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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145480/engineering-the-gh1-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-humicola-insolens-insights-on-the-stimulation-of-activity-by-glucose-and-xylose
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Luana Parras Meleiro, José Carlos Santos Salgado, Raquel Fonseca Maldonado, Sibeli Carli, Luiz Alberto Beraldo Moraes, Richard John Ward, João Atílio Jorge, Rosa Prazeres Melo Furriel
The activity of the GH1 β-glucosidase from Humicola insolens (Bglhi) against p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (pNP-Glc) and cellobiose is enhanced 2-fold by glucose and/or xylose. Kinetic and transglycosylation data showed that hydrolysis is preferred in the absence of monosaccharides. Stimulation involves allosteric interactions, increased transglycosylation and competition of the substrate and monosaccharides for the -1 glycone and the +1/+2 aglycone binding sites. Protein directed evolution has been used to generate 6 mutants of Bglhi with altered stimulation patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145317/complete-remission-and-long-term-survival-of-a-patient-with-melanoma-metastases-treated-with-high-dose-fever-inducing-viscum-album-extract-a-case-report
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Paul G Werthmann, Alexander Hintze, Gunver S Kienle
INTRODUCTION: Metastatic malignant cutaneous melanoma (MCM)-a highly immunogenic cancer-typically has a poor prognosis. Viscum album extracts (VAEs) have strong immune-stimulating, apoptogenic, and cytotoxic effects. CASE PRESENTATION: A 66-year-old MCM patient with newly diagnosed lymph node metastases opted for sole VAE treatment. VAEs were initially applied subcutaneously, and then later in exceptionally high, fever-inducing doses, both intravenously and intralesionally...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145290/effective-treatment-of-narcolepsy-like-symptoms-with-high-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-a-case-report
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Jian-Bo Lai, Mao-Mao Han, Yi Xu, Shao-Hua Hu
RATIONALE: Narcolepsy is a rare sleep disorder with disrupted sleep-architecture. Clinical management of narcolepsy lies dominantly on symptom-driven pharmacotherapy. The treatment role of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for narcolepsy remains unexplored. PATIENT CONCERNS: In this paper, we present a case of a 14-year-old young girl with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations. DIAGNOSES: After excluding other possible medical conditions, this patient was primarily diagnosed with narcolepsy...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145166/revisiting-interhemispheric-imbalance-in-chronic-stroke-a-tdcs-study
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Alana B McCambridge, James W Stinear, Winston D Byblow
OBJECTIVE: Chronic stroke patients with moderate-severe motor impairment may have an increased reliance on contralesional vs ipsilesional motor areas to control the paretic arm. We hypothesised that increasing contralesional excitability with anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (a-tDCS) would benefit motor performance in patients with moderate-severe impairment. METHODS: Ten patients with motor impairment at the chronic stage after stroke received a-tDCS, cathodal (c-tDCS) and sham with the target electrode over contralesional motor cortex (M1)...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144720/cost-effectiveness-of-gammacore-non-invasive-vagus-nerve-stimulation-for-acute-treatment-of-episodic-cluster-headache
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Mkaya Mwamburi, Eric J Liebler, Andrew T Tenaglia
Cluster headache is a debilitating disease characterized by excruciatingly painful attacks that affects 0.15% to 0.4% of the US population. Episodic cluster headache manifests as circadian and circannual seasonal bouts of attacks, each lasting 15 to 180 minutes, with periods of remission. In chronic cluster headache, the attacks occur throughout the year with no periods of remission. While existing treatments are effective for some patients, many patients continue to suffer. There are only 2 FDA-approved medications for episodic cluster headache in the United States, while others, such as high-flow oxygen, are used off-label...
November 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143817/greater-post-neolithic-wealth-disparities-in-eurasia-than-in-north-america-and-mesoamerica
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Timothy A Kohler, Michael E Smith, Amy Bogaard, Gary M Feinman, Christian E Peterson, Alleen Betzenhauser, Matthew Pailes, Elizabeth C Stone, Anna Marie Prentiss, Timothy J Dennehy, Laura J Ellyson, Linda M Nicholas, Ronald K Faulseit, Amy Styring, Jade Whitlam, Mattia Fochesato, Thomas A Foor, Samuel Bowles
How wealth is distributed among households provides insight into the fundamental characters of societies and the opportunities they afford for social mobility. However, economic inequality has been hard to study in ancient societies for which we do not have written records, which adds to the challenge of placing current wealth disparities into a long-term perspective. Although various archaeological proxies for wealth, such as burial goods or exotic or expensive-to-manufacture goods in household assemblages, have been proposed, the first is not clearly connected with households, and the second is confounded by abandonment mode and other factors...
