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Xin-Yu Tian, Chun-Hong Liu, De-Xiang Wang, Xiu-Li Ji, Hui Shi, Chun-Yan Zheng, Meng-Shuang Xie, Wei Xiao
Background: The interpretation of spirometry varies on different reference values. Older people are usually underrepresented in published predictive values. This study aimed at developing spirometric reference equations for elderly Chinese in Jinan aged 60-84 years and to compare them to previous equations. Methods: The project covered all of Jinan city, and the recruitment period lasted 9 months from January 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017, 434 healthy people aged 60-84 years who had never smoked (226 females and 208 males) were recruited to undergo spirometry...
March 19, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Michelle M Valdez, Maureen Liwanag, Charles Mount, Rechell Rodriguez, Elisea Avalos-Reyes, Andrew Smith, David Collette, Michael Starsiak, Richard Green
Introduction: Inefficiencies in the command approval process for publications and/or presentations negatively impact DoD Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency programs' ability to meet ACGME scholarly activity requirements. A preliminary review of the authored works approval process at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) disclosed significant inefficiency, variation in process, and a low level of customer satisfaction. In order to facilitate and encourage scholarly activity at NMCSD, and meet ACGME requirements, the Executive Steering Council (ESC) chartered an interprofessional team to lead a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) project...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Brian W Carey, James Harty
BACKGROUND: The ATTUNE Knee by DePuy Synthes was introduced in 2013. It is designed to provide better range of motion and address patient-reported instability. The PFC Sigma Knee, an earlier prosthesis by DePuy Synthes, is a common knee replacement with a strong clinical track record. Our aim is to compare the outcomes after primary total knee replacement for end-stage knee osteoarthritis of the PFC and ATTUNE knee systems in 21 patients who each have prosthesis in opposite knees using WOMAC, Oxford Knee and SF-12 scores and evaluation of range of motion...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Irfanullah Khan, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Azhar Bin Amir Hamzah, Nafees Ahmed, Amjad Khan
PURPOSE: Creatinine is normally used to evaluate kidney function among elderly patients in clinical practice, which has been reported to be affected by socio-demographic factors like BMI and age. Cystatin C a newly introduced biomarker may be more efficient in identifying kidney function in obese and aged CKD patients. The aim of the current study was to assess the effect of BMI on endogenous biomarkers (cystatin C and creatinine) among elderly CKD patients in Malaysia, a first such study in the country...
March 13, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Francesco Spinelli, Ahmed Haider, Annamaria Toscano, Maria Laura Pati, Claudia Keller, Francesco Berardi, Nicola Antonio Colabufo, Carmen Abate, Simon M Ametamey
The Sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) has been described as a pluripotent modulator of distinct physiological functions and its involvement in various central and peripheral pathological disorders has been demonstrated. However, further investigations are required to understand the complex role of the Sig-1R as a molecular chaperon. A specific PET radioligand would provide a powerful tool in Sig-1R related studies. As part of our efforts to develop a Sig-1R PET radioligand that shows antagonistic properties, we investigated the suitability of 1-(4-(6-methoxynaphthalen-1-yl)butyl)-4-methylpiperidine (designated PB212) for imaging Sig-1R...
2018: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Pietro Mancosu, Giorgia Nicolini, Giulia Goretti, Fiorenza De Rose, Davide Franceschini, Chiara Ferrari, Giacomo Reggiori, Stefano Tomatis, Marta Scorsetti
BACKGROUND & PURPOSE: Lean Six Sigma Methodology (LSSM) was introduced in industry to provide near-perfect services to large processes, by reducing improbable occurrence. LSSM has been applied to redesign the 2D-2D breast repositioning process (Lean) by the retrospective analysis of the database (Six Sigma). MATERIALS & METHODS: Breast patients with daily 2D-2D matching before RT were considered. The five DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) LSSM steps were applied...
March 6, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Marina A Petrukhina, Sarah Spisak, Alexander Zabula, Melisa Alkan, Alexander Filatov, Andrey Rogachev
Designed site-directed dimerization of the monoanion-radicals of a pi-bowl in the solid state is reported for the first time. Dibenzo[a,g]corannulene (C28H14) is selected for this work based on the asymmetry of the charge/spin localization in the C28H14*- anion. Controlled one-electron reduction of C28H14 with Cs metal in diglyme resulted in crystallization of a new dimer, [{Cs+(diglyme)}2(C28H14-C28H14)2-] (1), as revealed by single crystal X-ray diffraction study performed in a broad range of temperatures...
