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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163319/functional-relations-modulate-the-responsiveness-to-affordances-despite-the-impact-of-conflicting-stimulus-response-mappings
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Roberta Vastano, Martin Finn, Dermot Barnes-Holmes
The study investigated how conflicting stimulus-response mappings influenced affordance processing given a manipulation of the functional relations. Participants performed a task involving consistent-inconsistent stimulus-response mappings: Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP). They were instructed to confirm or to deny a relation between words and tool-objects (consistent blocks) or to provide non-conventional responses (inconsistent blocks). The relations between stimuli could functionally match (e...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163255/positive-emotion-facilitates-cognitive-flexibility-an-fmri-study
#2
Yanmei Wang, Jie Chen, Zhenzhu Yue
Cognitive flexibility is the ability to switch rapidly between multiple goals. By using a task-switching paradigm, the present study investigated how positive emotion affected cognitive flexibility and the underlying neural mechanisms. After viewing pictures of different emotional valence (positive, negative, or neutral), participants discriminated whether a target digit in a specific color was odd or even. After a series of trials, the color of target stimuli was changed, i.e., the switch condition. Switch costs were measured by the increase of reaction times (RTs) in the switch trials compared to those in the repeat trials...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162728/evaluating-the-value-of-the-respiratory-therapist-where-is-the-evidence-focus-on-the-barnes-jewish-hospital-experience
#3
Marin H Kollef
Currently, >20 million people in the United States have asthma, and approximately 15 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD, with approximately the same number not yet having been diagnosed with this condition. Moreover, the overall burden of respiratory diseases is still increasing, in part due to environmental factors, such as air pollution. At the same time, the number of patients requiring hospitalization as well as the number of individuals admitted to ICUs from emergency departments has been on the rise over the last decade...
December 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158647/performance-of-physiology-scoring-systems-in-prediction-of-in-hospital-mortality-of-traumatic-children-a-prospective-observational-study
#4
Babak Nakhjavan-Shahraki, Mahmoud Yousefifard, Gholamreza Faridaalaee, Kavous Shahsavari, Alireza Oraii, Mohammad Javad Hajighanbari, Parviz Karimi, Fatemeh Mahdizadeh, Samaneh Abiri, Mostafa Hosseini
Background: This study is designed to compare the value of four physiologic scoring systems of rapid acute physiology score (RAPS), rapid emergency medicine score (REMS), Worthing physiology scoring system (WPSS) and revised trauma score (RTS) in predicting the in-hospital mortality of traumatic children brought to the emergency department. Method: We used the data gathered from six healthcare centers across Iran between the April-October 2016. Included patients were all children with trauma...
November 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154631/alertness-and-cognitive-control-testing-the-early-onset-hypothesis
#5
Darryl W Schneider
Previous research has revealed a peculiar interaction between alertness and cognitive control in selective-attention tasks: Congruency effects are larger on alert trials (on which an alerting cue is presented briefly in advance of the imperative stimulus) than on no-alert trials, despite shorter response times (RTs) on alert trials. One explanation for this finding is the early onset hypothesis, which is based on the assumptions that increased alertness shortens stimulus-encoding time and that cognitive control involves gradually focusing attention during a trial...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153391/structure-of-a-thermostable-group-ii-intron-reverse-transcriptase-with-template-primer-and-its-functional-and-evolutionary-implications
#6
Jennifer L Stamos, Alfred M Lentzsch, Alan M Lambowitz
Bacterial group II intron reverse transcriptases (RTs) function in both intron mobility and RNA splicing and are evolutionary predecessors of retrotransposon, telomerase, and retroviral RTs as well as the spliceosomal protein Prp8 in eukaryotes. Here we determined a crystal structure of a full-length thermostable group II intron RT in complex with an RNA template-DNA primer duplex and incoming deoxynucleotide triphosphate (dNTP) at 3.0-Å resolution. We find that the binding of template-primer and key aspects of the RT active site are surprisingly different from retroviral RTs but remarkably similar to viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases...
