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Jeroen Gielen, Wietse Wiels, Jeroen Van Schependom, Jorne Laton, Wim Van Hecke, Paul M Parizel, Marie Beatrice D'hooghe, Guy Nagels
INTRODUCTION: The paced serial addition test (PSAT) is regularly used to assess cognitive deficits in various neuropsychiatric conditions. Being a complex test, it reflects the status of multiple cognitive domains such as working memory, information processing speed and executive functioning. Two versions of the PSAT exist. One uses auditory stimuli through spoken numbers and is known as the PASAT, while the other one presents patients with visual stimuli and is called PVSAT. The PASAT is considered more frustrating by patients, and hence the visual version is usually preferred...
2018: PloS One
Joanna M Drinane, Jesse Owen, Karen W Tao
Therapy is predicated on the need for clients to share intimate details about their lives, including their cultural values, attitudes, and beliefs. Previous studies have found that clients conceal certain aspects of their lives including, but not limited to their symptoms and their feelings about the therapy process. To date, there has not been an investigation focused on whether clients conceal aspects of their cultural identities, whether some therapists are more likely to have clients conceal aspects of their cultural identities, and if cultural concealment is associated with therapy outcomes...
March 2018: Journal of Counseling Psychology
Rezvan Asgari, Kheirollah Yari, Kamran Mansouri, Mitra Bakhtiari
The interaction of FAS/FAS ligand (FASL) serves an important role in the upregulation of apoptotic processes through different mechanisms in cells. Previous studies have established that the polymorphisms FAS -670A/G and FASL -844C/T are associated with risk of generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAP) in different ethnic populations. Therefore, in the present study, it was investigated for the first time whether FAS -670A/G and FASL -844C/T polymorphisms were associated with risk of GAP in Iran. This case-control study performed the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method in 25 patients with GAP and 110 normal subjects as controls...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Alireza Sadeghnia, Behzad Koorang Beheshti, Majid Mohammadizadeh
Background: Considering all the latest achievements in neonatal respiratory care, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is still among the most prevalent morbidity causes in premature infants. Involvement in this process results in longer period of hospitalization for the newborn and in the long run makes the living conditions more difficult. Taking the multifactorial pathogenesis into account, approaches to tackle chronic lung disease (CLD) are mainly focused on interventions and prevention procedures...
2018: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
Hailong Zhang, Longzhen Cui, Wen Liu, Zhenfeng Wang, Yang Ye, Xue Li, Huijuan Wang
Introduction: Gastric cancer (GC) is a malignant tumor worldwide. As primary pathway for metastasis, the lymphatic system is an important prognostic factor for GC patients. Although the metabolic changes of gastric cancer have been investigated in extensive studies, little effort focused on the metabolic profiling of lymph node metastasis (LNM)-positive or negative GC patients. Objectives: We performed1 H NMR spectrum of GC tissue samples with and without LNM to identify novel potential metabolic biomarkers in the process of LNM of GC...
2018: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
Gregory A Babbitt, Jamie S Mortensen, Erin E Coppola, Lily E Adams, Justin K Liao
Traditional informatics in comparative genomics work only with static representations of biomolecules (i.e., sequence and structure), thereby ignoring the molecular dynamics (MD) of proteins that define function in the cell. A comparative approach applied to MD would connect this very short timescale process, defined in femtoseconds, to one of the longest in the universe: molecular evolution measured in millions of years. Here, we leverage advances in graphics-processing-unit-accelerated MD simulation software to develop a comparative method of MD analysis and visualization that can be applied to any two homologous Protein Data Bank structures...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Hasmik Grigoryan, William M B Edmands, Qing Lan, Henrik Carlsson, Roel Vermeulen, Luoping Zhang, Song-Nian Yin, Gui-Lan Li, Martyn T Smith, Nathaniel Rothman, Stephen M Rappaport
Although benzene has long been recognized as a cause of human leukemia, the mechanism by which this simple molecule causes cancer has been problematic. A complicating factor is benzene metabolism, which produces many reactive intermediates, some specific to benzene and others derived from redox processes. Using archived serum from 20 nonsmoking Chinese workers, 10 with and 10 without occupational exposure to benzene (exposed: 3.2 - 88.9 ppm, controls: 0.002 - 0.020 ppm), we employed an adductomic pipeline to characterize protein modifications at Cys34 of human serum albumin (HSA), a nucleophilic hotspot in extracellular fluids...
