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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821209/cued-memory-reactivation-during-sws-abolishes-the-beneficial-effect-of-sleep-on-abstraction
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Nora Hennies, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Simon J Durrant, James N Cousins, Penelope A Lewis
Study Objectives: Extracting regularities from stimuli in our environment and generalizing these to new situations are fundamental processes in human cognition. Sleep has been shown to enhance these processes, possibly by facilitating reactivation-triggered memory reorganization. Here, we assessed whether cued reactivation during slow wave sleep (SWS) promotes the beneficial effect of sleep on abstraction of statistical regularities. Methods: We used an auditory statistical learning task, in which the benefit of sleep has been firmly established...
August 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821197/regional-variability-in-percentage-of-breast-cancers-reported-as-positive-for-her2-in-california-implications-of-patient-demographics-on-laboratory-benchmarks
#2
Chieh-Yu Lin, Eugene E Carneal, Daphne Y Lichtensztajn, Scarlett L Gomez, Christina A Clarke, Kristin C Jensen, Allison W Kurian, Kimberly H Allison
Objectives: The expected regional variability in percent human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancers is not currently clear. Methods: Data from the 2006 to 2011 California Cancer Registry were examined by county and health service area. The influence of demographic and pathologic features was used in a multivariable logistic regression model to compare expected with observed HER2-positive percentages by region. Results: There was significant geographic variation by California counties (11...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821193/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-and-its-impact-on-drug-levels-an-aclps-critical-review
#3
Caleb W Cheng, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Christopher A Tormey, Davinder Sidhu
Objectives: To examine and summarize the current literature on the effects of therapeutic plasma exchange on medication levels. Methods: Literature review was performed via searches of the Cochrane Database and PubMed-MEDLINE (1996 to August 2016) looking for all case reports, case series, and human randomized controlled trials involving therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE)-associated drug removal. Results: Approximately 60 peer-reviewed articles were identified with the majority being case reports; no randomized controlled trials were identified...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821188/panmixia-and-limited-interspecific-introgression-in-coyotes-canis-latrans-from-west-virginia-and-virginia-usa
#4
Justin H Bohling, Lauren L Mastro, Jennifer R Adams, Eric M Gese, Sheldon F Owen, Lisette P Waits
The expansion of coyotes (Canis latrans) into the eastern United States has had major consequences for ecological communities and wildlife managers. Despite this, there has been little investigation of the genetics of coyotes across much of this region, especially outside of the northeast. Understanding patterns of genetic structure and interspecific introgression would provide insights into the colonization history of the species, its response to the modern environment, and interactions with other canids. We examined the genetic characteristics of 121 coyotes from the mid-Atlantic states of West Virginia and Virginia by genotyping 17 polymorphic nuclear DNA microsatellite loci...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821186/molecular-population-genetics-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-mirounga-angustirostris
#5
Alicia Abadía-Cardoso, Nelson B Freimer, Kristy Deiner, John Carlos Garza
The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, was heavily hunted and declared extinct in the 19th century. However, a colony remained on remote Guadalupe Island, Mexico and the species has since repopulated most of its historical distribution. Here, we present a comprehensive evaluation of genetic variation in the species. First, we assess the effect of the demographic bottleneck on microsatellite variability and compare it with that found in other pinnipeds, demonstrating levels of variation similar to that in species that continue to be threatened with extinction...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821178/oil-perception-detection-thresholds-for-varying-fatty-stimuli-and-inter-individual-differences
#6
Jaana M Heinze, Andrew Costanzo, Inga Baselier, Andreas Fritsche, Melanie Lidolt, Jörg Hinrichs, Sabine Frank-Podlech, Russell Keast
Multiple lines of research have demonstrated that humans can perceive fat in the form of free fatty acids (FFAs). However, the dietary concentration of FFAs is generally very low and fat is mainly consumed as triacylglycerol (TAG). The aim of this study was to examine the perception of different fatty stimuli and possible associations between them. Therefore, detection thresholds for 4 fatty stimuli (oleic acid [FFA], paraffin oil [mixture of hydrocarbon molecules], canola oil [TAG-rich], and canola oil spiked with oleic acid [rich in TAGs and FFAs]) were determined in 30 healthy participants...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821161/britannin-induces-apoptosis-through-akt-foxo1-pathway-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#7
Marzieh Moeinifard, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan, Faranak Fallahian, Maryam Hamzeloo-Moghadam, Mohammad Taghikhani
Induction of apoptosis in cancerous cells is considered as a promising treatment option for cancer therapy. The present study was designed to evaluate the anticancer properties of Britannin and its possible mechanisms of action in human pancreatic cancer cells. Apoptosis induction by Britannin was confirmed by annexin V-FITC/PI staining, Hoechst 33258 staining and caspase-3 activity assay in both AsPC-1 and Panc-1 cells. Additionally, by using western blot and Real-time PCR, we observed that Britannin induced apoptosis by decreasing the expression of BCL-2 and increasing the expression of BAX...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821141/designed-biocompatible-nano-inhibitor-based-on-poly-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-ester-for-reduction-of-the-dehp-migration-from-plasticized-pvc
