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Kinga A Kocemba-Pilarczyk, Barbara Ostrowska, Sonia Trojan, Ecce Aslan, Dorota Kusior, Małgorzata Lasota, Claire Lenouvel, Joanna Dulińska-Litewka
Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized as a clonal expansion of malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow, which is often associated with pancytopenia and osteolytic bone disease. Interestingly, myeloma-infiltrated bone marrow is considered to be hypoxic, providing selection pressure for a developing tumour. Since HSP90 was shown to participate in stabilization of the subunit of the key transcription factor HIF-1, which controls the hypoxic response, the aim of this study was to investigate the influence of a HSP90 inhibitor 17-Allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG), on MM cells cultured under low oxygenation conditions...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
K N Jarvis, J A Devlin, T E Wall, B E Sauer, M R Tarbutt
We present the properties and advantages of a new magneto-optical trap (MOT) where blue-detuned light drives "type-II" transitions that have dark ground states. Using ^{87}Rb, we reach a radiation-pressure-limited density exceeding 10^{11}  cm^{-3} and a temperature below 30  μK. The phase-space density is higher than in normal atomic MOTs and a million times higher than comparable red-detuned type-II MOTs, making the blue-detuned MOT particularly attractive for molecular MOTs, which rely on type-II transitions...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
J A Marozas, M Hohenberger, M J Rosenberg, D Turnbull, T J B Collins, P B Radha, P W McKenty, J D Zuegel, F J Marshall, S P Regan, T C Sangster, W Seka, E M Campbell, V N Goncharov, M W Bowers, J-M G Di Nicola, G Erbert, B J MacGowan, L J Pelz, S T Yang
Cross-beam energy transfer (CBET) results from two-beam energy exchange via seeded stimulated Brillouin scattering, which detrimentally reduces ablation pressure and implosion velocity in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion. Mitigating CBET is demonstrated for the first time in inertial-confinement implosions at the National Ignition Facility by detuning the laser-source wavelengths (±2.3  Å UV) of the interacting beams. We show that, in polar direct-drive, wavelength detuning increases the equatorial region velocity experimentally by 16% and alters the in-flight shell morphology...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
M E Barber, A S Gibbs, Y Maeno, A P Mackenzie, C W Hicks
We report the results of a combined study of the normal-state resistivity and superconducting transition temperature T_{c} of the unconventional superconductor Sr_{2}RuO_{4} under uniaxial pressure. There is strong evidence that, as well as driving T_{c} through a maximum at ∼3.5  K, compressive strains ϵ of nearly 1% along the crystallographic [100] axis drive the γ Fermi surface sheet through a van Hove singularity, changing the temperature dependence of the resistivity from T^{2} above, and below the transition region to T^{1...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Josette M Northcott, Ivory S Dean, Janna K Mouw, Valerie M Weaver
The tumor microenvironment is a dynamic landscape in which the physical and mechanical properties evolve dramatically throughout cancer progression. These changes are driven by enhanced tumor cell contractility and expansion of the growing tumor mass, as well as through alterations to the material properties of the surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM). Consequently, tumor cells are exposed to a number of different mechanical inputs including cell-cell and cell-ECM tension, compression stress, interstitial fluid pressure and shear stress...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Laura H Bachmann, Bronwen Lichtenstein, Janet S St Lawrence, Margaret Murray, Gregory B Russell, Edward W Hook
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the general and sexual health of long-haul truck drivers in the United States. METHODS: Drivers were recruited from company sites and truck stops in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi. A sample of 266 drivers was assessed for lifestyle activities; body mass index and blood pressure were measured, and biologic samples were taken for cholesterol, diabetes, and sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV testing. RESULTS: The drivers in this study had higher levels of cholesterol and higher rates of smoking, obesity, and diabetes than the U...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Seth W Holwerda, Rachel E Luehrs, Allene L Gremaud, Nealy A Wooldridge, Amy K Stroud, Jess G Fiedorowicz, Francois M Abboud, Gary L Pierce
