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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822328/the-effects-of-haptic-input-on-biomechanical-and-neurophysiological-parameters-of-walking-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Alison R Oates, Laura Hauck, Renato Moraes, Kathryn M Sibley
Walking is an important component of daily life requiring sensorimotor integration to be successful. Adding haptic input via light touch or anchors has been shown to improve standing balance; however, the effect of adding haptic input on walking is not clear. This scoping review systematically summarizes the current evidence regarding the addition of haptic input on walking in adults. Following an established protocol, relevant studies were identified using indexed data bases (Medline, EMBASE, PsychINFO, Google Scholar) and hand searches of published review articles on related topics...
August 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822294/does-reconsolidation-occur-in-natural-settings-memory-reconsolidation-and-anxiety-disorders
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REVIEW
Rodrigo S Fernández, María E Pedreira, Mariano M Boccia
In normal settings, our brain is able to update its stored representations in content, strength, and/or expectations by the memory reconsolidation process. Thus, a reactivated memory enters in a transient labile state (destabilization) followed by a re-stabilization phase in order to persist (memory reconsolidation). Cognitive neuroscience and its insight into psychiatric problems attributed a close relationship between memory (formation, maintenance, and utilization) and several mental disorders. In this framework, the reconsolidation process could be not only the mechanism for maintenance of some psychopathologies, but also open a novel therapeutic window...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822292/nanoparticles-assemblies-on-demand-controlled-aggregation-of-ag-0-mediated-by-modified-peptoid-sequences
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Hagar Tigger-Zaborov, Galia Maayan
Assemblies of metal nanoparticles (NPs) have been broadly used for the construction of materials with distinct spectroscopic properties towards sensing applications. On the other hand, well-dispersed NPs are exploit for applications in catalysis and medicine. Biopolymers or biomimetic oligomers can serve both as efficient stabilizers of NPs and as useful aggregation mediators that can lead to assemblies with unique properties. Controlling aggregation processes, however, is still challenging and often relies on trial and error rather than on defined thumb rules...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822289/assessing-differences-between-ostwald-ripening-and-coalescence-by-rheology-laser-diffraction-and-multiple-light-scattering
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J Santos, N Calero, L A Trujillo-Cayado, M C Garcia, J Muñoz
This contribution deals with the study of the influence of surfactant ratio, namely triblock copolymer (Pluronic PE9400) to polyoxyethylene glycerol fatty acid ester (Levenol C201), on the stability of emulsions formulated with a mixture of two biosolvents (N,N Dimethyl Decanamide and D-limonene), which find applications as carriers of agrochemicals. Emulsions containing Pluronic, regardless of the concentration studied, underwent Ostwald ripening while coalescence controlled the destabilization process of emulsions containing Levenol C201 as the only emulsifier...
August 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822281/an-integrative-study-to-identify-novel-scaffolds-for-sphingosine-kinase-1-inhibitors
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Marcela Vettorazzi, Emilio Angelina, Santiago Lima, Tomas Gonec, Jan Otevrel, Pavlina Marvanova, Tereza Padrtova, Petr Mokry, Pavel Bobal, Lina M Acosta, Alirio Palma, Justo Cobo, Janette Bobalova, Jozef Csollei, Ivan Malik, Sergio Alvarez, Sarah Spiegel, Josef Jampilek, Ricardo D Enriz
Sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1), the enzyme that produces the bioactive sphingolipid metabolite, sphingosine-1-phosphate, is a promising new molecular target for therapeutic intervention in cancer and inflammatory diseases. In view of its importance, the main objective of this work was to find new and more potent inhibitors for this enzyme possessing different structural scaffolds than those of the known inhibitors. Our theoretical and experimental study has allowed us to identify two new structural scaffolds (three new compounds), which could be used as starting structures for the design and then the development of new inhibitors of SphK1...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822261/revelation-of-susceptibility-differences-due-to-hg-ii-accumulation-in-streptococcus-pyogenes-against-cx-agnps-and-cefixime-by-atomic-force-microscopy
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Wasia Rasheed, Muhammad Raza Shah, Samina Perveen, Shakil Ahmed, Sami Uzzaman
Solution based method for the formation of chemically modified silver nanoparticles (CX-AgNPs) using Cefixime as stabilizing and reducing agent was developed. The CX-AgNPs were characterized by AFM, UV-visible, FT-IR and MALDI-TOF MS. Bactericidal efficiency of CX-AgNPs and Cefixime against Streptococcus pyogenes was evaluated. Afterwards, susceptibility differences of Streptococcus pyogenes due to accumulation of Hg(II) against CX-AgNPs and Cefixime were estimated and validated through Atomic force microscopy...
