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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088064/improved-cognition-while-cycling-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-and-healthy-adults
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Audrey A Hazamy, Lori J P Altmann, Elizabeth Stegemöller, Dawn Bowers, Hyo Keun Lee, Jonathan Wilson, Michael S Okun, Chris J Hass
Persons with Parkinson's disease (PD) are typically more susceptible than healthy adults to impaired performance when two tasks (dual task interference) are performed simultaneously. This limitation has by many experts been attributed to limitations in cognitive resources. Nearly all studies of dual task performance in PD employ walking or balance-based motor tasks, which are commonly impaired in PD. These tasks can be performed using a combination of one or two executive function tasks. The current study examined whether persons with PD would demonstrate greater dual task effects (DTEs) on cognition compared to healthy older adults (HOAs) during a concurrent cycling task...
January 11, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088046/application-of-acid-modified-polyurethane-foam-surface-for-detection-and-removing-of-organochlorine-pesticides-from-wastewater
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E A Moawed, A M Radwan
The commercial polyurethane foam was acid modified to get an inexpensive adsorbent (AM-PUF) has highly surface polarity and sorption capacity. The elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis, ultraviolet/visible/infrared spectroscopies and X-ray diffraction were used for characterization of AM-PUF. The surface of AM-PUF has amorphous character (broadband at 2θ, 21.75°) and contains several active sites e.g. NH, OH, CO, CC and COC groups. The electrical conductivity (σ), iodine value and methylene blue index of AM-PUF are 1...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087979/rapid-antidepressant-effect-of-ketamine-correlates-with-astroglial-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus
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Maryam Ardalan, Ali H Rafati, Jens R Nyengaard, Gregers Wegener
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Astroglia contributes to the pathophysiology of major depression and the action of antidepressant drugs through modulating synaptic plasticity; therefore, present study investigated whether fast antidepressant action of ketamine is reflected in the rapid alteration of the astrocytes morphology in a genetic animal model of depression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: S-Ketamine (15 mg/kg) or saline was administered as a single injection to Flinders Line (FSL/FRL) rats...
January 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087847/addressing-disparities-in-low-back-pain-care-by-developing-culturally-appropriate-information-for-aboriginal-australians-my-back-on-track-my-future
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Ivan B Lin, Kim Ryder, Juli Coffin, Charmaine Green, Eric Dalgety, Brian Scott, Leon M Straker, Anne J Smith, Peter B O'Sullivan
OBJECTIVES : Addressing disparities in low back pain care (LBP) is an important yet largely unaddressed issue. One avenue to addressing disparities, recommended by clinical guidelines, is to ensure that LBP information is culturally appropriate. Our objectives were, first, to develop LBP information that was culturally appropriate for Aboriginal Australians living in a rural area and, second, to compare this to traditional information. METHODS : The overall information development process was guided by a "cultural security" framework and included partnerships between Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal investigators, a synthesis of research evidence, and participation of a project steering group consisting of local Aboriginal people...
January 13, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087845/waking-eeg-cortical-markers-of-chronic-pain-and-sleepiness
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Danny Camfferman, G Lorimer Moseley, Kevin Gertz, Mark W Pettet, Mark P Jensen
OBJECTIVE: Spectral power analyses of EEG recordings are reported to distinguish the cortical activity of individuals with chronic pain from those of controls. Further study of these spectral patterns may provide a greater understanding of the processes associated with chronic pain, in addition to providing potential biometric markers of chronic pain for use in both clinical and research settings. However, sleep deprived groups have demonstrated similar characteristics in their spectral power characteristics, particularly in alpha bandwidth power activity...
January 13, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087686/amoebozoans-are-secretly-but-ancestrally-sexual-evidence-for-sex-genes-and-potential-novel-crossover-pathways-in-diverse-groups-of-amoebae
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Yonas I Tekle, Fiona C Wood, Laura A Katz, Mario A Cerón-Romero, Lydia A Gorfu
Sex is beneficial in eukaryotes as it can increase genetic diversity, reshuffle their genomes, and purge deleterious mutations. Yet, its evolution remains a mystery. The eukaryotic clade supergroup Amoebozoa encompasses diverse lineages of polymorphic amoeboid forms, including both free-living and parasitic lineages. The group is generally believed to be asexual, though recent studies show that some of its members are implicated in cryptic forms of sexual cycles. In this study we conduct a comprehensive inventory and analysis of genes involved in meiosis and related processes, in order to investigate the evolutionary history of sex in the clade...
