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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222547/brain-plasticity-after-implanted-peroneal-nerve-electrical-stimulation-to-improve-gait-in-chronic-stroke-patients-two-case-reports
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Aurore Thibaut, Florent Moissenet, Carol Di Perri, Céline Schreiber, Angélique Remacle, Elisabeth Kolanowski, Frédéric Chantraine, Claire Bernard, Roland Hustinx, Jean-Flory Tshibanda, Paul Filipetti, Steven Laureys, Olivia Gosseries
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown that stimulation of the peroneal nerve using an implantable 4-channel peroneal nerve stimulator could improve gait in stroke patients. OBJECTIVES: To assess structural cortical and regional cerebral metabolism changes associated with an implanted peroneal nerve electrical stimulator to correct foot drop related to a central nervous system lesion. METHODS: Two stroke patients presenting a foot drop related to a central nervous system lesion were implanted with an implanted peroneal nerve electrical stimulator...
February 6, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222526/the-impact-of-alzheimer-s-disease-on-the-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-brain-regions-modulating-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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Todd B Monroe, Paul A Beach, Stephen P Bruehl, Mary S Dietrich, Baxter P Rogers, John C Gore, Sebastian W Atalla, Ronald L Cowan
BACKGROUND: It is currently unknown why people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) receive less pain medication and report pain less frequently. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of AD on thermal psychophysics and resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) among sensory, affective, descending modulatory, and default mode structures. METHODS: Controls (n = 23, 13 = female) and age-matched people with AD (n = 23, 13 = females) underwent psychophysical testing to rate perceptions of warmth, mild, and moderate pain and then completed resting-state fMRI...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222507/recent-progress-in-alzheimer-s-disease-research-part-1-pathology
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Francis T Hane, Brenda Y Lee, Zoya Leonenko
The field of Alzheimer's disease (AD) research has grown exponentially over the past few decades, especially since the isolation and identification of amyloid-β from postmortem examination of the brains of AD patients. Recently, the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (JAD) put forth approximately 300 research reports which were deemed to be the most influential research reports in the field of AD since 2010. JAD readers were asked to vote on these most influential reports. In this 3-part review, we review the results of the 300 most influential AD research reports to provide JAD readers with a readily accessible, yet comprehensive review of the state of contemporary research...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222487/pyrrole-derivatives-and-diterpene-alkaloids-from-the-south-china-sea-sponge-agelas-nakamurai
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Mei-Jun Chu, Xu-Li Tang, Guo-Fei Qin, Yan-Ting Sun, Lei Li, Nicole J de Voogd, Ping-Lin Li, Guo-Qiang Li
Two pairs of new non-brominated racematic pyrrole derivatives, (±)-nakamurine D (1) and (±)-nakamurine E (2), two new diterpene alkaloids, iso-agelasine C (16), and iso-agelasidine B (21), together with fifteen known pyrrole derivatives((±)-3 - 15), five known diterpene alkaloids (17 - 20, 22) were isolated from the South China Sea sponge Agelas nakamurai. The racemic mixtures, compounds 1 - 4, were resolved into four pairs of enantiomers, (+)-1 and (-)-1, (+)-2 and (-)-2, (+)-3 and (-)-3, and (+)-4 and (-)-4, by chiral HPLC...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222359/disgust-proneness-predicts-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-symptom-severity-in-a-clinical-sample-of-youth-distinctions-from-negative-affect
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Bunmi O Olatunji, Chad Ebesutani, Jingu Kim, Bradley C Riemann, David M Jacobi
BACKGROUND: Although studies have linked disgust proneness to the etiology and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults, there remains a paucity of research examining the specificity of this association among youth. METHOD: The present study employed structural equation modeling to examine the association between disgust proneness, negative affect, and OCD symptom severity in a clinical sample of youth admitted to a residential treatment facility (N =471)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222264/graphene-ink-laminate-structures-on-polyvinylidene-difluoride-pvdf-for-pyroelectric-thermal-energy-harvesting-and-waste-heat-recovery
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Daniel Zabek, Kris Seunarine, Chris Spacie, Chris R Bowen
Thermal energy can be effectively converted into electricity using pyroelectrics, which act as small scale power generator and energy harvesters providing nW to mW of electrical power. In this paper, a novel pyroelectric harvester based on free standing polyvinilidene difluoride (PVDF) was manufactured that exploits the high thermal radiation absorbance of a screen printed graphene-ink electrode structure to facilitate the conversion of the available thermal radiation energy into electrical energy. The interconnected graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) enable high thermal radiation absorbance and high electrical conductivity along with the ease of deposition using a screen print technique...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222237/extreme-genetic-structure-in-a-social-bird-species-despite-high-dispersal-capacity
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Francisco Morinha, José A Dávila, Estela Bastos, João A Cabral, Óscar Frías, José L González, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Borja Milá, Guillermo Blanco
