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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637227/echocardiographic-reference-ranges-for-normal-left-ventricular-2d-strain-results-from-the-eacvi-norre-study
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Tadafumi Sugimoto, Raluca Dulgheru, Anne Bernard, Federica Ilardi, Laura Contu, Karima Addetia, Luis Caballero, Natela Akhaladze, George D Athanassopoulos, Daniele Barone, Monica Baroni, Nuno Cardim, Andreas Hagendorff, Krasimira Hristova, Teresa Lopez, Gonzalo de la Morena, Bogdan A Popescu, Marie Moonen, Martin Penicka, Tolga Ozyigit, Jose David Rodrigo Carbonero, Nico van de Veire, Ralph Stephan von Bardeleben, Dragos Vinereanu, Jose Luis Zamorano, Yun Yun Go, Monica Rosca, Andrea Calin, Julien Magne, Bernard Cosyns, Stella Marchetta, Erwan Donal, Gilbert Habib, Maurizio Galderisi, Luigi P Badano, Roberto M Lang, Patrizio Lancellotti
Aims: To obtain the normal ranges for 2D echocardiographic (2DE) measurements of left ventricular (LV) strain from a large group of healthy volunteers accounting for age and gender. Methods and results: A total of 549 (mean age: 45.6 ± 13.3 years) healthy subjects were enrolled at 22 collaborating institutions of the Normal Reference Ranges for Echocardiography (NORRE) study. 2DE data sets have been analysed with a vendor-independent software package allowing homogeneous measurements irrespective of the echocardiographic equipment used to acquire the data sets...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637044/depressed-patients-hospitalized-in-southeast-facing-rooms-are-discharged-earlier-than-patients-in-northwest-facing-rooms
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Krzysztof Gbyl, Helle Østergaard Madsen, Signe Dunker Svendsen, Paul Michael Petersen, Ida Hageman, Carlo Volf, Klaus Martiny
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Improvement in patients admitted to inpatient wards with severe depression is slow, and such patients are often discharged with residual symptoms which put them at risk for relapse. New treatments that can speed up recovery are highly desired. This naturalistic follow-up study in a specialized affective disorders unit investigated the impact of daylight on the length of hospital stay and improvement of depression. METHODS: For a period of 1 year, we collected data on sociodemographics, length of stay, vitamin D, and depression severity for patients in an inpatient affective disorders unit...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636807/targeting-protein-for-xenopus-kinesin-like-protein-2-knockdown-enhances-radiation-sensitivity-of-human-lung-squamous-carcinoma-cell
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Jie Yang, Feng Gao, Xinjian Xu, Yuxiang Wang, Shuchai Zhu
Targeting protein for Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 (TPX2) has been demonstrated to be associated with the tumorigenesis of many cancers. In the present study, we investigated the role and preliminary mechanism of TPX2 in the resistance of lung squamous carcinoma to radiation therapy. The results showed that SK-MES-1R and NCI-H226R cells were more resistant to X-ray irradiation than the parental cells (SK-MES-1 and NCI-H226). Moreover, TPX2 was upregulated in the radioresistant cells compared with the parental cells...
