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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821209/cued-memory-reactivation-during-sws-abolishes-the-beneficial-effect-of-sleep-on-abstraction
#1
Nora Hennies, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Simon J Durrant, James N Cousins, Penelope A Lewis
Study Objectives: Extracting regularities from stimuli in our environment and generalizing these to new situations are fundamental processes in human cognition. Sleep has been shown to enhance these processes, possibly by facilitating reactivation-triggered memory reorganization. Here, we assessed whether cued reactivation during slow wave sleep (SWS) promotes the beneficial effect of sleep on abstraction of statistical regularities. Methods: We used an auditory statistical learning task, in which the benefit of sleep has been firmly established...
August 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821197/regional-variability-in-percentage-of-breast-cancers-reported-as-positive-for-her2-in-california-implications-of-patient-demographics-on-laboratory-benchmarks
#2
Chieh-Yu Lin, Eugene E Carneal, Daphne Y Lichtensztajn, Scarlett L Gomez, Christina A Clarke, Kristin C Jensen, Allison W Kurian, Kimberly H Allison
Objectives: The expected regional variability in percent human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancers is not currently clear. Methods: Data from the 2006 to 2011 California Cancer Registry were examined by county and health service area. The influence of demographic and pathologic features was used in a multivariable logistic regression model to compare expected with observed HER2-positive percentages by region. Results: There was significant geographic variation by California counties (11...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821192/could-the-pd-1-pathway-be-a-potential-target-for-treating-small-intestinal-adenocarcinoma
#3
Ramya Thota, Raul S Gonzalez, Jordan Berlin, Dana B Cardin, Chanjuan Shi
Objectives: The programmed death 1 (PD-1) pathway is upregulated in the immune microenvironment of many cancers. In this study, we examined the PD-1 pathway and the immune microenvironment of small intestinal adenocarcinomas by immunohistochemistry. Methods: From our department pathology archives we identified 42 small intestinal adenocarcinomas from between 2000 and 2015, with blocks available for IHC studies. Tumors were immunohistochemically stained for CD3, CD4, CD8, CD20, PD-1, and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821190/fibromatosis-of-the-breast-diagnostic-accuracy-of-core-needle-biopsy
#4
M Gabriela Kuba, Susan C Lester, Catherine S Giess, Monica M Bertagnolli, Tad J Wieczorek, Jane E Brock
Objectives: Fibromatosis of the breast is an uncommon neoplasm with potential for local recurrence. Treatment has traditionally been surgical excision with current trends toward conservative management. Given the option of observation after diagnosis by core needle biopsy (CNB), we sought to evaluate the accuracy of CNB for diagnosing fibromatosis. Methods: We identified a total of 31 cases in which fibromatosis had been diagnosed or included in the differential diagnosis on a CNB, an excision, or both...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821182/microsatellite-mutation-rate-in-atlantic-sturgeon-acipenser-oxyrinchus
#5
Hanna Panagiotopoulou, James D Austin, Katarzyna Zalewska, Magdalena Gonciarz, Kinga Czarnogórska, Jan Gawor, Piotr Weglenski, Danijela Popovic
Understanding mutation rates can greatly extend the utility of population and conservation genetic analyses. Herein, we present an estimate of genome-wide microsatellite mutation rate in Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) based on parent-offspring transmission patterns. We screened 307 individuals for parentage and mutation-rate analysis applying 43 variable markers. Out of 13228 allele transfers, 11 mutations were detected, producing a mutation rate of 8.3 × 10-4 per locus per generation (95% confidence interval: 1...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821180/infant-acceptance-of-primary-tastes-and-fat-emulsion-developmental-changes-and-links-with-maternal-and-infant-characteristics
#6
Camille Schwartz, Claire Chabanet, Emilie Szleper, Valérie Feyen, Sylvie Issanchou, Sophie Nicklaus
Previous studies on taste acceptance have been conducted taste-by-taste and with a cross-sectional design. The aim of this study was to longitudinally evaluate the acceptance of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami solutions, and a fat emulsion comparatively in a birth cohort from 3 to 20 months old. The acceptance of each taste relative to water was defined using proportional variables that are based on ingestion (IR) or liking evaluated by the experimenter (LR). These data were analyzed with mixed models that accounted for age and subject effects (minimum 152 observations/age/taste; maximum 216)...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821178/oil-perception-detection-thresholds-for-varying-fatty-stimuli-and-inter-individual-differences
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Jaana M Heinze, Andrew Costanzo, Inga Baselier, Andreas Fritsche, Melanie Lidolt, Jörg Hinrichs, Sabine Frank-Podlech, Russell Keast
Multiple lines of research have demonstrated that humans can perceive fat in the form of free fatty acids (FFAs). However, the dietary concentration of FFAs is generally very low and fat is mainly consumed as triacylglycerol (TAG). The aim of this study was to examine the perception of different fatty stimuli and possible associations between them. Therefore, detection thresholds for 4 fatty stimuli (oleic acid [FFA], paraffin oil [mixture of hydrocarbon molecules], canola oil [TAG-rich], and canola oil spiked with oleic acid [rich in TAGs and FFAs]) were determined in 30 healthy participants...
