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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231674/-a-preliminary-study-on-the-molecular-characteristics-of-d-cycloserine-resistance-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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C Li, G L Li, Q Luo, S J Li, R B Wang, Y L Lou, J X Lyu, K L Wan
Objective: To investigate the relationship between D-cycloserine resistance and the gene mutations of alrA, ddlA and cycA of Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis, as well as the association between D-cycloserine resistance and spoligotyping genotyping. Methods: A total of 145 M. tuberculosis strains were selected from the strain bank. D-cycloserine resistant phenotypes of the strains were determined by the proportion method and the minimal inhibitory concentration was determined by resazurin microtiter assay. PCR amplification and DNA direct sequencing methods were used for the analysis of gene mutations...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231541/endogenous-microrna-424-predicts-clinical-outcome-and-its-inhibition-acts-as-cancer-suppressor-in-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Yu Wang, Zhenyang Lv, Junfeng Fu, Ze Wang, Zhe Fan, Ting Lei
PURPOSE: We examined the expression, clinical correlation and functional mechanisms of endogenous microRNA-424 (miR-424) in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Expression pattern of endogenous miR-424 was examined by qRT-PCR in clinical samples obtained from 233 NSCLC patients. Correlations between differential miR-424 expression level (low vs. high) and NSCLC patients' clinicopathological parameters or survival were statistically examined. In in vitro NSCLC H596 and SW900 cells, miR-424 was either upregulated or downregulation by lentiviral transduction...
February 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231345/in-vitro-evaluation-of-three-methods-for-the-retrieval-of-fractured-screw-fragments-from-dental-implants
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Rubén Agustín-Panadero, Carlos Labaig-Rueda, Beatriz Castillo-Rodriguez, Alberto Ferreiroa, María Fernanda Solá-Ruíz
PURPOSE: To compare the effectiveness of different methods of fractured screw fragment retrieval from dental implants, comparing a conventional method (use of an exploration probe and ultrasonic tips) with two mechanical retrieval kits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred thirty-five screws in implant internal connections were fractured to test fragment retrieval comparing three methods: conventional method with the use of an explorer probe and ultrasonic tips (group CE), extraction with a mechanical kit with a guide cylinder (group MK1), and extraction with a mechanical kit without a guide cylinder (group MK2)...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231030/safety-of-patient-mobilization-and-rehabilitation-in-the-icu-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Peter Nydahl, Thiti Sricharoenchai, Saurabh Chandra, Firuzan Sari Kundt, Minxuan Huang, Magdalena Fischill, Dale M Needham
BACKGROUND: Early mobilization and rehabilitation of patients in intensive care units (ICU) may improve physical function, and reduce the duration of delirium, mechanical ventilation and ICU length of stay. However, safety concerns are an important barrier to widespread implementation. OBJECTIVE: To synthesize safety data regarding patient mobilization and rehabilitation in the ICU, including falls, removal of endotracheal tubes (ETT), removal or dysfunction of intravascular catheters, removal of other catheters/tubes, cardiac arrest, hemodynamic changes and desaturation...
February 23, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230292/age-related-changes-in-pain-sensitivity-in-healthy-humans-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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H El Tumi, M I Johnson, P B F Dantas, M J Maynard, O A Tashani
: Literature suggests that pain perception diminishes in old age. The most recent review used search strategies conducted over a decade ago and concluded that study findings were equivocal. The aim of this systematic review, with meta-analysis, was to determine age-related changes in pain sensitivity in healthy pain-free adults, children and adolescents. A search of PubMed, Science Direct, and PsycINFO identified studies that compared pain sensitivity response to noxious stimuli at different time points in the lifespan of healthy individuals...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229524/dermal-morphological-changes-following-salicylic-acid-peeling-and-microdermabrasion
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Amira A Abdel-Motaleb, Eman E Abu-Dief, Mahmoud Ra Hussein
BACKGROUND: Microdermabrasion and chemical peeling are popular, inexpensive, and safe methods for treatment of some skin disorders and to rejuvenate skin. OBJECTIVES: To study the alterations of the dermal connective tissue following salicylic acid peeling and microdermabrasion. METHODS: Twenty patients were participated in our study. All participants underwent facial salicylic acid 30% peel or microdermabrasion (10 cases in each group) weekly for 6 weeks...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229254/the-impact-of-post-procedural-complications-on-reimbursement-length-of-stay-and-mechanical-ventilation-among-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-germany
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Klaus Kaier, Holger Reinecke, Huseyin Naci, Lutz Frankenstein, Martin Bode, Werner Vach, Philip Hehn, Andreas Zirlik, Manfred Zehender, Jochen Reinöhl
BACKGROUND: The impact of various post-procedural complications after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) on resource use and their consequences in the German reimbursement system has still not been properly quantified. METHODS: In a retrospective observational study, we use data from the German DRG statistic on patient characteristics and in-hospital outcomes of all isolated TAVI procedures in 2013 (N = 9147). The impact of post-procedural complications on reimbursement, length of stay and mechanical ventilation was analyzed using both unadjusted and risk-adjusted linear and logistic regression analyses...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228411/retinal-vascular-calibre-changes-after-intravitreal-bevacizumab-or-dexamethasone-implant-treatment-for-diabetic-macular-oedema
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Sanjeewa S Wickremasinghe, Samantha Fraser-Bell, Elizabeth Alessandrello, Hemal Mehta, Mark C Gillies, Lyndell L Lim
PURPOSE: To compare changes in retinal vascular calibre after 2 years of treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab (BVZ) or dexamethasone implant (DEX) in patients with centre-involving diabetic macular oedema (DMO). METHODS: At baseline, 88 eyes of 61 patients with DMO were recruited in a prospective, multicentre, randomised, single-masked clinical trial. Of these subjects, 22 BVZ-treated (52%) and 22 DEX-treated (48%) eyes of 34 patients (56%) had gradable retinal photographs at both the baseline and 24-month visits...
