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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221799/insoluble-off-pathway-aggregates-as-crowding-agents-during-amyloid-fibril-formation
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Rosa Crespo, Eva M Villar-Alvarez, Pablo Taboada, Fernando A Rocha, Ana M Damas, Pedro M Martins
The study of drug candidates for the treatment of amyloidosis and neurodegenerative diseases frequently involves in vitro measurements of amyloid fibril formation. Macromolecular crowding and off-pathway aggregation (OPA) are, by different reasons, two important phenomena affecting the scalability of amyloid inhibitors and their successful application in vivo. On the one hand, the cellular milieu is crowded with macromolecules that drastically increase the effective (thermodynamic) concentration of the amyloidogenic protein...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220051/the-effect-of-vibration-exposure-during-haul-truck-operation-on-grip-strength-touch-sensation-and-balance
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Jonisha Pollard, William Porter, Alan Mayton, Xueyan Xu, Eric Weston
Falls from mobile equipment are reported at surface mine quarry operations each year in considerable numbers. Research shows that a preponderance of falls occur while getting on/off mobile equipment. Contributing factors to the risk of falls include the usage of ladders, exiting onto a slippery surface, and foot or hand slippage. Balance issues may also contribute to fall risks for mobile equipment operators who are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV). For this reason, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research conducted a study at four participating mine sites with seven haul truck operators...
January 2017: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215909/eslicarbazepine-acetate-for-neuropathic-pain-headache-and-cranial-neuralgia-evidence-and-experience
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A Alcántara Montero, C I Sánchez Carnerero
INTRODUCTION: Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL), together with carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine, belongs to the dibenzazepine family. According to the latest clinical practice guidelines, tricyclic antidepressants, dual antidepressants (venlafaxine, duloxetine), and some antiepileptics (gabapentin, pregabalin) are first-line drugs for neuropathic pain; tramadol, lidocaine 5% patches, and capsaicin 8% patches are considered second-line drugs; and strong opioids constitute a third line of treatment...
February 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215896/economic-trade-offs-between-genetic-improvement-and-longevity-in-dairy-cattle
#4
A De Vries
Genetic improvement in sires used for artificial insemination (AI) is increasing faster compared with a decade ago. The genetic merit of replacement heifers is also increasing faster and the genetic lag with older cows in the herd increases. This may trigger greater cow culling to capture this genetic improvement. On the other hand, lower culling rates are often viewed favorably because the costs and environmental effects of maintaining herd size are generally lower. Thus, there is an economic trade-off between genetic improvement and longevity in dairy cattle...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214432/degree-of-target-utilization-influences-the-location-of-movement-endpoint-distributions
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Andrew B Slifkin, Jeffrey R Eder
According to dominant theories of motor control, speed and accuracy are optimized when, on the average, movement endpoints are located at the target center and when the variability of the movement endpoint distributions is matched to the width of the target (viz., Meyer, Abrams, Kornblum, Wright & Smith, 1988). The current study tested those predictions. According to the speed-accuracy trade-off, expanding the range of variability to the amount permitted by the limits of the target boundaries allows for maximization of movement speed while centering the distribution on the target center prevents movement errors that would have occurred had the distribution been off center...
February 15, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213216/graphene-quantum-dots-decorated-with-maleimide-and-zinc-tetramaleimido-phthalocyanine-application-in-the-design-of-off-on-fluorescence-sensors-for-biothiols
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Ojodomo J Achadu, Tebello Nyokong
The fabrication of maleimide-derivatized graphene quantum dots (M-GQDs) and zinc phthalocyanine (2) as novel sensor probes for the selective detection of biothiols (cysteine, homocysteine or glutathione) through the rapid and specific Michael addition reaction between biothiols and the maleimide-derivatized probes is presented in this study. GQDs directly functionalized with maleimide units (M-GQDs) were synthesized and deployed for biothiols recognition following the principle of Michael addition. M-GQDs probe was found to be highly sensitive and selective towards biothiols detection in the nanomolar range in aqueous solution and at physiological pH (7...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211267/efficient-and-selective-uptake-of-tco4-by-a-cationic-metal-organic-framework-material-with-open-ag-sites
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Daopeng Sheng, Lin Zhu, Chao Xu, Chengliang Xiao, Yanlong Wang, Yaxing Wang, Lanhua Chen, Juan Diwu, Jing Chen, Zhifang Chai, Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt, Shuao Wang
