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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353434/prediction-of-progression-in-skull-base-meningiomas-additional-benefits-of-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-value
#1
Ching-Chung Ko, Sher-Wei Lim, Tai-Yuan Chen, Jeon-Hor Chen, Chien-Feng Li, Yow-Ling Shiue
A subset of benign (WHO grade I) skull base meningiomas show early progression/recurrence (P/R) in the first years after surgical resection. Besides, complete surgical resection may be difficult to achieve safely in skull base meningiomas due to complex neurovascular structures. The one main challenge in the treatment of skull base meningiomas is to determine factors that correlate with P/R. We retrospectively investigated the preoperative CT and MR imaging features for the prediction of P/R in skull base meningiomas, with emphasis on quantitative ADC values...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353380/crystal-structure-of-the-nadp-and-tartrate-bound-complex-of-l-serine-3-dehydrogenase-from-the-hyperthermophilic-archaeon-pyrobaculum-calidifontis
#2
Kazunari Yoneda, Haruhiko Sakuraba, Tomohiro Araki, Toshihisa Ohshima
A gene encoding L-serine dehydrogenase (L-SerDH) that exhibits extremely low sequence identity to the Agrobacterium tumefaciens L-SerDH was identified in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrobaculum calidifontis. The predicted amino acid sequence showed 36% identity with that of Pseudomonas aeruginosa L-SerDH, suggesting that P. calidifontis L-SerDH is a novel type of L-SerDH, like Ps. aeruginosa L-SerDH. The overexpressed enzyme appears to be the most thermostable L-SerDH described to date, and no loss of activity was observed by incubation for 30 min at temperatures up to 100 °C...
January 20, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353364/testosterone-and-proactive-reactive-aggression-in-youth-the-moderating-role-of-harsh-discipline
#3
Frances R Chen, Adrian Raine, Douglas A Granger
This study tests a biosocial model of the link between testosterone and proactive-reactive aggression in youth at varying levels of harsh discipline. Given that proactive aggression is used to gain power and status and the importance of social learning in its formation, we hypothesized that testosterone would be associated with proactive aggression at higher levels of harsh discipline, and that this relationship would be more pronounced in boys than girls. Participants (n = 445; 50% male; M age = 11...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353349/daclatasvir-a-review-of-preclinical-and-clinical-pharmacokinetics
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Yash Gandhi, Timothy Eley, Aberra Fura, Wenying Li, Richard J Bertz, Tushar Garimella
Daclatasvir is a first-in-class, highly selective, hepatitis C virus, non-structural protein 5a polymerase replication complex inhibitor with picomolar potency and broad genotypic coverage in vitro. Daclatasvir undergoes rapid absorption, with a time to reach maximum plasma concentration of 1-2 h and an elimination half-life of ~ 10 to 14 h observed in single-ascending dose studies. Steady state was achieved by day 4 in multiple-ascending dose studies. Daclatasvir can be administered without regard to food or pH modifiers...
January 20, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353197/bioanalytical-assessment-of-adaptive-stress-responses-in-drinking-water-a-predictive-tool-to-differentiate-between-micropollutants-and-disinfection-by-products
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Armelle Hebert, Cedric Feliers, Caroline Lecarpentier, Peta A Neale, Rita Schlichting, Sylvie Thibert, Beate I Escher
Drinking water can contain low levels of micropollutants, as well as disinfection by-products (DBPs) that form from the reaction of disinfectants with organic and inorganic matter in water. Due to the complex mixture of trace chemicals in drinking water, targeted chemical analysis alone is not sufficient for monitoring. The current study aimed to apply in vitro bioassays indicative of adaptive stress responses to monitor the toxicological profiles and the formation of DBPs in three drinking water distribution systems in France...
January 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353168/zinc-and-lead-detoxifying-abilities-of-humic-substances-relevant-to-environmental-bacterial-species
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L V Perelomov, Binoy Sarkar, O I Sizova, K B Chilachava, A Y Shvikin, I V Perelomova, Y M Atroshchenko
The effect of humic substances (HS) and their different fractions (humic acids (HA) and hymatomelanic acids (HMA)) on the toxicity of zinc and lead to different strains of bacteria was studied. All tested bacteria demonstrated a lower resistance to zinc than lead showing minimum inhibitory concentrations of 0.1 - 0.3mM and 0.3-0.5mM, respectively. The highest resistance to lead was characteristic of Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1391 and Rhodococcus RS67, while Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1391 showed the greatest resistance to zinc...