#8
Ahmad Raeisi, Khalil Faghihi, Meisam Shabanian
The easy migration of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) from the plasticized PVC (P-PVC) poses a serious threat to human health and the ecosystems. Thus, its control migration from the P-PVC products is very important. In this work, a poly(β-cyclodextrin-ester) network (β-CDP) was synthesized via reaction of β-cyclodextrin with 3,3',4,4'-benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride. As a potential inhibitor for reduction of the DEHP migration, the β-CDP was grafted to Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Poly(β-cyclodextrin-ester) functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNP-CDP) has been used in PVC/DEHP system as a reactive nano-inhibitor to reduce DEHP migration...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821128/biomimetic-composite-scaffolds-based-on-surface-modification-of-polydopamine-on-electrospun-poly-lactic-acid-cellulose-nanofibrils
#9
Zhangqiang Yang, Junhui Si, Zhixiang Cui, Jianhua Ye, Xiaofeng Wang, Qianting Wang, Kaiping Peng, Wenzhe Chen, Shia-Chung Chen
An appropriate surface chemical property is crucial in tissue engineering scaffolds, which promotes cell attachment and proliferation. A biomimetic composite scaffold with a polydopamine (PDA) coating layer on electrospun poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) composite nanofiber was developed in this study. PLA/CNF composite nanofibers were fabricated and then coated via treatment with a dopamine solution. The PDA coating layer was successfully formed on the surface of the PLA/CNF composite nanofiber by using a simple, environment-friendly, and effective procedure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821115/rheology-and-bioactivity-of-high-molecular-weight-dextrans-synthesised-by-lactic-acid-bacteria
#10
Kenza Zarour, Mª Goretti Llamas, Alicia Prieto, Patricia Rúas-Madiedo, María Teresa Dueñas, Pilar Fernández de Palencia, Rosa Aznar, Mebrouk Kihal, Paloma López
Dextrans synthesised by three Leuconostoc mesenteroides strains, isolated from mammalian milks, were studied and compared with dextrans produced by Lc. mesenteroides and Lactobacillus sakei strains isolated from meat products. Size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering detection analysis demonstrated that the dextrans have molecular masses between 1.74×10(8)Da and 4.41×10(8)Da. Rheological analysis of aqueous solutions of the polymer revealed that all had a pseudoplastic behaviour under shear conditions and a random, and flexible, coil structure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821097/thiolated-pectin-doxorubicin-conjugates-synthesis-characterization-and-anticancer-activity-studies
#11
Kamonrak Cheewatanakornkool, Sathit Niratisai, Somkamol Manchun, Crispin R Dass, Pornsak Sriamornsak
In this paper, pectin was cross-linked by a coupling reaction with either thioglycolic acid or cystamine dihydrochloride to form thiolated pectins. The thiolated pectins were then coupled with doxorubicin (DOX) derivative to obtain thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates by two different methods, disulfide bond formation and disulfide bond exchange. The disulfide bond exchange method provided a simple, fast, and efficient approach for synthesis of thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates, compared to the disulfide bond formation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821017/the-location-of-australian-buruli-ulcer-lesions-implications-for-unravelling-disease-transmission
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Arvind Yerramilli, Ee Laine Tay, Andrew J Stewardson, Peter G Kelley, Emma Bishop, Grant A Jenkin, Mike Starr, Janine Trevillyan, Andrew Hughes, N Deborah Friedman, Daniel P O'Brien, Paul D R Johnson
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is increasing in incidence in Victoria, Australia. To improve understanding of disease transmission, we aimed to map the location of BU lesions on the human body. METHODS: Using notification data and clinical records review, we conducted a retrospective observational study of patients diagnosed with BU in Victoria from 1998-2015. We created electronic density maps of lesion locations using spatial analysis software and compared lesion distribution by age, gender, presence of multiple lesions and month of infection...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821016/expression-of-interferon-inducible-chemokines-and-sleep-wake-changes-during-early-encephalitis-in-experimental-african-trypanosomiasis
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Claudia Laperchia, Chiara Tesoriero, Paul F Seke-Etet, Valentina La Verde, Valeria Colavito, Gigliola Grassi-Zucconi, Jean Rodgers, Paul Montague, Peter G E Kennedy, Marina Bentivoglio
BACKGROUND: Human African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, leads to neuroinflammation and characteristic sleep/wake alterations. The relationship between the onset of these alterations and the development of neuroinflammation is of high translational relevance, but remains unclear. This study investigates the expression of interferon (IFN)-γ and IFN-inducible chemokine genes in the brain, and the levels of CXCL10 in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid prior to and during the encephalitic stage of trypanosome infection, and correlates these with sleep/wake changes in a rat model of the disease...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821014/efficient-and-accurate-causal-inference-with-hidden-confounders-from-genome-transcriptome-variation-data
#14
Lingfei Wang, Tom Michoel
