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Mana Biabani, Michael Farrell, Maryam Zoghi, Gary Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-induced motor evoked potentials (MEPs) are frequently used to assess corticospinal and intercortical activities. Trial to trial variance of the potentials is commonly observed, and averages of multiple MEPs are usually reported. Multiple trials have resources implications and are not compatible with some experimental protocols. This study investigated the minimum number of MEPs required to reliably assess corticospinal excitability (CSE), short interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and intercortical facilitation (ICF), within and between sessions...
March 15, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Luiz Filipe Barbosa-Martins, Jossaria Pereira de Sousa, Aline Rogéria Freire de Castilho, Julia Puppin-Rontani, Robert P W Davies, Regina Maria Puppin-Rontani
Bonding to demineralized dentin of a diseased tooth has shown to be a significant clinical issue. This study evaluated the effect of 0.2% NaF-(NaF), MI Paste™-(CPP-ACP) and the self-assembling peptide 'P11 - 4 ' (Ace-QQRFEWEFEQQ-NH2 ) contained in Curodont™ Repair, have on microtensile bond strength-(µTBS) of two different adhesive systems (Adper™ Single Bond-(SB) or Clearfil™ SE Bond (CSE)) and wettability of demineralized dentin slices after remineralising agents were applied. The highest µTBS were found for the demineralized dentin-(DD) treated with CPP-ACP; both adhesives systems (p < 0...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Michael Freund, Nazbanou Nozari
Recent work using the Picture Word Interference (PWI) paradigm has revealed that language production, similar to non-verbal tasks, shows a robust Congruency Sequence Effect (CSE), defined as a decreased congruency effect following incongruent trials. Although CSE is considered an index of adaptive control, its mechanism is debated. In two experiments, we tested the predictions of a learning model of adaptive control in production, using a task-switching paradigm fully balanced to evaluate CSE on a PWI trial as a function of the congruency of a 2-back PWI trial (within-task CSE), as well as a 1-back trial belonging to a different task (cross-task CSE)...
March 15, 2018: Cognition
Vaideesh Parasaram, Nasim Nosoudi, Aniqa Chowdhury, Naren Vyavahare
mphysema is characterized by degradation of lung alveoli that leads to poor airflow in lungs. Irreversible elastic fiber degradation by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity leads to loss of elasticity and drives the progression of this disease. We investigated if a polyphenol, pentagalloyl glucose (PGG) can increase elastin production in pulmonary fibroblasts. We also studied the effect of PGG treatment in reducing MMP activity and ROS levels in cells. We exposed rat pulmonary fibroblasts to two different types of inflammatory environments i...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Armando Silva Almodovar, Swatee Surve, David Rhys Axon, David Cooper, Milap C Nahata
BACKGROUND: Inadequacies in mental health care coverage remain an enormous problem in the United States. Barriers include scarcity of accessible mental health care professionals. Use of a mental health mobile app incorporating social cognitive theory may help improve confidence in coping skills and improve anxiety and depression. Sinasprite is a mobile app that recruited users via self-referral and clinician referral. Users completed questionnaires to obtain demographic and medical histories...
March 16, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Nobuhiro Asai, Daisuke Sakanashi, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Hideo Kato, Mao Hagihara, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Yuka Yamagishi, Hiroshige Mikamo
INTRODUCTION: While the emergence and spread of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) carriage and infections are serious threats to public health worldwide, its prevalence and epidemiology are still unknown. METHODS AND PATIENTS: For the purpose of examining the prevalence, patients' background and risk factors for CRE carriage and infections, we conducted this case-control study. We retrospectively reviewed all patients isolating CRE at Aichi Medical University hospital from January 2010 until March 2017...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
David Chi-Leung Lam, Hoi-Hin Kwok, Wai-Cho Yu, Fanny Wai-San Ko, Cheuk-Yin Tam, Arthur Chun-Wing Lau, Daniel Yee-Tak Fong, Mary Sau-Man Ip
BACKGROUND: Club cell protein-16 (CC16) expression has been associated with smoking-related lung function decline. The study hypothesis was that CC16 expression in both serum and bronchial epithelium is associated with lung function decline in smokers, and exposure to cigarette smoke will lead to reduction in CC16 expression in bronchial epithelial cells. METHODS: In a cohort of community-based male Chinese subjects recruited for lung function test in 2000, we reassessed their lung function ten years later and measured serum levels of CC16...
