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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320132/early-markers-of-kidney-dysfunction-and-cognitive-impairment-among-older-adults
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Yudan Wei, Yinan Kevin Wei, Jianmin Zhu
BACKGROUND: Age-related decline in kidney function can be an important risk factor for cognitive impairment in older adults. In this study, we examined several kidney function measures for the association with cognitive function in older adults in hope to identify early and sensitive markers that can be used for the detection or screening for cognitive impairment. METHODS: A total of 1982 older participants (aged ≥60years) in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was analyzed for the association between kidney function and cognitive impairment using multivariate logistic regression and general linear models...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319952/regression-based-norms-for-the-symbol-digit-modalities-test-in-the-dutch-population-improving-detection-of-cognitive-impairment-in-multiple-sclerosis
#2
Jessica Burggraaff, Dirk L Knol, Bernard M J Uitdehaag
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Appropriate and timely screening instruments that sensitively capture the cognitive functioning of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are the need of the hour. We evaluated newly derived regression-based norms for the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) in a Dutch-speaking sample, as an indicator of the cognitive state of MS patients. METHODS: Regression-based norms for the SDMT were created from a healthy control sample (n = 96) and used to convert MS patients' (n = 157) raw scores to demographically adjusted Z-scores, correcting for the effects of age, age2, gender, and education...
March 21, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319898/immunodetection-of-salivary-biomarkers-by-an-optical-microfluidic-biosensor-with-polyethylenimine-modified-polythiophene-c70-organic-photodetectors
#3
Tao Dong, Nuno Miguel Matos Pires
This work reports a novel optical microfluidic biosensor with highly sensitive organic photodetectors (OPDs) for absorbance-based detection of salivary protein biomarkers at the point of care. The compact and miniaturized biosensor has comprised OPDs made of polythiophene-C70 bulk heterojunction for the photoactive layer; whilst a calcium-free cathode interfacial layer, made of linear polyethylenimine, was incorporated to the photodetectors to enhance the low cost. The OPDs realized onto a glass chip were aligned to antibody-functionalized chambers of a poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic chip, in where immunogold-silver assays were conducted...
March 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319878/visual-stimuli-modulate-frontal-oscillatory-rhythms-in-a-cortically-blind-patient-evidence-for-top-down-visual-processing
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Eda Tipura, Alan J Pegna, Beatrice de Gelder, Olivier Renaud
OBJECTIVE: We investigated neuronal correlates of faces versus non-faces processing in a cortically blind patient (TN) and a group of healthy age-matched controls in order to test electrophysiological correlates of the processing of pertinent stimuli in this patient. METHODS: An EEG paradigm was used, in which intact and scrambled faces were displayed on a screen. First, time-frequency transforms were conducted on the patients' data alone. These oscillations were then compared to the frontal activity of six control participants...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319593/profiles-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-hypertensive-rats-long-noncoding-rna-xr007793-regulates-cyclic-strain-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Qing-Ping Yao, Zhi-Wei Xie, Kai-Xuan Wang, Ping Zhang, Yue Han, Ying-Xin Qi, Zong-Lai Jiang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are being discovered in multiple diseases at a rapid pace. However, the contribution of lncRNAs to hypertension remains largely unknown. In hypertension, the vascular walls are exposed to abnormal mechanical cyclic strain, which leads to vascular remodelling. Here, we investigated the mechanobiological role of lncRNAs in hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Differences in the lncRNAs and mRNAs between spontaneously hypertensive rats and Wistar-Kyoto rats were screened using a gene microarray...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319243/association-of-antioxidant-supplement-use-and-dementia-in-the-prevention-of-alzheimer-s-disease-by-vitamin-e-and-selenium-trial-preadvise
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Richard J Kryscio, Erin L Abner, Allison Caban-Holt, Mark Lovell, Phyllis Goodman, Amy K Darke, Monica Yee, John Crowley, Frederick A Schmitt
Importance: Oxidative stress is an established dementia pathway, but it is unknown if the use of antioxidant supplements can prevent dementia. Objective: To determine if antioxidant supplements (vitamin E or selenium) used alone or in combination can prevent dementia in asymptomatic older men. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease by Vitamin E and Selenium (PREADViSE) trial began as a double-blind randomized clinical trial in May 2002, which transformed into a cohort study from September 2009 to May 2015...
March 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319194/genome-wide-analysis-of-brain-and-gonad-transcripts-reveals-changes-of-key-sex-reversal-related-genes-expression-and-signaling-pathways-in-three-stages-of-monopterus-albus
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Wei Chi, Yu Gao, Qing Hu, Wei Guo, Dapeng Li
BACKGROUND: The natural sex reversal severely affects the sex ratio and thus decreases the productivity of the rice field eel (Monopterus albus). How to understand and manipulate this process is one of the major issues for the rice field eel stocking. So far the genomics and transcriptomics data available for this species are still scarce. Here we provide a comprehensive study of transcriptomes of brain and gonad tissue in three sex stages (female, intersex and male) from the rice field eel to investigate changes in transcriptional level during the sex reversal process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319085/synergistic-drug-combinations-for-cancer-identified-in-a-crispr-screen-for-pairwise-genetic-interactions
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Kyuho Han, Edwin E Jeng, Gaelen T Hess, David W Morgens, Amy Li, Michael C Bassik
Identification of effective combination therapies is critical to address the emergence of drug-resistant cancers, but direct screening of all possible drug combinations is infeasible. Here we introduce a CRISPR-based double knockout (CDKO) system that improves the efficiency of combinatorial genetic screening using an effective strategy for cloning and sequencing paired single guide RNA (sgRNA) libraries and a robust statistical scoring method for calculating genetic interactions (GIs) from CRISPR-deleted gene pairs...
