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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350430/on-the-impact-of-sample-size-on-lc50-estimation-in-acute-fish-toxicity-testing-is-n%C3%A2-%C3%A2-7-group-enough
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Greg J Carr, A John Bailer, Jane M Rawlings, Scott E Belanger
The fish acute toxicity test method is foundational to aquatic toxicity testing strategies, yet the literature lacks a concise sample size assessment. While various sources address sample size, historical precedent seems to play a larger role than objective measures. Here, a novel and comprehensive quantification of the effect of sample size on estimation of the LC50 is presented, covering a wide range of scenarios. The results put into perspective the practical differences across a range of sample sizes, from N = 5/concentration up to N = 23/concentration...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328928/driving-cessation-over-a-24-year-period-dementia-severity-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers
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Sarah H Stout, Ganesh M Babulal, Chunyu Ma, David B Carr, Denise M Head, Elizabeth A Grant, Monique M Williams, David M Holtzman, Anne M Fagan, John C Morris, Catherine M Roe
INTRODUCTION: With 36 million older adult U.S. drivers, safety is a critical concern, particularly among those with dementia. It is unclear at what stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD) older adults stop driving and whether preclinical AD affects driving cessation. METHODS: Time to driving cessation was examined based on Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) and AD cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers. 1795 older adults followed up to 24 years received CDR ratings. A subset (591) had cerebrospinal fluid biomarker measurements and was followed up to 17 years...
January 9, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286771/quantifying-complexity-in-quantum-phase-transitions-via-mutual-information-complex-networks
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Marc Andrew Valdez, Daniel Jaschke, David L Vargas, Lincoln D Carr
We quantify the emergent complexity of quantum states near quantum critical points on regular 1D lattices, via complex network measures based on quantum mutual information as the adjacency matrix, in direct analogy to quantifying the complexity of electroencephalogram or functional magnetic resonance imaging measurements of the brain. Using matrix product state methods, we show that network density, clustering, disparity, and Pearson's correlation obtain the critical point for both quantum Ising and Bose-Hubbard models to a high degree of accuracy in finite-size scaling for three classes of quantum phase transitions, Z_{2}, mean field superfluid to Mott insulator, and a Berzinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless crossover...
December 1, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234834/contributions-of-prolonged-contingent-and-non-contingent-cocaine-exposure-to-escalation-of-cocaine-intake-and-glutamatergic-gene-expression
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Kyle L Ploense, Philip Vieira, Lana Bubalo, Gema Olivarria, Amanda E Carr, Karen K Szumlinski, Tod E Kippin
Similar to the pattern observed in people with substance abuse disorders, laboratory animals will exhibit escalation of cocaine intake when the drug is available over prolonged periods of time. Here, we investigated the contribution of behavioral contingency of cocaine administration on escalation of cocaine intake and gene expression in the dorsal medial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) in adult male rats. Rats were allowed to self-administer intravenous cocaine (0.25 mg/infusion) under either limited cocaine-(1 h/day), prolonged cocaine-(6 h/day), or limited cocaine-(1 h/day) plus yoked cocaine-access (5 h/day); a control group received access to saline (1 h/day)...
December 12, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233318/a-course-for-developing-interprofessional-skills-in-pre-professional-honor-students-using-humanities-and-media
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Therese I Poirier, Connie Stamper-Carr, Kate Newman
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To design and implement an undergraduate honors course for pre-health professional students that develops interpersonal skills through use of a variety of humanities. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: A three credit hour course in an honors seminar sequence was developed by pharmacy practice faculty and with input from faculty in mass communications, philosophy, applied communication studies and history. The course utilized a variety of media such as literature, film, and podcasts to foster student discussion about a variety of health-related topics...
September 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228951/hypovitaminosis-c-and-vitamin-c-deficiency-in-critically-ill-patients-despite-recommended-enteral-and-parenteral-intakes
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Anitra C Carr, Patrice C Rosengrave, Simone Bayer, Steve Chambers, Jan Mehrtens, Geoff M Shaw
BACKGROUND: Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble nutrient which cannot be synthesised or stored by humans. It is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and immune-supportive roles. Previous research has indicated that vitamin C levels are depleted in critically ill patients. In this study we have assessed plasma vitamin C concentrations in critically ill patients relative to infection status (septic shock or non-septic) and level of inflammation (C-reactive protein concentrations)...
December 11, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225781/lsd1-a-double-edged-sword-confers-dynamic-chromatin-regulation-but-commonly-promotes-aberrant-cell-growth
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Meghan M Kozub, Ryan M Carr, Gwen L Lomberk, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico
Histone-modifying enzymes play a critical role in chromatin remodeling and are essential for influencing several genome processes such as gene expression and DNA repair, replication, and recombination. The discovery of lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), the first identified histone demethylase, dramatically revolutionized research in the field of epigenetics. LSD1 plays a pivotal role in a wide range of biological operations, including development, cellular differentiation, embryonic pluripotency, and disease (for example, cancer)...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203638/cytokines-in-tendon-disease-a-systematic-review
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W Morita, S G Dakin, S J B Snelling, A J Carr
OBJECTIVES: Emerging evidence indicates that tendon disease is an active process with inflammation that is critical to disease onset and progression. However, the key cytokines responsible for driving and sustaining inflammation have not been identified. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature using MEDLINE (U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland) in March 2017. Studies reporting the expression of interleukins (ILs), tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interferon gamma in diseased human tendon tissues, and animal models of tendon injury or exercise in comparison with healthy control tissues were included...