Relative burst amplitude of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) is an indicator of augmented sympathetic outflow and contributes to greater vasoconstrictor responses. Evidence suggests anxiety-induced augmentation of relative MSNA burst amplitude in patients with panic disorder, thus we hypothesized that acute stress would result in augmented relative MSNA burst amplitude and vasoconstriction in individuals with chronic anxiety. Eighteen participants with chronic anxiety (ANX, 8 men/10 women, 32{plus minus}2 years) and 18 healthy controls with low/no anxiety (CON, 8 men/10 women, 39{plus minus}3 years) were studied...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Xiaofei Sun, Yanyu Zhang, Shilin Wang, Zhaoyao Song, Peng Li, Changfa Wang
Foamy solution-gas drive processes in heavy oil reservoirs are very complex. The influence of some microscopic factors on this process is not fully understood due to limitations of traditional depletion tests. This study aims to investigate foamy solution-gas drive by experiments and simulations. First, the effects of the pressure depletion rate on critical gas saturation and foamy solution-gas drive processes were investigated by laboratory experiments. Second, a new three-dimensional foamy oil model that captures many important characteristics of foamy solution-gas drive, such as non-equilibrium behavior, gas evolution kinetics, and the effect of viscous forces on gas mobility, was developed...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Claudia Fumarola, Pier Giorgio Petronini, Roberta Alfieri
Cell metabolic reprogramming is one of the main hallmarks of cancer and many oncogenic pathways that drive the cancer-promoting signals also drive the altered metabolism. This review focuses on recent data on the use of oncogene-targeting agents as potential modulators of deregulated metabolism in different solid cancers. Many drugs, originally designed to inhibit a specific target, then have turned out to have different effects involving also cell metabolism, which may contribute to the mechanisms underlying the growth inhibitory activity of these drugs...
March 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Richard Greatbanks, Fiona Doolan-Noble, Alex McKenna
INTRODUCTION New Zealand general practice mainly functions as small businesses, usually owned by a single or small group of doctors. Consequently, owners often have to balance the provision of patient care with varying funding priorities, changing patient needs and the pressures of running a sustainable business. Such balancing inevitably leads to tensions developing between these factors. AIM To explore and understand these tensions and responses to them, by examining the business performance measurements used by general practice...
September 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Nick Wasylyshyn, Brett Hemenway Falk, Javier O Garcia, Christopher N Cascio, Matthew Brook O'Donnell, C Raymond Bingham, Bruce Simons-Morton, Jean M Vettel, Emily B Falk
Individuals react differently to social experiences; for example, people who are more sensitive to negative social experiences, such as being excluded, may be more likely to adapt their behavior to fit in with others. We examined whether functional brain connectivity during social exclusion in the fMRI scanner can be used to predict subsequent conformity to peer norms. Adolescent males (n = 57) completed a two-part study on teen driving risk: a social exclusion task (Cyberball) during an fMRI session and a subsequent driving simulator session in which they drove alone and in the presence of a peer who expressed risk-averse or risk-accepting driving norms...
February 1, 2018: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Marco Bordignon, Maurizio Cutini, Carlo Bisaglia, Paolo Taboga, Francesco Marcolin
Professional drivers have been found to be at a high risk of developing low back pain due to prolonged sitting and vehicle vibration. In a previous survey carried out on 1,155 tractor drivers, tractor vibration and/or incorrect posture while driving were found to cause low back disorders in more than 80% of the interviewed drivers. In this context, the present research introduces a new evaluation protocol to assess the ergonomic characteristics of agricultural tractor seats through the use of pressure sensors, taking into account both static and dynamic conditions...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
Scott K Ferguson, Julie W Harral, David I Pak, Katherine M Redinius, Kurt R Stenmark, Dominik J Schaer, Paul W Buehler, David C Irwin
Free hemoglobin (Hb) associated with hemolysis extravasates into vascular tissue and depletes nitric oxide (NO), which leads to impaired vascular function and could impair skeletal muscle metabolic control during exercise. We tested the hypothesis that: 1) free Hb would extravasate into skeletal muscle tissue, reducing the contracting skeletal muscle O2 delivery/O2 utilization ratio (microvascular PO2 , PO2 mv) to a similar extent as that observed following NO synthase (NOS) blockade, and 2) that the Hb scavenging protein haptoglobin (Hp) would prevent Hb extravasation and inhibit these skeletal muscle tissue effects...