January 17, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352830/schistosoma-mansoni-and-endocarditis-from-egg-to-free-dna-detection-in-egyptian-patients-and-infected-balb-c-mice
#7
M A Hasby Saad, M M Watany
With the growing incidence of closed schistosomiasis and uncommon presentations, there is a risk of the infection rate being underestimated. A study in Japan reported an unexplained case of endocarditis that was finally diagnosed as a complex Schistosoma japonicum infection; in the absence of advanced techniques, the diagnosis was delayed. We therefore set out to explore the incidence of Schistosoma mansoni in endocarditis patients coming from areas of Egypt where S. mansoni is endemic. We also investigated histopathological changes in the cardiac valves and the presence of cell-free parasite DNA (CFPD) in cardiac tissues of laboratory mice infected with S...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352639/indirect-glyphosate-detection-based-on-ninhydrin-reaction-and-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-spectroscopy
#8
Meng-Lei Xu, Yu Gao, Yali Li, Xueliang Li, Huanjie Zhang, Xiao Xia Han, Bing Zhao, Liang Su
Glyphosate is one of the most commonly-used and non-selective herbicides in agriculture, which may directly pollute the environment and threaten human health. A simple and effective approach to assessment of its damage to the natural environment is thus quite necessary. However, traditional chromatography-based detection methods usually suffer from complex pretreatment procedures. Herein, we propose a simple and sensitive method for the determination of glyphosate by combining ninhydrin reaction and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352581/facile-gas-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-stable-isotope-dilution-method-for-the-quantification-of-sesquiterpenes-in-grape
#9
Nina Duhamel, Davide Slaghenaufi, Lisa I Pilkington, Mandy Herbst-Johnstone, Roberto Larcher, David Barker, Bruno Fedrizzi
Sesquiterpenes are a widespread class of compounds of increasing interest found in grapes and wines, amongst many other natural sources. Due to a lack of standards and the complexity of the mass spectra fragmentation, accurate quantification of these low concentration compounds had not previously been accomplished. The current paper presents a new method for the concurrent quantification of several sesquiterpenes. The multivariate method optimisation is presented. Synthesised isotopic standards were utilised in conjunction with solid phase microextraction (SPME) and gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) to perform a standard isotope dilution assay (SIDA)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352578/a-physiotherapist-led-exercise-and-education-program-for-preventing-recurrence-of-low-back-pain-a-randomised-controlled-pilot-trial
#10
Matthew L Stevens, Chung-Wei C Lin, Mark J Hancock, Trish Wisby-Roth, Jane Latimer, Chris G Maher
BACKGROUND: Before beginning a large and complex trial it is considered good practice to run a pilot study to assess the feasibility and acceptability so that quality is maintained and resources are not wasted. OBJECTIVE: To assesses the feasibility and acceptability of procedures for TOPS: Trial Of Prevention Strategies for low back pain. DESIGN: Randomised controlled pilot trial. METHODS: This is a trial of an 8 week, physiotherapist-led group exercise and education program for preventing recurrence of low back pain (LBP) in those recently recovered from LBP...
September 1, 2017: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352526/ectrims-ean-guideline-on-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
#11
X Montalban, R Gold, A J Thompson, S Otero-Romero, M P Amato, D Chandraratna, M Clanet, G Comi, T Derfuss, F Fazekas, H P Hartung, E Havrdova, B Hemmer, L Kappos, R Liblau, C Lubetzki, E Marcus, D H Miller, T Olsson, S Pilling, K Selmaj, A Siva, P S Sorensen, M P Sormani, C Thalheim, H Wiendl, F Zipp
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease of the central nervous system. As new drugs are becoming available, knowledge on diagnosis and treatment must continuously evolve. There is therefore a need for a reference tool compiling current data on benefit and safety, to aid professionals in treatment decisions and use of resources across Europe. The European Committee of Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) have joined forces to meet this need...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352395/association-between-crp-genetic-diversity-and-bipolar-disorder-comorbid-complications
#12
Wahid Boukouaci, José Oliveira, Bruno Etain, Meriem Bennabi, Christina Mariaselvam, Nora Hamdani, Céline Manier, Djaouida Bengoufa, Frank Bellivier, Chantal Henry, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Dominique Charron, Rajagopal Krishnamoorthy, Marion Leboyer, Ryad Tamouza
BACKGROUND: Chronic low-grade inflammation is believed to contribute, at least in a subset of patients, to the development of bipolar disorder (BD). In this context, the most investigated biological marker is the acute phase response molecule, C-reactive protein (CRP). While the genetic diversity of CRP was amply studied in various pathological settings, little is known in BD. METHODS: 568 BD patients along with 163 healthy controls (HC) were genotyped for the following single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on the CRP gene: intron rs1417938 (+ 29) T/A, 3'-UTR rs1130864 (+ 1444) G/A, and downstream rs1205 (+ 1846) (C/T)...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352314/proactive-vs-reactive-car-driving-eeg-evidence-for-different-driving-strategies-of-older-drivers
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Melanie Karthaus, Edmund Wascher, Stephan Getzmann
Aging is associated with a large heterogeneity in the extent of age-related changes in sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. All these functions can influence the performance in complex tasks like car driving. The present study aims to identify potential differences in underlying cognitive processes that may explain inter-individual variability in driving performance. Younger and older participants performed a one-hour monotonous driving task in a driving simulator under varying crosswind conditions, while behavioral and electrophysiological data were recorded...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351868/an-aptamer-nanopore-enabled-microsensor-for-detection-of-theophylline
#14
Silu Feng, Changtian Chen, Wei Wang, Long Que
This paper reports an aptamer-based nanopore thin film sensor for detecting theophylline in the buffer solution and complex fluids including plant extracts and serum samples. Compared to antibody-based detection, aptamer-based detection offers many advantages such as low cost and high stability at elevated temperatures. Experiments found that this type of sensor can readily detect theophylline at a concentration as low as 0.05µM, which is much lower than the detection limit of current lab-based equipment such as liquid chromatography (LC)...
