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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454010/enhancing-creative-cognition-with-a-rapid-right-parietal-neurofeedback-procedure
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Sergio Agnoli, Marco Zanon, Serena Mastria, Alessio Avenanti, Giovanni Emanuele Corazza
The present article describes an innovative neurofeedback training (NFT) procedure aimed at increasing creative cognition through the enhancement of specific brain activities previously associated with divergent thinking. We designed and tested two NFT protocols based on training alpha and beta EEG oscillations selectively measured over the right parietal region. A total of 80 participants were involved, 40 in the alpha NFT protocol and 40 in the beta NFT protocol. The NFT loop was closed on a video stream that would advance only when oscillation power exceeded a normalized threshold...
February 14, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453474/fingerprints-as-an-alternative-method-to-determine-abo-and-rh-blood-groups
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Sonam Chaudhary, Sajana Deuja, Munna Alam, Poonam Karmacharya, Monami Mondal
INTRODUCTION: Blood grouping is conventionally done with invasive method by taking blood samples. The objective of this study is to determine blood group with uninvasive procedure by taking fingerprints of the participants and know the associations between their fingerprints and blood groups. METHODS: Seven hundred participants of both genders with no any age limitation from Manipal Teaching Hospital and Manipal College of Medical Sciences were randomly selected...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453403/tailoring-of-magnetoimpedance-effect-and-magnetic-softness-of-fe-rich-glass-coated-microwires-by-stress-annealing
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V Zhukova, J M Blanco, M Ipatov, M Churyukanova, S Taskaev, A Zhukov
There is a pressing need for improving of the high-frequency magneto-impedance effect of cost-effective soft magnetic materials for use in high-performance sensing devices. The impact of the stress-annealing on magnetic properties and high frequency impedance of Fe-rich glass-coated microwires was studied. Hysteresis loops of Fe-rich microwires have been considerably affected by stress- annealing. In stress-annealed Fe- rich microwire we obtained drastic decreasing of coercivity and change of character of hysteresis loop from rectangular to linear...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453394/experimental-modelling-of-cardiac-pressure-overload-hypertrophy-modified-technique-for-precise-reproducible-safe-and-easy-aortic-arch-banding-debanding-in-mice
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David Merino, Aritz Gil, Jenny Gómez, Luis Ruiz, Miguel Llano, Raquel García, María A Hurlé, J Francisco Nistal
Pressure overload left ventricular hypertrophy is a known precursor of heart failure with ominous prognosis. The development of experimental models that reproduce this phenomenon is instrumental for the advancement in our understanding of its pathophysiology. The gold standard of these models is the controlled constriction of the mid aortic arch in mice according to Rockman's technique (RT). We developed a modified technique that allows individualized and fully controlled constriction of the aorta, improves efficiency and generates a reproducible stenosis that is technically easy to perform and release...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453333/scleraxis-is-a-transcriptional-activator-that-regulates-the-expression-of-tenomodulin-a-marker-of-mature-tenocytes-and-ligamentocytes
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Chisa Shukunami, Aki Takimoto, Yuriko Nishizaki, Yuki Yoshimoto, Seima Tanaka, Shigenori Miura, Hitomi Watanabe, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Gen Kondoh, Yuji Hiraki
Tenomodulin (Tnmd) is a type II transmembrane glycoprotein predominantly expressed in tendons and ligaments. We found that scleraxis (Scx), a member of the Twist-family of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors, is a transcriptional activator of Tnmd expression in tenocytes. During embryonic development, Scx expression preceded that of Tnmd. Tnmd expression was nearly absent in tendons and ligaments of Scx-deficient mice generated by transcription activator-like effector nucleases-mediated gene disruption...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452928/comprehensive-on-line-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography-%C3%A3-supercritical-fluid-chromatography-with-trapping-column-assisted-modulation-for-depolymerised-lignin-analysis
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Mingzhe Sun, Margareta Sandahl, Charlotta Turner
Lignin depolymerisation produces a large variety of low molecular weight phenolic compounds that can be upgraded to value-added chemicals. Detailed analysis of these complex depolymerisation mixtures is, however, hampered by the lack of resolving power of traditional analysis techniques. In this study, a novel online comprehensive two-dimensional reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) × supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) method with trapping column interface was developed for the separation of phenolic compounds in depolymerised lignin samples...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452756/quantification-of-thrombus-formation-in-malapposed-coronary-stents-deployed-in-vitro-through-imaging-analysis
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Jonathan Brown, Caroline C O'Brien, Augusto C Lopes, Kumaran Kolandaivelu, Elazer R Edelman
Stent thrombosis is a major complication of coronary stent and scaffold intervention. While often unanticipated and lethal, its incidence is low making mechanistic examination difficult through clinical investigation alone. Thus, throughout the technological advancement of these devices, experimental models have been indispensable in furthering our understanding of device safety and efficacy. As we refine model systems to gain deeper insight into adverse events, it is equally important that we continue to refine our measurement methods...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452744/emerging-concepts-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-syncope-by-pacing
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REVIEW
Richard Sutton, Jean-Claude Deharo, Michele Brignole, Mohamed H Hamdan
Neuroendocrine syncope is a newly proposed term to embody both syncope of reflex and adenosine-related etiology. Recent publications on tilt testing have revealed the presence of a hypotensive tendency in some patients, even in the face of severe cardioinhibition. This new understanding may allow better selection of older reflex syncope patients, documented by ECG loop recorder, for successful pacing where tilt testing is ideally negative for a good result in terms of few syncope recurrences and prompts a less aggressive management policy when hypotensive medication is required...