March 16, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Qiang Zhang, Tianyuan Xin, Xiaoke Lu, Yuexia Wang
We exploited novel two-dimensional (2D) carbon selenide (CSe) with a structure analogous to phosphorene, and probed its electronics and optoelectronics. Calculating phonon spectra using the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) method indicated that 2D CSe possesses dynamic stability, which made it possible to tune and equip CSe with outstanding properties by way of X-doping (X = O, S, Te), i.e., X substituting Se atoms. Then systematic investigation on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of pristine and X-doped monolayer CSe was carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) method...
March 16, 2018: Materials
Mitko Kocarev, Fouzia Khalid, Fatima Khatoon, Roshan Fernando
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuraxial labor analgesia remains the most effective and one of the most commonly utilized methods for pain relief during labor. This narrative review article is a summary of the literature published in 2017 on neuraxial analgesia for labor. RECENT FINDINGS: From a total of 41 identified articles, 13 were included in the review. The topics have been structured into three categories: initiation of neuraxial analgesia, maintenance of neuraxial analgesia, and neuraxial analgesia and obstetric outcomes...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Zhengpeng Zeng, ShengYang He, JunJuan Lu, Chun Liu, Hua Lin, ChaoQun Xu, LiHua Xie, ShengHua Sun
MicroRNAs and autophagy play important roles in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study was designed to explore the role of microRNA-21 (miR-21) induced autophagy in COPD. Using the C57BL/6, miR-21-/- mice and human bronchial epithelial (16HBE) cell line, we found that in the lung tissues of mice, the level of autophagy in the COPD model group was significantly higher than that in the control group. However, compared to the COPD model, the level of autophagy was significantly lower in the miR-21-/- CSE+CS group...
March 15, 2018: Experimental Lung Research
Zhilin Zeng, Miao Li, Jinkun Chen, Qinghai Li, Qin Ning, Jianping Zhao, Yongjian Xu, Jungang Xie, Jun Yu
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common inflammatory lung disease characterized by inflammatory cells activation and production of inflammatory mediators. Methyl-CpG-binding domain protein 2 (MBD2) plays an important role in diverse immunological disorders by regulating immune cell functions, such as differentiation and mediator secretion. However, the role of MBD2 in COPD remains unknown. Methods: MBD2 protein expression in lung tissues of patients with COPD and cigarette smoke (CS)-exposed mice were evaluated by Western blot and immunohistochemistry...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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Chris S Earl, Teh Wooi Keong, Shi-qi An, Sarah Murdoch, Yvonne McCarthy, Junkal Garmendia, Joseph Ward, J Maxwell Dow, Liang Yang, George A O'Toole & Robert P RyanThe above article, published May 20 2015 in EMBO Molecular Medicine , has been retracted by agreement between the authors of the study, CSE, TWK, SQA, SM, YMcC, JG, JW, JMD, LY, RPR, the journal Chief Editor and the EMBO Head of Scientific Publications in accordance with the outcomes of independent investigations conducted by the University of Dundee and University College Cork...
March 12, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Luis G Vargas Buonfiglio, Jennifer A Borcherding, Mark Frommelt, Gavin J Parker, Bryce Duchman, Oriana G Vanegas Calderón, Ruth Fernandez-Ruiz, Julio E Noriega, Elizabeth A Stone, Alicia K Gerke, Joseph Zabner, Alejandro P Comellas
BACKGROUND: Smoking is a leading cause of respiratory infections worldwide. Tobacco particulate matter disrupts iron homeostasis in the lungs and increases the iron content in the airways of smokers. The airway epithelia secrete lactoferrin to quench iron required for bacteria to proliferate and cause lung infections. We hypothesized that smokers would have increased bacterial growth and biofilm formation via iron lactoferrin imbalance. METHODS: We collected bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from non-smokers and smokers...
March 10, 2018: Respiratory Research
Zhongjian Cheng, Xinggui Shen, Xiaohua Jiang, Huimin Shan, Maria Cimini, Pu Fang, Yong Ji, Joon Young Park, Konstantinos Drosatos, Xiaofeng Yang, Christopher G Kevil, Raj Kishore, Hong Wang
Insufficient hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) has been implicated in Type 2 diabetic mellitus (T2DM) and hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy)-related cardiovascular complications. We investigated the role of H2 S in T2DM and HHcy-induced endothelial dysfunction in small mesenteric artery (SMA) of db/db mice fed a high methionine (HM) diet. HM diet (8 weeks) induced HHcy in both T2DM db/db mice and non-diabetic db/+ mice (total plasma Hcy: 48.4 and 31.3 µM, respectively), and aggravated the impaired endothelium-derived hyperpolarization factor (EDHF)-induced endothelium-dependent relaxation to acetylcholine (ACh), determined by the presence of eNOS inhibitor N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) and prostacyclin (PGI2 ) inhibitor indomethacin (INDO), in SMA from db/db mice but not that from db/+ mice...