November 9, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151141/mechanical-perturbations-can-elicit-triggered-reactions-in-the-absence-of-a-startle-response
#7
Christopher J Forgaard, Ian M Franks, Kimberly Bennett, Dana Maslovat, Romeo Chua
Perturbations delivered to the upper limbs elicit reflexive responses in stretched muscle at short- (M1: 25-50 ms) and long- (M2: 50-100 ms) latencies. When presented in a simple reaction time (RT) task, the perturbation can also elicit a preprogrammed voluntary response at a latency (< 100 ms) that overlaps the M2 response. This early appearance of the voluntary response following a proprioceptive stimulus causing muscle stretch is called a triggered reaction. Recent work has demonstrated that a perturbation also elicits activity in sternocleidomastoid (SCM) over a time-course consistent with the startle response and it was, therefore, proposed that the StartReact effect underlies triggered reactions (Ravichandran et al...
November 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141209/high-throughput-drug-screening-identifies-pazopanib-and-clofilium-tosylate-as-promising-treatments-for-malignant-rhabdoid-tumors
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Céline Chauvin, Amaury Leruste, Arnault Tauziede-Espariat, Mamy Andrianteranagna, Didier Surdez, Aurianne Lescure, Zhi-Yan Han, Elodie Anthony, Wilfrid Richer, Sylvain Baulande, Mylène Bohec, Sakina Zaidi, Marie-Ming Aynaud, Laetitia Maillot, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Stefano Cairo, Sergio Roman-Roman, Olivier Delattre, Elaine Del Nery, Franck Bourdeaut
Rhabdoid tumors (RTs) are aggressive tumors of early childhood characterized by SMARCB1 inactivation. Their poor prognosis highlights an urgent need to develop new therapies. Here, we performed a high-throughput screening of approved drugs and identified broad inhibitors of tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs), including pazopanib, and the potassium channel inhibitor clofilium tosylate (CfT), as SMARCB1-dependent candidates. Pazopanib targets were identified as PDGFRα/β and FGFR2, which were the most highly expressed RTKs in a set of primary tumors...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138320/structural-basis-for-antibody-recognition-of-the-nanp-repeats-in-plasmodium-falciparum-circumsporozoite-protein
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David Oyen, Jonathan L Torres, Ulrike Wille-Reece, Christian F Ockenhouse, Daniel Emerling, Jacob Glanville, Wayne Volkmuth, Yevel Flores-Garcia, Fidel Zavala, Andrew B Ward, C Richter King, Ian A Wilson
Acquired resistance against antimalarial drugs has further increased the need for an effective malaria vaccine. The current leading candidate, RTS,S, is a recombinant circumsporozoite protein (CSP)-based vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum that contains 19 NANP repeats followed by a thrombospondin repeat domain. Although RTS,S has undergone extensive clinical testing and has progressed through phase III clinical trials, continued efforts are underway to enhance its efficacy and duration of protection. Here, we determined that two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs 311 and 317), isolated from a recent controlled human malaria infection trial exploring a delayed fractional dose, inhibit parasite development in vivo by at least 97%...
November 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136653/drlumi-an-open-source-package-to-manage-data-calibrate-and-conduct-quality-control-of-multiplex-bead-based-immunoassays-data-analysis
#10
Hector Sanz, John J Aponte, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Yan Dong, Aintzane Ayestaran, Augusto Nhabomba, Maxmillian Mpina, Obiang Régis Maurin, Núria Díez-Padrisa, Ruth Aguilar, Gemma Moncunill, Agnandij Selidji Todagbe, Claudia Daubenberger, Carlota Dobaño, Clarissa Valim
Multiplex bead-based immunoassays are used to measure concentrations of several analytes simultaneously. These assays include control standard curves (SC) to reduce between-plate variability and normalize quantitation of analytes of biological samples. Suboptimal calibration might result in large random error and decreased number of samples with analyte concentrations within the limits of quantification. Suboptimal calibration may be a consequence of poor fitness of the functions used for the SC, the treatment of the background noise and the method used to estimate the limits of quantification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131728/yoga-practice-is-associated-with-superior-motor-imagery-performance
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Susannah H Hartnoll, T David Punt
Yoga is an activity that aims to integrate physical, mental and spiritual elements and is an increasingly popular approach to enhancing physical fitness. The integration of imagery within yoga practice is considered an important component and may be critical in contributing to the benefits of yoga that have been reported. In this study, we tested whether individuals who practice yoga demonstrate superior performance on an objective measure of implicit motor imagery. Thirty-six participants (18 yoga, 18 non-yoga) matched for age, sex and handedness, undertook the hand laterality recognition task; an objective measure of implicit motor imagery performance...