February 13, 2018: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452155/comparative-developmental-biology-of-the-cardiac-inflow-tract
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REVIEW
Rita Carmona, Laura Ariza, Ana Cañete, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli
The vertebrate heart receives the blood through the cardiac inflow tract. This area has experienced profound changes along the evolution of vertebrates; changes that have a reflection in the cardiac ontogeny. The development of the inflow tract involves dynamic changes due to the progressive addition of tissue derived from the secondary heart field. The inflow tract is the site where oxygenated blood coming from lungs is received separately from the systemic return, where the cardiac pacemaker is established and where the proepicardium develops...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451331/sliding-free-transverse-rectus-abdominis-myocutaneous-flap-for-closure-of-a-massive-abdominal-wall-defect-a-case-report
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Annika Senghaas, Thomas Kremer, Volker J Schmidt, Leila Harhaus, Christoph Hirche, Ulrich Kneser, Amir K Bigdeli
Despite considerable advances in reconstructive surgery, massive abdominal wall defects continue to pose a significant surgical challenge. We report the case of a 72-year-old morbidly obese female patient with Clostridium septicum-related gas gangrene of the abdominal wall. After multidisciplinary treatment and multiple extensive debridements, a massive full-thickness defect (40 cm × 35 cm) of the right abdominal wall was present. The abdominal contents were covered with a resorbable mesh to prevent evisceration...
February 16, 2018: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451284/effect-of-the-coverage-level-of-carboxylic-acids-as-a-modifier-for-barium-titanate-nanoparticles-on-the-performance-of-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-based-nanocomposites-for-energy-storage-applications
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Yujuan Niu, Feng Xiang, Yifei Wang, Jie Chen, Hong Wang
Surface modification on nanoparticle fillers with organic groups is important to improve the performance of ceramic/polymer nanocomposites. Due to the small coverage level of carboxylic acids on the nanoparticle surface, studies on the use of carboxylic acids as a surface modifier for ceramic nanoparticles have been rarely reported. However, there is no study that proves that a small amount of modifier on the surface of nanoparticles cannot adequately improve the dispersion as well as the compatibility of nanoparticles with the matrix...
February 16, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451098/the-association-between-preaxial-polydactyly-and-radial-longitudinal-deficiency-in-syndromic-cases-a-report-on-nine-families
#12
Mohammad M Al-Qattan
Preaxial polydactyly and radial longitudinal deficiency are usually viewed as two different entities. We present nine families with different disorders in which both preaxial polydactyly and radial longitudinal deficiency were seen in the phenotype. This indicates that both entities may be caused by the same developmental error or insult. The pathogenesis is complex and may be related to the interactions of two signalling loops: the first loop (named as the radial longitudinal deficiency loop) contains genes/proteins responsible for the development of the radial ray; and the second loop (named as the preaxial polydactyly loop) contains the Sonic Hedgehog involved in the pathogenesis of preaxial polydactyly...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451063/epithelial-tumors-growing-from-within
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Mariana Muzzopappa, Marco Milán
The growth of epithelial tumors is often governed by cell interactions with the surrounding stroma. Drosophila has been instrumental in identifying the relevant molecular elements mediating these interactions. Of note is the role of the TNF ligand Eiger, released from recruited blood cells, in activating the JNK tumor-promoting pathway in epithelial tumors. JNK drives the transcriptional induction of mitogenic molecules, matrix metalloproteases and systemic signals that lead to tumor growth, tissue invasiveness and malignancy...
February 16, 2018: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450428/dynamics-of-bridge-loop-transformation-in-a-membrane-with-mixed-monolayer-bilayer-structures
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Yan-Ling Yang, Min-Yi Chen, Heng-Kwong Tsao, Yu-Jane Sheng
Instead of forming a typical bilayer or monolayer membrane, both the bridge (I-shape) and loop (U-shape) conformations coexist in the planar membranes formed by ABA triblock copolymers in a selective solvent. The non-equilibrium and equilibrium relaxation dynamics of polymer conformations are monitored. The non-equilibrium relaxation time depends on the initial composition and increases with an increase in the immiscibility between A and B blocks. The equilibrium composition of the loop-shape polymer is independent of the initial composition and A-B immiscibility...