March 20, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319001/impact-on-psychosocial-outcomes-of-a-nationally-available-weight-management-program-tailored-for-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lauren Holland-Carter, Peter W Tuerk, Thomas A Wadden, Ken N Fujioka, Lynne E Becker, Karen Miller-Kovach, Priscilla L Hollander, W Timothy Garvey, Daniel Weiss, Domenica M Rubino, Robert F Kushner, Robert J Malcolm, William J Raum, Kathie L Hermayer, Jan L Veliko, Stephanie L Rost, Nicoleta D Sora, Jonny L Salyer, Patrick M O'Neil
AIMS: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can substantially decrease quality of life (QOL). This study examined the effects on QOL-relevant psychosocial measures of a widely available commercial weight loss program enhanced for individuals with T2DM. METHODS: A year-long multi-site randomized clinical trial compared the Weight Watchers (WW) approach, supplemented with phone and email counseling with a certified diabetes educator (CDE), to brief standard diabetes nutrition counseling and education (Standard Care; SC)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318259/ammonia-borane-clusters-energetics-of-dihydrogen-bonding-cooperativity-and-role-of-electrostatics
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Kunduchi Periya Vijayalakshmi, Cherumuttathu H Suresh
Cluster formation of ammonia borane (NH3BH3) driven by non-covalent H...H dihydrogen interaction is investigated at M06L/6-311+G(d,p) level density functional theory. For clusters containing up to six monomers, ladder, cyclic, stacked, cross-stacked, end-on, mixed and hexagonal configurations have been screened for their energetic stability. In the dimer, 7.94 kcal/mol stabilization energy per monomer (E(m)) is observed. Compared to ladder and cyclic configurations, a tetramer consisting of stacked dimer units is more stable by 3...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318014/-solvent-hydrogen-bond-occlusion-a-new-model-of-polar-desolvation-for-biomolecular-energetics
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Andrea Bazzoli, John Karanicolas
Water engages in two important types of interactions near biomolecules: it forms ordered "cages" around exposed hydrophobic regions, and it participates in hydrogen bonds with surface polar groups. Both types of interaction are critical to biomolecular structure and function, but explicitly including an appropriate number of solvent molecules makes many applications computationally intractable. A number of implicit solvent models have been developed to address this problem, many of which treat these two solvation effects separately...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317948/local-remodeling-of-synthetic-extracellular-matrix-microenvironments-by-co-cultured-endometrial-epithelial-and-stromal-cells-enables-long-term-dynamic-physiological-function
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Christi D Cook, Abby S Hill, Margaret Guo, Linda Stockdale, Julia P Papps, Keith B Isaacson, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Linda G Griffith
Mucosal barrier tissues, comprising a layer of tightly-bonded epithelial cells in intimate molecular communication with an underlying matrix-rich stroma containing fibroblasts and immune cells, are prominent targets for drugs against infection, chronic inflammation, and other disease processes. Although human in vitro models of such barriers are needed for mechanistic studies and drug development, differences in extracellular matrix (ECM) needs of epithelial and stromal cells hinder efforts to create such models...