November 2017: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126568/treatment-options-and-predictive-factors-for-recurrence-and-cancer-specific-mortality-in-bladder-cancer-after-renal-transplantation-a-multi-institutional-analysis
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O Rodriguez Faba, J Palou, H Vila Reyes, L Guirado, A Palazzetti, P Gontero, F Vigués, J Garcia-Olaverri, J M Fernández Gómez, J Olsburg, C Terrone, A Figueiredo, J Burgos, E Lledó, A Breda
OBJECTIVES: Bladder cancer (BC) in the transplanted population can represent a challenge owing to the immunosuppressed state of patients and the higher rate of comorbidities. The objective was to analyze the treatment of BC after renal transplant (RT), focusing on the mode of presentation, diagnosis, treatment options and predictive factors for recurrence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted an observational prospective study with a retrospective analysis of 88 patients with BC after RT at 10 European centers...
November 7, 2017: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126199/evolutionary-epigenomics-of-retrotransposon-mediated-methylation-spreading-in-rice-by
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Jae Young Choi, Michael D Purugganan
Plant genomes contain numerous transposable elements (TEs), and many hypotheses on the evolutionary drivers that restrict TE activity have been postulated. Few models, however, have focused on the evolutionary epigenomic interaction between the plant host and its TE. The host genome recruits epigenetic factors, such as methylation, to silence TEs but methylation can spread beyond the TE sequence and influence the expression of nearby host genes. In this study, we investigated this epigenetic trade-off between TE and proximal host gene silencing by studying the epigenomic regulation of repressing long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons (RTs) in Oryza sativa...
November 6, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121545/higher-order-cognitive-training-effects-on-processing-speed-related-neural-activity-a-randomized-trial
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Michael A Motes, Uma S Yezhuvath, Sina Aslan, Jeffrey S Spence, Bart Rypma, Sandra B Chapman
Higher-order cognitive training has shown to enhance performance in older adults, but the neural mechanisms underlying performance enhancement have yet to be fully disambiguated. This randomized trial examined changes in processing speed and processing speed-related neural activity in older participants (57-71 years of age) who underwent cognitive training (CT, N = 12) compared with wait-listed (WLC, N = 15) or exercise-training active (AC, N = 14) controls. The cognitive training taught cognitive control functions of strategic attention, integrative reasoning, and innovation over 12 weeks...