99Tc is one of the most problematic radioisotopes in used nuclear fuel owing to its combined features of high fission yield, long half-life, and high environmental mobility. There are only a handful of functional materials that can remove TcO4- anion from aqueous solution and identifying for new, stable materials with high anion-exchange capacities, fast kinetics, and good selectivity remains a challenge. We report here an 8-fold interpenetrated three-dimensional cationic metal-organic framework material, SCU-100, which is assembled from a tetradentate neutral nitrogen-donor ligand and two-coordinate Ag+ cations as potential open metal sites...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202117/-value-of-serum-s100b-protein-and-neuron-specific-enolase-levels-in-predicting-the-severity-of-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease
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Jing Li, Rui-Hai Liu, Ruo-Bing Shan
OBJECTIVE: To study the value of serum S100B protein and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) levels in predicting the severity of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). METHODS: Ninety children with HFMD were classified into three groups: common type, severe type, and critical type (n=30 each). Thirty healthy children were randomly selected as the control group. ELISA was used to measure serum levels of S100B protein and NSE before and at 7 days after treatment. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to evaluate the prediction efficiency of S100B protein and NSE for the severity of HFMD...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194952/-off-to-on-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-platform-with-padlock-probe-based-exponential-rolling-circle-amplification-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-microrna-155
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Yi He, Xia Yang, Ruo Yuan, Yaqin Chai
In this work, an "off" to "on" surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) platform was constructed for ultrasensitive detection of microRNA (miRNA) by using a magnetic SERS substrate (Co@C/PEI/Ag) and padlock probe-based exponential rolling circle amplification (P-ERCA) strategy. Herein, miRNA 155 could act as primers to initiate rolling circle amplification (RCA) for producing a long repeat sequence, and then the obtained DNA would be cleaved into two kinds of single-stranded DNAs in the presence of nickase...
February 13, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193818/processing-of-single-photon-responses-in-the-mammalian-on-and-off-retinal-pathways-at-the-sensitivity-limit-of-vision
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Daisuke Takeshita, Lina Smeds, Petri Ala-Laurila
Visually guided behaviour at its sensitivity limit relies on single-photon responses originating in a small number of rod photoreceptors. For decades, researchers have debated the neural mechanisms and noise sources that underlie this striking sensitivity. To address this question, we need to understand the constraints arising from the retinal output signals provided by distinct retinal ganglion cell types. It has recently been shown in the primate retina that On and Off parasol ganglion cells, the cell types likely to underlie light detection at the absolute visual threshold, differ fundamentally not only in response polarity, but also in the way they handle single-photon responses originating in rods...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182404/superatoms-electronic-and-geometric-effects-on-reactivity
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Arthur C Reber, Shiv N Khanna
The relative role of electronic and geometric effects on the stability of clusters has been a contentious topic for quite some time, with the focus on electronic structure generally gaining the upper hand. In this Account, we hope to demonstrate that both electronic shell filling and geometric shell filling are necessary concepts for an intuitive understanding of the reactivity of metal clusters. This work will focus on the reactivity of aluminum based clusters, although these concepts may be applied to clusters of different metals and ligand protected clusters...
February 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178965/effect-of-glucose-on-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-metabolism-in-bacillus-licheniformis
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Wencheng Yu, Zhen Chen, Hong Ye, Peize Liu, Zhipeng Li, Yuanpeng Wang, Qingbiao Li, Shan Yan, Chuan-Jian Zhong, Ning He
BACKGROUND: Poly-gamma-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) is a promising macromolecule with potential as a replacement for chemosynthetic polymers. γ-PGA can be produced by many microorganisms, including Bacillus species. Bacillus licheniformis CGMCC2876 secretes γ-PGA when using glycerol and trisodium citrate as its optimal carbon sources and secretes polysaccharides when using glucose as the sole carbon source. To better understand the metabolic mechanism underlying the secretion of polymeric substances, SWATH was applied to investigate the effect of glucose on the production of polysaccharides and γ-PGA at the proteome level...
February 8, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176989/variations-of-thermoelectric-performance-by-electric-fields-in-bilayer-mx2-m-w-mo-x-s-se
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Rui-Ning Wang, Guo-Yi Dong, Shu-Fang Wang, Guang-Sheng Fu, Jiang-Long Wang
A gate electrode is usually used to controllably tune the carrier concentrations, further modulating the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient to obtain the optimum thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) in two-dimensional materials. On the other hand, it is necessary to investigate how an electric field induced by a gate voltage affects the electronic structures, further determining the thermoelectric properties. Therefore, by using density functional calculations in combination with Boltzmann theory, the thermoelectric properties of bilayer MX2 (M = W, Mo; X = S, Se) with or without a 1 V nm(-1) perpendicular electric field are comparatively investigated...