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143414/central-pain-processing-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-pain-free-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Alessandro Tessitore, Antonio Russo, Rosa De Micco, Michele Fratello, Giuseppina Caiazzo, Alfonso Giordano, Mario Cirillo, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Fabrizio Esposito
BACKGROUND: Despite its clinical relevance, the pathophysiology of pain in Parkinson's disease (PD) is still largely unknown, and both central and peripheral mechanisms have been invoked. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether central pain processing is altered in "drug-naive" pain-free PD (dnPD) patients. METHODS: Using event-related functional MRI (fMRI), functional response to forearm heat stimulation (FHS) at two different intensities (41°C and 53°C) was investigated in 20 pain-free dnPD patients, compared with 18 healthy controls (HCs)...
November 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143405/cost-effectiveness-modeling-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-compared-to-electroconvulsive-therapy-for-treatment-resistant-depression-in-singapore
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Ying Jiao Zhao, Phern Chern Tor, Ai Leng Khoo, Monica Teng, Boon Peng Lim, Yee Ming Mok
BACKGROUND: Compared to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the cost-effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the management of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of rTMS vs. ECT for TRD from Singapore societal perspective. METHODS: We constructed a Markov model to project the cost and benefit of rTMS compared with ECT over one year in patients with TRD...
November 16, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142890/comparing-the-effect-of-labetalol-versus-morphine-on-controlling-blood-pressure-and-pulse-rate-during-emergence-from-anesthesia-after-craniotomy
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Mohammadali Attari, Fatemeh Tayyari, Nafiseh Narimani
Background: Emergence from anesthesia is associated with sympathetic stimulation, increase in pulse and blood pressure. There are different methods, but the most appropriate method should be selected regarding the differences in nationalities. This study aimed to compare the efficacy of morphine and labetalol in controlling blood pressure and pulse during emergence from anesthesia in brain tumors craniotomy. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted at Al-Zahra Hospital of Isfahan - Iran on 60 patients suffering from brain tumor candidated for craniotomy and randomly classified into two groups of 30...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142846/opportunities-and-challenges-of-intermittent-and-continuous-intraoperative-neural-monitoring-in-thyroid-surgery
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REVIEW
Rick Schneider, Andreas Machens, Gregory W Randolph, Dipti Kamani, Kerstin Lorenz, Henning Dralle
The number of thyroid operations and there radically continues to rise in the western hemisphere, bringing prevention of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) palsy to the fore. Overall, the incidence of RLN palsy is fairly low but continues to prompt litigation for malpractice. In an effort to diminish transient, and more importantly permanent, RLN palsy rates, intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) has been advocated as a risk minimization tool. Recent meta-analyses of studies, many of which were limited by poor study design and the sole use of intermittent nerve stimulation, were unable to demonstrate superiority of IONM over mere anatomic RLN dissection...
October 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142437/docking-based-screening-of-ficus-religiosa-phytochemicals-as-inhibitors-of-human-histamine-h2-receptor
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Amit Chaudhary, Birendra Singh Yadav, Swati Singh, Pramod Kumar Maurya, Alok Mishra, Shweta Srivastva, Pritish Kumar Varadwaj, Nand Kumar Singh, Ashutosh Mani
Background: Ficus religiosa L. is generally known as Peepal and belongs to family Moraceae. The tree is a source of many compounds having high medicinal value. In gastrointestinal tract, histamine H2 receptors have key role in histamine-stimulated gastric acid secretion. Their over stimulation causes its excessive production which is responsible for gastric ulcer. Objective: This study aims to screen the range of phytochemicals present in F. religiosa for binding with human histamine H2 and identify therapeutics for a gastric ulcer from the plant...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142126/hpv-replication-regulation-by-acetylation-of-a-conserved-lysine-in-the-e2-protein
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Yanique Thomas, Elliot J Androphy
The Papillomavirus (PV) E2 protein is a sequence specific DNA binding protein that recruits cellular factors to its genome in infected epithelial cells. E2 also binds to and loads the viral E1 DNA helicase at the origin of replication. Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of PV E2 have been identified as potential regulators E2 functions. We recently reported lysine (K) 111 as a target of p300 acetylation in bovine (B)PV. The di-lysines at 111 and 112 are conserved in almost all papillomaviruses. We pursued a mutational approach to query the functional significance of lysine in human (H)PV E2...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142098/the-acquisition-of-skilled-finger-movements-is-accompanied-by-the-reorganization-of-the-corticospinal-system
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Masato Hirano, Shinji Kubota, Shinichi Furuya, Yoshiki Koizume, Shinya Tanaka, Kozo Funase
Dexterous finger movements are often characterized by highly coordinated movements. Such coordination might be derived from reorganization of the corticospinal system. In this study, we investigated 1) the manner in which finger movement covariation patterns are acquired by examining the effects of the implicit and explicit learning of a serial reaction time task (SRTT), and 2) how such changes in finger coordination are represented in the corticospinal system. The subjects learned a button press sequence in both implicit and explicit learning conditions...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141657/local-estrogen-axis-in-the-human-bone-microenvironment-regulates-estrogen%C3%A2-receptor-positive%C3%A2-breast-cancer-cells
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Derek F Amanatullah, John S Tamaresis, Pauline Chu, Michael H Bachmann, Nhat M Hoang, Deborah Collyar, Aaron T Mayer, Robert B West, William J Maloney, Christopher H Contag, Bonnie L King
BACKGROUND: Approximately 70% of all breast cancers express the estrogen receptor, and are regulated by estrogen. While the ovaries are the primary source of estrogen in premenopausal women, most breast cancer is diagnosed following menopause, when systemic levels of this hormone decline. Estrogen production from androgen precursors is catalyzed by the aromatase enzyme. Although aromatase expression and local estrogen production in breast adipose tissue have been implicated in the development of primary breast cancer, the source of estrogen involved in the regulation of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) metastatic breast cancer progression is less clear...