December 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188417/simultaneous-determination-of-fast-and-slow-dynamics-in-molecules-using-extreme-cpmg-relaxation-dispersion-experiments
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Jithender G Reddy, Supriya Pratihar, David Ban, Sebastian Frischkorn, Stefan Becker, Christian Griesinger, Donghan Lee
Molecular dynamics play a significant role in how molecules perform their function. A critical method that provides information on dynamics, at the atomic level, is NMR-based relaxation dispersion (RD) experiments. RD experiments have been utilized for understanding multiple biological processes occurring at micro-to-millisecond time, such as enzyme catalysis, molecular recognition, ligand binding and protein folding. Here, we applied the recently developed high-power RD concept to the Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill sequence (extreme CPMG; E-CPMG) for the simultaneous detection of fast and slow dynamics...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164961/disability-and-activity-related-emotion-in-later-life-are-effects-buffered-by-intimate-relationship-support-and-strain
#10
Deborah Carr, Jennifer C Cornman, Vicki A Freedman
We use daily diary data from the Disability and Use of Time supplement to the 2013 Panel Study of Income Dynamics ( n = 1,162) to evaluate (1) the extent to which marital/partner support and strain moderate the effects of disability on five activity-related emotions (happiness, calm, sadness, frustration, worry) and overall negative and positive emotion among older married, cohabiting, and dating persons and (2) whether such patterns differ significantly by gender. Marital support buffers against negative emotions and increases feelings of calm among severely impaired women...
September 2017: Journal of Health and Social Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160627/native-and-microwave-modified-terminalia-mantaly-gums-as-sustained-release-and-bioadhesive-excipients-in-naproxen-matrix-tablet-formulations
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Michael Ayodele Odeniyi, Babatunde Mukhtar Oyedokun, Oluyemisi Adebowale Bamiro
BACKGROUND: Hydrophilic polymers provide a means of sustaining drug delivery. Native gums may be limited in function, but modification may improve their activity. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate native and modified forms of Terminalia mantaly gum for their sustained-release and bioadhesive properties. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The native gum (NTM) was modified by microwave irradiation for 20 seconds (MTM20) and 60 seconds (MTM60) and characterized using microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and packing properties...
January 2017: Polimery W Medycynie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121287/analgesia-nociception-index-for-the-assessment-of-pain-in-critically-ill-patients-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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G Chanques, T Tarri, A Ride, A Prades, A De Jong, J Carr, N Molinari, S Jaber
Background: Behavioural pain tools are used in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients unable to self-report their pain-intensity but need sustained efforts to educate and train the ICU team because of the subjective nature of these clinical tools. This study measured the validity and performance of an electrophysiological monitoring tool based on the spectral analysis of heart rate variability, the Analgesia Nociception Index (ANI) which varies from 0 (minimal parasympathetic tone, maximal stress-response and pain) to 100 (maximal parasympathetic tone, minimal stress-response and pain)...
October 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114068/receptor-tyrosine-kinase-activation-of-rhoa-is-mediated-by-akt-phosphorylation-of-dlc1
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Brajendra K Tripathi, Tiera Grant, Xiaolan Qian, Ming Zhou, Philipp Mertins, Dunrui Wang, Alex G Papageorge, Sergey G Tarasov, Kent W Hunter, Steven A Carr, Douglas R Lowy
We report several receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) ligands increase RhoA-guanosine triphosphate (GTP) in untransformed and transformed cell lines and determine this phenomenon depends on the RTKs activating the AKT serine/threonine kinase. The increased RhoA-GTP results from AKT phosphorylating three serines (S298, S329, and S567) in the DLC1 tumor suppressor, a Rho GTPase-activating protein (RhoGAP) associated with focal adhesions. Phosphorylation of the serines, located N-terminal to the DLC1 RhoGAP domain, induces strong binding of that N-terminal region to the RhoGAP domain, converting DLC1 from an open, active dimer to a closed, inactive monomer...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078387/individual-differences-in-associative-memory-among-older-adults-explained-by-hippocampal-subfield-structure-and-function
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Valerie A Carr, Jeffrey D Bernstein, Serra E Favila, Brian K Rutt, Geoffrey A Kerchner, Anthony D Wagner
Older adults experience impairments in episodic memory, ranging from mild to clinically significant. Given the critical role of the medial temporal lobe (MTL) in episodic memory, age-related changes in MTL structure and function may partially account for individual differences in memory. Using ultra-high-field 7T structural MRI and high-resolution 3T functional MRI (hr-fMRI), we evaluated MTL subfield thickness and function in older adults representing a spectrum of cognitive health. Participants performed an associative memory task during hr-fMRI in which they encoded and later retrieved face-name pairs...
