, orientation, and brightness perception, in a group of healthy young male participants...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821520/preclinical-medical-students-understandings-of-academic-and-medical-professionalism-visual-analysis-of-mind-maps
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Janusz Janczukowicz, Charlotte E Rees
INTRODUCTION: Several studies have begun to explore medical students' understandings of professionalism generally and medical professionalism specifically. Despite espoused relationships between academic (AP) and medical professionalism (MP), previous research has not yet investigated students' conceptualisations of AP and MP and the relationships between the two. OBJECTIVES: The current study, based on innovative visual analysis of mind maps, therefore aims to contribute to the developing literature on how professionalism is understood...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816892/use-of-a-tourniquet-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-causes-a-paradoxical-increase-in-total-blood-loss
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Timothy Schnettler, Natalie Papillon, Harold Rees
BACKGROUND: A tourniquet in total knee arthroplasty has been used in an attempt to decrease perioperative blood loss; however, questions exist regarding safety and efficacy. Tranexamic acid has also been used to decrease blood loss by stabilizing clot formation. Because of these concerns, routine tourniquet use for total knee arthroplasty was discontinued by the senior author and routine tranexamic acid administration was commenced. The purpose of this study was to examine total perioperative blood loss with tourniquet use, with tourniquet use and routine use of tranexamic acid, and with tranexamic acid use alone without tourniquet...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811653/meal-timing-effects-on-insulin-sensitivity-and-intrahepatic-triglycerides-during-weight-loss
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R I Versteeg, M T Ackermans, A J Nederveen, E Fliers, M J Serlie, S E la Fleur
BACKGROUND: Several human and rodent studies suggest that in addition to the amount of energy consumed, timing of food intake contributes to body weight regulation. Consuming most energy in the morning has favorable effects on weight loss and weight maintenance. Whether this also affects glucose metabolism and liver fat independently from weight loss is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that during weight loss, consuming most energy in the morning improves insulin sensitivity and reduces hepatic fat content more than consuming most energy in the evening...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808346/evidence-that-listeria-innocua-modulates-its-membrane-s-stored-curvature-elastic-stress-but-not-fluidity-through-the-cell-cycle
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Samuel Furse, Martin Jakubec, Frode Rise, Huw E Williams, Catherine E D Rees, Øyvind Halskau
This paper reports that the abundances of endogenous cardiolipin and phosphatidylethanolamine halve during elongation of the Gram-positive bacterium Listeria innocua. The lyotropic phase behaviour of model lipid systems that describe these modulations in lipid composition indicate that the average stored curvature elastic stress of the membrane is reduced on elongation of the cell, while the fluidity appears to be maintained. These findings suggest that phospholipid metabolism is linked to the cell cycle and that changes in membrane composition can facilitate passage to the succeding stage of the cell cycle...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804448/erythropoietin-protects-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-microgliosis-and-abnormal-granule-cell-development-in-the-ovine-fetal-cerebellum
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Annie R A McDougall, Nadia Hale, Sandra Rees, Richard Harding, Robert De Matteo, Stuart B Hooper, Mary Tolcos
Erythropoietin (EPO) ameliorates inflammation-induced injury in cerebral white matter (WM). However, effects of inflammation on the cerebellum and neuroprotective effects of EPO are unknown. Our aims were to determine: (i) whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced intrauterine inflammation causes injury to, and/or impairs development of the cerebellum; and (ii) whether recombinant human EPO (rhEPO) mitigates these changes. At 107 ± 1 days gestational age (DGA; ~0.7 of term), fetal sheep received LPS (~0.9 μg/kg; i...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801944/the-emergence-of-second-generation-lethal-injection-protocols-a-brief-history-and-review
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Daniel R Malcom, Frank Romanelli
The history of capital punishment in the United States is long and controversial. In many cases, lethal injection has brought medical personnel, ethically and professionally charged with preserving life, into the arena of assisting the state in taking life. Recent US Supreme Court decisions, including Baze v. Rees and Glossip v. Gross, have evaluated and condoned lethal injection protocols. Despite the judicial validation of some midazolam-containing protocols, controversy exists as to the level of unconsciousness provided due to the ceiling effects of the drug...