August 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822222/biomechanical-comparison-of-a-novel-monocortical-and-two-common-bicortical-external-fixation-systems-regarding-rigidity-and-dynamic-stability
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Patrick A Varady, Markus Greinwald, Peter Augat
AIM: To biomechanically compare a monocortical single frame external fixator (Orthofix UNYCO) with two bicortical fixator systems (dual frame: Stryker Hoffmann and single frame: Synthes LEF) with respect to system rigidity and stability under cyclic loading. METHODS: The fixator systems were assessed for axial rigidity under loads which would occur clinically during fixator application and dynamic stability (cyclic fatigue) under loads which would occur in the first week postoperatively...
August 19, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822209/primary-culture-of-rat-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-a-new-method
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Jufang Chi, Liping Meng, Sunlei Pan, Hui Lin, Xiaoya Zhai, Longbin Liu, Changzuan Zhou, Chengjian Jiang, Hangyuan Guo
BACKGROUND Developing a simple and efficient method of obtaining primary cultured VSMCs is necessary for basic cardiovascular research. MATERIAL AND METHODS The procedure of our new method mainly includes 6 steps: isolation of the aortic artery, removal of the fat tissue around the artery, separation of the media, cutting the media into small tissue blocks, transferring the tissue blocks to cell culture plates, and incubation until the cells reach confluence. The cells were identified as VSMCs by morphology and immunofluorescence...
August 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822196/-metabolic-fingerprint-analysis-of-raw264-7-inflammatory-cell-model-by-using-uplc-q-tof-ms
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Shan-Shan Gao, Hui-Qing Guo, Ze-Kun Zhang, Guang-Can Bai, Xiao-Yan Gao, Chang-Hua Ma
In order to reveal the properties of polar metabolome in inflammatory cells, we selected LPS-induced RAW264.7 inflammatory cell models as the carrier for the research of metabolic fingerprint analysis. In this study, an ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF/MS)-based metabolomics protocol was optimized for the extraction of polar metabolites from RAW264.7 cell line. Then orthogonal partial least squares discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) was used to process the metabolic data, and finally, a total of 17 metabolites were selected and identified...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822164/-analysis-on-microdialysis-probe-recovery-of-baicalin-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-based-on-lc-ms-ms
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Teng-Fei Chen, Jian-Xun Liu, Ying Zhang, Li Lin, Wen-Ting Song, Ming-Jiang Yao
To further study the brain behavior and the pharmacokinetics of baicalin in intercellular fluid of brain, and study the recovery rate and stability of brain and blood microdialysis probe of baicalin in vitro and in vivo. The concentration of baicalin in brain and blood microdialysates was determined by LC-MS/MS and the probe recovery for baicalin was calculated. The effects of different flow rates (0.50, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0,3.0 μL•min⁻¹) on recovery in vitro were determined by incremental method and decrement method...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822068/polyethylene-damage-increases-with-varus-implant-alignment-in-posterior-stabilized-and-constrained-condylar-knee-arthroplasty
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Zhichang Li, Christina I Esposito, Chelsea N Koch, Yuo-Yu Lee, Douglas E Padgett, Timothy M Wright
BACKGROUND: Implant malalignment in primary TKA has been reported to increase stresses placed on the bearing surfaces of implant components. We used a longitudinally maintained registry coupled with an implant retrieval program to consider whether preoperative, postoperative, or prerevision malalignment was associated with increased risk of revision surgery after TKA. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) What is the relative polyethylene damage on medial and lateral compartments of the tibial plateaus from revised TKAs? (2) Does coronal TKA alignment affect implant performance, such that TKAs aligned in varus are predisposed to experience increased polyethylene damage? (3) Does TKA alignment differ between postoperative and prerevision radiographs, and if so, what does this difference suggest about the mechanical contact load placed on a knee with a TKA? METHODS: Between 2007 and 2012, we performed 18,065 primary TKAs at our institution...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822041/two-species-migration-and-clustering-in-two-dimensional-domains
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Lawrence Kurowski, Andrew L Krause, Hanako Mizuguchi, Peter Grindrod, Robert A Van Gorder
We extend two-species models of individual aggregation or clustering to two-dimensional spatial domains, allowing for more realistic movement of the populations compared with one spatial dimension. We assume that the domain is bounded and that there is no flux into or out of the domain. The motion of the species is along fitness gradients which allow the species to seek out a resource. In the case of competition, species which exploit the resource alone will disperse while avoiding one another. In the case where one of the species is a predator or generalist predator which exploits the other species, that species will tend to move toward the prey species, while the prey will tend to avoid the predator...
