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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728401/research-trends-in-outdoor-pig-production
#1
Hyun-Suk Park, Sang Hyon Oh
Since the industrialization of swine production in the late 1900s, swine farms in the United States, as well as in Europe, have largely become consolidated. Pig farms became larger in size but fewer in number, with 91% of market pigs being produced by large operations with 5,000 or more pigs on-site in the US, and only 3% of the total utilized agricultural land representing organic farming. Such change in the market made it difficult for small farmers to stay competitive, forcing them to find alternative ways to reduce the cost of production and increase profit using the outdoor production system...
July 17, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728321/review-of-the-nomenclature-of-the-retaining-ligaments-of-the-cheek-frequently-confused-terminology
#2
Yeui Seok Seo, Jennifer Kim Song, Tae Suk Oh, Seong Ihl Kwon, Tanvaa Tansatit, Joo Heon Lee
Since the time of its inception within facial anatomy, wide variability in the terminology as well as the location and extent of retaining ligaments has resulted in confusion over nomenclature. Confusion over nomenclature also arises with regard to the subcutaneous ligamentous attachments, and in the anatomic location and extent described, particularly for zygomatic and masseteric ligaments. Certain historical terms-McGregor's patch, the platysma auricular ligament, parotid cutaneous ligament, platysma auricular fascia, temporoparotid fasica (Lore's fascia), anterior platysma-cutaneous ligament, and platysma cutaneous ligament-delineate retaining ligaments of related anatomic structures that have been conceptualized in various ways...
July 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728287/-analysis-of-structure-and-function-of-meibomian-glands-in-healthy-population-at-different-ages
#3
J Hong, H Q Qu
Objective: To observe the structure and function of meibomian glands in normal population at different ages. Methods: From October 2011 to August 2012, meibomian gland information was collected in healthy volunteers without any symptoms of ocular discomfort, aged more than 5 years. The people were grouped by every 10 years of age. The meibomian gland opening, secretion state and characteristics and Max's line were observed by slit lamp microscopic examination, and the meibomian gland dropouts were examined by noncontact infrared meibomian gland microscopy...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728277/-effects-of-pi3k%C3%AE-rhoa-pathway-on-phagocytosis-defect-of-alveolar-macrophages-in-a-mouse-model-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#4
S T Hu, Q Xia, X L Zeng, H R Bao, X J Liu
Objective: To investigate effects of Phosphoinositide3-Kinases (PI3Kδ)-Ras homolog gene family member A(RhoA) pathway on phagocytosis deficiency of alveolar macrophages (AMs) in a mouse model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: Twenty mice were exposed to cigarette smoking to establish the COPD model, with 20 mice as the control group. AMs were isolated from lung tissue by discontinuous density gradient centrifugation and then divided into a healthy control group, a COPD group, a healthy IC87114 group and a COPD IC87114 group...
July 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728256/-single-center-retrospective-study-of-184-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-seen-from-2000-2014
#5
D X Guan, F H Yu, G L Wang, J Zhou, D Y Wang, X L Nie, X W Xu
Objective: To investigate the clinical data of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) retrospectively, including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) and identify the clinical characteristics and trends of change. Method: Clinical data of hospitalized patients diagnosed as IBD in Beijing Children's Hospital from January 2000 to December 2014 were collected and retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into six groups based on type of disease and year of admission: Group A1(CD, 2000-2004) included 12 patients, Group B1(CD, 2005-2009) included 11, Group C1(CD, 2010-2014) included 51; Group A2(UC, 2000-2004) included 17, Group B2(UC, 2005-2009) included 25, Group C2(UC, 2010-2014) included 68...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728214/p2x-receptor-channels-in-chronic-pain-pathways
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Louis-Philippe Bernier, Ariel R Ase, Philippe Séguéla
Chronic pain is a highly prevalent debilitating condition for which treatment options remain limited for many patients. Ionotropic ATP signaling through excitatory and calcium-permeable P2X receptor-channels is now rightfully considered as a critical player in pathological pain generation and maintenance, therefore their selective targeting represents a therapeutic opportunity with promising yet untapped potential. Recent advances in the structural, functional and pharmacological characterization of rodent and human ATP-gated P2X receptor-channels have shed brighter light on the role of specific subtypes in the pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory, neuropathic or cancer pain...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728206/-subaxial-cervical-spine-injuries-treatment-recommendations-of-the-german-orthopedic-and-trauma-society
#7
Philipp Schleicher, Matti Scholz, Frank Kandziora, Andreas Badke, Florian Hans Brakopp, Helmut Klaus Friedrich Ekkerlein, Erol Gercek, Rene Hartensuer, Philipp Hartung, Jan-Sven Gilbert Jarvers, Philipp Kobbe, Stefan Matschke, Robert Morrison, Christian W Müller, Miguel Pishnamaz, Maximilian Reinhold, Klaus John Schnake, Gregor Schmeiser, Gregor Stein, Bernhard Ullrich, Thomas Weiß, Volker Zimmermann
In a consensus process during four sessions in 2016, the working group "lower cervical spine" of the German Society for Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery (DGOU), formulated "Therapeutic Recommendations for the Lower Cervical Spine", taking into consideration the current literature. Therapeutic goals are a permanently stable, painless cervical spine and the protection against secondary neurologic damage while retaining the greatest possible amount of motion and spinal profile. Due to its ease of use and its proven good reliability, the AOSpine classification for subaxial cervical injuries should be used...
