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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636585/microbiome-a-potential-component-in-the-origin-of-mental-disorders
#1
George B Stefano, Radek Ptacek, Jiri Raboch, Richard M Kream
It is not surprising to find microbiome abnormalities present in psychiatric disorders such as depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, etc. Evolutionary pressure may provide an existential advantage to the host eukaryotic cells in that it survives in an extracellular environment containing non-self cells (e.g., bacteria). This phenomenon is both positive and negative, as with other intercellular processes. In this specific case, the phenomenal amount of information gained from combined bacterial genome could enhance communication between self and non-self cells...
June 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634152/ensuring-inclusion-of-adolescent-key-populations-at-higher-risk-of-hiv-exposure-recommendations-for-conducting-biological-behavioral-surveillance-surveys
#2
Lisa Grazina Johnston, Justine Sass, Jeffry Acaba, Wing-Sie Cheng, Shirley Mark Prabhu
Ending acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) depends on greater efforts to reduce new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections and prevent AIDS-related deaths among key populations at highest HIV risk, including males who have sex with males, sex workers, and people who inject drugs. Although adolescent key populations (AKP) are disproportionately affected by HIV, they have been largely ignored in HIV biological behavioral surveillance survey (BBSS) activities to date. This paper reviews current ethical and sampling challenges and provides suggestions to ensure AKP are included in surveillance activities, with the aim being to enhance evidence-informed, strategic, and targeted funding allocations and programs toward ending AIDS among AKP...
June 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632997/epidemiology-of-obesity-and-pharmacologic-treatment-options
#3
Vignesh Shettar, Sarang Patel, Srividya Kidambi
Prevalence of obesity and its related morbidity have increased to alarming levels in adults and children in the United States and globally. Weight loss results in improvement of much of the obesity-related morbidity. Lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications, increased physical activity, and behavioral therapy form the crux of weight management. However, many individuals need additional assistance (pharmacologic or surgical) to initiate or sustain weight loss. Pharmacologic therapy consists of a number of agents that work by decreasing appetite, gastric emptying, or nutrient absorption or by increasing satiety...
June 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632905/the-malleable-brain-plasticity-of-neural-circuits-and-behavior-a-review-from-students-to-students
#4
REVIEW
Natascha Schaefer, Carola Rotermund, Eva-Maria Blumrich, Mychael V Lourenco, Pooja Joshi, Regina U Hegemann, Sumit Jamwal, Nilufar Ali, Ezra Michelet García Romero, Sorabh Sharma, Shampa Ghosh, Jitendra K Sinha, Hannah Loke, Vishal Jain, Katarzyna Lepeta, Ahmad Salamian, Mahima Sharma, Mojtaba Golpich, Katarzyna Nawrotek, Ramesh K Paidi, Sheila M Shahidzadeh, Tetsade Piermartiri, Elham Amini, Veronica Pastor, Yvette Wilson, Philip A Adeniyi, Ashok K Datusalia, Benham Vafadari, Vedangana Saini, Edna Suárez-Pozos, Neetu Kushwah, Paula Fontanet, Anthony J Turner
One of the most intriguing features of the brain is its ability to be malleable, allowing it to adapt continually to changes in the environment. Specific neuronal activity patterns drive long-lasting increases or decreases in the strength of synaptic connections, referred to as long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) respectively. Such phenomena have been described in a variety of model organisms, which are used to study molecular, structural, and functional aspects of synaptic plasticity...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631125/upgraded-modified-forms-of-bituminous-coal-for-the-removal-of-safranin-t-dye-from-aqueous-solution
#5
Mohamed Shaban, Mostafa R Abukhadra, Mohamed G Shahien, Aftab Aslam Parwaz Khan
Natural bituminous coal was used as a precursor in the synthesis of different modified products. The modification of coal was performed by treating it with nitric acid (N-coal), coating its surface by zinc oxide nanoparticles (Z-coal), and converting it into porous graphite (PG). The effect of modification processes on the structures, morphologies, and optical properties was followed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), and UV/VIS spectrophotometer analysis...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630601/international-society-of-sports-nutrition-position-stand-diets-and-body-composition