August 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822032/synthesis-of-rigid-polyurethane-foams-from-phosphorylated-biopolyols
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Juan Carlos de Haro, Daniel López-Pedrajas, Ángel Pérez, Juan Francisco Rodríguez, Manuel Carmona
Renewable resources are playing a key role on the synthesis of biodegradable polyols. Moreover, the incorporation of covalently linked additives is increasing in importance in the polyurethane (PU) market. In this work, previously epoxidized grape seed oil and methyl oleate were transformed into phosphorylated biopolyols through an acid-catalyzed ring-opening hydrolysis in the presence of H3PO4. The formation of phosphate polyesters was confirmed by FT-IR and (31)P-NMR. However, the synthesis of a high-quality PU rigid foam was not possible using exclusively these polyols attending to their low hydroxyl value...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822027/impact-of-orientation-and-flexibility-of-peptide-linkers-on-t-maritima-lipase-tm1350-displayed-on-bacillus-subtilis-spores-surface-using-cotb-as-fusion-partner
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Jawad Ullah, Huayou Chen, Ake Vastermark, Jinru Jia, Bangguo Wu, Zhong Ni, Yilin Le, Hongcheng Wang
Fusion protein construction often requires peptide linkers for prolonged conformation, extended stability and enzyme activity. In this study a series of fusion between Thermotoga maritima lipase Tm1350 and Bacillus subtillis coat protein CotB, comprising of several peptide linkers, with different length, flexibility and orientations were constructed. Effects of temperature, pH and chemicals were examined, on the activity of displayed enzyme. The fusion protein with longer flexible linkers L9 [(GGGGS)4] and L7 (GGGGS-GGGGS-EAAAK-EAAAK-GGGGS-GGGGS) possess 1...
August 18, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821961/postmortem-evaluation-of-cholesterol-triglyceride-and-apolipoprotein-levels
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Charlotte Girard, Maria Pia Scarpelli, Camilla Tettamanti, Cristian Palmiere
Cholesterol and triglyceride levels have been analyzed in the forensic setting and their values correlated with atherosclerotic lesions found at autopsy and histology. Nevertheless, the results of these investigations have provided diverging information on postmortem molecule stability and postmortem measurement reliability. The aim of this study was to determine triglycerides, total cholesterol, low-density and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apolipoprotein B100, and apolipoprotein A-I in antemortem and postmortem serum samples in a series of cases (N = 10, including cardiac and noncardiac deaths) that underwent forensic investigations and had both samples available, measure the same molecules in postmortem serum from femoral blood and pericardial and pleural fluids (N = 39, including cardiac and noncardiac deaths), and evaluate whether different levels of these molecules could be observed in cases characterized by different degrees of coronary artery atherosclerosis (N = 39, including cardiac and noncardiac deaths)...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821949/electromagnetically-navigated-in-situ-fenestration-of-aortic-stent-grafts-pilot-animal-study-of-a-novel-fenestrated-evar-approach
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Tobias Penzkofer, Hong-Sik Na, Peter Isfort, Christoph Wilkmann, Sabine Osterhues, Andreas Besting, Christoph Hänisch, Stefan Bisplinghoff, Johannes Jansing, Sylvie von Werder, Jorge Gooding, Mathias de la Fuente, Andreas H Mahnken, Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Christiane Kuhl, Philipp Bruners
PURPOSE: Assess electromagnetically guided in situ fenestration of juxtarenal aortic stent grafts in an in vivo model. METHODS: Using a newly developed electromagnetic guidance system together with a modified, electromagnetically guidable catheter with steerable tip, an electromagnetically trackable guidewire and a custom in situ fenestrateable stent graft, a series of seven animal experiments was performed. In a swine model, stent grafts were placed juxtarenally, covering the renal arteries...
