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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779244/diversity-of-epicotyl-dormancy-among-tropical-montane-forest-species-in-sri-lanka
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Yasoja S Athugala, K M G G Jayasuriya, A M T A Gunarathne, Carol C Baskin
Fruiting season of many Sri Lankan tropical montane species is not synchronized and may not occur when conditions are favorable for seedling establishment. We hypothesized that species with different fruiting seasons have different seed dormancy mechanisms to synchronize timing of germination with a favorable season for establishment. Using six species with different fruiting seasons, we tested this hypothesis. Germination and imbibition of intact and manually-scarified seeds were studied. Effect of GA3 on germination was examined...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779239/indoor-trichoderma-strains-emitting-peptaibols-in-guttation-droplets
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E Castagnoli, T Marik, R Mikkola, L Kredics, M A Andersson, H Salonen, J Kurnitski
AIMS: The production of peptaibols, toxic secondary metabolites of Trichoderma, in the indoor environment is not well-documented. Here we investigated the toxicity of peptaibols in the guttation droplets and biomass of Trichoderma strains isolated from problematic buildings. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven indoor-isolated strains of T. atroviride, T. trixiae, T. paraviridescens and T. citrinoviride were cultivated on malt extract agar, gypsum boards and paperboards. Their biomass extracts and guttation droplets were highly cytotoxic in resting and motile boar sperm cell assays and in inhibition of somatic cell proliferation assays...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779184/limbic-system-structure-volumes-and-associated-neurocognitive-functioning-in-former-nfl-players
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Christian Lepage, Marc Muehlmann, Yorghos Tripodis, Jakob Hufschmidt, Julie Stamm, Katie Green, Pawel Wrobel, Vivian Schultz, Isabelle Weir, Michael L Alosco, Christine M Baugh, Nathan G Fritts, Brett M Martin, Christine Chaisson, Michael J Coleman, Alexander P Lin, Ofer Pasternak, Nikos Makris, Robert A Stern, Martha E Shenton, Inga K Koerte
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease associated with exposure to repetitive head impacts. CTE has been linked to disruptions in cognition, mood, and behavior. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of CTE can only be made post-mortem. Neuropathological evidence suggests limbic structures may provide an opportunity to characterize CTE in the living. Using 3 T magnetic resonance imaging, we compared select limbic brain regional volumes - the amygdala, hippocampus, and cingulate gyrus - between symptomatic former National Football League (NFL) players (n = 86) and controls (n = 22)...
May 19, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779096/the-status-of-the-hemostasis-system-under-the-influence-of-proline-peptides-during-the-development-of-experimental-metabolic-syndrome
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M E Grigorjeva, N F Myasoedov, L A Lyapina, T Y Obergan, L A Andreeva
A comparative study of the influence of regulatory proline peptides Pro-Gly-Pro, Pro-Arg-Pro, Pro-Gly-Pro-Leu, and Arg-Pro-Gly-Pro on the state of the hemostasis system was carried out in an experiment on male rats with metabolic syndrome. Under these conditions, repeated (7-fold) intranasal administration of the peptides in a daily dose of 50 μg/kg resulted in an increase in the anticoagulant potential of the blood, namely, in an increase in the anticoagulant, fibrinolytic, and antiplatelet activity 20 h and 7 days after the last peptide injection...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778738/risk-adapted-therapy-for-young-children-with-medulloblastoma-sjyc07-therapeutic-and-molecular-outcomes-from-a-multicentre-phase-2-trial
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Giles W Robinson, Vasilisa A Rudneva, Ivo Buchhalter, Catherine A Billups, Sebastian M Waszak, Kyle S Smith, Daniel C Bowers, Anne Bendel, Paul G Fisher, Sonia Partap, John R Crawford, Tim Hassall, Daniel J Indelicato, Frederick Boop, Paul Klimo, Noah D Sabin, Zoltan Patay, Thomas E Merchant, Clinton F Stewart, Brent A Orr, Jan O Korbel, David T W Jones, Tanvi Sharma, Peter Lichter, Marcel Kool, Andrey Korshunov, Stefan M Pfister, Richard J Gilbertson, Robert P Sanders, Arzu Onar-Thomas, David W Ellison, Amar Gajjar, Paul A Northcott
BACKGROUND: Young children with medulloblastoma have a poor overall survival compared with older children, due to use of radiation-sparing therapy in young children. Radiotherapy is omitted or reduced in these young patients to spare them from debilitating long-term side-effects. We aimed to estimate event-free survival and define the molecular characteristics associated with progression-free survival in young patients with medulloblastoma using a risk-stratified treatment strategy designed to defer, reduce, or delay radiation exposure...