June 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636742/results-of-endonasal-dacryocystorhinostomy-in-pediatric-patients
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Sat Paul Gulati, Raman Wadhera, Ashok Kumar Khurana, Nidhi Singh, Vijay Kalra, Anju Ghai
We conducted a prospective interventional study to evaluate the role of endoscopic endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy in children. Our study population was made up of 20 patients-18 boys and 2 girls, aged 2 to 12 years (mean: 5.3)-who presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of nasolacrimal duct blockage that was refractory to conventional medical treatment. In all cases, blockage was confirmed by nasolacrimal duct syringing that demonstrated regurgitation from the opposite punctum. The primary outcome measures for success were resolution of symptoms and duct patency on lacrimal irrigation...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636644/longitudinal-changes-in-physical-activity-sedentary-behavior-and-body-mass-index-in-adolescence-migrations-towards-different-weight-cluster
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José Devís-Devís, Jorge Lizandra, Alexandra Valencia-Peris, Esther Pérez-Gimeno, Xavier García-Massò, Carmen Peiró-Velert
This study examined longitudinal changes in physical activity, sedentary behavior and body mass index in adolescents, specifically their migrations towards a different weight cluster. A cohort of 755 adolescents participated in a three-year study. A clustering Self-Organized Maps Analysis was performed to visualize changes in subjects' characteristics between the first and second assessment, and how adolescents were grouped. Also a classification tree was used to identify the behavioral characteristics of the groups that changed their weight cluster...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636369/dynamics-of-charged-species-in-ionic-neutral-block-copolymer-and-surfactant-complexes
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Jose M Borreguero, Philip A Pincus, Bobby G Sumpter, Monojoy Goswami
Structure-property relationships of ionic block copolymer (BCP) surfactant complexes are critical towards the progress of favorable engineering design of efficient charge transport materials. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations are used to understand the dynamics of charge-neutral BCP and surfactant complexes. The dynamics are examined for two different systems, charged-neutral double hydrophilic and hydrophobic-hydrophilic block copolymers with oppositely charged surfactant moieties. The dynamics of the surfactant head, tails and charges are studied for five different BCP volume fractions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636201/an-exploration-of-the-relationship-between-use-of-safety-seeking-behaviours-and-psychosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Sarah Tully, Adrian Wells, Anthony P Morrison
Safety-seeking behaviours are responses employed to protect against perceived threat. In relation to anxiety disorders, safety-seeking behaviours have been implicated in both the formation and maintenance of distress. Several studies have highlighted similar findings in relation to psychosis; however, this literature has not yet been synthesized. This review is, therefore, being conducted in order to synthesize the literature on safety seeking in people with psychosis to increase the understanding of this relationship...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636029/cross-impact-of-surface-and-interaction-anisotropy-in-the-self-assembly-of-organic-adsorption-monolayers-a-monte-carlo-and-transfer-matrix-study
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V A Gorbunov, S S Akimenko, A V Myshlyavtsev
Using a simple lattice gas model we study the features of self-assembly in adsorption layers where both "molecule-surface" and "molecule-molecule" interactions are anisotropic. Based on the example of adsorption layers of mono-functional organic molecules on the heterogeneous surface with strip-like topography, we have revealed plenty of possible self-assembled structures in this simple system, such as discrete, linear, zigzag, chess board-like, two-dimensional porous and close-packed patterns. However, the phase behavior of the adsorption layer is much richer, if the interactions between functional and non-functional parts of adjacent adsorbed molecules have comparable strength and opposite signs...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635519/the-elicitor-protein-ases-induces-a-sar-response-accompanied-by-systemic-microbursts-and-micro-hrs-in-fragaria-ananassa
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Verónica Hael Conrad, Silvia Marisa Perato, Marta Elena Arias, Martín Gustavo Martínez Zamora, Pía de Los Ángeles Di Peto, Gustavo Gabriel Martos, Atilio Pedro Castagnaro, Juan Carlos Diaz-Ricci, Nadia Regina Chalfoun