January 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087657/european-consensus-conference-on-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-in-clinical-practice
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Giovanni Cammarota, Gianluca Ianiro, Herbert Tilg, Mirjana Rajilić-Stojanović, Patrizia Kump, Reetta Satokari, Harry Sokol, Perttu Arkkila, Cristina Pintus, Ailsa Hart, Jonathan Segal, Marina Aloi, Luca Masucci, Antonio Molinaro, Franco Scaldaferri, Giovanni Gasbarrini, Antonio Lopez-Sanroman, Alexander Link, Pieter de Groot, Willem M de Vos, Christoph Högenauer, Peter Malfertheiner, Eero Mattila, Tomica Milosavljević, Max Nieuwdorp, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Magnus Simren, Antonio Gasbarrini
Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an important therapeutic option for Clostridium difficile infection. Promising findings suggest that FMT may play a role also in the management of other disorders associated with the alteration of gut microbiota. Although the health community is assessing FMT with renewed interest and patients are becoming more aware, there are technical and logistical issues in establishing such a non-standardised treatment into the clinical practice with safety and proper governance...
January 13, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087549/engaging-stakeholders-and-target-groups-in-prioritising-a-public-health-intervention-the-creating-active-school-environments-case-online-delphi-study
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Katie L Morton, Andrew J Atkin, Kirsten Corder, Marc Suhrcke, David Turner, Esther M F van Sluijs
OBJECTIVES: Stakeholder engagement and public involvement are considered as integral to developing effective public health interventions and is encouraged across all phases of the research cycle. However, limited guidelines and appropriate tools exist to facilitate stakeholder engagement-especially during the intervention prioritisation phase. We present the findings of an online 'Delphi' study that engaged stakeholders (including young people) in the process of prioritising secondary school environment-focused interventions that aim to increase physical activity...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087531/salivary-gluten-degradation-and-oral-microbial-profiles-in-health-and-celiac-disease
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Na Tian, Lina Faller, Daniel A Leffler, Ciaran P Kelly, Joshua Hansen, Jos A Bosch, Guoxian Wei, Bruce J Paster, Detlef Schuppan, Eva J Helmerhorst
: Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy induced by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Saliva harbors the second highest bacterial load of the GI tract after the colon. Moreover, saliva contains gluten-degrading enzymes produced by oral bacteria that may modify gluten processing in the intestine and susceptibility to celiac disease (CD). AIM: To investigate salivary enzymatic activities and oral microbial profiles in healthy subjects vs patients with classical and refractory CD...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087525/capturing-compositional-variation-in-denitrifying-communities-a-multiple-primer-approach-that-includes-autotrophic-denitrifying-epsilonproteobacteria
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Sheryl A Murdock, S Kim Juniper
: Denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria may dominate nitrogen loss processes in marine habitats with intense redox gradients but assessment of their importance is limited by currently available primers for nitrite reductase genes. Nine new primers targeting the nirS gene of denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria were designed and tested for use in sequencing and quantitative PCR on two microbial mat samples (Vent 2 and Vent 4) from the Calypso hydrothermal vent field, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087497/developing-nutrition-label-reading-skills-a-web-based-practice-approach
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Lisa M Soederberg Miller, Laurel A Beckett, Jacqueline J Bergman, Machelle D Wilson, Elizabeth A Applegate, Tanja N Gibson
BACKGROUND: Nutrition labels offer the information needed to follow Dietary Guidelines for Americans, yet many individuals use labels infrequently or ineffectively due to limited comprehension and the effort required to use them. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to develop and test a Web-based label-reading training tool to improve individuals' ability to use labels to select more healthful foods. We were particularly interested in determining whether practice can lead to increased accuracy using labels as well as decreased effort, together reflecting greater efficiency...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087495/comparative-analysis-of-variation-and-selection-in-the-hcv-genome
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Juan Ángel Patiño-Galindo, Fernando González-Candelas
Genotype 1 of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most prevalent of the variants of this virus. Its two main subtypes, HCV-1a and HCV-1b, are associated to differences in epidemic features and risk groups, despite sharing similar features in most biological properties. We have analyzed the impact of positive selection on the evolution of these variants using complete genome coding regions, and compared the levels of genetic variability and the distribution of positively selected sites. We have also compared the distributions of positively selected and conserved sites considering different factors such as RNA secondary structure, the presence of different epitopes (antibody, CD4 and CD8), and secondary protein structure...
January 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087437/hydrogen-rich-saline-attenuates-hippocampus-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-after-cardiac-arrest-in-rats
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Yu Gao, Qinfang Gui, Li Jin, Pan Yu, Lin Wu, Liangbin Cao, Qiang Wang, Manlin Duan
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen-rich saline can selectively scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protect brain against ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury. Endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) has been implicated in the pathological process of cerebral ischemia. However, very little is known about the role of hydrogen-rich saline in mediating pathophysiological reactions to ERS after I/R injury caused by cardiac arrest. METHODS: The rats were randomly divided into three groups, sham group (n=30), ischemia/reperfusion group (n=40) and hydrogen-rich saline group (n=40)...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087428/polycomb-complexes-prc1-and-their-function-in-hematopoiesis
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REVIEW
Miguel Vidal, Katharzina Starowicz
Hematopoiesis, the process by which blood cells are continuously produced, is one of the best studied differentiation pathways. Hematological diseases are associated to reiterated mutations in genes encoding important gene expression regulators, including chromatin regulators. Among them, the Polycomb group (PcG) of proteins is an essential system of gene silencing involved in the maintenance of cell identities during differentiation. PcG proteins assemble into two major types of Polycomb repressive complexes (PRC) endowed with distinct histone tail modifying activities...