May 16, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778671/international-study-of-comparative-health-effectiveness-with-medical-and-invasive-approaches-ischemia-trial-rationale-and-design
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David J Maron, Judith S Hochman, Sean M O'Brien, Harmony R Reynolds, William E Boden, Gregg W Stone, Sripal Bangalore, John A Spertus, Daniel B Mark, Karen P Alexander, Leslee Shaw, Jeffrey S Berger, T Bruce Ferguson, David O Williams, Robert A Harrington, Yves Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Prior trials comparing a strategy of optimal medical therapy with or without revascularization have not shown that revascularization reduces cardiovascular events in patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). However, those trials only included participants in whom coronary anatomy was known prior to randomization and did not include sufficient numbers of participants with significant ischemia. It remains unknown whether a routine invasive approach offers incremental value over a conservative approach with catheterization reserved for failure of medical therapy in patients with moderate or severe ischemia...
April 21, 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778641/subregional-volumes-of-the-hippocampus-in-relation-to-cognitive-function-and-risk-of-dementia
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Tavia E Evans, Hieab H H Adams, Silvan Licher, Frank J Wolters, Aad van der Lugt, M Kamran Ikram, Michael J O'Sullivan, Meike W Vernooij, M Arfan Ikram
BACKGROUND: Total hippocampal volume has been consistently linked to cognitive function and dementia. Yet, given its complex and parcellated internal structure, the role of subregions of the hippocampus in cognition and risk of dementia remains relatively underexplored. We studied subregions of the hippocampus in a large population-based cohort to further understand their role in cognitive impairment and dementia risk. METHODS: We studied 5035 dementia- and stroke-free persons from the Rotterdam Study, aged over 45 years...
May 17, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778583/a-novel-view-on-the-pathogenesis-of-complications-after-intravesical-bcg-for-bladder-cancer
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Manu P Bilsen, Krista E van Meijgaarden, Hanna K de Jong, Simone A Joosten, Corine Prins, Lucia J M Kroft, Jacqueline T Jonker, Stijn Crobach, Rob C Pelger, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Sandra M Arend
Intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is widely used for high-risk, non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. We describe four cases which illustrate the spectrum of BCG-induced complications, varying from granulomatous prostatitis to sepsis. Considerable debate exists whether inflammation or infection is the predominant mechanism in the pathogenesis of BCG-disease. In two patients with systemic illness symptoms resolved first after adding prednisone, indicating a principle role for inflammation in systemic disease...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778481/health-benefits-of-orally-administered-anti-il-10-antibody-in-milk-fed-dairy-calves
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S M Raabis, T L Ollivett, M E Cook, J M Sand, S M McGuirk
The primary objective of this randomized controlled trial was to determine whether anti-IL-10 egg yolk antibodies fed upon arrival to a calf ranch would lower the prevalence of Cryptosporidium parvum shedding in naturally challenged preweaned dairy calves. The secondary objectives included measuring the effect of anti-IL-10 antibodies on calf health, performance, and shedding of less common diarrheal pathogens. A total of 133 calves, enrolled at 24 to 72 h of age, received a daily dose of 0.96 g of egg yolk powder with anti-IL-10 antibodies (MAB, n = 71) or without anti-IL-10 antibodies (MEP, n = 62) split between 2 feedings for the first 11 d on feed at a calf ranch...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778444/artificial-structures-alter-kelp-functioning-across-an-urbanised-estuary
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M Mayer-Pinto, K A Dafforn, A B Bugnot, T M Glasby, E L Johnston
Assessments of human impacts on natural habitats often focus on the abundance of component species, yet physiological and/or sub-lethal effects of stressors on functional attributes may be equally important to consider. Here we evaluated how artificial structures, an integral part of urbanisation in the marine environment, affects key functional properties of the habitat-forming kelp Ecklonia radiata. Given that stressors rarely occur in isolation, we assessed the effects of infrastructure across an urbanised estuary...