The elicitor AsES (Acremonium strictum Elicitor Subtilisin) is a 34 KDa subtilisin-like protein secreted by the opportunistic fungus Acremonium strictum. AsES activates the innate immunity and confers resistance against anthracnose and grey mold diseases in strawberry plants (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) and the last disease also in Arabidopsis. In the present work, we show that upon AsES recognition, a cascade of defense responses is activated, including: calcium influx, biphasic oxidative burst (O2(.-) and H2O2), HR response, accumulation of autofluorescent compounds, cell wall reinforcement with callose and lignin deposition, salicylic acid accumulation, and expression of defense-related genes such as FaPR1, FaPG1, FaMYB30, FaRBOH-D, FaRBOH-F, FaCHI23 and FaFLS...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635075/salts-influence-cathechins-and-flavonoids-encapsulation-in-liposomes-a-molecular-dynamics-investigation
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Emiliano Laudadio, Giovanna Mobbili, Cristina Minnelli, Luca Massaccesi, Roberta Galeazzi
Cathechins and flavonoids are responsible of numerous health benefits. Two of the most representatives' compounds for their antioxidant and therapeutic effects are Epigallocatechin 3-Gallate (EGCG), from green tea extracts, and morelloflavone (MF), from Garcinia dulcis. Here we explore, by atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations, how EGCG and MF interact with lipid bilayers and we show the salts' influence on their encapsulation degree in neutral liposomes. As a result, we found out that EGCGs naturally bind to the hydrophilic regions of phospholipids, positioning themselves mostly at the interface between water and lipid phases...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634870/assessing-different-sources-of-uncertainty-in-hydrological-projections-of-high-and-low-flows-case-study-for-omerli-basin-istanbul-turkey
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Batuhan Eren Engin, Ismail Yücel, Aysen Yilmaz
This study investigates the assessment of uncertainty contribution in projected changes of high and low flows from parameterization of a hydrological model and inputs of ensemble regional climate models (RCM). An ensemble of climate projections including 15 global circulation model (GCM)/RCM combinations and two bias corrections (change factor (CF) and bias correction in mean (BC)) was used to generate streamflow series for a reference and future period using the Hydrologiska Byråns Vattenbalansavdelning (HBV) model with the 25 best-fit parameter sets based on four objective functions...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634817/identification-of-the-acclimation-genes-in-transcriptomic-responses-to-heat-stress-of-white-pekin-duck
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Jun-Mo Kim, Kyu-Sang Lim, Mijeong Byun, Kyung-Tai Lee, Young-Rok Yang, Mina Park, Dajeong Lim, Han-Ha Chai, Han-Tae Bang, Jong Hwangbo, Yang-Ho Choi, Yong-Min Cho, Jong-Eun Park
White Pekin duck is an important meat resource in the livestock industries. However, the temperature increase due to global warming has become a serious environmental factor in duck production, because of hyperthermia. Therefore, identifying the gene regulations and understanding the molecular mechanism for adaptation to the warmer environment will provide insightful information on the acclimation system of ducks. This study examined transcriptomic responses to heat stress treatments (3 and 6 h at 35 °C) and control (C, 25 °C) using RNA-sequencing analysis of genes from the breast muscle tissue...
June 20, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634764/are-wrongful-life-actions-threatening-the-value-of-human-life
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Vera Lúcia Raposo
Most courts around the world have been refusing wrongful life actions. The main argument invoked is that the supposed compensable injury cannot be classified as such, since life is always a blessing no matter how hard and painful it is.In opposition to mainstream scholars and the dominant case law, this article sustains that life must be distinguished from living conditions, the former being the real injury at stake, since some living conditions are so intolerable that in themselves they justify a compensation within wrongful life actions...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634321/a-central-mechanism-enhances-pain-perception-of-noxious-thermal-stimulus-changes
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B Petre, P Tetreault, V A Mathur, M W Schurgin, J Y Chiao, L Huang, A V Apkarian
Pain perception temporarily exaggerates abrupt thermal stimulus changes revealing a mechanism for nociceptive temporal contrast enhancement (TCE). Although the mechanism is unknown, a non-linear model with perceptual feedback accurately simulates the phenomenon. Here we test if a mechanism in the central nervous system underlies thermal TCE. Our model successfully predicted an optimal stimulus, incorporating a transient temperature offset (step-up/step-down), with maximal TCE, resulting in psychophysically verified large decrements in pain response ("offset-analgesia"; mean analgesia: 85%, n = 20 subjects)...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634300/understanding-the-mechanical-response-of-double-stranded-dna-and-rna-under-constant-stretching-forces-using-all-atom-molecular-dynamics
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Alberto Marin-Gonzalez, J G Vilhena, Ruben Perez, Fernando Moreno-Herrero