September 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821166/perioperative-acute-myocardial-infarction-associated-with-non-cardiac-surgery
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Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Navdeep Gupta, Yu Guo, Jeffrey S Berger, Sripal Bangalore
Aims: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a significant cardiovascular complication following non-cardiac surgery. We sought to evaluate national trends in perioperative AMI, its management, and outcomes. Methods and results: Patients who underwent non-cardiac surgery from 2005 to 2013 were identified using the United States National Inpatient Sample. Perioperative AMI was evaluated over time. Propensity score matching was used to compile a cohort of AMI patients managed invasively (defined as cardiac catheterization or coronary revascularization) vs...
August 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821161/britannin-induces-apoptosis-through-akt-foxo1-pathway-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Marzieh Moeinifard, Zuhair Mohammad Hassan, Faranak Fallahian, Maryam Hamzeloo-Moghadam, Mohammad Taghikhani
Induction of apoptosis in cancerous cells is considered as a promising treatment option for cancer therapy. The present study was designed to evaluate the anticancer properties of Britannin and its possible mechanisms of action in human pancreatic cancer cells. Apoptosis induction by Britannin was confirmed by annexin V-FITC/PI staining, Hoechst 33258 staining and caspase-3 activity assay in both AsPC-1 and Panc-1 cells. Additionally, by using western blot and Real-time PCR, we observed that Britannin induced apoptosis by decreasing the expression of BCL-2 and increasing the expression of BAX...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821151/flexibility-of-backbone-fibrils-in-%C3%AE-chitin-crystals-with-different-degree-of-acetylation
#10
Zechuan Yu, Denvid Lau
Acetyl groups are backbone outreaches that enhance inter-fibril connection in chitin and chitosan fibril bundle. Removal of acetyl groups affects flexibility of chitosan fibril bundle, thereby affecting mechanical strength of chitosan-based products. Understandings of relationship between degree of acetylation and flexibility of chitin fibril bundle conduce to optimization of synthetic chitin materials. Here, the relationship is examined by performing molecular dynamics simulations. Coiling of chitin and chitosan fibril bundle with different degree of acetylation is observed and flexibility of fibrils is measured...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821123/interfacial-modification-on-polyhydroxyalkanoates-starch-blend-by-grafting-%C3%A2-in-situ
#11
Pengwu Xu, Qingtao Zeng, Ying Cao, Piming Ma, Weifu Dong, Mingqing Chen
The interfacial adhesion between polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and native starch is poor. To improve the interfacial adhesion, PHAs were in-situ grafted onto starch using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as a free radical initiator. The grafting reaction was carefully characterized and confirmed by gel analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The gel yield of the PHAs/starch/DCP blend increased with the DCP concentration up to 2wt%. Meanwhile, obvious plastic deformation (stretched fibrils) was observed at the interface in the PHAs/starch/DCP blend in comparison with complete interfacial debonding in the PHAs/starch physical blend...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821115/rheology-and-bioactivity-of-high-molecular-weight-dextrans-synthesised-by-lactic-acid-bacteria
#12
Kenza Zarour, Mª Goretti Llamas, Alicia Prieto, Patricia Rúas-Madiedo, María Teresa Dueñas, Pilar Fernández de Palencia, Rosa Aznar, Mebrouk Kihal, Paloma López
Dextrans synthesised by three Leuconostoc mesenteroides strains, isolated from mammalian milks, were studied and compared with dextrans produced by Lc. mesenteroides and Lactobacillus sakei strains isolated from meat products. Size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering detection analysis demonstrated that the dextrans have molecular masses between 1.74×10(8)Da and 4.41×10(8)Da. Rheological analysis of aqueous solutions of the polymer revealed that all had a pseudoplastic behaviour under shear conditions and a random, and flexible, coil structure...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821108/modified-bacterial-cellulose-based-self-healable-polyeloctrolyte-film-for-wound-dressing-application
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Moumita Khamrai, Sovan Lal Banerjee, Patit P Kundu
In this investigation, we prepare a self-healable polyelectrolyte film via crosslinking the cationically charged chitosan (Cts) with anionically modified bacterial cellulose (BC), which is a green source of nano-filler. This polyelectrolyte film is able to show dynamic self-healing activity at physiological pH condition via adapting ionic interaction, a state of non-covalent bond. BC was prepared using Glucanoacetobacter xylinus (MTCC7795) bacteria and after that its surface was modified with anionic poly(acrylic acid) using "grafting from" technique...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821103/effect-of-dual-modification-by-annealing-and-ultrahigh-pressure-on-properties-of-starches-with-different-polymorphs
#14
Shujun Wang, Peng Guo, Fengjuan Xiang, Jinrong Wang, Jinglin Yu, Shuo Wang