May 5, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778399/may-measurement-month-2017-an-analysis-of-blood-pressure-screening-results-worldwide
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Thomas Beaney, Aletta E Schutte, Maciej Tomaszewski, Cono Ariti, Louise M Burrell, Rafael R Castillo, Fadi J Charchar, Albertino Damasceno, Ruan Kruger, Daniel T Lackland, Peter M Nilsson, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Agustin J Ramirez, Markus P Schlaich, Jiguang Wang, Michael A Weber, Neil R Poulter
BACKGROUND: Increased blood pressure is the biggest contributor to the global burden of disease and mortality. Data suggest that less than half of the population with hypertension is aware of it. May Measurement Month was initiated to raise awareness of the importance of blood pressure and as a pragmatic interim solution to the shortfall in screening programmes. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey included volunteer adults (≥18 years) who ideally had not had their blood pressures measured in the past year...
May 16, 2018: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778250/surgical-management-of-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasm-with-main-duct-involvement-an-international-expert-survey-and-case-vignette-study
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Lianne Scholten, Nadine C M van Huijgevoort, Marco J Bruno, Carlos Fernandez-Del Castillo, Sohei Satoi, Alain Sauvanet, Christopher Wolfgang, Paul Fockens, Suresh T Chari, Marco Del Chiaro, Jeanin E van Hooft, Marc G Besselink
BACKGROUND: The risk of invasive cancer in resected intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm with main pancreatic duct involvement is 33%-60%. Most guidelines, therefore, advise resection of main duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm and mixed type intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm in surgically fit patients, although advice on the surgical strategy (partial or total pancreatectomy) differs. We performed a survey amongst international experts to guide the design of future studies and help to prepare for a single international set of guidelines...
May 16, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778085/braf-and-mek-inhibitor-therapy-eliminates-nestin-expressing-melanoma-cells-in-human-tumors
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Deon B Doxie, Allison R Greenplate, Jocelyn S Gandelman, Kirsten E Diggins, Caroline E Roe, Kimberly B Dahlman, Jeffrey A Sosman, Mark C Kelley, Jonathan M Irish
Little is known about the in vivo impacts of targeted therapy on melanoma cell abundance and protein expression. Here, 21 antibodies were added to an established melanoma mass cytometry panel to measure 32 cellular features, distinguish malignant cells, and characterize dabrafenib and trametinib responses in BRAFV 600mut melanoma. Tumor cells were biopsied before neoadjuvant therapy and compared to cells surgically resected from the same site after 4 weeks of therapy. Approximately 50,000 cells per tumor were characterized by mass cytometry and computational tools t-SNE/viSNE, FlowSOM, and MEM...
May 19, 2018: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777975/geriatric-analysis-from-prodige-20-randomized-phase-ii-trial-evaluating-bevacizumab-chemotherapy-versus-chemotherapy-alone-in-older-patients-with-untreated-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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T Aparicio, O Bouché, E Francois, F Retornaz, E Barbier, J Taieb, S Kirscher, P-L Etienne, R Faroux, F Khemissa Akouz, F El Hajbi, C Locher, Y Rinaldi, T Lecomte, S Lavau-Denes, M Baconnier, A Oden-Gangloff, D Genet, L Bedenne, E Paillaud
BACKGROUND: Older patients have frailty characteristics that impair the transposition of treatment results found in younger patients. Predictive factors are needed to help with treatment choices for older patients. The PRODIGE 20 study is a randomized phase II study that evaluated chemotherapy associated with bevacizumab (BEV) or not (CT) in patients aged 75 years or older. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients underwent a geriatric assessment at randomization and at each evaluation...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777742/a-functional-glycoproteomics-approach-identifies-cd13-as-a-novel-e-selectin-ligand-in-breast-cancer
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M A Carrascal, M Silva, J A Ferreira, R Azevedo, D Ferreira, A M N Silva, D Ligeiro, L L Santos, R Sackstein, P A Videira
BACKGROUND: The glycan moieties sialyl-Lewis-X and/or -A (sLeX/A ) are the primary ligands for E-selectin, regulating subsequent tumor cell extravasation into distant organs. However, the nature of the glycoprotein scaffolds displaying these glycans in breast cancer remains unclear and constitutes the focus of the present investigation. METHODS: We isolated glycoproteins that bind E-selectin from the CF1_T breast cancer cell line, derived from a patient with ductal carcinoma...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777713/development-and-psychometric-validation-of-capacity-assessment-of-prosthetic-performance-for-the-upper-limb-cappful
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Nathan T Kearns, Jennifer K Peterson, Lisa Smurr Walters, Warren T Jackson, John M Miguelez, Tiffany Ryan
OBJECTIVES: (1) Develop a performance-based measure for adult upper limb (UL) prosthetic functioning through broad (i.e. overall performance) and functional domain-specific (e.g., control skills) assessment of commonplace activities; (2) conduct initial psychometric evaluation of the Capacity Assessment of Prosthetic Performance for the Upper Limb (CAPPFUL). DESIGN: Internal consistency of CAPPFUL and interrater reliability for task, functional domain, and full scale (sub)scores among three independent raters were estimated...