Social barriers have been shown to reduce gene flow and contribute to genetic structure among populations in species with high cognitive capacity and complex societies, such as cetaceans, apes and humans. In birds, high dispersal capacity is thought to prevent population divergence unless major geographic or habitat barriers induce isolation patterns by dispersal, colonization or adaptation limitation. We report that Iberian populations of the red-billed chough, a social, gregarious corvid with high dispersal capacity, show a striking degree of genetic structure composed of at least 15 distinct genetic units...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222213/rab7a-regulates-tau-secretion
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Lilia Rodriguez, Nguyen-Vi Mohamed, Alexandre Desjardins, Roger Lippé, Edward Fon, Nicole Leclerc
The axonal microtubule-associated protein TAU, involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD), can be found in the extracellular space where it could be taken up by neurons, an event that is believed to contribute to the propagation of tau pathology in the brain. Since the small GTPase Rab7A is involved in the trafficking of endosomes, autophagosomes and lysosomes, and RAB7A gene expression and protein levels are upregulated in AD patients, we tested the hypothesis that Rab7A was involved in Tau secretion. We previously reported that both primary cortical neurons and HeLa cells overexpressing human TAU can release Tau...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222133/maternal-psychological-stress-induced-developmental-disability-neonatal-mortality-and-stillbirth-in-the-offspring-of-wistar-albino-rats
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Sakthivel Govindaraj, Annadurai Shanmuganathan, Ravindran Rajan
BACKGROUND: Stress is an inevitable part of life, and maternal stress during the gestational period has dramatic effects in the early programming of the physiology and behavior of offspring. The developmental period is crucial for the well-being of the offspring. Prenatal stress influences the developmental outcomes of the fetus, in part because the developing brain is particularly vulnerable to stress. The etiology of birth defects of the offspring is reported to be 30-40% genetic and 7-10% multifactorial, with the remaining 50% still unknown and also there is no clear cause for neonatal mortality and still-birth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222118/social-structural-behavioral-and-clinical-factors-influencing-retention-in-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-care-in-mississippi
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Trisha Arnold, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Philip A Chan, Amaya Perez-Brumer, Estefany S Bologna, Laura Beauchamps, Kendra Johnson, Leandro Mena, Amy Nunn
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a biomedical intervention that can reduce rates of HIV transmission when taken once daily by HIV-negative individuals. Little is understood about PrEP uptake and retention in care among the populations most heavily impacted by the HIV epidemic, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in the Deep South. Therefore, this study explored the structural, social, behavioral, and clinical factors that affect PrEP use and retention in care among YMSM in Jackson, Mississippi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222085/physical-activity-promotion-beliefs-and-barriers-among-australasian-oncology-nurses
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Justin W L Keogh, Petra Pühringer, Alicia Olsen, Sally Sargeant, Lynnette M Jones, Mike Climstein
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe the physical activity (PA) promotion practices, beliefs, and barriers of Australasian oncology nurses and gain preliminary insight into how PA promotion practices may be affected by the demographics of the nurses.
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey.
. SETTING: Australia and New Zealand.
. SAMPLE: 119 registered oncology nurses.
. METHODS: Self-reported online survey completed once per participant...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222045/validation-of-scaffold-design-optimization-in-bone-tissue-engineering-finite-element-modeling-versus-designed-experiments
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Nicholas Uth, Jens Mueller, Byran Smucker, Azizeh-Mitra Yousefi
This study reports the development of biological/synthetic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering (TE) via 3D bioplotting. These scaffolds were composed of poly(L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), type I collagen, and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) in an attempt to mimic the extracellular matrix of bone. The solvent used for processing the scaffolds was 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The produced scaffolds were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, microcomputed tomography, thermogravimetric analysis, and unconfined compression test...
February 21, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221991/detecting-clinically-meaningful-shape-clusters-in-medical-image-data-metrics-analysis-for-hierarchical-clustering-applied-to-healthy-and-pathological-aortic-arches
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Jan L Bruse, Maria A Zuluaga, Abbas Khushnood, Kristin McLeod, Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Tain-Yen Hsia, Maxime Sermesant, Xavier Pennec, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano
OBJECTIVE: Today's growing medical image databases call for novel processing tools to structure the bulk of data and extract clinically relevant information. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering may reveal clusters within anatomical shape data of patient populations as required for modern Precision Medicine strategies. Few studies have applied hierarchical clustering techniques to three-dimensional patient shape data and results depend heavily on the chosen clustering distance metrics and linkage functions...