November 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056909/the-dopamine-d5-receptor-is-involved-in-working-memory
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Gregory V Carr, Federica Maltese, David R Sibley, Daniel R Weinberger, Francesco Papaleo
Pharmacological studies indicate that dopamine D1-like receptors (D1 and D5) are critically involved in cognitive function. However, the lack of pharmacological ligands selective for either the D1 or D5 receptors has made it difficult to determine the unique contributions of the D1-like family members. To circumvent these pharmacological limitations, we used D5 receptor homozygous (-/-) and heterozygous (+/-) knockout mice, to identify the specific role of this receptor in higher order cognitive functions. We identified a novel role for D5 receptors in the regulation of spatial working memory and temporal order memory function...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027416/-application-of-quality-by-design-in-granulation-process-for-ginkgo-leaf-tablet-%C3%A2-%C3%AF-influence-and-control-of-raw-materials-quality-variation
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Xiang-Long Cui, Bing Xu, Jun-Wen Liu, Guo-Lin Shi, Xin-Yuan Shi, Yan-Jiang Qiao
Raw materials' quality variation could affect the quality consistency of product and the clinical efficacy. In this paper, the high shear wet granulation (HSWG) process of the ginkgo leaf tablet was taken as the research object. Ginkgo biloba extracts and excipients microcrystalline cellulose collected from various sources and batches were used to simulate raw materials' quality variation. Real-time torque was recorded to analyze the viscosity of the wetting mass, and then by combining with physical fingerprint, the impact of physical quality variation of powders on granule properties could be investigated...
March 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947643/il-1%C3%AE-is-critical-for-resistance-against-highly-virulent-aspergillus-fumigatus-isolates
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Alayna K Caffrey-Carr, Caitlin H Kowalski, Sarah R Beattie, Nathan A Blaseg, Chanell R Upshaw, Arsa Thammahong, Hannah E Lust, Yi-Wei Tang, Tobias M Hohl, Robert A Cramer, Joshua J Obar
Heterogeneity amongst Aspergillus fumigatus isolates results in unique virulence potential and inflammatory responses. How these isolates drive specific immune responses and how this affects fungal-induced lung damage and disease outcome is unresolved. We demonstrate that the highly virulent CEA10 strain is able to rapidly germinate within the immune competent lung environment inducing greater lung damage, vascular leakage, and IL-1α release compared to the low virulent Af293 strain that germinates with lower frequency in this environment...
September 25, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935558/immediate-interruption-of-sedation-compared-with-usual-sedation-care-in-critically-ill-postoperative-patients-sos-ventilation-a-randomised-parallel-group-clinical-trial
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Gerald Chanques, Matthieu Conseil, Claire Roger, Jean-Michel Constantin, Albert Prades, Julie Carr, Laurent Muller, Boris Jung, Fouad Belafia, Moussa Cissé, Jean-Marc Delay, Audrey de Jong, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Emmanuel Futier, Grégoire Mercier, Nicolas Molinari, Samir Jaber
BACKGROUND: Avoidance of excessive sedation and subsequent prolonged mechanical ventilation in intensive care units (ICUs) is recommended, but no data are available for critically ill postoperative patients. We hypothesised that in such patients stopping sedation immediately after admission to the ICU could reduce unnecessary sedation and improve patient outcomes. METHODS: We did a randomised, parallel-group, clinical trial at three ICUs in France. Stratified randomisation with minimisation (1:1 via a restricted web platform) was used to assign eligible patients (aged ≥18 years, admitted to an ICU after abdominal surgery, and expected to require at least 12 h of mechanical ventilation because of a critical illness defined by a Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score >1 for any organ, but without severe acute respiratory distress syndrome or brain injury) to usual sedation care provided according to recommended practices (control group) or to immediate interruption of sedation (intervention group)...
October 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921984/melting-behavior-of-a-dna-four-way-junction-using-spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-techniques
#19
Carolyn E Carr, Luis A Marky
Intramolecular four-way junctions are structures present during homologous recombination, repair of double stranded DNA breaks, and integron recombination. Because of the wide range of biological processes four-way junctions are involved in, understanding how and under what conditions these structures form is critical. In this work, we used a combination of spectroscopic and calorimetric techniques to present a complete thermodynamic description of the unfolding of a DNA four-way junction (FWJ) and its appropriate control stem-loop motifs (Dumbbell, GAAATT-Hp, CTATC-Hp, GTGC-Hp, and GCGC-Hp)...
October 4, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883025/do-air-gaps-behind-soft-body-armour-affect-protection
#20
Lee Tilsley, D J Carr, C Lankester, C Malbon
INTRODUCTION: Body armour typically comprises a fabric garment covering the torso combined with hard armour (ceramic/composite). Some users wear only soft armour which provides protection from sharp weapons and pistol ammunition. It is usually recommended that body armour is worn against the body with no air-gaps being present between the wearer and the armour. However, air-gaps can occur in certain situations such as females around the breasts, in badly fitting armour and where manufacturers have incorporated an air-gap claiming improvements in thermophysiological burden...
September 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
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