October 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117204/prevalence-of-binary-toxin-positive-clostridium-difficile-in-diarrhoeal-humans-in-the-absence-of-epidemic-ribotype-027
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Alan M McGovern, Grace O Androga, Daniel R Knight, Mark W Watson, Briony Elliott, Niki F Foster, Barbara J Chang, Thomas V Riley
Virulence of Clostridium difficile is primarily attributed to the large clostridial toxins A and B while the role of binary toxin (CDT) remains unclear. The prevalence of human strains of C. difficile possessing only CDT genes (A-B-CDT+) is generally low (< 5%), however, this genotype is commonly found in neonatal livestock both in Australia and elsewhere. Zoonotic transmission of C. difficile has been suggested previously. Most human diagnostic tests will not detect A-B-CDT+ strains of C. difficile because they focus on detection of toxin A and/or B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116350/prevalence-of-cocaine-and-derivatives-in-blood-and-urine-samples-of-trauma-patients-and-correlation-with-injury-severity-a-prospective-observational-study
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K D Oliveira, G P Fraga, E C E Baracat, A M Morcillo, R Lanaro, J L Costa, E M Capitani, F Bucaretchi, A I Ferreira Filho, V C Gimenes, R C S de Azevedo
PURPOSE: The abuse of cocaine and its derivatives presents a likely risk factor for injury. Trauma incurred by cocaine and derivative abusers may be more severe than that incurred by non-users. OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the presence of cocaine and its derivatives in trauma patients and to correlate RTS (Revised Trauma Score) and ISS (Injury Severity Score) with the presence of cocaine and its derivatives in blood and urine samples. METHODS: All trauma victims treated in an emergency unit between November 11, 2012 and September 15, 2013 were included in the study...
November 7, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115181/it-s-not-me-it-s-you-differential-neural-processing-of-social-and-non-social-nogo-cues-in-joint-action
#17
Jutta Peterburs, Roman Liepelt, Rolf Voegler, Sebastian Ocklenburg, Thomas Straube
This EEG study used a joint flanker task to investigate differences in processing of social and non-social nogo cues, i.e., between cues indicating that a co-actor should respond and cues signaling that neither actor nor co-actor should respond, using event-related potentials (ERPs) and trial-to-trial response time (RT) effects. It was hypothesized that a social co-actor's response should be reflected in stronger modulation (slower RTs on subsequent trials; augmented neural responses) for social compared to non-social nogo...
November 8, 2017: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109521/enhanced-attentional-bias-variability-in-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-its-relationship-to-more-general-impairments-in-cognitive-control
#18
Diane Swick, Victoria Ashley
Hypervigilance towards threat is one of the defining features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This symptom predicts that individuals with PTSD will be biased to attend to potential dangers in the environment. However, cognitive tasks designed to assess visual-spatial attentional biases have shown mixed results. A newer proposal suggests that attentional bias is not a static phenomenon, but rather is characterized by fluctuations towards and away from threat. Here, we tested 28 combat Veterans with PTSD and 28 control Veterans on a dot probe task with negative-neutral word pairs...
November 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109157/an-ultra-processive-accurate-reverse-transcriptase-encoded-by-a-metazoan-group-ii-intron
#19
Chen Zhao, Fei Liu, Anna Marie Pyle
Group II introns and non-LTR retrotransposons encode a phylogenetically-related family of highly processive reverse transcriptases (RTs) that are essential for mobility and persistence of these retroelements. Recent crystallographic studies on members of this RT family have revealed that they are structurally distinct from the retroviral RTs that are typically used in biotechnology. However, quantitative, structure-guided analysis of processivity, efficiency and accuracy of this alternate RT family has been lacking...
November 6, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102677/kinetics-of-human-cannabinoid-1-cb1-receptor-antagonists-structure-kinetics-relationships-skrs-and-implications-for-insurmountable-antagonism
#20
Lizi Xia, Henk de Vries, Xue Yang, Eelke B Lenselink, Athina Kyrizaki, Francis Barth, Julien Louvel, Matthias Dreyer, Daan van der Es, Adriaan P IJzerman, Laura H Heitman
While equilibrium binding affinities and in vitro functional antagonism of CB1 receptor antagonists have been studied in detail, little is known on the kinetics of their receptor interaction. In this study, we therefore conducted kinetic assays for nine 1-(4,5-diarylthiophene-2-carbonyl)-4-phenylpiperidine-4-carboxamide derivatives and included the CB1 antagonist rimonabant as a comparison. For this we newly developed a dual-point competition association assay with [(3)H]CP55940 as the radioligand. This assay yielded Kinetic Rate Index (KRI) values from which structure-kinetics relationships (SKRs) of hCB1 receptor antagonists could be established...
November 1, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
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