February 22, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228306/isoprenaline-versus-nitroglycerine-in-head-up-tilt-test
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Umesh R Bilagi, Jayaprakash Shenthar, Manjunath Nanjappa Cholenahally
BACKGROUND: HUTT test is used in evaluation of syncope. Isoprenaline and isosorbide dinitrate are used to increase the sensitivity of the test. These drugs act by different mechanisms. We aimed to compare the results of isoprenaline with isosorbide dinitrate. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 198 subjects referred for HUTT to our institute; those above the age of 35 years were not included in our study, because isoprenaline was not used commonly above this age; thus, only 90 subjects were analyzed...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227316/dynamic-knee-muscle-co-contraction-quantified-during-walking
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Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo, Annachiara Strazza, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Alessandro Mengarelli
The purpose of the present study was the quantification of the co-activation patterns of the knee extensor and flexor muscles during walking at self-selected speed and cadence. To this aim, the Statistical Gait Analysis, a recent methodology providing a statistical characterization of gait, was performed on surface EMG signals from Vastus Lateralis (VL) and Medial Hamstrings (MH) in 14 healthy young adult subjects. Muscular co-contraction was assessed as the overlapping period between activation intervals of agonist and antagonist muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227164/dynamical-information-encoding-in-neural-adaptation
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Luozheng Li, Wenhao Zhang, Yuanyuan Mi, Dahui Wang, Xiaohan Lin, Si Wu, Luozheng Li, Wenhao Zhang, Yuanyuan Mi, Dahui Wang, Xiaohan Lin, Si Wu, Si Wu, Dahui Wang, Xiaohan Lin, Yuanyuan Mi, Wenhao Zhang, Luozheng Li
Adaptation refers to the general phenomenon that a neural system dynamically adjusts its response property according to the statistics of external inputs. In response to a prolonged constant stimulation, neuronal firing rates always first increase dramatically at the onset of the stimulation; and afterwards, they decrease rapidly to a low level close to background activity. This attenuation of neural activity seems to be contradictory to our experience that we can still sense the stimulus after the neural system is adapted...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226953/preliminary-statistical-assessment-towards-characterization-of-biobotic-control
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Tahmid Latif, Meng Yang, Edgar Lobaton, Alper Bozkurt, Tahmid Latif, Meng Yang, Edgar Lobaton, Alper Bozkurt, Edgar Lobaton, Meng Yang, Tahmid Latif, Alper Bozkurt
Biobotic research involving neurostimulation of instrumented insects to control their locomotion is finding potential as an alternative solution towards development of centimeter-scale distributed swarm robotics. To improve the reliability of biobotic agents, their control mechanism needs to be precisely characterized. To achieve this goal, this paper presents our initial efforts for statistical assessment of the angular response of roach biobots to the applied bioelectrical stimulus. Subsequent findings can help to understand the effect of each stimulation parameter individually or collectively and eventually reach reliable and consistent biobotic control suitable for real life scenarios...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226222/computer-simulations-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
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Song-Ho Chong, Prathit Chatterjee, Sihyun Ham
The investigation of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) is a new frontier in structural and molecular biology that requires a new paradigm to connect structural disorder to function. Molecular dynamics simulations and statistical thermodynamics potentially offer ideal tools for atomic-level characterizations and thermodynamic descriptions of this fascinating class of proteins that will complement experimental studies. However, IDPs display sensitivity to inaccuracies in the underlying molecular mechanics force fields...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225867/investigating-ego-modules-and-pathways-in-osteosarcoma-by-integrating-the-egonet-algorithm-and-pathway-analysis
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X Y Chen, Y H Chen, L J Zhang, Y Wang, Z C Tong
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone malignancy, but current therapies are far from effective for all patients. A better understanding of the pathological mechanism of OS may help to achieve new treatments for this tumor. Hence, the objective of this study was to investigate ego modules and pathways in OS utilizing EgoNet algorithm and pathway-related analysis, and reveal pathological mechanisms underlying OS. The EgoNet algorithm comprises four steps: constructing background protein-protein interaction (PPI) network (PPIN) based on gene expression data and PPI data; extracting differential expression network (DEN) from the background PPIN; identifying ego genes according to topological features of genes in reweighted DEN; and collecting ego modules using module search by ego gene expansion...