March 5, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Sílvia Castany, Georgia Gris, José Miguel Vela, Enrique Verdú, Pere Boadas-Vaello
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1 R) knockout (KO) CD1 mice, generated by homologous recombination, and separate pharmacological studies in wild type (WT) mice were done to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of pain-related behaviours (thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia) in mice after spinal cord contusion injury (SCI) - a model of central neuropathic pain. The modulatory effect of σ1 R KO on extracellular mediators and signalling pathways in the spinal cord was also investigated. In particular, changes in the expression of inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor TNF-α, interleukin IL-1β) and both the expression and activation (phosphorylation) of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B (NR2B-NMDA) and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) were analysed...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Fiona Henderson, Philippa J Hart, Jesus M Pradillo, Michael Kassiou, Lidan Christie, Kaye J Williams, Herve Boutin, Adam McMahon
RATIONALE: Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Understanding the recovery process post-stroke is essential; however, longer-term recovery studies are lacking. In-vivo Positron emission tomography (PET) can image biological recovery processes, but is limited by spatial resolution and its targeted nature. Untargeted mass spectrometry imaging offers high spatial resolution, providing an ideal ex-vivo tool for brain recovery imaging. METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to image a rat brain 48 hours after ischaemic stroke to locate the infarcted regions of the brain...
February 27, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
David Aguinaga, Mireia Medrano, Ignacio Vega-Quiroga, Katia Gysling, Enric I Canela, Gemma Navarro, Rafael Franco
Sigma σ1 and σ2 receptors are targets of cocaine. Despite sharing a similar name, the two receptors are structurally unrelated and their physiological role is unknown. Cocaine increases the level of dopamine, a key neurotransmitter in CNS motor control and reward areas. While the drug also affects dopaminergic signaling by allosteric modulations exerted by σ1 R interacting with dopamine D1 and D2 receptors, the potential regulation of dopaminergic transmission by σ2 R is also unknown. We here demonstrate that σ2 R may form heteroreceptor complexes with D1 but not with D2 receptors...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Qi-Jun Gao, Bo Yang, Jing Chen, Shao-Bo Shi, Hong-Jie Yang, Xin Liu
Background: The sigma receptors are a relatively novel receptor group with respect to knowledge of their effect on health. Although the sigma-1 receptor agonist PRE-084 exhibits a cardioprotective effect in some studies, the benefits in cases of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) are not clear. The aim of this study was to explore the mechanism of action and assess the effect of PRE-084 on myocardial I/R injury in rats. Methods: In this study, rats were assigned randomly to three groups with computer (n = 14 for each group): a sham group, an I/R group, and a PRE-084 group...
March 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Caroline M Gorvin, Angela Rogers, Michelle Stewart, Anju Paudyal, Tertius A Hough, Lydia Teboul, Sara Wells, Steve Dm Brown, Roger D Cox, Rajesh V Thakker
The adaptor protein-2 sigma subunit (AP2σ), encoded by AP2S1 , forms a heterotetrameric complex, with AP2α, AP2β, and AP2μ subunits, that is pivotal for clathrin-mediated endocytosis, and AP2σ loss-of-function mutations impair internalization of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), a G-protein-coupled receptor, and cause familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia type-3 (FHH3). Mice with AP2σ mutations that would facilitate investigations of the in vivo role of AP2σ, are not available, and we therefore embarked on establishing such mice...
May 2, 2017: JBMR Plus
Anis Ben Arfi, Fahmi Elsayed, Pouya M Aflaki, Brad Morris, Fadhel M Ghannouchi
In this paper, a dual-branch topology driven by a Delta-Sigma Modulator (DSM) with a complex quantizer, also known as the Complex Delta Sigma Modulator (CxDSM), with a 3-level quantized output signal is proposed. By de-multiplexing the 3-level Delta-Sigma-quantized signal into two bi-level streams, an efficiency enhancement over the operational frequency range is achieved. The de-multiplexed signals drive a dual-branch amplification block composed of two switch-mode back-to-back power amplifiers working at peak power...