February 8, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176663/gsk3%C3%AE-5-flanking-dna-methylation-and-expression-in-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
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Vincenzina Nicolia, Viviana Ciraci, Rosaria A Cavallaro, Isidre Ferrer, Sigfrido Scarpa, Andrea Fuso
BACKGROUND: The GSK3β has been associated to pathological functions in neurodegenerative diseases. This kinase is involved in hyperphosphorylation of microtubule-associated tau protein, leading to aggregation andformation of NFTs.It has clearly been shown that GSK3β is regulated at post-translational level: phosphorylation at Tyr216 activates kinase while phosphorylation at Ser9 is essential to inhibit its activity. OBJECTIVES: At present, there are contradictory findings about the possibility that GSK3β may be regulated at gene level...
February 3, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174647/the-art-of-vaginal-breech-birth-at-term-on-all-fours
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Hajo I J Wildschut, Hinke van Belzen-Slappendel, Suze Jans
Despite a shift in clinical practice favouring cesarean section for breech presentation, adequate skills are still needed for a safe vaginal breech birth. This case report illustrates the physiological mechanism of vaginal breech birth. The accompanying pictures are a testimony to the "hands-off" approach and could be used for educational purposes.
February 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169860/a-rare-complete-metacarpal-pseudoepiphysis-in-a-teenager-with-a-scaphoid-fracture
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Rachel B Geffen, Ricardo E Colberg
A 13-yr-old adolescent boy presented with wrist pain after falling off a scooter onto his outstretched hand. Radiographs revealed a nondisplaced hairline fracture of the scaphoid bone and an irregular radiolucent line in the proximal metaphysis of the second metacarpal bone, consistent with an anomalous growth plate, or complete pseudoepiphysis. Complete pseudoepiphysis is a rare finding, with only a few cases reported. Learning about the common locations of growth plates and the radiographic differences between normal, injured, and anomalous growth plates can help decrease physician error and improve patient outcomes...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167867/hip-resurfacing-international-perspectives-review-article
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REVIEW
Julien Girard
BACKGROUND: The hip resurfacing concept was developed for young and active patients, especially for femoral bone stock preservation. However, concerns about metal-on-metal bearings with adverse reactions to metal debris have led to a drop off in hip-resurfacing procedures. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The goal of this review is to evaluate our current knowledge of survivorship of second-generation hip resurfacing devices and elaborate international perspectives for product improvement...
February 2017: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167175/effect-of-melt-method-on-thoracolumbar-connective-tissue-the-full-study
#18
Faria Sanjana, Hans Chaudhry, Thomas Findley
Altered connective tissue structure has been identified in adults with chronic low back pain (LBP). A self-care treatment for managing LBP is the MELT method. The MELT method is a hands-off, self-treatment that is said to alleviate chronic pain, release tension and restore mobility, utilizing specialized soft treatments balls, soft body roller and techniques mimicking manual therapy. The objective of this study was to determine whether thickness of thoracolumbar connective tissue and biomechanical and viscoelastic properties of myofascial tissue in the low back region change in subjects with chronic LBP as a result of MELT...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165363/effect-of-experimental-hand-pain-on-training-induced-changes-in-motor-performance-and-corticospinal-excitability
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Nicolas Mavromatis, Cécilia Neige, Martin Gagné, Karen T Reilly, Catherine Mercier
Pain influences plasticity within the sensorimotor system and the aim of this study was to assess the effect of pain on changes in motor performance and corticospinal excitability during training for a novel motor task. A total of 30 subjects were allocated to one of two groups (Pain, NoPain) and performed ten training blocks of a visually-guided isometric pinch task. Each block consisted of 15 force sequences, and subjects modulated the force applied to a transducer in order to reach one of five target forces...
February 4, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161172/effect-of-a-single-injection-of-cabergoline-at-dry-off-on-udder-characteristics-in-high-yielding-dairy-cows
#20
S Bertulat, N Isaka, A de Prado, A Lopez, T Hetreau, W Heuwieser
In recent years, relationships between high milk yield at dry off, higher prevalence for new intramammary infections, and stress were evaluated. Considering increasing milk yield, dry off methods need to be refined to ensure udder health and animal welfare, especially in high-yielding dairy cows. The present work evaluated the effect of a single cabergoline injection (Velactis, Ceva Santé Animale, Libourne, France) at dry off on udder pressure, milk leakage, and signs of udder pain after dry off. A total of 234 high-yielding (≥16 kg of milk/d) dairy cows was enrolled 7 d before and followed up until 14 d after dry off...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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