February 16, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225734/auditory-performance-and-electrical-stimulation-measures-in-cochlear-implant-recipients-with-auditory-neuropathy-compared-with-severe-to-profound-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Joseph Attias, Tally Greenstein, Miriam Peled, David Ulanovski, Jay Wohlgelernter, Eyal Raveh
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare auditory and speech outcomes and electrical parameters on average 8 years after cochlear implantation between children with isolated auditory neuropathy (AN) and children with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). DESIGN: The study was conducted at a tertiary, university-affiliated pediatric medical center. The cohort included 16 patients with isolated AN with current age of 5 to 12.2 years who had been using a cochlear implant for at least 3...
March 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225526/nonhuman-primate-model-of-polytraumatic-hemorrhagic-shock-recapitulates-early-platelet-dysfunction-observed-following-severe-injury-in-humans
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Leasha J Schaub, Hunter B Moore, Andrew P Cap, Jacob J Glaser, Ernest E Moore, Forest R Sheppard
BACKGROUND: Platelet dysfunction has been described as an early component of trauma-induced coagulopathy. The platelet component of trauma-induced coagulopathy remains to be fully elucidated and translatable animal models are required to facilitate mechanistic investigations. We sought to determine if the early platelet dysfunction described in trauma patients could be recapitulated in a nonhuman primate model of polytraumatic hemorrhagic shock. METHODS: Twenty-four male rhesus macaques weighting 7 to 14 kg were subjected to 60 minutes (min) of severe pressure-targeted controlled hemorrhagic shock (HS) with and without other injuries...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224916/transcriptional-markers-enable-identification-of-rye-grass-lolium-sp-plants-with-non-target-site-based-resistance-to-herbicides-inhibiting-acetolactate-synthase
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Arnaud Duhoux, Sébastien Carrère, Alexis Duhoux, Christophe Délye
Molecular detection of herbicide non-target-site-based resistance (NTSR) classically requires extensively validated NTSR genes. We assessed the feasibility of predicting NTSR phenotypes using expression data of NTSR transcriptional markers, i.e., transcripts which expression levels are statistically correlated to NTSR. Markers were sought by comparative RNA-Seq analysis of untreated NTSR or sensitive plants from four rye-grass populations followed by expression quantification in 299 individual plants with characterised sensitivity to two acetolactate-synthase-inhibiting herbicides...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224430/edaravone-enhances-the-viability-of-ischemia-reperfusion-flaps
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Dong-Yi Zhang, Shen-Song Kang, Zheng-Wen Zhang, Rui Wu
The purpose of the experiment was to study the efficacy of edaravone in enhancing flap viability after ischemia/reperfusion (IR) and its mechanism. Forty-eight adult male SD rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: control group (n=16), IR group (n=16), and edaravone-treated IR group (n=16). An island flap at left lower abdomen (6.0 cm×3.0 cm in size), fed by the superficial epigastric artery and vein, was created in each rat of all the three groups. The arterial blood flow of flaps in IR group and edaravone-treated IR group was blocked for 10 h, and then the blood perfusion was restored...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224424/dynamic-characteristic-mechanism-of-atrial-septal-defect-using-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-and-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-functions
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Gao-Wa Sharen, Jun Zhang, Chuan Qin, Qing Lv
The dynamic characteristics of the area of the atrial septal defect (ASD) were evaluated using the technique of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT 3DE), the potential factors responsible for the dynamic characteristics of the area of ASD were observed, and the overall and local volume and functions of the patients with ASD were measured. RT 3DE was performed on the 27 normal controls and 28 patients with ASD. Based on the three-dimensional data workstations, the area of ASD was measured at P wave vertex, R wave vertex, T wave starting point, and T wave terminal point and in the T-P section...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224110/comparison-of-inhaled-milrinone-nitric-oxide-and-prostacyclin-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Martin Albert, Daniel Corsilli, David R Williamson, Marc Brosseau, Patrick Bellemare, Stéphane Delisle, Anne Qn Nguyen, France Varin
AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of inhaled milrinone in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: Open-label prospective cross-over pilot study where fifteen adult patients with hypoxemic failure meeting standard ARDS criteria and monitored with a pulmonary artery catheter were recruited in an academic 24-bed medico-surgical intensive care unit. Random sequential administration of iNO (20 ppm) or nebulized epoprostenol (10 μg/mL) was done in all patients...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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