February 14, 2018: Redox Biology
Tamer M Abdelghany, Raed S Ismail, Fatma A Mansoor, Joseph R Zweier, Frazer Lowe, Jay L Zweier
Cigarette smoking (CS) is a well-established risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Endothelial dysfunction (ED) with loss of nitric oxide (NO) production is a central mechanism leading to the advent of CVD. Despite many prior studies of this major health problem, the exact mechanism by which CS induces ED is not well understood. This study examines the mechanism by which CS induces ED with altered endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) function in aortic endothelial cells (AECs). Exposure of AECs to cigarette smoke extract (CSE) resulted in a marked decrease in NO production with concomitant increase in superoxide (O2 ...
March 7, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Ang Li, Yan Liu, Xiaosong Zhu, Xiao Sun, Xiuli Feng, Dawei Li, Jiangqiang Zhang, Meihua Zhu, Zhongxi Zhao
Although the organosulfur compounds from garlic have shown diverse pharmacological activities, the prototype drug was almost undetectable in vivo. As known, methylallyl sulfone (AMSO2) is the main metabolite of some active organosulfur compounds derived from garlic. The purpose of this article was to study the protective effect of AMSO2 on cigarette smoke extract (CSE) induced cell apoptosis in lungs in vivo and in vitro. The male rats were injected intraperitoneally with 900 μL of 100% CSE 3 times for three successive weeks...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shu-Fang Zheng, Rong-Kun Bao, Qiao-Jian Zhang, Sheng-Chen Wang, Hong-Jin Lin
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S), an endogenous gasotransmitter, plays an important role in apoptosis. Exudative diathesis (ED) disease is associated with dietary selenium (Se) deficiency in broilers. The liver is one of the target organs of Se deficiency; however, little is known about the effect of H2 S on apoptosis via mitochondrial pathways in the livers of broilers with ED disease. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the correlation between endogenous H2 S and mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis in the livers of broilers with ED disease, as induced by Se deficiency...
March 9, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Ilaria Setti, Peter G van der Velden, Valentina Sommovigo, Maria S Ferretti, Gabriele Giorgi, Deirdre O'Shea, Piergiorgio Argentero
Thefts and robberies may be traumatizing experiences for employees. The aim of this study is to explore to what extent experiencing robberies and/or thefts at work affect workers' mental health, coping-self-efficacy, social support seeking, workload and job satisfaction. Drawing on Conservation of Resources theory, this research contributes to our understanding of the psychological sequelae of robbery and theft for employees working in small businesses. The few studies on the effects of robberies and thefts in the past have predominantly focused on bank employees...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Shumin Ding, Xuefeng Hou, Gang Wang, Huihui Qiu, Ying Liu, Yuanli Zhou, Mei Du, Xiaobin Tan, Jie Song, Yingjie Wei, Luan Shu, Zhiyong Li, Liang Feng, Xiaobin Jia
Excessive autophagy plays a crucial role in cigarette smoking extract (CSE)-induced inflammation response and oxidative damage of respiratory epithelial cells. The components from Eclipta prostrata L. (CCE) have been shown to be beneficial for CSE-induced epithelial cells injury. However, whether its protection on CSE-stress injury is related to its regulation on autophagy remains still unclear. In this study, CCE, containing mainly wedelolactone of 45.88% and demethylwedelolactone of 23.74%, could improve significantly 10%CSE-induced cell viability of normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells using CCK-8 kit...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Michael Leung, Timo Rantalainen, Wei-Peng Teo, Dawson Kidgell
This study aimed to identify the ipsilateral corticospinal responses of the contralateral limb following different types of unilateral motor-training. Three groups performing unilateral slow-paced strength training (SPST), non-paced strength training (NPST) or visuomotor skill training (VT) were compared to a control group. It was hypothesised that 4 weeks of unilateral SPST and VT, but not NPST, would increase ipsilateral corticospinal excitability (CSE) and reduce short-interval cortical inhibition (SICI), resulting in greater performance gains of the untrained limb...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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