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Oneida Espinosa-Álvarez, Paola A Ortiz, Luciana Lima, André G Costa-Martins, Myrna G Serrano, Stephane Herder, Gregory A Buck, Erney P Camargo, Patrick B Hamilton, Jamie R Stevens, Marta M G Teixeira
Trypanosoma rangeli and Trypanosoma cruzi are generalist trypanosomes sharing a wide range of mammalian hosts; they are transmitted by triatomine bugs, and are the only trypanosomes infecting humans in the Neotropics. Their origins, phylogenetic relationships, and emergence as human parasites have long been subjects of interest. In the present study, taxon-rich analyses (20 trypanosome species from bats and terrestrial mammals) using ssrRNA, glycosomal glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (gGAPDH), heat shock protein-70 (HSP70) and Spliced Leader (SL) RNA sequences, and multilocus phylogenetic analyses using 11 single copy genes from 15 selected trypanosomes, provide increased resolution of relationships between species and clades, strongly supporting two main sister lineages: lineage Schizotrypanum, comprising T...
March 12, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Shan Ping Liu, Ming Zhao, Guo En Sun, Wang Gao, Qing Jiang
The effects of water molecules (promotion/prohibition) on CO oxidation remain debated. Herein, using density functional theory calculations, we demonstrate that water molecules can facilitate the CO + O/O2 oxidation process, but prohibit the CO + OH oxidation process, which is consistent with the experimental finding that water molecules have two distinct effects on CO oxidation. For the CO + O/O2 oxidation mechanisms, we find that the reactants were pushed towards each other due to the steric effect of the water molecules, which decreases the reaction barriers and promotes the CO + O/O2 oxidation process...
March 13, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Kelli A Fagan, Jintao Luo, Ross C Lagoy, Frank C Schroeder, Dirk R Albrecht, Douglas S Portman
Biological sex, a fundamental dimension of internal state, can modulate neural circuits to generate behavioral variation. Understanding how and why circuits are tuned by sex can provide important insights into neural and behavioral plasticity. Here we find that sexually dimorphic behavioral responses to C. elegans ascaroside sex pheromones are implemented by the functional modulation of shared chemosensory circuitry. In particular, the sexual state of a single sensory neuron pair, ADF, determines the nature of an animal's behavioral response regardless of the sex of the rest of the body...
March 3, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Carmelo Panetta, Sunil Rao
OBJECTIVES: Study a novel method using manual pressure on a hemostatic pad and hemoband for ulnar compression as a potential alternative for radial sheath removal. BACKGROUND: The standard for transradial access site (TRA) sheath removal requires an inflatable pressure band over the radial artery and recently a band over the ulnar artery to reduce complications. We present a novel technique using a SoftSeal®-STF hemostatic pad over the radial artery combined with a hemoband over the ulnar artery after sheath removal...
March 9, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Nuri Yazdani, Tra Nguyen-Thanh, Maksym Yarema, Weyde M M Lin, Ramon Gao, Olesya Yarema, Alexey Bosak, Vanessa Wood
Knowledge of the vibrational structure of a semiconductor is essential for explaining its optical and electronic properties and enabling optimized materials selection for optoelectronic devices. However, measurement or computation of the vibrational density of states of colloidally-synthesized nanocrystals (quantum dots) is challenging. Here, we show that inelastic x-ray scattering (IXS) can be used to measure the vibrational density of states of nanocrystals in thin films. Using IXS, we report the first experimental measurements of the vibrational density of states for lead sulfide nanocrystals with different halide-ion terminations and for CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Thi Thu Tra Vu, Thomas Alter, Stephan Huehn
This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Vibrio spp. in retail seafood in Berlin, Germany. A total of 160 raw seafood samples from supermarkets and seafood shops, consisting of shrimp ( n = 80) and bivalves ( n = 80), were investigated for the presence of Vibrio spp. using the International Organization for Standardization ISO/TS 21872 method and a multiplex PCR. The overall prevalence of Vibrio spp. in retail seafood was 55% (95% CI: 47.2 to 62.8%). The prevalence of Vibrio spp. in shrimp was slightly higher than in bivalves (57...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
Yanfei Deng, Guiting Huang, Lingxiu Zou, Tianying Nong, Xiaoling Yang, Jiayu Cui, Yingming Wei, Sufang Yang, Deshun Shi
Amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) from livestock are valuable resources for animal reproduction and veterinary therapeutic. The purpose of this study is to explore a suitable way to isolate and culture the buffalo AMSCs (bAMSCs), and to identify their biological characteristics. Digestion with a combination of trypsin-EDTA and collagenase type I could obtain pure bAMSCs more effectively than trypsin-EDTA or collagenase type I alone. bAMSCs could proliferate steadily in vitro culture and exhibited fibroblastic-like morphology in vortex-shaped colony...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Sayoko Saito, Keiko Hiemori, Kayo Kiyoi, Hiroaki Tateno
Glycans are one of the major building blocks of extracellular vesicles (EVs). However, their roles and applications have not been completely explored. Here, we analyzed the glycome of EVs derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using high-density lectin microarray. The glycan profiles of hiPSC-derived EVs were different from those of non-hiPSC-derived EVs. Moreover, rBC2LCN that shows specific binding to hiPSCs, showed strong specificity for hiPSC-derived EVs but not non-hiPSCs-derived EVs...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tran Van Tra, Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Stefan Greiving
Vu Gia- Thu Bon (VGTB) River Basin, located in the Central Coastal zone of Viet Nam currently faces water shortage. Climate change is expected to exacerbate the challenge. Therefore, there is a need to study the impacts of climate change on water shortage in the river basin. The study adopts a combined top-down and bottom-up climate change impact assessment to address the impacts of climate change on water shortage in the VGTB River Basin. A MIKE BASIN water balance model for the river basin was established to simulate the response of the hydrological system...
