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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055260/swimming-exercise-reverses-cums-induced-changes-in-depression-like-behaviors-and-hippocampal-plasticity-related-proteins
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Weina Liu, Xiangli Xue, Jie Xia, Jiatong Liu, Zhengtang Qi
BACKGROUND: Stress-induced failed resilience of brain plasticity can contribute to the onset and recurrence of depression. Chronic stress has been reported to open windows of epigenetic plasticity in hippocampus. However, how hippocampal plasticity underlies depression-like behaviors and how it adapts in response to stress has not been addressed. The present study aimed to investigate the signaling mechanisms of CUMS affecting hippocampal plasticity-related proteins expression and the regulation of swimming exercise in mice...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055170/global-climate-change-increases-risk-of-crop-yield-losses-and-food-insecurity-in-the-tropical-andes
#2
Richard Tito, Heraldo L Vasconcelos, Kenneth J Feeley
One of the greatest current challenges to human society is ensuring adequate food production and security for a rapidly growing population under changing climatic conditions. Climate change, and specifically rising temperatures, will alter the suitability of areas for specific crops and cultivation systems. In order to maintain yields, farmers may be forced to change cultivation practices, the timing of cultivation, or even the type of crops grown. Alternatively, farmers can change the location where crops are cultivated (e...
October 21, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055148/trends-in-healthcare-costs-and-utilization-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-from-2010-to-2014-in-korea-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Jung-Wook Kim, Chang Kyun Lee, Sang Youl Rhee, Chi Hyuck Oh, Jae-Jun Shim, Hyo Jong Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Data regarding healthcare costs and utilization for IBD at the population level are limited in Asia. We aimed to investigate the nationwide prevalence, and healthcare cost and utilization of IBD in Korea. METHODS: We tracked the IBD-attributable healthcare costs and utilization from 2010 to 2014 using the public dataset obtained from Korean National Health Insurance Service claims. We estimated the nationwide prevalence of IBD using population census data from Statistics Korea during the same period...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055080/matrix-approach-to-land-carbon-cycle-modeling-a-case-study-with-community-land-model
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Yuanyuan Huang, Xingjie Lu, Zheng Shi, David Lawrence, Charles Koven, Jianyang Xia, Zhenggang Du, Erik Kluzek, Yiqi Luo
The terrestrial carbon (C) cycle has been commonly represented by a series of C balance equations to track C influxes into and effluxes out of individual pools in earth system models (ESMs). This representation matches our understanding of C cycle processes well but makes it difficult to track model behaviors. It is also computationally expensive, limiting the ability to conduct comprehensive parametric sensitivity analyses. To overcome these challenges, we have developed a matrix approach, which reorganizes the C balance equations in the original ESM into one matrix equation without changing any modeled C cycle processes and mechanisms...
October 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054877/ontogeny-of-circadian-rhythms-and-synchrony-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
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Vania Carmona-Alcocer, John H Abel, Tao C Sun, Linda R Petzold, Francis J Doyle, Carrie L Simms, Erik D Herzog
In mammals, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus coordinates daily rhythms including sleep-wake, hormone release and gene expression. The cells of the SCN must synchronize to each other to drive these circadian rhythms in the rest of the body. The ontogeny of circadian cycling and intercellular coupling in the SCN remains poorly understood. Recent in vitro studies have recorded circadian rhythms from the whole embryonic SCN. Here, we tracked the onset and precision of rhythms in PERIOD2 (PER2), a clock protein, within the SCN isolated from embryonic and postnatal mice of undetermined sex...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054836/formative-assessment-design-of-a-web-connected-sedentary-behavior-intervention-for-females
#6
Amber W Kinsey, Matthew Whipple, Lauren Reid, Olivia Affuso
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior (SB) is a significant risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and early mortality, particularly among women, and the health consequences associated with SB are independent of physical activity status. Interventions utilizing wearable technologies can improve SB, but their effectiveness is influenced by individual preferences, device engagement strategies, and technological features, which may affect user compliance. Gathering a priori insight from target populations on their preferences for program tools and strategies may assist researchers in identifying effective methods to improve the efficacy of SB interventions...
October 20, 2017: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054148/determination-of-size-and-mass-and-number-based-concentration-of-biogenic-senps-synthesized-by-lactic-acid-bacteria-by-using-a-multimethod-approach
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Gustavo Moreno-Martin, Micaela Pescuma, Teresa Pérez-Corona, Fernanda Mozzi, Yolanda Madrid
Selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) were synthesized by a green technology using lactic acid bacteria (LAB, Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and L. reuteri). The exposure of aqueous sodium selenite to LAB led to the synthesis of SeNPs. Characterization of SeNPs by transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDXS) analysis revealed the presence of stable, predominantly monodispersed and spherical SeNPs of an average size of 146 ± 71 nm. Additionally, SeNPs hydrodynamic size was determined by dispersive light scattering (DLS) and nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA)...