February 16, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450404/reengineering-deep-brain-stimulation-for-movement-disorders-emerging-technologies
#15
Aysegul Gunduz, Kelly D Foote, Michael S Okun
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical technique, which consists of continuous delivery of an electrical pulse through chronically implanted electrodes connected to a neurostimulator, programmable in amplitude, pulse width, frequency, and stimulation channel. DBS is a promising treatment option for addressing severe and drug-resistant movement disorders. The success of DBS therapy is a combination of surgical implantation techniques, device technology, and clinical programming strategies. Changes in device settings require highly trained and experienced clinicians to achieve maximal therapeutic benefit for each targeted symptom, and optimization of stimulation parameters can take many visits...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449854/genome-wide-characterization-of-bhlh-genes-in-grape-and-analysis-of-their-potential-relevance-to-abiotic-stress-tolerance-and-secondary-metabolite-biosynthesis
#16
Pengfei Wang, Ling Su, Huanhuan Gao, Xilong Jiang, Xinying Wu, Yi Li, Qianqian Zhang, Yongmei Wang, Fengshan Ren
Basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors are involved in many abiotic stress responses as well as flavonol and anthocyanin biosynthesis. In grapes ( Vitis vinifera L.), flavonols including anthocyanins and condensed tannins are most abundant in the skins of the berries. Flavonols are important phytochemicals for viticulture and enology, but grape bHLH genes have rarely been examined. We identified 94 grape bHLH genes in a genome-wide analysis and performed Nr and GO function analyses for these genes...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449833/stem-loop-rna-hairpins-in-giant-viruses-invading-rrna-like-repeats-and-a-template-free-rna
#17
Hervé Seligmann, Didier Raoult
We examine the hypothesis that de novo template-free RNAs still form spontaneously, as they did at the origins of life, invade modern genomes, contribute new genetic material. Previously, analyses of RNA secondary structures suggested that some RNAs resembling ancestral (t)RNAs formed recently de novo , other parasitic sequences cluster with rRNAs. Here positive control analyses of additional RNA secondary structures confirm ancestral and de novo statuses of RNA grouped according to secondary structure. Viroids with branched stems resemble de novo RNAs, rod-shaped viroids resemble rRNA secondary structures, independently of GC contents...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449814/multisite-delayed-feedback-for-electrical-brain-stimulation
#18
Oleksandr V Popovych, Peter A Tass
Demand-controlled deep brain stimulation (DBS) appears to be a promising approach for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) as revealed by computational, pre-clinical and clinical studies. Stimulation delivery is adapted to brain activity, for example, to the amount of neuronal activity considered to be abnormal. Such a closed-loop stimulation setup might help to reduce the amount of stimulation current, thereby maintaining therapeutic efficacy. In the context of the development of stimulation techniques that aim to restore desynchronized neuronal activity on a long-term basis, specific closed-loop stimulation protocols were designed computationally...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449754/behavioural-and-physiological-responses-of-laying-hens-to-automated-monitoring-equipment
#19
Stephanie Buijs, Francesca Booth, Gemma Richards, Laura McGaughey, Christine J Nicol, Joanne Edgar, John F Tarlton
Automated monitoring of behaviour can offer a wealth of information in circumstances where observing behaviour is difficult or time consuming. However, this often requires attaching monitoring devices to the animal which can alter behaviour, potentially invalidating any data collected. Birds often show increased preening and energy expenditure when wearing devices and, especially in laying hens, there is a risk that individuals wearing devices will attract aggression from conspecifics. We studied the behavioural and physiological response of 20 laying hens to backpacks containing monitoring devices fastened with elastic loops around the wing base...
February 2018: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449696/snail-regulates-bmp-and-tgf%C3%AE-pathways-to-control-the-differentiation-status-of-glioma-initiating-cells
#20
Laia Caja, Kalliopi Tzavlaki, Mahsa S Dadras, E-Jean Tan, Gad Hatem, Naga P Maturi, Anita Morén, Lotta Wik, Yukihide Watanabe, Katia Savary, Masood Kamali-Moghaddan, Lene Uhrbom, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Aristidis Moustakas
Glioblastoma multiforme is a brain malignancy characterized by high heterogeneity, invasiveness, and resistance to current therapies, attributes related to the occurrence of glioma stem cells (GSCs). Transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) promotes self-renewal and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) induces differentiation of GSCs. BMP7 induces the transcription factor Snail to promote astrocytic differentiation in GSCs and suppress tumor growth in vivo. We demonstrate that Snail represses stemness in GSCs. Snail interacts with SMAD signaling mediators, generates a positive feedback loop of BMP signaling and transcriptionally represses the TGFB1 gene, decreasing TGFβ1 signaling activity...
February 16, 2018: Oncogene
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