March 20, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317879/a-novel-method-for-screening-adenosine-receptor-specific-agonists-for-use-in-adenosine-drug-development
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Karlie R Jones, Uimook Choi, Ji-Liang Gao, Robert D Thompson, Larry E Rodman, Harry L Malech, Elizabeth M Kang
Agonists that target the A1, A2A, A2B and A3 adenosine receptors have potential to be potent treatment options for a number of diseases, including autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because each of these adenosine receptors plays a distinct role throughout the body, obtaining highly specific receptor agonists is essential. Of these receptors, the adenosine A2AR and A2BR share many sequence and structural similarities but highly differ in their responses to inflammatory stimuli. Our laboratory, using a combination of specially developed cell lines and calcium release analysis hardware, has created a new and faster method for determining specificity of synthetic adenosine agonist compounds for the A2A and A2B receptors in human cells...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317851/mdhir-proteins-repress-anthocyanin-accumulation-by-interacting-with-the-mdjaz2-protein-to-inhibit-its-degradation-in-apples
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Ke-Qin Chen, Xian-Yan Zhao, Xiu-Hong An, Yi Tian, Dan-Dan Liu, Chun-Xiang You, Yu-Jin Hao
In higher plants, jasmonate ZIM-domain (JAZ) proteins negatively regulate the biosynthesis of anthocyanins by interacting with bHLH transcription factors. However, it is largely unknown if and how other regulators are involved in this process. In this study, the apple MdJAZ2 protein was characterized in regards to its function in the negative regulation of anthocyanin accumulation and peel coloration. MdJAZ2 was used as a bait to screen a cDNA library using the yeast two-hybrid method. The hypersensitive induced reaction (HIR) proteins, MdHIR2 and MdHIR4, were obtained from this yeast two-hybrid...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317621/uric-acid-excretion-predicts-increased-blood-pressure-among-american-adolescents-of-african-descent
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Sylvie Mrug, Michal Mrug, Anjana Madan Morris, Nina Reynolds, Anita Patel, Danielle C Hill, Daniel I Feig
BACKGROUND: Hyperuricemia predicts the incidence of hypertension in adults and its treatment has blood pressure (BP)-lowering effects in adolescents. To date, no studies have examined the predictive usage of hyperuricemia or urinary uric acid excretion on BP changes in adolescents. Mechanistic models suggest that uric acid impairs both endothelial function and vascular compliance, which would potentially exacerbate a myriad of hypertensive mechanisms, yet little is known about interaction of uric acid and other hypertension risk factors...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317383/design-rules-for-enhanced-interfacial-shear-response-in-functionalized-carbon-fiber-epoxy-composites
#16
Baris Demir, Luke Christian Henderson, Tiffany R Walsh
Carbon-fiber reinforced composites are ideal light-weighting candidates to replace traditional engineering materials. The mechanical performance of these composites results from a complex interplay of influences operating over several length- and time-scales. The mechanical performance may therefore be limited by many factors, one of which being the modest interfacial adhesion between the carbon fiber and the polymer. Surface chemical modification of the fiber, via surface grafting of molecules, is one possible strategy to enhance interactions across the fiber-polymer interface...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317242/chemical-screening-identifies-rock-as-a-target-for-recovering-mitochondrial-function-in-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
#17
Hyun Tae Kang, Joon Tae Park, Kobong Choi, Hyo Jei Claudia Choi, Chul Won Jung, Gyu Ree Kim, Young-Sam Lee, Sang Chul Park
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) constitutes a genetic disease wherein an aging phenotype manifests in childhood. Recent studies indicate that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in HGPS phenotype progression. Thus, pharmacological reduction in ROS levels has been proposed as a potentially effective treatment for patient with this disorder. In this study, we performed high-throughput screening to find compounds that could reduce ROS levels in HGPS fibroblasts and identified rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor (Y-27632) as an effective agent...
March 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316977/microrna-mediating-networks-in-granulosa-cells-associated-with-ovarian-follicular-development
#18
Baoyun Zhang, Long Chen, Guangde Feng, Wei Xiang, Ke Zhang, Mingxing Chu, Pingqing Wang
Ovaries, which provide a place for follicular development and oocyte maturation, are important organs in female mammals. Follicular development is complicated physiological progress mediated by various regulatory factors including microRNAs (miRNAs). To demonstrate the role of miRNAs in follicular development, this study analyzed the expression patterns of miRNAs in granulosa cells through investigating three previous datasets generated by Illumina miRNA deep sequencing. Furthermore, via bioinformatic analyses, we dissected the associated functional networks of the observed significant miRNAs, in terms of interacting with signal pathways and transcription factors...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316943/mandibular-canine-transmigration-report-of-three-cases-and-literature-review
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Mandeep K Bhullar, Isha Aggarwal, Rashmi Verma, Amandeep S Uppal
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Transmigration is a rare phenomenon seen almost exclusively in the mandibular canines. The aim of the present study is to review transmigration phenomenon. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Appropriate guidelines for a systematic review were followed. The time period selected for the present systematic review was 2001-2016. The studies were selected from various electronic databases on the basis of their title, study, design, keywords, and abstracts. A total of 150 citations were searched initially, and after proper screening, 59 relevant articles were included...
January 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316244/electronic-properties-of-bimetallic-metal-organic-frameworks-mofs-tailoring-density-of-electronic-states-through-mof-modularity
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Ekaterina A Dolgopolova, Amy J Brandt, Otega Ejegbavwo, Audrey S Duke, Thathsara D Maddumapatabandi, Randima P Galhenage, Bryon W Larson, Obadiah Reid, Salai Cheettu Ammal, Andreas Heyden, Mvs Chandrashekhar, Vitalie Stavila, Donna A Chen, Natalia B Shustova
Development of porous well-defined hybrid materials (e.g., metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)) will add a new dimension to a wide number of applications ranging from supercapacitors and electrodes to "smart" membranes and thermoelectrics. From this perspective, understanding and tailoring electronic properties of MOFs is a key fundamental challenge that could unlock the full potential of these materials. In this work, we focused on the fundamental insights responsible for the electronic properties of three distinct classes of bimetallic systems, Mx-yM'y-MOFs, MxM'y-MOFs, and Mx(ligand-M'y)-MOFs, in which the second metal (M') incorporation occurs through: (i) metal (M) replacement in the framework nodes (type I), (ii) metal node extension (type II), and (iii) metal coordination to the organic ligand (type III), respectively...
March 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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