February 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221853/is-there-a-relation-between-the-microscopic-leaf-morphology-and-the-association-of-salmonella-and-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-with-iceberg-lettuce-leaves
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Inge VAN der Linden, Markus Eriksson, Mieke Uyttendaele, Frank Devlieghere
To prevent contamination of fresh produce with enteric pathogens, more insight into mechanisms that may influence the association of these pathogens with fresh produce is needed. In this study, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella were chosen as model pathogens, and fresh cut iceberg lettuce was chosen as a model fresh produce type. The morphological structure of iceberg lettuce leaves (stomatal density and length of cell margins per leaf area) was quantified by means of leaf peels and light microscopy of leaves at different stages of development (outer, middle, and inner leaves of the crop) on both leaf sides (abaxial and adxial) and in three leaf regions (top, center, and bottom)...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221808/decoupled-hierarchical-structures-for-suppression-of-leidenfrost-phenomenon
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Nazanin Farokhnia, Seyed Mohammad Sajadi, Peyman Irajizad, Hadi Ghasemi
Thermal management of high temperature systems through cooling droplets is limited by the existence of the Leidenfrost point (LFP), at which the formation of a continuous vapor film between a hot solid and a cooling droplet diminishes the heat transfer rate. This limit results in a bottleneck for the advancement of the wide spectrum of systems including high-temperature power generation, electronics/photonics, reactors, and spacecraft. Despite a long time effort on development of surfaces for suppression of this phenomenon, this limit has only shifted to higher temperatures, but still exists...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221794/probing-chemical-bonding-and-electronic-structures-in-tho-by-anion-photoelectron-imaging-and-theoretical-calculations
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Yanli Li, Jinghan Zou, Xiao-Gen Xiong, Jing Su, Hua Xie, Zejie Fei, Zichao Tang, Hong-Tao Liu
Since the renewal of the research on thorium based molten salt reactor, there is growing demand and interest in enhancing the knowledge of thorium chemistry both experimentally and theoretically. Compared with uranium, few chemical studies of thorium have been reported up to the present. Here we report the vibrational resolved photoelectron imaging of thorium monoxide anion. The electron affinity of ThO is firstly reported to be 0.707 ± 0.020 eV. Vibrational frequencies of ThO molecule and its anion are determined from Franck-Condon simulation...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221788/substituted-2-aminopyrimidines-selective-for-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-activation-and-association-with-acetylcholine-binding-proteins
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Katarzyna Kaczanowska, Gisela Andrea Camacho Hernandez, Larissa Bendiks, Larissa Kohs, Jose Manuel Cornejo Bravo, Michal Harel, M G Finn, Palmer Taylor
Through studies with ligand binding to the acetylcholine binding protein (AChBP), we previously identified a series of 4,6 substituted 2-aminopyrimidines that associate with this soluble surrogate of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) in a cooperative fashion, not seen for classical nicotinic agonists and antagonists. To examine receptor interactions of this structural family on ligand-gated ion channels, we employed HEK cells transfected with cDNA's encoding three requisite receptor subtypes: α7-nAChR, α4β2-nAChR and a serotonin receptor (5-HT3AR), along with a fluorescent reporter...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221786/chemical-trends-in-solid-alkali-pertechnetates
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Jamie Weaver, Chuck Z Soderquist, Nancy M Washton, Andrew S Lipton, Paul L Gassman, Wayne W Lukens, Albert A Kruger, Nathalie A Wall, John S McCloy
Insight into the solid-state chemistry of pure technetium-99 ((99)Tc) oxides is required in the development of a robust immobilization and disposal system for nuclear waste stemming from the radiopharmaceutical industry, from the production of nuclear weapons, and from spent nuclear fuel. However, because of its radiotoxicity and the subsequent requirement of special facilities and handling procedures for research, only a few studies have been completed, many of which are over 20 years old. In this study, we report the synthesis of pure alkali pertechnetates (sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium) and analysis of these compounds by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS), solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (static and magic angle spinning), and neutron diffraction...
February 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221769/manipulation-of-the-precursor-supply-in-yeast-significantly-enhances-the-accumulation-of-prenylated-%C3%AE-carbolines
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Katja Backhaus, Lena Ludwig-Radtke, Xiulan Xie, Shu-Ming Li
The tryptophan derivative 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid (MTCA) is present in many plants and foods including fermentation products of the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. MTCA is formed from tryp-tophan and acetaldehyde via a Pictet-Spengler reaction. In this study, up to 9 mg/l of MTCA were detected as a mixture of (1S,3S) and (1R,3S) isomers in a ratio of 2.2:1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae cultures. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the presence of MTCA in laboratory baker's yeast cultures...
February 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221724/novel-pieces-for-the-emerging-picture-of-sulfoximines-in-drug-discovery-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-sulfoximine-analogues-of-marketed-drugs-and-advanced-clinical-candidates
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Ulrich Lücking, Juan Alberto Sirvent
Sulfoximines have gained considerable recognition as an important structural motif in drug discovery of late. In particular, the clinical kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer, roniciclib (pan-CDK inhibitor), BAY 1143572 (PTEFb inhibitor), and AZD 6738 (ATR inhibitor), have recently drawn considerable attention. Whilst the interest in this underrepresented functional group in drug discovery is clearly on the rise, there remains an incomplete understanding of the medicinal chemistry relevant properties of sulfoximines...
February 21, 2017: ChemMedChem
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