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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430108/a-network-physiology-approach-to-the-assessment-of-the-link-between-sinoatrial-and-ventricular-cardiac-controls
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Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Mathias Baumert
A network physiology approach to evaluate the strength of the directed interactions among cardiac controls at sinoatrial and ventricular levels and respiration (R) is proposed. The network is composed of three nodes (i.e. sinoatrial and ventricular cardiac controls and R) and their activity is exemplified by the variability of heart period (HP), the variability of the duration of the electrical activity of the heart approximated as the temporal distance between Q-wave onset and T-wave end or apex (i.e. QTe or QTa) and thoracic movements respectively...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429943/on-the-size-and-origins-of-long-range-orientational-water-correlations-in-dilute-aqueous-salt-solutions
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Eva Pluharova, Damien Laage, Pavel Jungwirth
Long-range ordering of water around solutes has been invoked repeatedly in the literature as the key to understanding its biological function. Recently, it has been shown that in a dilute 8 mM aqueous NaCl solution the orientational correlation between water molecules extends beyond 8 nanometers. This was interpreted as arising from a long-range effect induced by the ions on the water collective hydrogen-bond interactions. Within this interpretation, each ion was supposed to affect tens of thousands or more water molecules in its surroundings, invoking a picture of ordered domains extending to several nanometers...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429058/effects-of-genome-duplication-on-phenotypes-and-industrial-applications-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strains
#3
Ke Zhang, Ya-Hong Fang, Ke-Hui Gao, Yang Sui, Dao-Qiong Zheng, Xue-Chang Wu
Polyploidy is common in Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains, but the physiological and phenotypic effects of ploidy changes have not been fully clarified. Here, isogenic diploid, triploid, and tetraploid S. cerevisiae strains were constructed from a haploid strain, CEN.PK2-1C. Stress tolerance and ethanol fermentation performance of the four euploid strains were compared. Each euploid strain had strengths and weaknesses in tolerance to certain stressors, and no single strain was tolerant of all stressors. The diploid had higher ethanol production than the other strains in normal fermentation medium, while the triploid strain showed the fastest fermentation rate in the presence of inhibitors found in lignocellulosic hydrolysate...
April 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428629/the-role-of-glutamine-synthetase-isozymes-in-enhancing-nitrogen-use-efficiency-of-n-efficient-winter-wheat
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Zhiyong Zhang, Shuping Xiong, Yihao Wei, Xiaodan Meng, Xiaochun Wang, Xinming Ma
Glutamine synthetase (GS) isozymes play critical roles in nitrogen (N) metabolism. However, the exact relationship between GS and nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) remain unclear. We have selected and compared two wheat cultivars, YM49 and XN509, which were identified as the N-efficient and N-inefficient genotypes, respectively. In this study, agronomical, morphological, physiological and biochemical approaches were performed. The results showed that TaGS1 was high expressed post-anthesis, and TaGS2 was highly expressed pre-anthesis in N-efficient genotype compared to N-inefficient genotype...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427317/nonlinear-homogenisation-of-trabecular-bone-effect-of-solid-phase-constitutive-model
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Francesc Levrero-Florencio, Krishnagoud Manda, Lee Margetts, Pankaj Pankaj
Micro-finite element models have been extensively employed to evaluate the elastic properties of trabecular bone and, to a limited extent, its yield behaviour. The macroscopic stiffness tensor and yield surface are of special interest since they are essential in the prediction of bone strength and stability of implants at the whole bone level. While macroscopic elastic properties are now well understood, yield and post-yield properties are not. The aim of this study is to shed some light on what the effect of the solid phase yield criterion is on the macroscopic yield of trabecular bone for samples with different microstructure...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425158/sexual-colouration-and-sperm-performance-in-the-australian-painted-dragon-lizard-ctenophorus-pictus
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Callum S McDiarmid, Christopher R Friesen, Cissy Ballen, Mats Olsson
Theory predicts trade-offs between pre- and postcopulatory sexually selected traits. This relationship may be mediated by the degree to which males are able to monopolise access to females, as this will place an upper limit on the strength of postcopulatory selection. Furthermore, traits that aid in mate monopolization may be costly to maintain and may limit investment in postcopulatory traits, such as sperm performance. Australian painted dragons are polymorphic for the presence or absence of a yellow gular patch ('bibs'), which may aid them to monopolise access to females...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422911/do-vented-chest-seals-differ-in-efficacy-an-experimental-evaluation-using-a-swine-hemopneumothorax-model
