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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222435/extracorporal-shock-waves-activate-migration-proliferation-and-inflammatory-pathways-in-fibroblasts-and-keratinocytes-and-improve-wound-healing-in-an-open-label-single-arm-study-in-patients-with-therapy-refractory-chronic-leg-ulcers
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Ilknur Aschermann, Seema Noor, Sascha Venturelli, Tobias Sinnberg, Christian Busch, Christian D Mnich
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic leg ulcers (CLUs) are globally a major cause of morbidity and mortality with increasing prevalence. Their treatment is highly challenging, and many conservative, surgical or advanced therapies have been suggested, but with little overall efficacy. Since the 1980s extracorporal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has gained interest as treatment for specific indications. Here, we report that patients with CLU showed wound healing after ESWT and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222391/a-clinically-applicable-non-invasive-method-to-quantitatively-assess-the-visco-hyperelastic-properties-of-human-heel-pad-implications-for-assessing-the-risk-of-mechanical-trauma
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Sara Behforootan, Panagiotis E Chatzistergos, Nachiappan Chockalingam, Roozbeh Naemi
INTRODUCTION: Pathological conditions such as diabetic foot and plantar heel pain are associated with changes in the mechanical properties of plantar soft tissue. However, the causes and implications of these changes are not yet fully understood. This is mainly because accurate assessment of the mechanical properties of plantar soft tissue in the clinic remains extremely challenging. PURPOSE: To develop a clinically viable non-invasive method of assessing the mechanical properties of the heel pad...
February 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222352/status-of-pharmaceuticals-in-african-water-bodies-occurrence-removal-and-analytical-methods
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Lawrence Mzukisi Madikizela, Nikita Tawanda Tavengwa, Luke Chimuka
In this review paper, the milestones and challenges that have been achieved and experienced by African Environmental Scientists regarding the assessment of water pollution caused by the presence of pharmaceutical compounds in water bodies are highlighted. The identification and quantification of pharmaceuticals in the African water bodies is important to the general public at large due to the lack of information. The consumption of pharmaceuticals to promote human health is usually followed by excretion of these drugs via urine or fecal matter due to their slight transformation in the human metabolism...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222326/crossing-kingdoms-using-decellularized-plants-as-perfusable-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Joshua R Gershlak, Sarah Hernandez, Gianluca Fontana, Luke R Perreault, Katrina J Hansen, Sara A Larson, Bernard Y K Binder, David M Dolivo, Tianhong Yang, Tanja Dominko, Marsha W Rolle, Pamela J Weathers, Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, Carole L Cramer, William L Murphy, Glenn R Gaudette
Despite significant advances in the fabrication of bioengineered scaffolds for tissue engineering, delivery of nutrients in complex engineered human tissues remains a challenge. By taking advantage of the similarities in the vascular structure of plant and animal tissues, we developed decellularized plant tissue as a prevascularized scaffold for tissue engineering applications. Perfusion-based decellularization was modified for different plant species, providing different geometries of scaffolding. After decellularization, plant scaffolds remained patent and able to transport microparticles...
February 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222163/investigating-human-geographic-origins-using-dual-isotope-87sr-86sr-%C3%AE-18o-assignment-approaches
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Jason E Laffoon, Till F Sonnemann, Termeh Shafie, Corinne L Hofman, Ulrik Brandes, Gareth R Davies
Substantial progress in the application of multiple isotope analyses has greatly improved the ability to identify nonlocal individuals amongst archaeological populations over the past decades. More recently the development of large scale models of spatial isotopic variation (isoscapes) has contributed to improved geographic assignments of human and animal origins. Persistent challenges remain, however, in the accurate identification of individual geographic origins from skeletal isotope data in studies of human (and animal) migration and provenance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222108/oxidative-stress-mediated-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-phosphorylation-upregulates-p62-sqstm1-and-promotes-retinal-pigmented-epithelial-cell-survival-through-increased-autophagy
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Chunjuan Song, Sayak K Mitter, Xiaoping Qi, Eleni Beli, Haripriya V Rao, Jindong Ding, Colin S Ip, Hongmei Gu, Debra Akin, William A Dunn, Catherine Bowes Rickman, Alfred S Lewin, Maria B Grant, Michael E Boulton
p62 is a scaffolding adaptor implicated in the clearance of protein aggregates by autophagy. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can either stimulate or inhibit NFκB-mediated gene expression influencing cellular fate. We studied the effect of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-mediated oxidative stress and NFκB signaling on p62 expression in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and investigated its role in regulation of autophagy and RPE survival against oxidative damage. Cultured human RPE cell line ARPE-19 and primary human adult and fetal RPE cells were exposed to H2O2-induced oxidative stress...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221997/topkube-a-rank-aware-data-cube-for-real-time-exploration-of-spatiotemporal-data
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Fabio Miranda, Lauro Lins, James Klosowski, Claudio Silva
From economics to sports to entertainment and social media, ranking objects according to some notion of importance is a fundamental tool we humans use all the time to better understand our world. With the ever-increasing amount of user-generated content found online, "what's trending" is now a commonplace phrase that tries to capture the zeitgeist of the world by ranking the most popular microblogging hashtags in a given region and time. However, before we can understand what these rankings tell us about the world, we need to be able to more easily create and explore them, given the significant scale of today's data...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221992/exploiting-feature-and-class-relationships-in-video-categorization-with-regularized-deep-neural-networks
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Yu-Gang Jiang, Zuxuan Wu, Jun Wang, Xiangyang Xue, Shih-Fu Chang
In this paper, we study the challenging problem of categorizing videos according to high-level semantics such as the existence of a particular human action or a complex event. Although extensive efforts have been devoted in recent years, most existing works combined multiple video features using simple fusion strategies and neglected the utilization of inter-class semantic relationships. This paper proposes a novel unified framework that jointly exploits the feature relationships and the class relationships for improved categorization performance...