January 10, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087420/on-the-quirks-of-maximum-parsimony-and-likelihood-on-phylogenetic-networks
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Christopher Bryant, Mareike Fischer, Simone Linz, Charles Semple
Maximum parsimony is one of the most frequently-discussed tree reconstruction methods in phylogenetic estimation. However, in recent years it has become more and more apparent that phylogenetic trees are often not sufficient to describe evolution accurately. For instance, processes like hybridization or lateral gene transfer that are commonplace in many groups of organisms and result in mosaic patterns of relationships cannot be represented by a single phylogenetic tree. This is why phylogenetic networks, which can display such events, are becoming of more and more interest in phylogenetic research...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087418/degeneration-of-auditory-nerve-fibers-in-guinea-pigs-with-severe-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven Kroon, Dyan Ramekers, Emma M Smeets, Ferry G J Hendriksen, Sjaak F L Klis, Huib Versnel
Damage to and loss of the organ of Corti leads to secondary degeneration of the spiral ganglion cell (SGC) somata of the auditory nerve. Extensively examined in animal models, this degeneration process of SGC somata following deafening is well known. However, degeneration of auditory nerve axons, which conduct auditory information towards the brainstem, and its relation to SGC soma degeneration are largely unknown. The consequences of degeneration of the axons are relevant for cochlear implantation, which is applied to a deafened system but depends on the condition of the auditory nerve...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087353/thiolated-polymers-as-mucoadhesive-drug-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
Sarah Duggan, Wayne Cummins, Orla O' Donovan, Helen Hughes, Eleanor Owens
Mucoadhesion is the process of binding a material to the mucosal layer of the body. Utilising both natural and synthetic polymers, mucoadhesive drug delivery is a method of controlled drug release which allows for intimate contact between the polymer and a target tissue. It has the potential to increase bioavailability, decrease potential side effects and offer protection to more sensitive drugs such as proteins and peptide based drugs. The thiolation of polymers has, in the last number of years, come to the fore of mucoadhesive drug delivery, markedly improving mucoadhesion due to the introduction of free thiol groups onto the polymer backbone while also offering a more cohesive polymeric matrix for the slower and more controlled release of drug...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087333/nicotinamide-nucleotide-transhydrogenase-activity-impacts-mitochondrial-redox-balance-and-the-development-of-hypertension-in-mice
#18
Igor Leskov, Amber Neville, Xinggui Shen, Sibile Pardue, Christopher G Kevil, D Neil Granger, David M Krzywanski
Oxidant stress contributes to the initiation and progression of hypertension (HTN) by enhancing endothelial dysfunction and/or causing perturbations in nitric oxide homeostasis. Differences in mitochondrial function may augment this process and provide insight into why age of onset and clinical outcomes differ among individuals from distinct ethnic groups. We have previously demonstrated that variation in normal mitochondrial function and oxidant production exists in endothelial cells from individuals of Caucasian and African-American ethnicity and that this variation contributes to endothelial dysfunction...
December 16, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087261/dna-aptamer-probes-for-detection-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-positive-carcinomas
#19
Arghya Sett, Bibhuti Bhusan Borthakur, Jagannath Dev Sharma, Amal Chandra Kataki, Utpal Bora
Estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) which is a ligand-activated transcription factor also known as NR3A1 (nuclear receptor subfamily 3, group A, member 1). It is an important biomarker for breast cancer metastasis. In the present study, we report a novel DNA aptamer candidate against estrogen receptor (ER) alpha structure. The enriched aptamer candidate was obtained after 14 iterative cycles of in vitro protein-SELEX process. Isothermal calorimetry study suggests the nanomolar sensitivity of the candidate ER_Apt1 to its target protein...
December 25, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087247/activity-of-von-willebrand-factor-and-levels-of-vwf-cleaving-protease-adamts13-in-preterm-and-full-term-neonates
#20
T Strauss, N Elisha, B Ravid, N Rosenberg, A Lubetsky, S Levy-Mendelovich, I Morag, U Nowak Göttl, G Kenet
Von Willebrand Factor (VWF) has a central role in primary hemostasis. Its biological activity is related to the size of VWF multimers, spontaneously binding to platelets and inducing circulating microthrombi formation. This process is down-regulated by the VWF cleaving protease ADAMTS13 (A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease with ThromboSpondin motif). To date, information regarding the levels of ADAMTS13 in neonates and preterm infants is scarce. Our aim was to study ADAMTS13, VWF antigen (Ag) and Ristocetin cofactor (RiCof) activity in neonates and evaluate potential correlations with perinatal complications...
December 29, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
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