#6
REVIEW
Alan A Aragon, Brad J Schoenfeld, Robert Wildman, Susan Kleiner, Trisha VanDusseldorp, Lem Taylor, Conrad P Earnest, Paul J Arciero, Colin Wilborn, Douglas S Kalman, Jeffrey R Stout, Darryn S Willoughby, Bill Campbell, Shawn M Arent, Laurent Bannock, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, Jose Antonio
Position Statement: The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) bases the following position stand on a critical analysis of the literature regarding the effects of diet types (macronutrient composition; eating styles) and their influence on body composition. The ISSN has concluded the following. 1) There is a multitude of diet types and eating styles, whereby numerous subtypes fall under each major dietary archetype. 2) All body composition assessment methods have strengths and limitations. 3) Diets primarily focused on fat loss are driven by a sustained caloric deficit...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629058/photo-induced-surface-grafting-of-phosphorylcholine-containing-copolymers-onto-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-controlled-drug-delivery
#7
Liucheng Mao, Meiying Liu, Long Huang, Dazhuang Xu, Qing Wan, Guangjian Zeng, Yanfeng Dai, Yuanqing Wen, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Surface modification of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with functional polymers has become one of the most interest topics over the last decade. Among various surface modification strategies, surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) has been regarded as one of the most effective methods. However, the typical ATRP strategy is relied on the transition metal ions and their organic ligands as the polymerization catalyst systems. In this work, a novel surface-initiated ATRP method was established for surface functionalization of MSNs using 10-Phenylphenothiazine (PTH) as the catalyst, 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and itaconic acid (IA) as the monomers...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629057/a-facile-strategy-for-fabrication-of-aggregation-induced-emission-aie-active-fluorescent-polymeric-nanoparticles-fpns-via-post-modification-of-synthetic-polymers-and-their-cell-imaging
#8
Yanzhu Liu, Liucheng Mao, Xinhua Liu, Meiying Liu, Dazhuang Xu, Ruming Jiang, Fengjie Deng, Yongxiu Li, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) active fluorescent polymeric nanoparticles (FPNs) have recently emerged as the promising nanoprobes for biological imaging for their intensive fluorescence, good photostability, desirable biocompatibility and well designability of structure and optical properties. Herein, we proposed a novel strategy for fabrication of AIE-active FPNs through the post modification of synthetic copolymers to form Schiff base. The size, morphology, optical properties and biocompatibility as well as cell uptake behavior were evaluated in detailed...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629034/icariin-immobilized-electrospinning-poly-l-lactide-fibrous-membranes-via-polydopamine-adhesive-coating-with-enhanced-cytocompatibility-and-osteogenic-activity
#9
Hua Liu, Wenling Li, Binghong Luo, Xuexing Chen, Wei Wen, Changren Zhou
In this study, icariin (ICA), one of the main active ingredients of Herba Epimedii for osteogenesis, was applied to functionalize electrospinning poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) fibrous membrane via an intermediate layer of polydopamine (PDA) to obtain enhanced cytocompatibility and osteogenic activity. For this purpose, an array of PDA-coated PLLA fibrous membranes (PLLA-0.5PDA, PLLA-1PDA, PLLA-2PDA, PLLA-5PDA) and ICA-modified PLLA-2PDA fibrous membranes (PLLA-2PDA-10ICA, PLLA-2PDA-20ICA, PLLA-2PDA-40ICA) were successively prepared...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628995/in-simulated-body-fluid-performance-of-polymorphic-apatite-coatings-synthesized-by-pulsed-electrodeposition
#10
Shoujie Liu, Hejun Li, Leilei Zhang, Xuemin Yin, Yao Guo