February 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221872/analysis-of-food-safety-and-security-challenges-in-emerging-african-food-producing-areas-through-a-one-health-lens-the-dairy-chains-in-mali
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Rachel Cheng, Alberto Mantovani, Chiara Frazzoli
Challenges posed by changes in livestock production in emerging food producing areas and demographic development and climate change require new approaches and responsibilities in the management of food chains. The increasingly recognized role of primary food producers requires the support of the scientific community to instruct effective approaches based on scientific data, tools, and expertise. Mali is an emerging food producing area, and this review covers (i) the dairy farming scenario and its environment, (ii) the role of dairy production in food security, including the greatly different animal rearing systems in the Sahel and tropical regions, (iii) risk management pillars as modern infrastructures, effective farmer organizations, and institutional systems to guarantee animal health and safety of products, and (iv) feasible interventions based on good practices and risk assessment at the farm level (e...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221838/use-of-the-escherichia-coli-identification-microarray-for-characterizing-the-health-risks-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-foods
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David W Lacher, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Isha Patel, Christopher A Elkins, Peter C H Feng
More than 470 serotypes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) have been identified, but not all cause severe illness in humans. Most STEC that cause severe diseases can adhere to epithelial cells, produce specific stx subtypes, and belong to certain serotypes; therefore, these traits appear to be critical STEC risk factors. However, testing for these traits is labor intensive, and serotyping is inadequate because of extensive variations among E. coli O and H antigen types. In the present study, the E...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221821/enhanced-neural-activation-with-blueberry-supplementation-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Erin L Boespflug, James C Eliassen, Jonathan A Dudley, Marcelle D Shidler, Wilhelmina Kalt, Suzanne S Summer, Amanda L Stein, Amanda N Stover, Robert Krikorian
OBJECTIVES: Preclinical studies have shown that blueberry supplementation can improve cognitive performance and neural function in aged animals and have identified associations between anthocyanins and such benefits. Preliminary human trials also suggest cognitive improvement in older adults, although direct evidence of enhancement of brain function has not been demonstrated. In this study, we investigated the effect of blueberry supplementation on regional brain activation in older adults at risk for dementia...
February 21, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221756/pattern-recognition-using-carbon-nanotube-synaptic-transistors-with-an-adjustable-weight-update-protocol
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Sungho Kim, Bongsik Choi, Meehyun Lim, Jinsu Yoon, Juhee Lee, Hee-Dong Kim, Sung-Jin Choi
Recent electronic applications require an efficient computing system that can perform data processing with limited energy consumption. Inspired by the massive parallelism of the human brain, a neuromorphic system (hardware neural network) may provide an efficient computing unit to perform such tasks as classification and recognition. However, the implementation of synaptic devices (i.e., the essential building blocks for emulating the functions of biological synapses) remains challenging due to their uncontrollable weight update protocol and corresponding uncertain effects on the operation of the system, which can lead to a bottleneck in the continuous design and optimization...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221369/chemistry-based-molecular-signature-underlying-the-atypia-of-clozapine
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T Cardozo, E Shmelkov, K Felsovalyi, J Swetnam, T Butler, D Malaspina, S V Shmelkov
The central nervous system is functionally organized as a dynamic network of interacting neural circuits that underlies observable behaviors. At higher resolution, these behaviors, or phenotypes, are defined by the activity of a specific set of biomolecules within those circuits. Identification of molecules that govern psychiatric phenotypes is a major challenge. The only organic molecular entities objectively associated with psychiatric phenotypes in humans are drugs that induce psychiatric phenotypes and drugs used for treatment of specific psychiatric conditions...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221131/spatiotemporal-fluctuations-and-triggers-of-ebola-virus-spillover
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John Paul Schmidt, Andrew W Park, Andrew M Kramer, Barbara A Han, Laura W Alexander, John M Drake
Because the natural reservoir of Ebola virus remains unclear and disease outbreaks in humans have occurred only sporadically over a large region, forecasting when and where Ebola spillovers are most likely to occur constitutes a continuing and urgent public health challenge. We developed a statistical modeling approach that associates 37 human or great ape Ebola spillovers since 1982 with spatiotemporally dynamic covariates including vegetative cover, human population size, and absolute and relative rainfall over 3 decades across sub-Saharan Africa...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220625/predicting-gene-expression-in-massively-parallel-reporter-assays-a-comparative-study
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Anat Kreimer, Haoyang Zeng, Matthew D Edwards, Yuchun Guo, Kevin Tian, Sunyoung Shin, Rene Welch, Michael Wainberg, Rahul Mohan, Nicholas A Sinnott-Armstrong, Yue Li, Gökcen Eraslan, Talal Bin Amin, Jonathan Goke, Nikola S Mueller, Manolis Kellis, Anshul Kundaje, Michael A Beer, Sunduz Keles, David K Gifford, Nir Yosef
In many human diseases, associated genetic changes tend to occur within non-coding regions, whose effect might be related to transcriptional control. A central goal in human genetics is to understand the function of such non-coding regions: Given a region that is statistically associated with changes in gene expression (expression Quantitative Trait Locus; eQTL), does it in fact play a regulatory role? And if so, how is this role "coded" in its sequence? These questions were the subject of the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation eQTL challenge...
