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Delfien Van Dyck, Lieze Mertens, Greet Cardon, Katrien De Cocker, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij
This study aimed to obtain qualitative information about physical activity (PA), sedentary behaviors (SB) and their determinants and about recently retired adults' needs regarding PA interventions. Four focus group interviews were organized. The most commonly reported PA types were walking, cycling, swimming and fitness. The most commonly reported SB were reading, TV viewing, and computer use. Car use was limited. Most adults agreed their habits had changed during retirement. The most striking PA determinant was the feeling of being a 'forgotten group', having too few tailored PA initiatives available...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Geon-Hyoung An, Do-Young Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Hyo-Jin Ahn
The use of metal oxides as anode materials in Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are of significant interest to many potential technologies, due to their high theoretical capacity, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly features. In spite of these considerable benefits, and ongoing progress in the field, important challenges exist, associated with structural degradation due to volume expansion of electrode materials. This leads to rapid capacity fading, and must be resolved in order to move towards the practical use of high-performance LIBs with ultrafast cycling stability...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Laura Megido, Luis Negral, Leonor Castrillón, Beatriz Suárez-Peña, Yolanda Fernández-Nava, Elena Marañón
Thirty-two chemical species were determined in PM10 sampled at a suburban site on the north coast of Spain. Enrichment factors were applied to infer their soil/non-soil origin. The geochemical ratios were calculated using two databases: soil composition from locations in the surroundings of the sampling station and the Earth's average upper-crust composition. In the present study, dissimilarities were found between the enrichment factors obtained using these two databases. Al, Ti, La and Ce were taken as the reference elements to normalise the data, reaching analogous conclusions...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Wenwen Wang, Yanqin Yang, Zhewen Xiong, Jiamin Kong, Xinlu Fu, Feihai Shen, Zhiying Huang
Triptolide (TP), a diterpene triepoxide, is a major active component of Tripterygium wilfordii extracts, which are prepared as tablets and has been used clinically for the treatment of inflammation and autoimmune disorders. However, TP's therapeutic potential is limited by severe adverse effects. In a previous study, we reported that TP induced mitochondria dependent apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) is a multifunctional serine/threonine kinase that plays important roles in the necrosis and apoptosis of cardiomyocytes...
October 14, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Maryam Farahmandfar, Mehdi Kadivar, Sareh Rastipisheh
Behavioral abnormalities associated with opiate addiction include memory and learning deficits, which are the result of some alterations in the neuromodulatory systems. Recently, orexin has shown to influence drug addiction neural circuitry, specifically in mediating reward-related perception and memory. To explore the possible interaction of orexinergic and opioidergic system on modulation of learning and memory, we have investigated the effects of intra-dorsal hippocampal (intra-CA1) administration of orexin-1 receptor agonist and the competitive orexin-1 antagonist, SB-334867, on morphine-induced memory impairment by using step-down passive avoidance task in mice...
October 11, 2016: Neuropeptides
Mónica Díaz-Bao, Patricia Regal, Rocío Barreiro, Cristina A Fente, Alberto Cepeda
A fast and facile method for the fabrication of magnetic molecularly imprinted stir-bars (MMIP-SB) has been developed, using a combination of imprinting technology and magnetite. Magnetite was prepared in the laboratory from the raw and embedded into molecularly imprinted polymers through a process of bulk polymerization. This novel design was applied to the analysis of aflatoxins, one of the most important groups of mycotoxins in terms of occurrence and toxicity. In the context of food safety, molecularly imprinted polymers are a promising tool to achieve selective and accessible methods of extraction for different residues and contaminants...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Tristan Barbeyron, Loraine Brillet-Guéguen, Wilfrid Carré, Cathelène Carrière, Christophe Caron, Mirjam Czjzek, Mark Hoebeke, Gurvan Michel
Sulfatases cleave sulfate groups from various molecules and constitute a biologically and industrially important group of enzymes. However, the number of sulfatases whose substrate has been characterized is limited in comparison to the huge diversity of sulfated compounds, yielding functional annotations of sulfatases particularly prone to flaws and misinterpretations. In the context of the explosion of genomic data, a classification system allowing a better prediction of substrate specificity and for setting the limit of functional annotations is urgently needed for sulfatases...