February 26, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Marta Fojanesi, Mariana Gallo, Matteo Spaziani, Federica Russo, Martina Valentini, Francesco Saverio Bersani, Massimo Biondi, Antonio Radicioni
RIASSUNTO. Introduzione. La riduzione dell'ormone della crescita (GH) in assenza di lesioni ipofisarie è una delle cause di bassa statura e della condizione clinica di deficit di crescita non organico, nota come "non-organic failure to thrive" (NOFTT). I progressi nell'ambito della psicologia dello sviluppo hanno messo in evidenza il ruolo delle emozioni e dei comportamenti del caregiver nell'organizzazione della personalità e della psicobiologia del bambino, considerando il legame di attaccamento madre-figlio come un'esperienza fondamentale nello sviluppo...
January 2018: Rivista di Psichiatria
Nazarena Cataldo, Valeria Pegoraro, Claudio Ripellino, Valentino Bertasi, Roberta Di Turi, Maurizio Pastorello, Marco Gambera
Riassunto. Il presente studio intende confrontare il rischio di non persistenza e l'utilizzo delle risorse sanitarie nei pazienti con fibrillazione atriale non valvolare (FANV) naïve al trattamento con antagonisti della vitamina K (AVK) o con nuovi anticoagulanti orali (NAO). Partendo dai database amministrativi di cinque ASL italiane, sono stati selezionati e inclusi nello studio tutti i pazienti con almeno una dimissione ospedaliera per FANV dal 2011 al 2014. Tra questi, i nuovi utilizzatori di AVK o NAO nel 2014 sono stati identificati e seguiti a partire dalla data della prima prescrizione al verificarsi di uno qualsiasi dei seguenti eventi: interruzione della terapia superiore a 90 giorni, passaggio o aggiunta di una molecola differente rispetto a quella prescritta alla data indice, morte del paziente, fine del follow-up (dicembre 2015)...
February 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Bernadette Hotzi, Mónika Kosztelnik, Balázs Hargitai, Krisztina Takács-Vellai, János Barna, Kincső Bördén, András Málnási-Csizmadia, Mónika Lippai, Csaba Ortutay, Caroline Bacquet, Angela Pasparaki, Tamás Arányi, Nektarios Tavernarakis, Tibor Vellai
A fascinating aspect of sexual dimorphism in various animal species is that the two sexes differ substantially in lifespan. In humans, for example, women's life expectancy exceeds that of men by 3-7 years. Whether this trait can be attributed to dissimilar lifestyles or genetic (regulatory) factors remains to be elucidated. Herein, we demonstrate that in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the significantly longer lifespan of hermaphrodites-which are essentially females capable of sperm production-over males is established by TRA-1, the terminal effector of the sex-determination pathway...
March 1, 2018: Aging Cell
R A Ajadi, O A Sobanke, A A Adeniyi, A A Adeusi, A Adebiyi, A K Akinloye
The influence of tramadol on the anaesthetic indices and physiological parameters of epidural injection of lignocaine was evaluated in West African Dwarf (WAD) sheep undergoing laparo-ovariectomy. Ten female sheep weighing (16.2 ± 1.3 kg) were randomly allocated into anaesthesia with epidural injection of lignocaine (4mg/kg) (LIG), or lignocaine (2mg/kg) and tramadol (2mg/kg) (LIG-TRA). Following anaesthesia, they were aseptically prepared and subjected to laparo-ovariectomy. Behavioural changes were noted as they occur, and onset of drug action (OAN) (time between epidural injection and loss of pedal reflex), duration of analgesia (DAN) (time between disappearance and reappearance of pedal reflex) were determined...