February 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220598/applicability-of-99m-tc-labeled-human-serum-albumin-scintigraphy-in-dogs-with-protein-losing-enteropathy
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Nina Engelmann, Nele Ondreka, Kerstin von Pückler, Sabrina Mohrs, Julia Sicken, Reto Neiger
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of protein loss into the gastrointestinal tract using noninvasive techniques is challenging. In people, scintigraphy not only is a sensitive tool to confirm protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), but it also allows for localization of protein loss. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To investigate the feasibility of (99m) Tc-labeled human serum albumin (HSA) scintigraphy in dogs with PLE in comparison with control dogs. ANIMALS: A total of 8 clinically healthy control research dogs and 7 client-owned dogs with gastrointestinal clinical signs and hypoalbuminemia (serum albumin concentration <2...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220464/perspectives-and-challenges-of-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-cardiac-arrhythmia-research
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REVIEW
Alexander Goedel, Ilaria My, Daniel Sinnecker, Alessandra Moretti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The promises of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) for modeling arrhythmogenic disease, but also for drug discovery and toxicity tests, are straightforward and exciting. However, the full potential of this new technology has not been fully realized yet. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art research in arrhythmogenic disease modeling and drug discovery and an outlook of what can be expected from the second decade of hiPSC-based arrhythmia research...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220393/common-and-distinct-regulation-of-human-and-mouse-brown-and-beige-adipose-tissues-a-promising-therapeutic-target-for-obesity
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REVIEW
Xuejiao Liu, Christopher Cervantes, Feng Liu
Obesity, which underlies various metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, is a growing public health challenge for which established therapies are inadequate. Given the current obesity epidemic, there is a pressing need for more novel therapeutic strategies that will help adult individuals to manage their weight. One promising therapeutic intervention for reducing obesity is to enhance energy expenditure. Investigations into human brown fat and the recently discovered beige/brite fat have galvanized intense research efforts during the past decade because of their pivotal roles in energy dissipation...
February 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220356/overexpression-of-line-1-retrotransposons-in-autism-brain
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Svitlana Shpyleva, Stepan Melnyk, Oleksandra Pavliv, Igor Pogribny, S Jill James
Long interspersed nuclear elements-1 (LINE-1 or L1) are mobile DNA sequences that are capable of duplication and insertion (retrotransposition) within the genome. Recently, retrotransposition of L1 was shown to occur within human brain leading to somatic mosaicism in hippocampus and cerebellum. Because unregulated L1 activity can promote genomic instability and mutagenesis, multiple mechanisms including epigenetic chromatin condensation have evolved to effectively repress L1 expression. Nonetheless, L1 expression has been shown to be increased in patients with Rett syndrome and schizophrenia...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220110/inhaled-liposomal-ciprofloxacin-protects-against-a-lethal-infection-in-a-murine-model-of-pneumonic-plague
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Karleigh A Hamblin, Stuart J Armstrong, Kay B Barnes, Carwyn Davies, Thomas Laws, James D Blanchard, Sarah V Harding, Helen S Atkins
Inhalation of Yersinia pestis can lead to pneumonic plague, which without treatment is inevitably fatal. Two novel formulations of liposome-encapsulated ciprofloxacin, 'ciprofloxacin for inhalation' (CFI, Lipoquin(®)) and 'dual release ciprofloxacin for inhalation' (DRCFI, Pulmaquin(®)) containing CFI and ciprofloxacin solution, are in development. These were evaluated as potential therapies for infection with Y. pestis. In a murine model of pneumonic plague, human-like doses of aerosolized CFI, aerosolized DRCFI or intraperitoneal (i...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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