January 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351798/comparative-salivary-proteomics-analysis-of-children-with-and-without-dental-caries-using-the-itraq-mrm-approach
#15
Kun Wang, Yufei Wang, Xiuqing Wang, Qian Ren, Sili Han, Longjiang Ding, Zhongcheng Li, Xuedong Zhou, Wei Li, Linglin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Dental caries is a major worldwide oral disease afflicting a large proportion of children. As an important host factor of caries susceptibility, saliva plays a significant role in the occurrence and development of caries. The aim of the present study was to characterize the healthy and cariogenic salivary proteome and determine the changes in salivary protein expression of children with varying degrees of active caries, also to establish salivary proteome profiles with a potential therapeutic use against dental caries...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351777/are-minor-alleles-more-likely-to-be-risk-alleles
#16
Takashi Kido, Weronika Sikora-Wohlfeld, Minae Kawashima, Shinichi Kikuchi, Naoyuki Kamatani, Anil Patwardhan, Richard Chen, Marina Sirota, Keiichi Kodama, Dexter Hadley, Atul J Butte
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have revealed relationships between over 57,000 genetic variants and diseases. However, unlike Mendelian diseases, complex diseases arise from the interplay of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Natural selection has led to a high tendency of risk alleles to be enriched in minor alleles in Mendelian diseases. Therefore, an allele that was previously advantageous or neutral may later become harmful, making it a risk allele. METHODS: Using data in the NHGRI-EBI Catalog and the VARIMED database, we investigated whether (1) GWASs more easily detect risk alleles and (2) facilitate evolutionary insights by comparing risk allele frequencies of different diseases...
January 19, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351677/use-of-risk-model-for-assessment-of-residents-perception-of-complexity-of-surgical-steps-example-of-modular-component-steps-of-lumbar-spinal-fusion-surgery
#17
Jeffrey S Raskin, Jesse J Liu, Katherine Holste, Sarah Brown, Fran Hardaway, Priscilla Pang, Ahmed M Raslan
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement projects increasingly emphasize standardization of surgical work flow to optimize operative room efficiency. Removing special cause variability resulting from nonsurgical waste is an obvious target; however, resident surgical education must be maintained, even in the setting of process improvement. OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of resident-identified "risky" or "uncomfortable" procedural steps on operative time during transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)...
February 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351413/mitochondrial-content-is-preserved-throughout-disease-progression-in-the-mdx-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-regardless-of-taurine-supplementation
#18
Robert G Barker, Victoria L Wyckelsma, Hongyang Xu, Robyn M Murphy
Mitochondrial dysfunction is a pathological feature of Duchenne muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating and fatal neuromuscular disorder characterised by progressive muscle wasting and weakness. Mitochondria are a source of cellular ATP and involved in Ca2+ regulation and apoptotic signalling. Ameliorating aberrant mitochondrial function has therapeutic potential for reducing DMD disease severity. The dystrophic mdx mouse exhibits peak muscle damage at 21-28d which stabilises after 8 weeks. The amino acid taurine is implicated in mitochondrial health and function, with endogenous concentrations low when measured during the cycle of peak muscle damage in mdx mice...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351373/a-facile-space-confined-solid-phase-sulfurization-strategy-for-growth-of-high-quality-ultrathin-molybdenum-disulfide-single-crystals
#19
Dawei Li, Zhiyong Xiao, Sai Mu, Fei Wang, Ying Liu, Jingfeng Song, Xi Huang, Lijia Jiang, Jun Xiao, Lei Liu, Stephen Ducharme, Bai Cui, Xia Hong, Lan Jiang, Jean-Francois Silvain, Yongfeng Lu
Single-crystal transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and TMD-based hetero-junctions have recently attracted significant research and industrial interest owing to their intriguing optical and electrical properties. However, the lack of a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly, synthetic method and a poor understanding of the growth mechanism post a huge challenge to implementing TMDs in practical applications. In this work, we developed a novel approach for direct formation of high-quality, monolayer and few-layer MoS2 single crystal domains via a single-step rapid thermal processing of a sandwiched reactor with sulfur and molybdenum (Mo) film in a confined reaction space...
January 19, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351339/brain-functional-bold-perturbation-modelling-for-forward-fmri-and-inverse-mapping
#20
Zikuan Chen, Jennifer Robinson, Vince Calhoun
PURPOSE: To computationally separate dynamic brain functional BOLD responses from static background in a brain functional activity for forward fMRI signal analysis and inverse mapping. METHODS: A brain functional activity is represented in terms of magnetic source by a perturbation model: χ = χ0 +δχ, with δχ for BOLD magnetic perturbations and χ0 for background. A brain fMRI experiment produces a timeseries of complex-valued images (T2* images), whereby we extract the BOLD phase signals (denoted by δP) by a complex division...
2018: PloS One
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