Multiple biological processes involve the stretching of nucleic acids (NAs). Stretching forces induce local changes in the molecule structure, inhibiting or promoting the binding of proteins, which ultimately affects their functionality. Understanding how a force induces changes in the structure of NAs at the atomic level is a challenge. Here, we use all-atom, microsecond-long molecular dynamics to simulate the structure of dsDNA and dsRNA subjected to stretching forces up to 20 pN. We determine all of the elastic constants of dsDNA and dsRNA and provide an explanation for three striking differences in the mechanical response of these two molecules: the threefold softer stretching constant obtained for dsRNA, the opposite twist-stretch coupling, and its nontrivial force dependence...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634240/leucine-biosynthesis-is-involved-in-regulating-high-lipid-accumulation-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
#16
Eduard J Kerkhoven, Young-Mo Kim, Siwei Wei, Carrie D Nicora, Thomas L Fillmore, Samuel O Purvine, Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson, Richard D Smith, Scott E Baker, Thomas O Metz, Jens Nielsen
The yeast Yarrowia lipolytica is a potent accumulator of lipids, and lipogenesis in this organism can be influenced by a variety of factors, such as genetics and environmental conditions. Using a multifactorial study, we elucidated the effects of both genetic and environmental factors on regulation of lipogenesis in Y. lipolytica and identified how two opposite regulatory states both result in lipid accumulation. This study involved comparison of a strain overexpressing diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGA1) with a control strain grown under either nitrogen or carbon limitation conditions...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634082/cytokine-modulation-by-stress-hormones-and-antagonist-specific-hormonal-inhibition-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-and-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-head-kidney-primary-cell-culture
#17
Ali Reza Khansari, David Parra, Felipe E Reyes-López, Lluís Tort
A tight interaction between endocrine and immune systems takes place mainly due to the key role of head kidney in both hormone and cytokine secretion, particularly under stress situations in which the physiological response promotes the synthesis and release of stress hormones which may lead into immunomodulation as side effect. Although such interaction has been previously investigated, this study evaluated for the first time the effect of stress-associated hormones together with their receptor antagonists on the expression of cytokine genes in head kidney primary cell culture (HKPCC) of the freshwater rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the seawater gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata)...
June 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633979/zerumbone-modulates-cd1d-expression-and-lipid-antigen-presentation-pathway-in-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Ritis K Shyanti, Anuradha Sehrawat, Shivendra V Singh, J P N Mishra, Rana P Singh
Natural Killer T (NKT) cells based cancer immunotherapy is an evolving area of cancer therapy, but tumors escape from this treatment modality by altering CD1d expression and its antigen presentation pathway. Here, we have studied the relation of CD1d expression in various breast cancer cell lines to their viability and progression. We observed a novel phenomenon that CD1d expression level increases with the progressive stage of the cancer. A small molecule, zerumbone (ZER) caused down-regulation of CD1d that was accompanied by breast cancer cell growth in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633937/our-teacher-likes-you-so-i-like-you-a-social-network-approach-to-social-referencing
#19
Marloes M H G Hendrickx, Tim Mainhard, Henrike J Boor-Klip, Mieke Brekelmans
A teacher is a social referent for peer liking and disliking when students adjust their evaluations of a peer based on their perceptions of teacher liking and disliking for this peer. The present study investigated social referencing as an intra-individual process that occurs over time, using stochastic actor-oriented modeling with RSiena. The co-evolution of peer-perceived teacher liking and disliking networks with peer liking and disliking networks was analyzed in 52 fifth-grade classes in the Netherlands, with 1370 students (Mage=10...
August 2017: Journal of School Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633625/on-the-inability-to-ignore-useless-advice
#20
Thomas Schultze, Andreas Mojzisch, Stefan Schulz-Hardt
Research in the judge-advisor-paradigm suggests that advice is generally utilized less than it should be according to its quality. In a series of four experiments, we challenge this widely held assumption. We hypothesize that when advice quality is low, the opposite phenomenon, namely overutilization of advice, occurs. We further assume that this overutilization effect is the result of anchoring: advice serves as an anchor, thus causing an adjustment toward even useless advice. The data of our four experiments support these hypotheses...
May 2017: Experimental Psychology
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