March 8, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Abirami Kumaresan, Robert Gerber, Ariel Mueller, Stephen H Loring, Daniel Talmor
BACKGROUND: The effects of prone positioning on esophageal pressures have not been investigated in mechanically ventilated patients. Our objective was to characterize effects of prone positioning on esophageal pressures, transpulmonary pressure, and lung volume, thereby assessing the potential utility of esophageal pressure measurements in setting positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) in prone patients. METHODS: We studied 16 patients undergoing spine surgery during general anesthesia and neuromuscular blockade...
March 9, 2018: Anesthesiology
Binu M Tripathi, James C Stegen, Mincheol Kim, Ke Dong, Jonathan M Adams, Yoo Kyung Lee
Little is known about the factors affecting the relative influences of stochastic and deterministic processes that govern the assembly of microbial communities in successional soils. Here, we conducted a meta-analysis of bacterial communities using six different successional soil datasets distributed across different regions. Different relationships between pH and successional age across these datasets allowed us to separate the influences of successional age (i.e., time) from soil pH. We found that extreme acidic or alkaline pH conditions lead to assembly of phylogenetically more clustered bacterial communities through deterministic processes, whereas pH conditions close to neutral lead to phylogenetically less clustered bacterial communities with more stochasticity...
March 7, 2018: ISME Journal
Daisy Englert Duursma, Rachael V Gallagher, J Jordan Price, Simon C Griffith
Why are avian eggs ovoid, while the eggs of most other vertebrates are symmetrical? The interaction between an egg and its environment likely drives selection that will shape eggs across evolutionary time. For example, eggs incubated in hot, arid regions face acute exposure to harsh climatic conditions relative to those in temperate zones, and this exposure will differ across nest types, with eggs in open nests being more exposed to direct solar radiation than those in enclosed nests. We examined the idea that the geographical distribution of both egg shapes and nest types should reflect selective pressures of key environmental parameters, such as ambient temperature and the drying capacity of air...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Karine Moschetti, Véra Zabrodina, Tenzin Wangmo, Alberto Holly, Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen, Bernice S Elger, Bruno Gravier
BACKGROUND: Prison health systems are subject to increasing pressures given the specific health needs of a growing and aging prison population. Identifying the drivers of medical spending among incarcerated individuals is therefore key for health care governance in prisons. This study assesses the determinants of individual health care expenditures within the prisons of the canton of Vaud, a large region of Switzerland. METHODS: We use a unique dataset linking demographic and prison stay characteristics as well as objective measures of morbidity to detailed medical invoice data...
March 7, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Barbara Plank, Nina Eisenmenger, Anke Schaffartzik, Dominik Wiedenhofer
Globalization led to an immense increase of international trade and the emergence of complex global value chains. At the same time, global resource use and pressures on the environment are increasing steadily. With these two processes in parallel, the question arises whether trade contributes positively to resource efficiency, or to the contrary is further driving resource use? In this article, the socio-economic driving forces of increasing global raw material consumption (RMC) are investigated to assess the role of changing trade relations, extended supply chains and increasing consumption...
March 7, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Haiyun Jin, Wan Wang, Xueqin Yang, Hailong Su, Jiawen Fan, Rui Zhu, Shifeng Wang, Huoying Shi, Xiufan Liu
BACKGROUND: Vaccines constitute a unique selective pressure, different from natural selection, drives the evolution of influenza virus. In this study, A/Chicken/Shanghai/F/1998 (H9N2) was continually passaged in specific pathogen-free embryonated chicken eggs with or without selective pressures from antibodies induced by homologous maternal antibodies. Genetic mutations, antigenic drift, replication, and pathogenicity of the passaged virus were evaluated. RESULTS: Antigenic drift of the passaged viruses occurred in the 47th generation (vF47) under selective pressure on antibodies and in the 52nd generation (nF52) without selective pressure from antibodies...
March 6, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Zhen Liu, Jorge Botana, Andreas Hermann, Steven Valdez, Eva Zurek, Dadong Yan, Hai-Qing Lin, Mao-Sheng Miao
Until very recently, helium had remained the last naturally occurring element that was known not to form stable solid compounds. Here we propose and demonstrate that there is a general driving force for helium to react with ionic compounds that contain an unequal number of cations and anions. The corresponding reaction products are stabilized not by local chemical bonds but by long-range Coulomb interactions that are significantly modified by the insertion of helium atoms, especially under high pressure. This mechanism also explains the recently discovered reactivity of He and Na under pressure...
March 5, 2018: Nature Communications
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