Surface modification is to modify biological responses through changing surface properties without reducing the mechanical properties of the implant. Specifically bioactive coatings, such as hydroxyapatite, carbonate apatite and dicalcium phosphate dehydrate, have been deposited on carbon/carbon (C/C) composites to change the bio-inert surface state. This work focused on the effects of voltages and electrolyte concentrations of pulsed electrodeposition on apatite layer. The apatite coatings thus synthesized were then structurally, morphologically and chemically characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Transmission electron microscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628197/vesicular-acetylcholine-transporter-vacht-overexpression-induces-major-modifications-of-striatal-cholinergic-interneuron-morphology-and-function
#11
Helena Janickova, Vania F Prado, Marco A M Prado, Salah El Mestikawy, Véronique Bernard
Striatal cholinergic interneurons (CIN) are pivotal for the regulation of the striatal network. Acetylcholine (ACh) released by CIN is centrally involved in reward behavior as well as locomotor or cognitive functions. Recently, BAC transgenic mice expressing channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) protein under the control of the choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) promoter (ChAT-ChR2) and displaying almost 50 extra copies of the VAChT gene were used to dissect cholinergic circuit connectivity and function using optogenetic approaches...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627874/impact-of-postsynthetic-modification-on-the-electrical-and-magnetic-properties-of-materials
#12
K S Asha, Niyaz Ahmed, Ramesh Nath, Denis Kuznetsov, Sukhendu Mandal
Postsynthetic modification is a promising tool for introducing multifunctional properties in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The effects of postsynthetic metal addition/exchange in a barium-based MOF have been well examined toward their magnetic and electrical properties. The rattling motion of the extraframework organic cation is responsible for the ferroelectric behavior. The strong magnetic frustration in Tb@1 is found to arise from the nearly triangular arrangement of Tb(3+) ions in its secondary building unit along the chain direction...
June 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626142/surface-modification-of-pdms-and-plastics-with-zwitterionic-polymers
#13
Mutsuo Tanaka, Shigeru Kurosawa
Surface modification of PDMS, polycarbonate, and acrylic resin was examined using various methacryl polymers bearing sulfobetaine, phosphoryl choline, and oligoethylene glycol units. We have found that zwitterionic polymers are adsorbed on the PDMS surface treated with plasma. The surface of PDMS is stable to keep high hydrophilicity after a month of the modification. On the other hand, one of sulfobetaine polymers showed distinguished adsorption behavior in the case of polycarbonate surface treated with plasma...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625002/changes-in-dietary-intake-and-eating-behavior-in-adolescents-after-bariatric-surgery-an-ancillary-study-to-the-teen-labs-consortium
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David B Sarwer, Rebecca J Dilks, Jacqueline C Spitzer, Robert I Berkowitz, Thomas A Wadden, Renee H Moore, Jesse L Chittams, Mary L Brandt, Mike K Chen, Anita P Courcoulas, Carroll M Harmon, Michael A Helmrath, Marc P Michalsky, Stavra A Xanthakos, Meg H Zeller, Todd M Jenkins, Thomas H Inge
BACKGROUND: A growing number of studies suggest that bariatric surgery is safe and effective for adolescents with severe obesity. However, surprisingly little is known about changes in dietary intake and eating behavior of adolescents who undergo bariatric surgery. OBJECTIVE: Investigate changes in dietary intake and eating behavior of adolescents with obesity who underwent bariatric surgery (n = 119) or lifestyle modification (LM) (n = 169). SETTING: University-based health systems METHODS: A prospective investigation of 288 participants (219 female and 69 male) prior to bariatric surgery or LM and again 6, 12, and 24 months (surgery patients only) after treatment...
June 17, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624530/the-emerging-role-of-wnt-signaling-dysregulation-in-the-understanding-and-modification-of-age-associated-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Lizbeth García-Velázquez, Clorinda Arias
Wnt signaling is a highly conserved pathway that participates in multiple aspects of cellular function during development and in adults. In particular, this pathway has been implicated in cell fate determination, proliferation and cell polarity establishment. In the brain, it contributes to synapse formation, axonal remodeling, dendrite outgrowth, synaptic activity, neurogenesis and behavioral plasticity. The expression and distribution of Wnt components in different organs vary with age, which may have important implications for preserving tissue homeostasis...