July 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728173/glucocorticoid-induced-leucine-zipper-protects-the-retina-from-light-induced-retinal-degeneration-by-inducing-bcl-xl-in-rats
#8
Ruiping Gu, Wenyi Tang, Boya Lei, Xinyi Ding, Cheng Jiang, Gezhi Xu
Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (GILZ) in a light-induced retinal degeneration model and to explore the underlying mechanisms. Methods: Intravitreal injection of recombinant GILZ-overexpressing lentivirus (OE-GILZ-rLV) and short hairpin RNA targeting GILZ recombinant lentivirus (shRNA-GILZ-rLV) was performed to up- and downregulate retinal GILZ, respectively. Three days after stable transduction, rats were exposed to continuous bright light (5000 lux) for 2 days...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728160/structural-changes-of-the-macula-on-optical-coherence-tomography-after-vitrectomy-for-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
#9
Jong Chan Im, Jong Ho Kim, Dong Ho Park, Jae Pil Shin
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between macular structural changes and visual prognosis after pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for proliferative diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: The study included 60 eyes that had undergone PPV. Macular optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings were classified into 5 groups preoperatively and 10 groups postoperatively. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were analyzed according to pre- and postoperative OCT. RESULTS: From the preoperative OCT, normal fovea with/without traction, normal fovea with preretinal hemorrhage, and tractional retinal detachment involving fovea showed an increase in BCVA after PPV (all p < 0...
July 21, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728157/3-d-volume-assessment-of-the-corpus-callosum-and-cerebellar-vermis-using-various-volume-acquisition-and-post-processing-protocols
#10
Veronika Frisova, Martina Srutova, Jon Hyett
OBJECTIVES: To determine which 3-D techniques are most effective for "real time" prenatal ultrasound assessment of the corpus callosum and cerebellar vermis. METHODS: A prospective study involving 100 consecutive normal singleton pregnancies attending routine anomaly scan at 19-23 weeks' gestation. Midsagittal structures of the fetal brain were assessed using six different methods of 3-D image acquisition and three post-processing techniques. The quality of the resulting images were then assessed and scored by a second operator...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728109/zero-valent-aluminum-for-reductive-removal-of-aqueous-pollutants-over-a-wide-ph-range-performance-and-mechanism-especially-at-near-neutral-ph
#11
Shiying Yang, Di Zheng, Tengfei Ren, Yixuan Zhang, Jia Xin
Zero-valent aluminum (ZVAl) draws much attention due to its strong reducibility. However, under neutral pH conditions, the reduction ability of ZVAl for pollutant removal has still been suspected because of the formed compact surface film of Al-(hydr)oxide. In this study, unmodified ZVAl was employed to reductively remove aqueous pollutants over a wide pH range, and its performance and mechanism, especially at near-neutral pH, were systematically studied for the first time. Results demonstrated that ZVAl had a wide range of pH applicability from 2 to 12, even in neutral environment...
July 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728107/developing-potential-agents-against-atherosclerosis-design-synthesis-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-novel-dual-inhibitors-of-oxidative-stress-and-squalene-synthase-activity
#12
Maria G Katselou, Alexios N Matralis, Angeliki P Kourounakis
For the treatment of multifactorial and complex diseases, it has become increasingly apparent that compounds acting at multiple targets often deliver superior efficacy compared to compounds with high specificity for only a single target. Based on previous studies demonstrating the important antioxidant and anti-hyperlipidemic effect of morpholine and 1,4-benzo(x/thi)azine derivatives (A-E), we hereby present the design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of novel dual-acting molecules as a therapeutic approach for atherosclerosis...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728106/multipotent-ache-and-bace-1-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease-design-synthesis-and-bio-analysis-of-7-amino-1-4-dihydro-2h-isoquilin-3-one-derivates
#13
Xiong-Jie Zhao, Da-Min Gong, Yu-Ren Jiang, Dong Guo, Yao Zhu, You-Chao Deng
In this paper, the preparation of a new class of multi-target-directed ligands (MTDLs) based on a 7-amino-1,4-dihydro-2H-isoquilin-3-one, whose lead (compound I) showed promising properties in acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activity [1], is described. The results of in vitro activities and molecular docking demonstrated that the target molecule (compounds 10a-n) with three parts of aromatic moieties and appropriate structural length can interact with aromatic residues in catalytic active site (CAS), peripheral anionic site (PAS) and the channel of AChE...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728101/a-rising-transpedicular-access-to-anterior-vertebral-body-a-case-report
#14
Emanuele Ciurlia, Gianfilippo Caggiari, Mario Spina, Matteo Andreozzi, Leonardo Puddu, Carlo Doria
INTRODUCTION: The transpedicular access is a common and effective procedure used to reach anterior vertebral body without passing through critical structures. after a transpedicular instrumentation, it is difficult to reach the anterior vertebral body because screws are placed in the way. We assume that an innovative transdiscal route could be used in patients with previous instrumentation, in order to perform a vertebroplasty or biopsy. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report the case of a 65-years-old woman who came to our Department complaining low back pain...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728092/checking-the-predictive-accuracy-of-basic-symptoms-against-ultra-high-risk-criteria-and-testing-of-a-multivariable-prediction-model-evidence-from-a-prospective-three-year-observational-study-of-persons-at-clinical-high-risk-for-psychosis
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M P Hengartner, K Heekeren, D Dvorsky, S Walitza, W Rössler, A Theodoridou
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to critically examine the prognostic validity of various clinical high-risk (CHR) criteria alone and in combination with additional clinical characteristics. METHODS: A total of 188 CHR positive persons from the region of Zurich, Switzerland (mean age 20.5 years; 60.2% male), meeting ultra high-risk (UHR) and/or basic symptoms (BS) criteria, were followed over three years. The test battery included the Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes (SIPS), verbal IQ and many other screening tools...