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Bijan S Kheirabadi, Irasema B Terrazas, Nahir Miranda, Spc Amber N Voelker, Francoise Arnaud, Harold G Klemcke, Frank F Butler, Michael A Dubick
OBJECTIVE: Hemopneumothorax (HPTX) is the second leading cause of potentially preventable death among combat casualties. We investigated the ability of five FDA-approved non-occlusive chest seals (CSs) to seal a bleeding chest wound and prevent tension HPTX in a swine model. METHODS: Following instrumentation, an open chest wound was created in the left thorax of spontaneously air-breathing anesthetized pigs (n=26, 43 Kg). Autologous fresh blood (226 mL) was then infused into the pleural cavity to produce HPTX...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422851/relation-between-serum-myokines-and-phase-ii-cardiac-rehabilitation
#8
Der-Sheng Han, Ming-Yen Hsiao, Tyng-Guey Wang, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Wei-Shiung Yang
Patients with coronary heart disease or acute myocardial infarction after cardiac catheterization with stenting referred for phase II cardiac rehabilitation (CR) were grouped according to their preference. Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) was used to determine oxygen uptake ((Equation is included in full-text article.)) at peak exercise and anaerobic threshold (AT). The control patients received counseling only while the experiment group received 36 sessions of CR in 3 to 6 months. Exercise physiology parameters and serum myokines (myostatin, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were measured pre- and postrehabilitation...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421264/epidemiology-of-sarcopenia-determinants-throughout-the-lifecourse
#9
S C Shaw, E M Dennison, C Cooper
Sarcopenia is an age-related syndrome characterised by progressive and generalised loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength; it is a major contributor to the risk of physical frailty, functional impairment in older people, poor health-related quality of life and premature death. Many different definitions have been used to describe sarcopenia and have resulted in varying estimates of prevalence of the condition. The most recent attempts of definitions have tried to integrate information on muscle mass, strength and physical function and provide a definition that is useful in both research and clinical settings...
April 18, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420196/probe-sensor-using-nanostructured-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-yarn-for-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-dopamine
#10
Wed Al-Graiti, Zhilian Yue, Javad Foroughi, Xu-Feng Huang, Gordon Wallace, Ray Baughman, Jun Chen
The demands for electrochemical sensor materials with high strength and durability in physiological conditions continue to grow and novel approaches are being enabled by the advent of new electromaterials and novel fabrication technologies. Herein, we demonstrate a probe-style electrochemical sensor using highly flexible and conductive multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) yarns. The MWNT yarn-based sensors can be fabricated onto micro Pt-wire with a controlled diameter varying from 100 to 300 µm, and then further modified with Nafion via a dip-coating approach...
April 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420090/toxins-of-prokaryotic-toxin-antitoxin-systems-with-sequence-specific-endoribonuclease-activity
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REVIEW
Hisako Masuda, Masayori Inouye
Protein translation is the most common target of toxin-antitoxin system (TA) toxins. Sequence-specific endoribonucleases digest RNA in a sequence-specific manner, thereby blocking translation. While past studies mainly focused on the digestion of mRNA, recent analysis revealed that toxins can also digest tRNA, rRNA and tmRNA. Purified toxins can digest single-stranded portions of RNA containing recognition sequences in the absence of ribosome in vitro. However, increasing evidence suggests that in vivo digestion may occur in association with ribosomes...
April 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419379/central-sensitization-is-modulated-following-trigger-point-anesthetization-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-from-whiplash-trauma-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
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N Ake Nystrom, Michael D Freeman
Objective. : Central sensitization (CS) with low peripheral pain thresholds (PPTs) is a common finding among patients with chronic pain after whiplash (CPWI). While it has been proposed that myofascial myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) may act as modulators of central sensitization, previously reported findings are conflicting and inconclusive. The present study was designed to investigate immediate responsiveness of CS to alterations in nociceptive input. Design.:  Controlled, double-blind, cross-over...