November 15, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141211/lateral-preoptic-control-of-the-lateral-habenula-through-convergent-glutamate-and-gaba-transmission
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David J Barker, Jorge Miranda-Barrientos, Shiliang Zhang, David H Root, Hui-Ling Wang, Bing Liu, Erin S Calipari, Marisela Morales
The lateral habenula (LHb) is a brain structure that participates in cognitive and emotional processing and has been implicated in several mental disorders. Although one of the largest inputs to the LHb originates in the lateral preoptic area (LPO), little is known about how the LPO participates in the regulation of LHb function. Here, we provide evidence that the LPO exerts bivalent control over the LHb through the convergent transmission of LPO glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) onto single LHb neurons...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140997/topical-anaesthesia-reduces-sensitivity-of-castration-wounds-in-neonatal-piglets
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Sabrina Lomax, Charissa Harris, Peter A Windsor, Peter J White
The aim of this study was to do determine the efficacy of the topical anaesthetic Tri-Solfen® in the amelioration of the pain of castration in piglets. The trial was conducted over a three day period, and blocked across six litters with 12 piglets treated on days one and two, and 16 on day three. The piglets were randomly allocated by weight and litter to 1 of 4 treatment groups: (i) sham castration (SHAM; n = 10); (ii) surgical castration with no anaesthetic intervention (CAST; n = 10); (iii) surgical castration with post-operative topical anaesthesia (TRI; n = 10); (iv) surgical castration with a pre-operative intra-testicular lignocaine hydrochloride injection (LIG; n = 10)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140897/psychological-and-psychophysiological-effects-of-recuperative-music-postexercise
#17
Costas I Karageorghis, Andrew C Bruce, Suzanne T Pottratz, Rebecca C Stevens, Marcelo Bigliassi, Mark Hamer
PURPOSE: Few studies have examined the psychological and psychophysiological effects of recuperative music following exhaustive exercise. The main purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of two music conditions compared with a no-music control on psychological and psychophysiological recovery processes post-exercise. METHODS: A randomized, fully counterbalanced, crossover design was used. Core affect, salivary cortisol, heart rate, and blood pressure were measured before exhaustive exercise, immediately after, and in 10-, 20-, and 30-min intervals during passive recovery (21 women and 21 men; 20...
November 15, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140840/high-voltage-electrical-stimulation-versus-ultrasound-in-the-treatment-of-pressure-ulcers
#18
Pinar Bora Karsli, Eda Gurcay, Ozgur Zeliha Karaahmet, Aytul Cakci
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess and compare the efficacy of high-voltage electrical stimulation (HVES) with ultrasound (US) in treating Stage II through Stage IV pressure ulcers (PrUs)* of hospitalized patients. DESIGN: This study was designed as a prospective, controlled trial in which patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTINGS: A total of 27 patients (22 male, 5 female) hospitalized for neurologic rehabilitation in the Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Stage II through Stage IV PrUs were included in this study...
December 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140761/limb-segment-load-inhibits-the-recovery-of-soleus-h-reflex-after-segmental-vibration-in-humans
#19
Shih-Chiao Tseng, Richard K Shields
We investigated the effects of vertical vibration and compressive load on soleus H-reflex amplitude and postactivation depression. We hypothesized that, in the presence of a compressive load, limb vibration induces a longer suppression of soleus H-reflex. Eleven healthy adults received vibratory stimulation at a fixed frequency (30 Hz) over two loading conditions (0% and 50% of individual's body weight). H-reflex amplitude was depressed ∼88% in both conditions during vibration. Cyclic application of compression after cessation of the vibration caused a persistent reduction in H-reflex excitability and postactivation depression for > 2...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140675/identification-of-novel-allosteric-modulators-of-glutamate-transporter-eaat2
#20
Sandhya Kortagere, Ole Valente Mortensen, Jingsheng Xia, William Lester, Yuhong Fang, Yellamelli V V Srikanth, Joseph M Salvino, Andreia Cristina Karklin Fontana
Dysfunction of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of various neurological disorders, such as stroke, brain trauma, epilepsyand neurodegenerative diseases among others. EAAT2 is the main subtype responsible for glutamate clearance in the brain, having a key role in regulating transmission and preventing excitotoxicity. Therefore, compounds that increase the expression or activity of EAAT2 have therapeutic potential for neuroprotection. Previous studies identified molecular determinants for EAAT2 transport stimulation in a structural domain that lies at the interface of the rigid trimerization domain and the central substrate binding transport domain...
November 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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