June 14, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623334/novel-complex-of-hat-protein-tip60-and-nuclear-receptor-pxr-promotes-cell-migration-and-adhesion
#16
Karishma Bakshi, B Ranjitha, Shraddha Dubey, Jaisri Jagannadham, Bharti Jaiswal, Ashish Gupta
PXR is a member of nuclear receptor superfamily and a well-characterized mediator of xenobiotic metabolism. The classical mode of PXR activation involves its binding to appropriate ligand and subsequent heterodimerization with its partner RXR. However, various factors such as post-translational modifications and crosstalk with different cellular factors may also regulate the functional dynamics and behavior of PXR. In the present study, we have identified that TIP60, an essential lysine acetyltransferase protein interacts with unliganded PXR and together this complex promotes cell migration & adhesion...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623134/dysfunction-in-diurnal-synaptic-responses-and-social-behavior-abnormalities-in-cathepsin-s-deficient-mice
#17
Fumiko Takayama, Xinwen Zhang, Yoshinori Hayashi, Zhou Wu, Hiroshi Nakanishi
The expression of cathepsin S (CatS), a microglia-specific lysosomal cysteine protease in the brain, is regulated by the intrinsic microglial circadian clock. We herein report that the diurnal variation of evoked synaptic responses of cortical neurons disappeared in cathepsin S-deficient (CatS(-/-)) mice. The dendritic spine density of the cortical neurons was significantly reduced by incubation with a recombinant CatS. Furthermore, CatS(-/-) mice exhibited impaired social interaction and social novelty recognition in the three-chamber test...
June 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622973/maternal-programming-of-sex-specific-responses-to-predator-odor-stress-in-adult-rats
#18
Sophie St-Cyr, Sameera Abuaish, Shathveekan Sivanathan, Patrick O McGowan
Prenatal stress mediated through the mother can lead to long-term adaptations in stress-related phenotypes in offspring. This study tested the long-lasting effect of prenatal exposure to predator odor, an ethologically relevant and psychogenic stressor, in the second half of pregnancy. As adults, the offspring of predator odor-exposed mothers showed increased anxiety-like behaviors in commonly used laboratory tasks assessing novelty-induced anxiety, increased defensive behavior in males and increased ACTH stress reactivity in females in response to predator odor...
June 13, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622726/efficient-covalent-modification-of-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-with-diazotized-dyes-in-water-at-room-temperature
#19
Asma Bensghaïer, Stephanie Lau-Truong, Mahamadou Seydou, Aazdine Lamouri, Eric Leroy, Matej Micusik, Klaudia Forro, Mohamed Beji, Jean Pinson, Maria Omastova, Mohamed Mehdi Chehimi
Tetrafluoroborate salts of diazotized Azure A (AA-N2+), Neutral Red (NR-N2+) and Congo Red (CR-N2+) dyes were prepared and reacted with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) at room temperature, in water without any reducing agent. The as-modified MWCNTs were examined by IRATR, Raman spectroscopy, XPS, TGA, TEM and cyclic voltammetry. The diazonium band located at 2350 cm-1 in the diazotized dye IR spectra vanished after attachment to the nanotubes whilst Raman D/G peak ratio slightly increased after dye covalent attachment at high initial diazonium/CNT mass ratio...
June 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622354/awareness-of-knowledge-and-practice-regarding-physical-activity-a-population-based-prospective-observational-study-among-students-in-nanjing-china
#20
Fei Xu, Xiaorong Wang, Dandan Xiang, Zhiyong Wang, Qing Ye, Robert S Ware
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) promotion has proven effectiveness in preventing childhood obesity. Increasing children's health knowledge is the most frequently used approach in PA intervention programs targeting childhood obesity prevention. However, little is known about the specific association between the change in a child's knowledge awareness and their PA practice. METHODS: A one-year follow-up study was conducted among primary and junior high school students in Nanjing, China...
2017: PloS One
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