2016: PloS One
Mehdi Helali, Céline Heimburger, Serge Rohr, Bernard Goichot, Alessio Imperiale
The localization of small bowel (SB) neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) remains a diagnostic challenge in clinical practice. In about a third of cases, SB-NETs are multiple at diagnosis. However, the sensitivity of conventional presurgical diagnostic investigations is not exhaustive. F-FDOPA (6-L-F-fluorodihydroxyphenylalanine) PET seems to be a valuable diagnostic technique for the detection of midgut NETs. According to our experience, a delayed PET/CT acquisition centered on abdominopelvic region and performed after oral hydration may improve the detection of primary tumor and the identification of patients with multifocal SB-NETs who could benefit from a more accurate intraoperative palpation of the entire SB...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
C Weyrich, M Drögeler, J Kampmeier, M Eschbach, G Mussler, T Merzenich, T Stoica, I E Batov, J Schubert, L Plucinski, B Beschoten, C M Schneider, C Stampfer, D Grützmacher, Th Schäpers
Ternary (Bi1-x Sb x )2Te3 films with an Sb content between 0 and 100% were deposited on a Si(1 1 1) substrate by means of molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray diffraction measurements confirm single crystal growth in all cases. The Sb content is determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Consistent values of the Sb content are obtained from Raman spectroscopy. Scanning Raman spectroscopy reveals that the (Bi1-x Sb x )2Te3 layers with an intermediate Sb content show spatial composition inhomogeneities. The observed spectra broadening in angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) is also attributed to this phenomena...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Jeong-Ku Ha, Dhong-Won Lee, Jin-Goo Kim
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have elucidated the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), as a result, double-bundle (DB) ACL reconstruction has received much attention and has become a popular choice because it gives better rotational stability. Many other studies, however, found no differences with respect to stability, and/or other clinical outcomes between the DB and single-bundle (SB) techniques. There is still not enough evidence as to whether the anatomical DB anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is superior to anatomical SB reconstruction...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Christos D Malliakas, Duck Young Chung, Helmut Claus, Mercouri G Kanatzidis
Superconductivity was discovered in the layered compound RbBi11/3Te6 featuring Bi vacancies and a narrow gap of 0.25(2) eV at room temperature. A sharp superconducting transition at ~ 3.2 K was observed in polycrystalline ingots. The superconducting volume fraction of oriented single crystals is almost 100% confirming bulk superconductivity. Systematic Se and Sb substitutions in RbBi11/3-ySbySexTe6-x revealed a dependence of the superconducting transition with composition that can increase the Tc up to ~ 10%...
October 16, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
R Jiménez-Ballesta, F J García-Navarro, S Bravo, J A Amorós, C Pérez-de-Los-Reyes, M Mejías
Contamination of aquatic systems with potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) is a major problem throughout the world. The National Park Tablas de Daimiel (NPTD) is considered to make up one of the two most important wetlands in the Biosphere Reserve called "Wet Spot." Since PTEs are good indicator of the prevailing environmental conditions and possible contamination, soil samples collected from 43 sites were analyzed in order to investigate the levels and its distribution of these elements, in the inundated floodplain area of the NPTD wetland...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Christina Backes, Tim Kehl, Daniel Stöckel, Tobias Fehlmann, Lara Schneider, Eckart Meese, Hans-Peter Lenhof, Andreas Keller
In the last decade, miRNAs and their regulatory mechanisms have been intensively studied and many tools for the analysis of miRNAs and their targets have been developed. We previously presented a dictionary on single miRNAs and their putative target pathways. Since then, the number of miRNAs has tripled and the knowledge on miRNAs and targets has grown substantially. This, along with changes in pathway resources such as KEGG, leads to an improved understanding of miRNAs, their target genes and related pathways...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Dimuthu C Senevirathna, Victoria L Blair, Melissa V Werrett, Philip C Andrews
Eight novel bismuth(III) sulfonato compounds have been synthesized and characterized using the sonochemical reaction of Bi2O3 with a range of sulfonic acids, including 2,5-dimethylbenzenesulfonic acid (2,5-DMSH), 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (2,4-DNSH), 2,5-dichlorobenzenesulfonic acid (2,5-DCSH), 1,2-benzenedisulfonic acid (1,2-BDSH2), 1,3-benzenedisulfonic acid (1,3-BDSH2), 2-sulfobenzoic acid (2-SBH2), 3-sulfobenzoic acid (3-SBH2), and 2-naphthalenesulfonic acid (NPSH). Six of the complexes (1, 2, 4, and 6-8) were structurally characterized through single-crystal X-ray crystallography...