November 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054142/elemental-hair-analysis-a-review-of-procedures-and-applications
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D Pozebon, G L Scheffler, V L Dressler
Although exogenous contamination and unreliable reference values have limited the utility of scalp hair as a biomarker of chemical elements exposure, its use in toxicological, clinical, environmental and forensic investigations is growing and becoming more extensive. Therefore, hair elemental analysis is reviewed in the current manuscript which spans articles published in the last 10 years. It starts with a general discussion of history, morphology and possible techniques for elemental analysis, where inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is clearly highlighted since this technique is leading quantitative ultra-trace elemental analysis...
November 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054026/intelligent-tuning-method-of-pid-parameters-based-on-iterative-learning-control-for-atomic-force-microscopy
#9
Hui Liu, Yingzi Li, Yingxu Zhang, Yifu Chen, Zihang Song, Zhenyu Wang, Suoxin Zhang, Jianqiang Qian
Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) parameters play a vital role in the imaging process of an atomic force microscope (AFM). Traditional parameter tuning methods require a lot of manpower and it is difficult to set PID parameters in unattended working environments. In this manuscript, an intelligent tuning method of PID parameters based on iterative learning control is proposed to self-adjust PID parameters of the AFM according to the sample topography. This method gets enough information about the output signals of PID controller and tracking error, which will be used to calculate the proper PID parameters, by repeated line scanning until convergence before normal scanning to learn the topography...
October 7, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053805/longitudinal-measures-of-deformation-are-associated-with-a-composite-measure-of-contractility-derived-from-pressure-volume-loop-analysis-in-children
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Shahryar M Chowdhury, Ryan J Butts, Carolyn L Taylor, Varsha M Bandisode, Karen S Chessa, Anthony M Hlavacek, Arni Nutting, Girish S Shirali, G Hamilton Baker
Aims: The relationship between echocardiographic measures of left ventricular (LV) systolic function and reference-standard measures have not been assessed in children. The objective of this study was to assess the validity of echocardiographic indices of LV systolic function via direct comparison to a novel composite measure of contractility derived from pressure-volume loop (PVL) analysis. Methods and results: Children with normal loading conditions undergoing routine left heart catheterization were prospectively enrolled...
June 29, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053738/neotropical-peatland-methane-emissions-along-a-vegetation-and-biogeochemical-gradient
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R Scott Winton, Neal Flanagan, Curtis J Richardson
Tropical wetlands are thought to be the most important source of interannual variability in atmospheric methane (CH4) concentrations, yet sparse data prevents them from being incorporated into Earth system models. This problem is particularly pronounced in the neotropics where bottom-up models based on water table depth are incongruent with top-down inversion models suggesting unaccounted sinks or sources of CH4. The newly documented vast areas of peatlands in the Amazon basin may account for an important unrecognized CH4 source, but the hydrologic and biogeochemical controls of CH4 dynamics from these systems remain poorly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053693/in-vivo-tracking-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-a-rat-knee-osteoarthritis-model-with-fluorescent-lipophilic-membrane-dye
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Meng Li, Ming Hao, Dong Jiang, Yanxi Chen, Wen Wang
In order to support the clinical application of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell (haMSC) therapy for knee osteoarthritis (KOA), we examined the efficacy of cell persistence and biodistribution of haMSCs in animal models. We demonstrated a method to label the cell membrane of haMSCs with lipophilic fluorescent dye. Subsequently, intra-articular injection of the labeled cells in rats with surgically induced KOA was monitored dynamically by an in vivo imaging system. We employed the lipophilic carbocyanines DiD (DilC18 (5)), a far-red fluorescent Dil (dialkylcarbocyanines) analog, which utilized a red laser to avoid excitation of the natural green autofluorescence from surrounding tissues...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053674/assessing-urinary-tract-junction-obstruction-defects-by-methylene-blue-dye-injection
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Kangsun Yun
Urinary tract junction obstruction defects are congenital anomalies inducing hydronephrosis and hydroureter. Murine urinary tract junction obstruction defects can be assessed by tracking methylene blue dye flow within the urinary system. Methylene blue dye is injected into the renal pelvis of perinatal embryonic kidneys and dye flow is monitored from the renal pelvis of the kidney through the ureter and into the bladder lumen after applying hydrostatic pressure. Dye accumulation will be evident in the bladder lumen of the normal perinatal urinary tract, but will be constrained between the renal pelvis and the end point of an abnormal ureter, if urinary tract obstructions occur...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053667/assay-development-for-high-content-quantification-of-sod1-mutant-protein-aggregate-formation-in-living-cells
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Honggun Lee, Constantin Radu, Jeung Whan Han, Regis Grailhe
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that can be caused by inherited mutations in the gene encoding copper-zinc superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1). The structural instability of SOD1 and the detection of SOD1-positive inclusions in familial-ALS patients supports a potential causal role for misfolded and/or aggregated SOD1 in ALS pathology. In this study, we describe the development of a cell-based assay designed to quantify the dynamics of SOD1 aggregation in living cells by high content screening approaches...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053463/cooperative-fault-tolerant-tracking-control-for-multiagent-systems-an-intermediate-estimator-based-approach
#15
Jun-Wei Zhu, Guang-Hong Yang, Wen-An Zhang, Li Yu
This paper studies the observer based fault tolerant tracking control problem for linear multiagent systems with multiple faults and mismatched disturbances. A novel distributed intermediate estimator based fault tolerant tracking protocol is presented. The leader's input is nonzero and unavailable to the followers. By applying a projection technique, the mismatched disturbances are separated into matched and unmatched components. For each node, a tracking error system is established, for which an intermediate estimator driven by the relative output measurements is constructed to estimate the sensor faults and a combined signal of the leader's input, process faults, and matched disturbance component...