April 17, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416002/biological-effects-of-exposure-to-static-electric-fields-in-humans-and-vertebrates-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Anne-Kathrin Petri, Kristina Schmiedchen, Dominik Stunder, Dagmar Dechent, Thomas Kraus, William H Bailey, Sarah Driessen
BACKGROUND: High-voltage direct current (HVDC) lines are the technology of choice for the transport of large amounts of energy over long distances. The operation of these lines produces static electric fields (EF), but the data reviewed in previous assessments were not sufficient to assess the need for any environmental limit. The aim of this systematic review was to update the current state of research and to evaluate biological effects of static EF. METHODS: Using the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses) recommendations, we collected and evaluated experimental and epidemiological studies examining biological effects of exposure to static EF in humans (n = 8) and vertebrates (n = 40)...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415520/tuneable-hydrolytic-degradation-of-poly-l-lactide-scaffolds-triggered-by-zno-nanoparticles
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Erlantz Lizundia, Paula Mateos, José Luis Vilas
In this work we fabricate porous PLLA and PLLA/ZnO scaffolds with porosities ranging from 10 to 90% and average pore diameter of 125-250μm by solvent casting/particulate leaching method. The structural evolution of PLLA/ZnO scaffolds during their in vitro degradation in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at physiological pH (7.4) has been studied as a function of porosity and obtained results were compared to plain PLLA scaffolds. The changes induced upon the hydrolytic degradation of scaffolds have been explored by measuring the pH changes of the medium, the mass loss, thermal transitions, crystalline structure, thermal stability and the morphological changes...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414807/interactions-between-the-breast-cancer-associated-muc1-mucins-and-c-type-lectin-characterized-by-optical-tweezers
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Soosan Hadjialirezaei, Gianfranco Picco, Richard Beatson, Joy Burchell, Bjørn Torger Stokke, Marit Sletmoen
Carbohydrate-protein interactions govern many crucial processes in biological systems including cell recognition events. We have used the sensitive force probe optical tweezers to quantify the interactions occurring between MGL lectins and MUC1 carrying the cancer-associated glycan antigens mucins Tn and STn. Unbinding forces of 7.6 pN and 7.1 pN were determined for the MUC1(Tn)-MGL and MUC1(STn)-MGL interactions, at a force loading rate of ~40 pN/s. The interaction strength increased with increasing force loading rate, to 27 and 37 pN at a force loading rate of ~ 310 pN/s...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412645/a-hidden-structural-vulnerability-in-the-thrombospondin-2-deficient-aorta-increases-the-propensity-to-intramural-delamination
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C Bellini, N J Kristofik, M R Bersi, T R Kyriakides, J D Humphrey
Mice lacking thrombospondin-2 (TSP2) represent an animal model of impaired collagen fibrillogenesis. Collagen constitutes ~1/3 of the wall of the normal murine descending thoracic aorta (DTA) and is thought to confer mechanical strength at high pressures. Microstructural analysis of the DTA from TSP2-null mice revealed irregular and disorganized collagen fibrils in the adventitia and at the interface between the media and adventitia. Yet, biaxial mechanical tests performed under physiologic loading conditions showed that most mechanical metrics, including stress and stiffness, were not different between mutant and control DTAs at 20- and 40-weeks of age, thus suggesting that the absence of TSP2 is well compensated under normal conditions...
March 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412282/physiological-reactivity-to-spontaneously-occurring-seizure-activity-in-dogs-with-epilepsy-and-their-carers
#17
R M A Packer, H A Volk, R C Fowkes
There is a complex bidirectional relationship between stress and epilepsy. Stressful stimuli and subsequent cortisol release act as a trigger for seizure activity in some individuals with epilepsy, and seizure activity itself may act as a stressor to the affected individual. Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological condition in domestic dogs and requires chronic management by their human carers, impacting upon the quality of life of both dog and carer. Seizures occur unpredictably and may be stressful for carers to witness and manage...
April 12, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407380/n-glycan-maturation-mutants-in-lotus-japonicus-for-basic-and-applied-glycoprotein-research
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Carina T Pedersen, Ian Loke, Andrea Lorentzen, Sara Wolf, Manoj Kamble, Sebastian K Kristensen, David Munch, Simona Radutoiu, Edzard Spillner, Peter Roepstorff, Morten Thaysen-Andersen, Jens Stougaard, Svend Dam
Studies of protein N-glycosylation are important for answering fundamental questions on the diverse functions of glycoproteins in plant growth and development. Here we generated and characterised a comprehensive collection of Lotus japonicus LORE1 insertion mutants, each lacking the activity of one of the twelve enzymes required for normal N-glycan maturation in the glycosylation machinery. The inactivation of the individual genes resulted in altered N-glycan patterns as documented using mass spectrometry and glycan-recognising antibodies, indicating successful identification of null-mutations in the target glyco-genes...
April 13, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406361/predictors-of-performance-in-a-4-h-mountain-bike-race
#19
Andrew R Novak, Kyle J M Bennett, Job Fransen, Ben J Dascombe
This study aimed to cross validate previously developed predictive models of mountain biking performance in a new cohort of mountain bikers during a 4-h event (XC4H). Eight amateur XC4H cyclists completed a multidimensional assessment battery including a power profile assessment that consisted of maximal efforts between 6 and 600 s, maximal hand grip strength assessments, a video-based decision-making test as well as a XC4H race. A multiple linear regression model was found to predict XC4H performance with good accuracy (R(2) = 0...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402145/the-effect-of-ph-buffer-capacity-and-ionic-strength-on-quetiapine-fumarate-release-from-matrix-tablets-prepared-using-two-different-polymeric-blends
#20
Rania Hamed, Reem AlJanabi, Suhair Sunoqrot, Aiman Abbas
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of the different physiological parameters of the gastrointestinal (GI) fluid (pH, buffer capacity, and ionic strength) on the in vitro release of the weakly basic BCS class II drug quetiapine fumarate (QF) from two once-a-day matrix tablet formulations (F1 and F2) developed as potential generic equivalents to Seroquel(®) XR. F1 tablets were prepared using blends of high and low viscosity grades of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC K4M and K100LV, respectively), while F2 tablets were prepared from HPMC K4M and PEGylated glyceryl behenate (Compritol(®) HD5 ATO)...
April 12, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
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