August 18, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821946/quantitative-expression-analysis-of-spa-fnba-and-rsp-genes-in-staphylococcus-aureus-actively-associated-in-the-formation-of-biofilms
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Sthanikam Yeswanth, Abhijit Chaudhury, Potukuchi Venkata Gurunadha Krishna Sarma
In Staphylococcus aureus, adherence and secretory proteins play chief role in the formation of biofilms. This mode of growth exhibits resistance to a variety of antibiotics and spreads its infections. In the present study, secretary and adherence proteins, Protein-A, Fibronectin-binding protein-A (FnbA) and Rsp (a transcription regulator encoding proteolytic property) expression levels were evaluated at different stages of growth in S. aureus ATCC12600 a drug-sensitive strain and multidrug-resistant strains of S...
August 18, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821936/minimally-invasive-plate-augmentation-in-the-treatment-of-long-bone-non-unions
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Ki-Chul Park, Chang-Wug Oh, Joon-Woo Kim, Kyeong-Hyeon Park, Jong-Keon Oh, Il-Hyung Park, Hee-Soo Kyung, Jeong Heo
INTRODUCTION: Exchange nailing is most acceptable for treating hypertrophic non-union of the long bones, requiring the removal of previously fixed implant. However, its main effect of mechanical stabilization is controversial in non-isthmal area. We hypothesized that minimally invasive plate augmentation over the non-union site may have a better option, without the need of bone grafting or removing pre-existing implants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen patients with hypertrophic non-union of the long bones between 2010 and 2014 on radiography who previously underwent intramedullary (IM) nailing or plate osteosynthesis for long-bone fractures were included...
August 18, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821864/nanomechanics-of-multidomain-neuronal-cell-adhesion-protein-contactin-revealed-by-single-molecule-afm-and-smd
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K Mikulska-Ruminska, A J Kulik, C Benadiba, I Bahar, G Dietler, W Nowak
Contactin-4 (CNTN4) is a complex cell adhesion molecule (CAM) localized at neuronal membranes, playing a key role in maintaining the mechanical integrity and signaling properties of the synapse. CNTN4 consists of six immunoglobulin C2 type (IgC2) domains and four fibronectin type III (FnIII) domains that are shared with many other CAMs. Mutations in CNTN4 gene have been linked to various psychiatric disorders. Toward elucidating the response of this modular protein to mechanical stress, we studied its force-induced unfolding using single molecule atomic force microscopy (smAFM) and steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821827/m-polynomials-and-topological-indices-of-v-phenylenic-nanotubes-and-nanotori
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Young Chel Kwun, Mobeen Munir, Waqas Nazeer, Shazia Rafique, Shin Min Kang
V-Phenylenic nanotubes and nanotori are most comprehensively studied nanostructures due to widespread applications in the production of catalytic, gas-sensing and corrosion-resistant materials. Representing chemical compounds with M-polynomial is a recent idea and it produces nice formulas of degree-based topological indices which correlate chemical properties of the material under investigation. These indices are used in the development of quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) in which the biological activity and other properties of molecules like boiling point, stability, strain energy etc...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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