Mapping gene expression as a quantitative trait using whole genome-sequencing and transcriptome analysis allows to discover the functional consequences of genetic variation. We developed a novel method and ultra-fast software Findr for higly accurate causal inference between gene expression traits using cis-regulatory DNA variations as causal anchors, which improves current methods by taking into consideration hidden confounders and weak regulations. Findr outperformed existing methods on the DREAM5 Systems Genetics challenge and on the prediction of microRNA and transcription factor targets in human lymphoblastoid cells, while being nearly a million times faster...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821012/multidomain-analyses-of-a-longitudinal-human-microbiome-intestinal-cleanout-perturbation-experiment
#15
Julia Fukuyama, Laurie Rumker, Kris Sankaran, Pratheepa Jeganathan, Les Dethlefsen, David A Relman, Susan P Holmes
Our work focuses on the stability, resilience, and response to perturbation of the bacterial communities in the human gut. Informative flash flood-like disturbances that eliminate most gastrointestinal biomass can be induced using a clinically-relevant iso-osmotic agent. We designed and executed such a disturbance in human volunteers using a dense longitudinal sampling scheme extending before and after induced diarrhea. This experiment has enabled a careful multidomain analysis of a controlled perturbation of the human gut microbiota with a new level of resolution...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821001/influence-on-serum-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-adma-concentrations-of-human-paraoxonase-1-polymorphism-q192r-and-exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-mexican-women-a-gene-environment-interaction
#16
Ángeles C Ochoa-Martínez, Tania Ruíz-Vera, Claudia I Almendarez-Reyna, Sandra T Orta-García, Iván N Pérez-Maldonado
It has been demonstrated that Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) are a consequence of the combination of genetic and environmental factors and/or the interaction between them. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) exposure and PON1 Q192R polymorphism (genetic susceptibility) on serum asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) levels in Mexican women (n = 206). Urinary 1-hydroxypyrene concentrations (1-OHP; exposure biomarker for PAHs) were quantified using a high-performance liquid chromatography technique, PON1 Q192R polymorphism was genotyped using TaqMan probes and serum ADMA concentrations were evaluated using a commercially available ELISA kit...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821000/simultaneous-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-brominated-flame-retardants-tetrabromobisphenol-a-and-hexabromocyclododecane-diastereoisomers-in-french-breast-milk
#17
Chanthadary Inthavong, Frédéric Hommet, François Bordet, Virginie Rigourd, Thierry Guérin, Sylviane Dragacci
TBBPA and HBCDs are the two classes of flame retardants that are still allowed for use by the European Commission. In May 2013, HBCDs were listed as Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention, and they were banned with an exemption on EPS/XPS for cavity wall insulation. This study describes the development and optimisation of a rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method using isotopic dilution quantification including a simplified extraction step using a mixture of solvents and sulphuric acid hydrolysis followed by the one-shot analysis of TBBPA and each of the α-, β- and γ-HBCD diastereoisomers...
August 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820999/absorption-tissue-distribution-metabolism-and-elimination-of-decabrominated-diphenyl-ether-bde-209-in-rats-after-multi-dose-oral-exposure
#18
Xiu-Bo Mi, Lian-Jun Bao, Chen-Chou Wu, Charles S Wong, Eddy Y Zeng
Human and ecological risks of BDE-209 have drawn much attention, particularly with growing e-waste recycling activities in developing countries. To further address the issue of BDE-209 biotransformation, a laboratory-controlled study was conducted. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed orally by gavage at a daily dose of 1 mg kg(-1) body weight for 7 d and a depuration period of 22 d, to characterize absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination dynamics of BDE-209 during multi-dose exposures simulating short-term oral exposure of e-waste workers...
August 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820985/human-bone-marrow-as-a-tissue-in-post-mortem-identification-and-determination-of-psychoactive-substances-screening-methodology
#19
Renata Wietecha-Posłuszny, Sofia Lendor, Magdalena Garnysz, Marcin Zawadzki, Paweł Kościelniak
The aim of this study was to apply a new instrumental approach to the analysis of human bone marrow for forensic purposes. A new screening method for the detection of more than 30 psychoactive drugs in bone marrow was developed and applied to case samples. The drugs used in this study belonged to the following groups: benzodiazepines (BZDs, n=16), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs, n=5), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI, n=4), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (n=1), anticonvulsants (n=1), imidazopyridines (n=1) and piperazines (n=3)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820982/direct-analysis-no-sample-preparation-of-bioavailable-cortisol-in-human-plasma-by-weak-affinity-chromatography-wac
#20
Sten Ohlson, Jagjit Kaur, Manfred Raida, Ulf Niss, Tim Bengala, Chester Lee Drum, Bernhard Boehm, Anthony R Torres
Pre-analytical treatment of blood plasma is a time consuming and often rate limiting step in the workflow of LC/MS analysis. We present in this pilot study a new approach for quantitative LC/MS based on weak affinity chromatography (WAC) of crude plasma. The steroid hormone cortisol was selected as a clinically relevant biomarker, as it currently requires extensive pre-analytical preparation. A WAC unit with saturating, immobilized albumin as a prototypic weak binder was used in combination with an ion-funnel MS/MS detector to perform zonal affinity chromatography of cortisol directly from a plasma sample, followed by quantitative multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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