December 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Shabnam ShahAli, Amir Massoud Arab, Esmaeil Ebrahimi, Shiva ShahAli, Nahid Rahmani, Hossein Negahban, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, Andia Bahmani
PURPOSE: The present study investigated group differences between the thickness changes of the transverse abdominis (TrA), internal oblique (IO), and external oblique (EO) muscles, during performance of the isometric supine chest raise and the supine double leg-straight leg raise tests in women with and without low back pain (LBP). METHOD: Twenty women with LBP and 20 women without LBP participated in this case-control study. The thickness of the right TrA, IO, and EO muscles was measured using B-mode ultrasound (US) at rest, immediately at the beginning of performing the tests and when participants in both groups self-reported fatigue...
February 26, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Matthew S Schoenfeld, Ibrahim Kassas, Binita Shah
Early revascularization is the gold standard for management of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and cardiogenic shock (CS). The use of transradial artery access (TRA) in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has increased in recent years and has emerged as a safe and effective approach to PCI in high-risk patients, with advantages in reduced major bleeding events, other peri-procedural complications, and all-cause mortality when compared with transfemoral artery access (TFA). Multiple randomized clinical trials have demonstrated these advantages of TRA vs...
February 24, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Nam G Lee, H You Joshua Sung, Chung H Yi, Hye S Jeon, Bong S Choi, Dong R Lee, Jae M Park, Tae H Lee, In T Ryu, Hyun S Yoon
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of conventional core stabilization (CCS) and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) on anticipatory postural adjustment (APA) time, balance performance, and fear of falls in chronic hemiparetic stroke. DESIGN: Two-group randomized controlled trial with pretest-posttest design SETTING: Hospital's rehabilitation center. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-eight adults with chronic hemiparetic stroke INTERVENTION: Participants were randomly divided into either CCS (n=14) or DNS (n=14) groups...
February 21, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Piotr Kübler, Wojciech Zimoch, Michał Kosowski, Brunon Tomasiewicz, Artur Telichowski, Krzysztof Reczuch
INTRODUCTION: Transfemoral approach (TFA) may be preferred access site in order to facilitate complex percutaneous procedures such as rotational atherectomy (RA). Notwithstanding, there is a growing evidence that transradial approach (TRA) is associated with lower access site complication rates and even lower mortality. The aim was to assess in-hospital and 1-year outcomes in patients undergoing RA using TRA, in comparison to TFA. METHODS: A single center observational study included all consecutive patients, who underwent RA from 2010 to 2015...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Hao Fan, Kenneth H Fife, Dena Cox, Anthony D Cox, Gregory D Zimet
Much of the research examining predictors of HIV testing has used retrospective self-report to assess HIV testing. FINDINGS: therefore, may be subject to recall bias and to difficulties determining the direction of associations. In this prospective study, we administered surveys to women in community clinics to identify predictors of subsequent observed HIV testing, overcoming these limitations. Eighty-three percent were tested. In the adjusted multivariable model, being born in the U...
February 22, 2018: AIDS Care
Yumeng Fan, Xiaorong Lin
Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungal pathogen that claims hundreds of thousands of lives annually. Targeted genetic manipulation through biolistic transformation in C. neoformans drove the investigation of this clinically important pathogen at the molecular level. Although costly and inefficient, biolistic transformation remains the major method for editing Cryptococcus genome as foreign DNAs introduced by other methods such as electroporation are predominantly not integrated into the genome. Although the majority of DNAs introduced by biolistic transformation are stably inherited, the transformation efficiency and the homologous integration rate (1~10%) are low...
February 14, 2018: Genetics
Niranjan Awasthi, Sheena Monahan, Alexis Stefaniak, Margaret A Schwarz, Roderich E Schwarz
Nab-paclitaxel (NPT) combination with gemcitabine (Gem) represents the standard chemotherapy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Genetic alterations of the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK (MAPK) signaling pathway yielding constitutive activation of the ERK cascade have been implicated as drivers of PDAC. Inhibition of downstream targets in the RAS-MAPK cascade such as MEK remains a promising therapeutic strategy. The efficacy of trametinib (Tra), a small molecule inhibitor of MEK1/2 kinase activity, in combination with nab-paclitaxel-based chemotherapy was evaluated in preclinical models of PDAC...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
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