May 16, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777392/determining-representative-ranges-of-point-sensors-in-distributed-networks
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John K Horne, Dale A Jacques
Distributed networks of stationary instruments provide high temporal scope (i.e., range/resolution) observations but are spatially limited as a set of point measurements. Measurement similarity between points typically decays with distance, which is used to set interpolation distances. The importance of analyzing spatiotemporal data at equivalent spatial and temporal scales has been identified but no standard procedure is used to interpolate space using temporally-indexed observations. Using concurrent mobile and stationary active acoustic, fish density data from a tidal energy site in Puget Sound, WA, USA, six methods are compared to estimate the range at which stationary measurements can be spatially interpolated...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776834/bet-bromodomain-ligands-probing-the-wpf-shelf-to-improve-brd4-bromodomain-affinity-and-metabolic-stability
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Laura E Jennings, Matthias Schiedel, David S Hewings, Sarah Picaud, Corentine M C Laurin, Paul A Bruno, Joseph P Bluck, Amy R Scorah, Larissa See, Jessica K Reynolds, Mustafa Moroglu, Ishna N Mistry, Amy Hicks, Pavel Guzanov, James Clayton, Charles N G Evans, Giulia Stazi, Philip C Biggin, Anna K Mapp, Ester M Hammond, Philip G Humphreys, Panagis Filippakopoulos, Stuart J Conway
Ligands for the bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) family of bromodomains have shown promise as useful therapeutic agents for treating a range of cancers and inflammation. Here we report that our previously developed 3,5-dimethylisoxazole-based BET bromodomain ligand (OXFBD02) inhibits interactions of BRD4(1) with the RelA subunit of NF-κB, in addition to histone H4. This ligand shows a promising profile in a screen of the NCI-60 panel but was rapidly metabolised (t½  = 39.8 min). Structure-guided optimisation of compound properties led to the development of the 3-pyridyl-derived OXFBD04...
May 15, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776780/racial-disparities-in-cardiovascular-health-behaviors-the-coronary-artery-risk-development-in-young-adults-study
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Kara M Whitaker, David R Jacobs, Kiarri N Kershaw, Ryan T Demmer, John N Booth, April P Carson, Cora E Lewis, David C Goff, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Catarina I Kiefe
INTRODUCTION: There are known racial differences in cardiovascular health behaviors, including smoking, physical activity, and diet quality. A better understanding of these differences may help identify intervention targets for reducing cardiovascular disease disparities. This study examined whether socioeconomic, psychosocial, and neighborhood environmental factors, in isolation or together, mediate racial differences in health behaviors. METHODS: Participants were 3,081 men and women from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study who were enrolled in 1985-1986 (Year 0) and completed a follow-up examination in 2015-2016 (Year 30)...
May 15, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776444/mediastinal-staging-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-endobronchial-and-endoscopic-ultrasonography-with-or-without-additional-surgical-mediastinoscopy-mediastrial-study-protocol-of-a-multicenter-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jelle E Bousema, Marcel G W Dijkgraaf, Nicole E Papen-Botterhuis, Hermien W Schreurs, Jos G Maessen, Erik H van der Heijden, Willem H Steup, Jerry Braun, Valentin J J M Noyez, Fieke Hoeijmakers, Naomi Beck, Martijn van Dorp, Niels J M Claessens, Birgitta I Hiddinga, Johannes M A Daniels, David J Heineman, Harmen R Zandbergen, Ad F T M Verhagen, Paul E van Schil, Jouke T Annema, Frank J C van den Broek
BACKGROUND: In case of suspicious lymph nodes on computed tomography (CT) or fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), advanced tumour size or central tumour location in patients with suspected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), Dutch and European guidelines recommend mediastinal staging by endosonography (endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)) with sampling of mediastinal lymph nodes. If biopsy results from endosonography turn out negative, additional surgical staging of the mediastinum by mediastinoscopy is advised to prevent unnecessary lung resection due to false negative endosonography findings...
May 18, 2018: BMC Surgery
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