August 12, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797301/sialotranscriptomics-of-rhipicephalus-zambeziensis-reveals-intricate-expression-profiles-of-secretory-proteins-and-suggests-tight-temporal-transcriptional-regulation-during-blood-feeding
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Minique Hilda de Castro, Daniel de Klerk, Ronel Pienaar, D Jasper G Rees, Ben J Mans
BACKGROUND: Ticks secrete a diverse mixture of secretory proteins into the host to evade its immune response and facilitate blood-feeding, making secretory proteins attractive targets for the production of recombinant anti-tick vaccines. The largely neglected tick species, Rhipicephalus zambeziensis, is an efficient vector of Theileria parva in southern Africa but its available sequence information is limited. Next generation sequencing has advanced sequence availability for ticks in recent years and has assisted the characterisation of secretory proteins...
August 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795140/resting-and-exercise-energy-metabolism-after-liver-transplantation-for-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#10
Josh Levitsky, Ajay Singhvi, H Steven Sadowsky, Ayelet Cohen, Alysen Demzik, Lisa VanWagner, Mary Rinella
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a leading indication for liver transplantation (LT). We hypothesized that weight gain after LT may be exacerbated by reduced metabolic rates due to the LT procedure, particularly during exercise. We aimed to compare resting and exercise energy expenditure between patients transplanted for NASH and nontransplant nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) subjects. METHODS: NASH LT recipients (>1-year post, n = 14) and NAFLD controls (n = 13) underwent analysis of body composition, resting energy expenditure (REE), and exercise energy expenditure (VO2max), the latter using a ramped-Bruce protocol assessed by expired gas analysis and peak heart rate...
August 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794207/moderate-walking-enhances-the-effects-of-an-energy-restricted-diet-on-fat-mass-loss-and-serum-insulin-in-overweight-and-obese-adults-in-a-12-week-randomized-controlled-trial
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Bernadette Kleist, Ursel Wahrburg, Peter Stehle, Ralph Schomaker, Andreas Greiwing, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Sarah Egert
Background: Increased physical activity may be advantageous for weight loss.Objective: We investigated the effects of an energy-restricted diet with and without moderate walking on body weight, body composition, resting energy expenditure (REE), and endocrine and cardiometabolic risk variables in overweight and obese participants.Methods: A 12-wk, randomized, 2-arm, parallel, controlled, energy-restricted (500-800 kcal/d) dietary intervention study was conducted in 82 men and women [mean baseline characteristics: age, 39...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791776/low-validity-of-predictive-equations-for-calculating-resting-energy-expenditure-in-overweight-and-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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A M Dos S Rodrigues, A B P Costa, D L Campos, M P S Silva, A L Cândido, L C Dos Santos, A V M Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Predictive equations are the main clinical tools for determining resting energy expenditure (REE). However, their adequate use in overweight and obese individuals is unclear. Thus, we investigated the best predictive equations for estimating REE in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). METHODS: Eleven analyses were performed with prediction equations (pREE) based on anthropometric parameters in 30 overweight or obese women with PCOS without other chronic diseases...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790443/endocannabinoid-tone-is-higher-in-healthy-lean-south-asian-than-white-caucasian-men
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Vasudev Kantae, Kimberly J Nahon, Maaike E Straat, Leontine E H Bakker, Amy C Harms, Mario van der Stelt, Thomas Hankemeier, Ingrid M Jazet, Mariëtte R Boon, Patrick C N Rensen
South Asians have a higher risk to develop obesity and related disorders compared to white Caucasians. This is likely in part due to their lower resting energy expenditure (REE) as related with less energy-combusting brown adipose tissue (BAT). Since overactivation of the endocannabinoid system is associated with obesity and low BAT activity, we hypothesized that South Asians have a higher endocannabinoid tone. Healthy lean white Caucasian (n = 10) and South Asian (n = 10) men were cold-exposed to activate BAT...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789545/radial-distribution-function-of-semiflexible-oligomers-with-stretching-flexibility
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Xi Zhang, Lei Bao, Yuan-Yan Wu, Xiao-Long Zhu, Zhi-Jie Tan
The radial distribution of the end-to-end distance Ree is crucial for quantifying the global size and flexibility of a linear polymer. For semiflexible polymers, several analytical formulas have been derived for the radial distribution of Ree ignoring the stretching flexibility. However, for semiflexible oligomers, such as DNA or RNA, the stretching flexibility can be rather pronounced and can significantly affect the radial distribution of Ree. In this study, we obtained an extended formula that includes the stretch modulus to describe the distribution of Ree for semiflexible oligomers on the basis of previous formulas for semiflexible polymers without stretching flexibility...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783796/metal-immobilization-on-wood-derived-biochars-distribution-and-reactivity-of-carbonate-phases
