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Tommaso Zanca, Franco Pellegrini, Giuseppe E Santoro, Erio Tosatti
The quantum motion of nuclei, generally ignored in the physics of sliding friction, can affect in an important manner the frictional dissipation of a light particle forced to slide in an optical lattice. The density matrix-calculated evolution of the quantum version of the basic Prandtl-Tomlinson model, describing the dragging by an external force of a point particle in a periodic potential, shows that purely classical friction predictions can be very wrong. The strongest quantum effect occurs not for weak but for strong periodic potentials, where barriers are high but energy levels in each well are discrete, and resonant Rabi or Landau-Zener tunneling to states in the nearest well can preempt classical stick-slip with nonnegligible efficiency, depending on the forcing speed...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Monia Cito, Silvia Pellegrini, Lorenzo Piemonti, Valeria Sordi
The experience in the field of islet transplantation shows that it is possible to replace β cells in a patient with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but this cell therapy is limited by the scarcity of organ donors and by the danger associated to the immunosuppressive drugs. Stem cell therapy is becoming a concrete opportunity to treat various diseases. In particular, for a disease like T1D, caused by the loss of a single specific cell type that does not need to be transplanted back in its originating site to perform its function, a stem cell-based cell replacement therapy seems to be the ideal cure...
March 2018: Endocrine Connections
Chiara Preziosa, Federico Corvi, Marco Pellegrini, Sara Bochicchio, Ana P Rosar, Giovanni Staurenghi
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To document by optical coherence tomography angiography, the onset of a choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to traumatic choroidal rupture and describe its changes after an intravitreal injection of bevacizumab. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 20-year-old woman presented referring vision loss after a blunt ocular trauma in her left eye. The patient underwent a complete ophthalmic examination. Best-corrected visual acuity was 20/200...
March 16, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Costanza Pellegrini, Oliver Husser, Won-Keun Kim, Andreas Holzamer, Thomas Walther, Tobias Rheude, Nicola Patrick Mayr, Teresa Trenkwalder, Michael Joner, Jonathan Michel, Fabian Chaustre, Adnan Kastrati, Heribert Schunkert, Christof Burgdorf, Michael Hilker, Helge Möllmann, Christian Hengstenberg
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The incidence of permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) and new conduction abnormalities (CA) with the ACURATE neo (Symetis S.A., Eclubens, Switzerland) has not been studied in detail. We aimed to analyze their predictors, evaluating patient- and device-related factors, including implantation depth and device-to-annulus ratio (DAR). METHODS: Two analyses of a multicenter population were performed: new PPI in pacemaker-naive patients (n = 283), and PPI/new-CA in patients without prior CA or pacemaker (n = 232)...
March 15, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
Tiago Antonio Tonietto, Marcio Manozzo Boniatti, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Marina Verçoza Viana, Moreno Calcagnotto Dos Santos, Carla Silva Lincho, José Augusto Santos Pellegrini, Josi Vidart, Jeruza Lavanholi Neyeloff, Gustavo Adolpho Moreira Faulhaber
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a predictor of mortality in critically ill patients. Our objective was to investigate the association between the RDW at ICU discharge and the risk of ICU readmission or unexpected death in the ward. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data study was conducted including patients discharged alive from the ICU to the ward. The target variable was the RDW collected at ICU discharge. Elevated RDW was defined as an RDW > 16%...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Glaucia Resende Soares, Carolina Foot Gomes de Moura, Marcelo Jose Dias Silva, Wagner Vilegas, Aline Boveto Santamarina, Luciana Pellegrini Pisani, Debora Estadella, Daniel Araki Ribeiro
The aim of this study was to evaluate the chemopreventive potential of purple carrot extract following rat tongue carcinogenesis induced by 4-nitroquinoline 1-oxide (4NQO). For this purpose, histopathological analysis, proliferative status, antioxidant activity and inflammatory status were investigated in this setting. A total of 20 male rats were distributed into four groups as follows (n = 5 per group): Group 1-free access to water and commercial diet for 12 weeks; Group 2-received 4NQO at 50 ppm dose in drinking water daily and commercial diet for 12 weeks; Group 3-free access to water and received diet supplemented with purple carrot extract (0...