October 14, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Elham Kordijaz, Ali Moghimi, Masoud Fereidoni, Saeedeh Asadi, Ali Shamsizadeh, Ali Roohbakhsh
Convulsive seizures are due to abnormal synchronous and repetitive neuronal discharges in the central nervous system (CNS). Finding new therapeutics to overcome the side effects of the current drug therapies and to increase their effectiveness is ongoing. Orexin-A and orexin-B are brain neuropeptides originating from postero-lateral hypothalamic neurons. Studies show that orexins, through activation of OX1 and OX2 receptors, have excitatory effects in the CNS. Accordingly, the present study was designed to evaluate the effect of OX1 receptor antagonist (SB-334867) on seizure- and anxiety-related behaviors of pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) kindled rats...
October 14, 2016: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Jin-Jin Lu, Bing-Jie Jia, Lin Yang, Wen Zhang, Xin Dong, Ping Li, Jun Chen
It has been proved that the purine metabolic pathway has been implicated in various biological disorders including gout, diabetes, coronary heart diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. The analysis of the purine metabolic pathway in organisms reveals important alterations under different physiological and pathological conditions, which contributes to the pathological study, diagnosis, and therapy of related diseases. In the present study, an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet and tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-UV-MS/MS) method was developed for conducting the comprehensive analysis of the metabolite profiles of the purine pathway in rat plasma through a single analysis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Joseph M Matong, Luthando Nyaba, Philiswa N Nomngongo
A rapid, simple and green ultrasound-assisted extraction method using deep eutectic solvents (DES) for extraction of As, Cr, Mo, Sb, Se and V in soil samples, has been developed. Choline chloride-oxalic acid based DES was used as a solvent. The target analytes were subsequently quantified using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP OES). The parameters that affect the extraction of the target analytes was optimized using standard reference material of San Joaquin soil (SRM 2709a). In the optimization step, a two-level full factorial experimental design was used...
October 10, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Jaclyn P Maher, Martin J Sliwinski, David E Conroy
Older adults represent the segment of the population that sits the most. This study evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, safety, and preliminary efficacy of an intervention to reduce sedentary behavior (SB) in older adults that can be disseminated broadly for limited cost and delivered by paraprofessionals with limited training. Senior centers in Central Pennsylvania were randomized to receive one of two healthy aging programs (i.e., intervention or comparison). Participants in both groups attended three 90-min meetings over 2 weeks...
October 12, 2016: Translational Behavioral Medicine
Lekhendra Tripathee, Shichang Kang, Chhatra Mani Sharma, Dipesh Rupakheti, Rukumesh Paudyal, Jie Huang, Mika Sillanpää
This study investigates the contamination levels and risk assessments of 14 elements (Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Pb, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Sb, Sr, V and Zn) in three sub-basins of Himalayan rivers. Water samples were collected and the hazard quotient (HQ), hazard index (HI), and water quality index (WQI) were calculated. Total average concentrations of the metals were 135.03, 80.10 and 98.34 µg/L in Gandaki, Indrawati and Dudh Koshi rivers, respectively. The results of HQ and HI were less than unity, suggesting a low risk of metals in the region...
October 12, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Ming-Yen Lu, Hung-Yi Chen, Cheng-Yu Tsai, Yen-Ti Tseng, Yu-Ting Kuo, Hsiang-Chen Wang, Ming-Pei Lu
In this study p-type ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays were grown using a low-temperature hydrothermal method in the presence of various concentrations of Sb in the doping solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed the atomic percentages and chemical states of the Sb dopant atoms in the p-type ZnO NR arrays. Photoluminescence and electrical measurements confirmed the p-type characteristics of the Sb-doped ZnO NR arrays. Sequential growth of n- and p-ZnO was then implemented to form p-n ZnO nanojunction arrays...
October 12, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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