February 20, 2018: Sensors
Jin Park, Marta Dies, Yihan Lin, Sahand Hormoz, Stephanie E Smith-Unna, Sofia Quinodoz, María Jesús Hernández-Jiménez, Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo, James C W Locke, Michael B Elowitz
In cells, specific regulators often compete for limited amounts of a core enzymatic resource. It is typically assumed that competition leads to partitioning of core enzyme molecules among regulators at constant levels. Alternatively, however, different regulatory species could time share, or take turns utilizing, the core resource. Using quantitative time-lapse microscopy, we analyzed sigma factor activity dynamics, and their competition for RNA polymerase, in individual Bacillus subtilis cells under energy stress...
January 29, 2018: Cell Systems
Miguel Á Tejada, Ángeles Montilla-García, Rafael González-Cano, Inmaculada Bravo-Caparrós, M Carmen Ruiz-Cantero, Francisco R Nieto, Enrique J Cobos
Immune cells have a known role in pronociception, since they release a myriad of inflammatory algogens which interact with neurons to facilitate pain signaling. However, these cells also produce endogenous opioid peptides with analgesic potential. The sigma-1 receptor is a ligand-operated chaperone that modulates neurotransmission by interacting with multiple protein partners, including the μ-opioid receptor. We recently found that sigma-1 antagonists are able to induce opioid analgesia by enhancing the action of endogenous opioid peptides of immune origin during inflammation...
February 15, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Ahmed Farouk, Ahmed Tawfick, Mohamed Shoeb, Mahmoud A Mahmoud, Diaa Eldin Mostafa, Mohamed Hasan, Hany M Abdalla
PURPOSE: The extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) remains the most common first line of treatment for renal stones in the pediatric population. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and compare the outcomes of the ESWL and mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (mini-PCNL). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 108 patients younger than 12 years of age with 1-2 cm single renal stone (pelvic or calyceal) were randomized into two groups, each containing 54 patients...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Allison A Baczynski, Pratigya J Polissar, Dieter Juchelka, Johannes Schwieters, Andreas Hilkert, Roger E Summons, Katherine H Freeman
RATIONALE: We report modifications to compound-specific isotope analyses (CSIA) to enable high-precision isotopic analysis of picomoles of carbon for intact organic molecules. This sample size is two orders of magnitude below the amounts required for commercial systems. The greatly enhanced sensitivity of this system expands molecular isotope studies and applications previously prohibited by low concentrations and small samples. METHODS: We utilize the resolving power and low volumetric flow rates of narrow-bore capillary GC to improve sample transfer efficiency while maintaining narrow peak widths...
February 15, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Pablo G Jambrina, Marta Menendez, Alexandre Zanchet, Ernesto Garcia, F Javier Aoiz
This work present scattering calculations for the O($^3P$) + N$_2$($^1\Sigma$) $\rightarrow$ NO($^2\Pi$) + N($^4$S) and for the O($^3P$) + HCl($^1\Sigma$) $\rightarrow$ OH($^2\Pi$) + Cl($^2$P) reactions with the focus on the prediction of the $\Lambda$-doublet populations in which NO and OH are produced. Both reactions can take place on two competing potential energy surfaces of symmetries $^3A'$ and $^3A''$ that correlate reagents with products but with very distinct topographies. As a result, they exhibit very different dynamical behaviors and total reactivity...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Yu-Tong Sun, Gui-Fei Wang, Yi-Qiu Yang, Fujun Jin, Yifei Wang, Xiao-Yang Xie, Robert H Mach, Yun-Sheng Huang
Increasing evidences have implicated that sigma-2 receptor is a biomarker and significantly over-expressed in many proliferative cancer cells with no or low expression in normal cells. Sigma-2 receptor selective ligands have been successfully used as valuable tools to study its pharmacological functions, tumor imaging, and cancer therapeutics or adjuvants. 6,7-Dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolinylalkyl benzamides are among a few categories of structures that have demonstrated high affinities and selectivities for sigma-2 receptor and been used extensively as study tools in various tumor imaging and therapy...
November 9, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Karina Lebel, Christian Duval, Hung Phuc Nguyen, Réjean Plamondon, Patrick Boissy
Background: Turning is a challenging mobility task requiring proper planning, coordination, and postural stability to be executed efficiently. Turn deficits can impair mobility and lead to falls in patients with neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). It was previously shown that the cranio-caudal sequence involved during a turn (i.e., motion is initiated by the head, followed by the trunk) exhibits a signature that can be captured using an inertial system and analyzed through the Kinematics Theory...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
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