March 15, 2018: Medical Oncology
Thomas Stöggl, Boye Welde, Matej Supej, Chiara Zoppirolli, Carsten G Rolland, Hans-Christer Holmberg, Barbara Pellegrini
Here, female and male elite cross-country (XC) skiers were compared on varying terrain during an official 10-km (women) and 15-km (men) Norwegian championship race. On the basis of race performance, 82 skiers were classified as fast (FS) (20 women, 20 men) or slower (SS) (21, 21) skiers. All were video recorded on flat (0°), intermediate (3.5°), uphill (7.1°) and steep uphill (11°) terrain during the race at a distance of 0.8, 1.2, 2.1 and 7.1 km from the start, respectively. All skiers employed exclusively double-poling (DP) on the flat section and, except for the male winner, exclusively diagonal stride (DIA) on the uphill sections...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
G Begnoni, G Serrao, F Musto, G Pellegrini, F M Triulzi, C Dellavia
INTRODUCTION: The development of skeletal structures (cranial base, upper and lower) and upper airways spaces (oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal) of the skull has always been an issue of great interest in orthodontics. Foetal MRI images obtained as screening exam during pregnancy can help to understand the development of these structures using a sample cephalometric analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 28 MRI images in sagittal section of foetuses from 20th to 32th weeks of gestation were obtained to dispel doubts about the presence of skeletal malformations...
March 13, 2018: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
Edoardo Capuano, Teresa Oliviero, Vincenzo Fogliano, Nicoletta Pellegrini
The energy content of food is calculated on the basis of general factors for fat, protein, and carbohydrates. These general factors were derived by W.O. Atwater in the late 19th century, while additional factors for dietary fiber, polyols, and organic acids were introduced more recently. These factors are applied indiscriminately to all types of foods, yet the same nutrient may be digested to different extents to generate energy, depending on the characteristics of the food matrix, the processing methods applied to foods, and the meal composition...
April 1, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
Jonathan Fusi, Sara Bianchi, Simona Daniele, Silvia Pellegrini, Claudia Martini, Fabio Galetta, Luca Giovannini, Ferdinando Franzoni
Oxidative stress arises from an imbalance between the production of free radicals and antioxidant defences. Several studies have suggested that dietary antioxidants (such as polyphenols and berberine) may counteract oxidative stress through the involvement of the Sirtuin 1/Adenosine Monophosphate-Activated Protein Kinase (SIRT1/AMPK) pathway. The aim of this study was to evaluate the direct and specific antioxidant activity of some natural compounds, as well as their ability to modulate the expression of SIRT1 and the activation of AMPK...
March 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Nicolas Diotel, Thierry D Charlier, Christian Lefebvre d'Hellencourt, David Couret, Vance L Trudeau, Joel C Nicolau, Olivier Meilhac, Olivier Kah, Elisabeth Pellegrini
Sex steroid hormones are synthesized from cholesterol and exert pleiotropic effects notably in the central nervous system. Pioneering studies from Baulieu and colleagues have suggested that steroids are also locally-synthesized in the brain. Such steroids, called neurosteroids, can rapidly modulate neuronal excitability and functions, brain plasticity, and behavior. Accumulating data obtained on a wide variety of species demonstrate that neurosteroidogenesis is an evolutionary conserved feature across fish, birds, and mammals...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Catherine S Grasso, Marios Giannakis, Daniel K Wells, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Xinmeng Jasmine Mu, Michael Quist, Jonathan A Nowak, Reiko Nishihara, Zhi Rong Qian, Kentaro Inamura, Teppei Morikawa, Katsuhiko Nosho, Gabriel Abril-Rodriguez, Charles Connolly, Helena Escuin-Ordinas, Milan S Geybels, William M Grady, Li Hsu, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Jeroen R Huyghe, Yeon Joo Kim, Paige E Krystofinski, Mark Dm Leiserson, Dennis J Montoya, Brian B Nadel, Matteo Pellegrini, Colin C Pritchard, Cristina Puig-Saus, Elleanor H Quist, Benjamin J Raphael, Stephen J Salipante, Daniel Sanghoon Shin, Eve Shinbrot, Brian Shirts, Sachet Shukla, Janet L Stanford, Wei Sun, Jennifer Tsoi, Alexander Upfill-Brown, David A Wheeler, Catherine J Wu, Ming Yu, Syed H Zaidi, Jesse M Zaretsky, Stacey B Gabriel, Eric S Lander, Levi A Garraway, Thomas J Hudson, Charles S Fuchs, Antoni Ribas, Shuji Ogino, Ulrike Peters
To understand the genetic drivers of immune recognition and evasion in colorectal cancer (CRC), we analyzed 1,211 CRC primary tumor samples, including 179 classified as microsatellite instability-high (MSI-high). This set includes The Cancer Genome Atlas CRC cohort of 592 samples, completed and analyzed here. MSI-high, a hypermutated, immunogenic subtype of CRC, had a high rate of significantly mutated genes in important immune modulating pathways and in the antigen presentation machinery, including biallelic losses of B2M and HLA genes due to copy number alterations and copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity (CN-LOH)...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Ineke Brouwer, Tommaso Moschetti, Andrea Candelli, Edwige B Garcin, Mauro Modesti, Luca Pellegrini, Gijs Jl Wuite, Erwin Jg Peterman
An essential mechanism for repairing DNA double-strand breaks is homologous recombination (HR). One of its core catalysts is human RAD51 (hRAD51), which assembles as a helical nucleoprotein filament on single-stranded DNA, promoting DNA-strand exchange. Here, we study the interaction of hRAD51 with single-stranded DNA using a single-molecule approach. We show that ATP-bound hRAD51 filaments can exist in two different states with different contour lengths and with a free-energy difference of ~4 kB T per hRAD51 monomer...