The effects of dual modification by annealing (ANN) and ultrahigh pressure (UHP) on properties of wheat, yam, and potato starches were investigated. Compared with the single UHP treatment (400MPa), ANN-UHP (400MPa) treatment did not alter significantly the ordered structures of wheat starch, indicating that ANN treatment enhanced the stability and resistance of starch granules to the subsequent UHP treatment. In contrast, UHP (400MPa)-ANN treatment resulted in more severe disruption of ordered structures of wheat starch than did the single UHP treatment, showing that UHP-treated starch was more vulnerable to the subsequent ANN treatment...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821091/simple-and-green-fabrication-of-agcl-ag-cellulose-paper-with-antibacterial-and-photocatalytic-activity
#15
Lin Dai, Rui Liu, Li-Qiu Hu, Chuan-Ling Si
A green in situ technique to prepare a kind of multifunctional hybrid paper, AgCl/Ag particles hybrid cellulose-paper (AgCl/Ag-paper), was established. The AgCl/Ag-paper was obtained from a facile ultrasound agitation procedure. Scanning electron microscope observation showed that AgCl/Ag particles were highly dispersed outside surface and inside of the paper matrix. The resultant AgCl/Ag-paper demonstrated satisfactory antibacterial activity and biocompatibility. Moreover, AgCl/Ag-paper showed good photocatalytic activity and stability for decomposing organic pollutants (methyl blue) under the direct sunlight...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821088/microparticles-prepared-with-50-190kda-chitosan-as-promising-non-toxic-carriers-for-pulmonary-delivery-of-isoniazid
#16
Paula M Oliveira, Breno N Matos, Priscilla A T Pereira, Taís Gratieri, Lucia H Faccioli, Marcílio S S Cunha-Filho, Guilherme M Gelfuso
Chitosan biocompatibility and mucoadhesiveness make it an ideal polymer for antituberculotic drugs microcapsulation for pulmonary delivery. Yet, previous study indicated toxicity problems to J-774.1-cells treated with some medium molecular weight (190-310kDa) chitosan microparticles. As polymer molecular weight is a crucial factor to be considered, this paper describes the preparation and characterization of chitosan (50-190kDa) microparticles containing isoniazid (INH). Cytotoxicity assays were also performed on murine peritoneal (J-774...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821086/optimization-purification-and-structural-characterization-of-a-dextran-produced-by-l-mesenteroides-isolated-from-chinese-sauerkraut
#17
Renpeng Du, Hanwen Xing, Yanping Yang, Hanji Jiang, Zhijiang Zhou, Ye Han
A higher yield of dextran strain Leuconstoc mesenteroides TDS2-19 was isolated from Chinese sauerkraut juice. Effects of the three main factors on exopolysaccharide (EPS) yield were investigated by central composite design (CCD) and the optimum composition was sucrose 117.48g/L, sodium acetate 4.10g/L, and initial pH 6.88. Optimum results showed that EPS yield was increased to 71.23±2.25g/L in 48h fermentation, 31.24% higher than before. The molecular weight (Mw) of ESP was 8.79×10(7)Da, as determined by high-performance size-exclusion chromatography (HPSEC)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821081/direct-characterization-of-cotton-fabrics-treated-with-di-epoxide-by-nuclear-magnetic-resonance
#18
Min Xiao, Joronia Chéry, Ivan Keresztes, David B Zax, Margaret W Frey
A non-acid-based, di-functional epoxide, neopentyl glycol diglycidyl ether (NPGDGE), was used to modify cotton fabrics. Direct characterization of the modified cotton was conducted by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) without grinding the fabric into a fine powder. NaOH and MgBr2 were compared in catalyzing the reaction between the epoxide groups of NPGDGE and the hydroxyl groups of cellulose. Possible reaction routes were discussed. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that while the MgBr2-catalyzed reaction resulted in self-polymerization of NPGDGE, the NaOH-catalyzed reaction did not...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821077/building-a-fructan-lc-ms-2-library-and-its-application-to-reveal-the-fine-structure-of-cereal-grain-fructans
#19
Joran Verspreet, Anders Holmgaard Hansen, Scott J Harrison, Rudy Vergauwen, Wim Van den Ende, Christophe M Courtin
A liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) library is presented containing the relative retention times of 28 fructan oligomers and MS(2) spectra of 18 of them. It includes the main representatives of all fructan classes occurring in nature and with a degree of polymerization between three and five. This library enables a rapid and unambiguous detection of these 18 fructan structures in any type of sample without the need for fructan purification or the synthesis of fructan standards. Its wide applicability is demonstrated by the analysis of fructans in a set of cereal flour samples...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821069/preparation-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-norcantharidin-conjugated-carboxymethyl-chitosan-in-mice-bearing-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Zhiwen Jiang, Jinhua Chi, Baoqin Han, Wanshun Liu
In this study, norcantharidin (NCTD), a small-molecule anticancer drug derived from Chinese traditional medicine blister beetle (Mylabris), was conjugated covalently onto carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS). Then the hepatocellular carcinoma therapeutic properties and liver-protective effects were investigated through orthotopic transplantation tumor model. Results showed that the obtained CMCS-NCTD demonstrated remarkable anti-growth efficacy against hepatocellular 22 in mice. Significant improvement of the liver injury caused by cancer cells was observed in tumor-bearing mice administrated with CMCS-NCTD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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