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Frédéric Rees, Françoise Watteau, Sandrine Mathieu, Marie-Pierre Turpault, Yann Le Brech, Rongliang Qiu, Jean Louis Morel
Metals can be immobilized on biochars by precipitation with carbonate. The distribution of metal-carbonate phases at the surface of biochars and the conditions of their formation, however, are unknown. Electron microscopy and X-photon spectroscopy were used to characterize carbonate phases in various morphological groups of particles of a wood-derived biochar, both before and after a metal-sorption experiment. Our results showed that the distribution of metals at the surface of biochar particles depended on the corresponding wood tissues and the presence of carbonate phases...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783022/environmental-life-cycle-assessment-on-the-separation-of-rare-earth-oxides-through-solvent-extraction
#16
Ehsan Vahidi, Fu Zhao
Over the past decade, Rare Earth Elements (REEs) have gained special interests due to their significance in many industrial applications, especially those related to clean energy. While REEs production is known to cause damage to the ecosystem, only a handful of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) investigations have been conducted in recent years, mainly due to lack of data and information. This is especially true for the solvent extraction separation of REEs from aqueous solution which is a challenging step in the REEs production route...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776991/topotactic-fluorine-insertion-into-the-channels-of-fesb2o4-related-materials
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Benjamin P de Laune, Gregory J Rees, José F Marco, Hien-Yoong Hah, Charles E Johnson, Jacqueline A Johnson, Frank J Berry, John V Hanna, Colin Greaves
This paper discusses the fluorination characteristics of phases related to FeSb2O4, by reporting the results of a detailed study of Mg0.50Fe0.50Sb2O4 and Co0.50Fe0.50Sb2O4. Reaction with fluorine gas at low temperatures (typically 230 °C) results in topotactic insertion of fluorine into the channels, which are an inherent feature of the structure. Neutron powder diffraction and solid state NMR studies show that the interstitial fluoride ions are bonded to antimony within the channel walls to form Sb-F-Sb bridges...
August 4, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774926/complete-measurement-of-helicity-and-its-dynamics-in-vortex-tubes
#18
Martin W Scheeler, Wim M van Rees, Hridesh Kedia, Dustin Kleckner, William T M Irvine
Helicity, a topological measure of the intertwining of vortices in a fluid flow, is a conserved quantity in inviscid fluids but can be dissipated by viscosity in real flows. Despite its relevance across a range of flows, helicity in real fluids remains poorly understood because the entire quantity is challenging to measure. We measured the total helicity of thin-core vortex tubes in water. For helical vortices that are stretched or compressed by a second vortex, we found conservation of total helicity. For an isolated helical vortex, we observed evolution toward and maintenance of a constant helicity state after the dissipation of twist helicity by viscosity...
August 4, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773114/toxicity-of-nine-doped-rare-earth-metal-oxides-and-respective-individual-metals-to-aquatic-microorganisms-vibrio-fischeri-and-tetrahymena-thermophila
#19
Imbi Kurvet, Katre Juganson, Heiki Vija, Mariliis Sihtmäe, Irina Blinova, Guttorm Syvertsen-Wiig, Anne Kahru
Despite the increasing use of rare earth elements (REEs) and oxides (REOs) in various technologies, the information on their ecotoxicological hazard is scarce. Here, the effects of La(3+), Ce(3+), Pr(3+), Nd(3+), Gd(3+), CeO₂, and eight doped REOs to marine bacteria Vibrio fischeri and freshwater protozoa Tetrahymena thermophila were studied in parallel with REO dopant metals (Co(2+), Fe(3+), Mn(2+), Ni(2+), Sr(2+)). The highest concentrations of REOs tested were 100 mg/L with protozoa in deionized water and 500 mg/L with bacteria in 2% NaCl...
July 5, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772192/in-situ-mass-spectrometry-monitoring-of-fungal-cultures-led-to-the-identification-of-four-peptaibols-with-a-rare-threonine-residue
#20
Vincent P Sica, Evan R Rees, Huzefa A Raja, José Rivera-Chávez, Joanna E Burdette, Cedric J Pearce, Nicholas H Oberlies
Peptaibols are an intriguing class of fungal metabolites due both to their wide range of reported bioactivities and to the structural variability that can be generated by the exchange of variable amino acid building blocks. In an effort to streamline the discovery of structurally diverse peptaibols, a mass spectrometry surface sampling technique was applied to screen the chemistry of fungal cultures in situ. Four previously undescribed peptaibols, all containing a rare threonine residue, were identified from a fungal culture (MSX53554), which was identified as Nectriopsis Maire (Bionectriaceae, Hypocreales, Ascomycota)...
July 31, 2017: Phytochemistry
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