March 5, 2018: EMBO Journal
Luca Pellegrini, Luca Scorrano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Thomas H McCoy, Victor M Castro, Kamber L Hart, Amelia M Pellegrini, Sheng Yu, Tianxi Cai, Roy H Perlis
BACKGROUND: Genetic studies of neuropsychiatric disease strongly suggest an overlap in liability. There are growing efforts to characterize these diseases dimensionally rather than categorically, but the extent to which such dimensional models correspond to biology is unknown. METHODS: We applied a newly developed natural language processing method to extract five symptom dimensions based on the National Institute of Mental Health Research Domain Criteria definitions from narrative hospital discharge notes in a large biobank...
February 20, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
Lucy Cheng, Laura J Marinelli, Noël Grosset, Sorel T Fitz-Gibbon, Charles A Bowman, Brian Q Dang, Daniel A Russell, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Baochen Shi, Matteo Pellegrini, Jeff F Miller, Michel Gautier, Graham F Hatfull, Robert L Modlin
BACKGROUND: A remarkable exception to the large genetic diversity often observed for bacteriophages infecting a specific bacterial host was found for the Cutibacterium acnes (formerly Propionibacterium acnes) phages, which are highly homogeneous. Phages infecting the related species, which is also a member of the Propionibacteriaceae family, Propionibacterium freudenreichii, a bacterium used in production of Swiss-type cheeses, have also been described and are common contaminants of the cheese manufacturing process...
March 1, 2018: BMC Microbiology
Gennaro Boccia, Davide Dardanello, Cantor Tarperi, Luca Festa, Antonio La Torre, Barbara Pellegrini, Federico Schena, Alberto Rainoldi
Women are known to be less fatigable than men in single-joint exercises, but fatigue induced by running has not been well understood. Here we investigated sex differences in central and peripheral fatigue and in rate of force development (RFD) in the knee extensors after a half-marathon run. Ten male and eight female amateur runners (aged 25-50 years) were evaluated before and immediately after a half-marathon race. Knee extensors forces were obtained under voluntary and electrically evoked isometric contractions...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
Sara Bassoli, Cristina Pellegrini, Caterina Longo, Lucia Di Nardo, Francesca Farnetani, Anna M Cesinaro, Giovanni Pellacani, Maria Concetta Fargnoli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Melanoma Research
I Corsi, M Winther-Nielsen, R Sethi, C Punta, C Della Torre, G Libralato, G Lofrano, L Sabatini, M Aiello, L Fiordi, F Cinuzzi, A Caneschi, D Pellegrini, I Buttino
The use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) for environmental remediation, known as nanoremediation, represents a challenging and innovative solution, ensuring a quick and efficient removal of pollutants from contaminated sites. Although the growing interest in nanotechnological solutions for pollution remediation, with significant economic investment worldwide, environmental and human risk assessment associated with the use of ENMs is still a matter of debate and nanoremediation is seen yet as an emerging technology...
February 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Sara Di Siena, Federica Campolo, Roberto Gimmelli, Chiara Di Pietro, Daniela Marazziti, Susanna Dolci, Andrea Lenzi, Andre Nussenzweig, Manuela Pellegrini
Hereditary deficiencies in DNA damage signaling are invariably associated with cancer predisposition, immunodeficiency, radiation sensitivity, gonadal abnormalities, premature aging, and tissue degeneration. ATM kinase has been established as a central player in DNA double-strand break repair and its deficiency causes ataxia telangiectasia, a rare, multi-system disease with no cure. So ATM represents a highly attractive target for the development of novel types of gene therapy or transplantation strategies...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
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