June 3, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728089/volumetric-and-morphological-characteristics-of-the-hippocampus-are-associated-with-progression-to-schizophrenia-in-patients-with-first-episode-psychosis
#16
R Sauras, A Keymer, A Alonso-Solis, A Díaz, C Molins, F Nuñez, M Rabella, A Roldán, E Grasa, E Alvarez, M J Portella, I Corripio
BACKGROUND: Abnormalities in the hippocampus have been implicated in the pathophysiology of psychosis. However, it is still unclear whether certain abnormalities are a pre-existing vulnerability factor, a sign of disease progression or a consequence of environmental factors. We hypothesized that first-episode psychosis patients who progress to schizophrenia after one year of follow up will display greater volumetric and morphological changes from the very beginning of the disorder. METHODS: We studied the hippocampus of 41 patients with a first-episode psychosis and 41 matched healthy controls...
July 5, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728085/preparation-of-a-6-oh-quaternized-chitosan-derivative-through-click-reaction-and-its-application-to-novel-thermally-induced-polyelectrolyte-complex-hydrogels
#17
Yu Chen, Fengju Wang, Na Zhang, Yi Li, Bin Cheng, Yongfa Zheng
In the present study, a chitosan derivative with long chain quaternary ammonium locating grafted at 6-OH (CTS-6-QAS) was designed and prepared via a novel click reaction. The structure and thermal stability of the products of each step were determined with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Rheological tests indicate that CTS-6-QAS possesses excellent thermally induced hydrogel formation property in the presence of β-glycerophosphate (β-GP)...
July 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728043/autofocus-on-moving-object-in-scanning-electron-microscope
#18
Andrey V Kudryavtsev, Sounkalo Dembélé, Nadine Piat
The sharpness of the images coming from a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is a very important property for many computer vision applications at micro- and nanoscale. It represents how much object details are distinctive in the images: the object may be perceived sharp or blurred. Image sharpness highly depends on the value of focal distance, or working distance in the case of the SEM. Autofocus is the technique allowing to automatically adjust the working distance to maximize the sharpness. Most of the existing algorithms allows working only with a static object which is enough for the tasks of visualization, manual microanalysis or microcharacterization...
July 12, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728042/pharmacological-relationships-and-ligand-discovery-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-revealed-by-simultaneous-ligand-and-receptor-clustering
#19
Cheng Zhang, Yi-Ming Shao, Xiaohua Ma, Siew Lee Cheong, Chu Qin, Lin Tao, Peng Zhang, Shangying Chen, Xian Zeng, Hongxia Liu, Giorgia Pastorin, Yuyang Jiang, Yu Zong Chen
Conventional ligand and receptor similarity methods have been extensively used for exposing pharmacological relationships and drug lead discovery. They may in some cases neglect minor relationships useful for target hopping particularly against the remote family members. To complement the conventional methods for capturing these minor relationships, we developed a new method that uses a SLARC (Simultaneous Ligand And Receptor Clustering) 2D map to simultaneously characterize the ligand structural and receptor binding-site sequence relationships of a receptor family...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728041/multi-structure-docking-analysis-of-bace1-crystal-structures-and-non-peptidic-ligands
#20
Zahra Haghighijoo, Bahram Hemmateenejad, Najmeh Edraki, Ramin Miri, Saeed Emami
In order to design novel non-peptidic inhibitors of BACE1, many research groups have attempted using computational studies including docking analyses. Since there are too many 3D structures for BACE1 in the protein database, the selection of suitable crystal structures is a key prerequisite for the successful application of molecular docking. We employed a multi-structure docking protocol. In which 615 ligands' structures were docked into 150 BACE1 structures. The large number of the resultant docking scores were post-processed by different data analysis methods including exploratory data analysis, regression analysis and discriminant analysis...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
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