October 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053452/streamexplorer-a-multi-stage-system-for-visually-exploring-events-in-social-streams
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Yingcai Wu, Zhutian Chen, Guodao Sun, Xiao Xie, Nan Cao, Shixia Liu, Weiwei Cui
Analyzing social streams is important for many applications, such as crisis management. However, the considerable diversity, increasing volume, and high dynamics of social streams of large events continue to be significant challenges that must be overcome to ensure effective exploration. We propose a novel framework by which to handle complex social streams on a budget PC. This framework features two components: 1) an online method to detect important time periods (i.e., subevents), and 2) a tailored GPU-assisted Self-Organizing Map (SOM) method, which clusters the tweets of subevents stably and efficiently...
October 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053355/fatal-attraction-intraguild-facilitation-and-suppression-among-predators
#17
Kelly J Sivy, Casey B Pozzanghera, James B Grace, Laura R Prugh
Competition and suppression are recognized as dominant forces that structure predator communities. Facilitation via carrion provisioning, however, is a ubiquitous interaction among predators that could offset the strength of suppression. Understanding the relative importance of these positive and negative interactions is necessary to anticipate community-wide responses to apex predator declines and recoveries worldwide. Using state-sponsored wolf (Canis lupus) control in Alaska as a quasi experiment, we conducted snow track surveys of apex, meso-, and small predators to test for evidence of carnivore cascades (e...
November 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053080/aerosolizing-lipid-dispersions-enables-antibiotic-transport-across-mimics-of-the-lung-airway-surface-even-in-the-presence-of-pre-existing-lipid-monolayers
#18
Steven V Iasella, Amy Z Stetten, Timothy E Corcoran, Stephen Garoff, Todd M Przybycien, Robert D Tilton
BACKGROUND: Secondary lung infections are the primary cause of morbidity associated with cystic fibrosis lung disease. Aerosolized antibiotic inhalation is potentially advantageous but has limited effectiveness due to altered airway aerodynamics and deposition patterns that limit drug access to infected regions. One potential strategy to better reach infected areas is to formulate aerosols with surfactants that induce surface tension gradients and drive postdeposition drug dispersal via Marangoni transport along the airway surface liquid (ASL)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053074/clinical-improvement-associated-with-targeted-interruption-of-the-cerebellothalamic-tract-following-mr-guided-focused-ultrasound-for-essential-tremor
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J Levi Chazen, Harini Sarva, Philip E Stieg, Robert J Min, Douglas J Ballon, Kane O Pryor, Paul M Riegelhaupt, Michael G Kaplitt
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the utility of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography-based targeting of the dentatorubrothalamic tract (DRT) for magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) thalamotomy in patients with essential tremor (ET) and correlate postprocedural tract disruption with clinical outcomes. METHODS Four patients received preprocedural and immediate postprocedural DTI in addition to traditional anatomical MRI sequences for MRgFUS thalamotomy. Optimal ablation sites were selected based on the patient-specific location of the DRT as demonstrated by DTI (direct targeting) and correlated with traditional atlas-based measurements for thalamic ventral intermediate nucleus (Vim) lesioning (indirect targeting)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052829/esin-and-k-wire-fixation-have-similar-results-in-pediatric-both-bone-diaphyseal-forearm-fractures
#20
Namık Şahin, Yavuz Akalın, Oğuz Türker, Güven Özkaya
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare short-term radiographic and clinical results of pediatric both-bone diaphyseal forearm fractures treated with intramedullary nail fixation using titanium nails or K-wires. METHODS: This was a prospective comparative trial. In total, 43 patients with both-bone open or closed forearm fractures who underwent surgical treatment with intramedullary fixation were randomly classified into two groups. Three patients did not return for the follow-up and were excluded from the study...
September 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
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