March 10, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Daiki Kato, Hayato Sakai, Yasuyuki Araki, Takehiko Wada, Nikolai V Tkachenko, Taku Hasobe
Photophysical control and switching on organic-inorganic hybrid interfaces are of great interest in diverse fundamental and applicative research areas. 6,13-Bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TP) is well-known to exhibit efficient singlet fission (SF) for generation of high-yield triplet excited states in aggregated forms, whereas perylenediimide (PDI) ensembles show the characteristic excimer formation. Additionally, a combination of pentacene (electron donor: D) and PDI (electron acceptor: A) is expected to undergo an efficient photoinduced electron transfer (PET), and absorption of two chromophores combined covers the entire visible region...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Youngil Kwon, Hyunjung Ko, Soojung Kim, Miri Kim
BACKGROUND/AIM: Continuous research efforts have been focusing on promoting healing of delayed replantation of avulsed teeth. The aim of this in vivo study was to assess the effect of cathepsin K inhibitor surface treatment on delayed tooth replantation.Materials and Methods Thirty-four premolar roots of four beagle dogs were extracted and conventional root canal treatment was performed. The canals were filled with gutta-percha and cement. All extracted teeth were air-dried for 1 h. Teeth were divided into two groups according to the root surface treatment prior to replantation: control (n = 13) and cathepsin K inhibitor (n = 21)...
March 13, 2018: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
Andrew D Richardson, Koen Hufkens, Tom Milliman, Donald M Aubrecht, Min Chen, Josh M Gray, Miriam R Johnston, Trevor F Keenan, Stephen T Klosterman, Margaret Kosmala, Eli K Melaas, Mark A Friedl, Steve Frolking
Vegetation phenology controls the seasonality of many ecosystem processes, as well as numerous biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. Phenology is also highly sensitive to climate change and variability. Here we present a series of datasets, together consisting of almost 750 years of observations, characterizing vegetation phenology in diverse ecosystems across North America. Our data are derived from conventional, visible-wavelength, automated digital camera imagery collected through the PhenoCam network. For each archived image, we extracted RGB (red, green, blue) colour channel information, with means and other statistics calculated across a region-of-interest (ROI) delineating a specific vegetation type...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Data
Cheryl A Krause-Parello, Michele Thames, Colleen M Ray, John Kolassa
Disclosure of child sexual abuse can be a stressful experience for the child. Gaining a better understanding of how best to serve the child, while preserving the quality of their disclosure, is an ever-evolving process. The data to answer this question come from 51 children aged 4-16 (M = 9.1, SD = 3.5), who were referred to a child advocacy center in Virginia for a forensic interview (FI) following allegations of sexual abuse. A repeated measures design was conducted to examine how the presence of a service-trained facility dog (e...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Joe Bathelt, Susan E Gathercole, Sally Butterfield, Duncan E Astle
Literacy and numeracy are important skills that are typically learned during childhood, a time that coincides with considerable shifts in large-scale brain organization. However, most studies emphasize focal brain contributions to literacy and numeracy development by employing case-control designs and voxel-by-voxel statistical comparisons. This approach has been valuable, but may underestimate the contribution of overall brain network organization. The current study includes children (N = 133 children; 86 male; mean age = 9...
March 13, 2018: Developmental Science
Sevdalina Kandilarova, Drozdstoy Stoyanov, Ivo D Popivanov, Stefan Kostianev
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: In this study, we have attempted to replicate the findings of altered emotional processing in depressed patients compared with healthy controls by means of functional magnetic resonance imaging during passive viewing of positive, negative, and neutral pictures from the International Affective Pictures System. METHODS: Nineteen medicated depressed patients and 19 sex and age-matched healthy controls underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging during presentation of affective pictures in a block design...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Satomi Shiraishi, Michael P Grams, Luis E Fong de Los Santos
PURPOSE: To demonstrate an objective quality control framework for the image review process. METHODS AND MATERIALS: 927 cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) registrations were retrospectively analyzed for 33 bilateral head and neck cancer patients who received definitive radiotherapy. Two registration tracking volumes (RTVs) - cervical spine (C-spine) and mandible - were defined, within which a similarity metric was calculated and used as a registration quality tracking metric over the course of treatment...
March 12, 2018: Medical Physics
Edward R Dougherty, Anne-Laure Boulesteix, Lori A Dalton, Michelle Zhang
Cancer is a systems disease involving mutations and altered regulation. This supplement treats cancer research as it pertains to 3 systems issues of an inherently statistical nature: regulatory modeling and information processing, diagnostic classification, and therapeutic intervention and control. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) multiscale modeling, gene/protein transcriptional regulation, dynamical systems, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling, compensatory regulation, feedback, apoptotic and proliferative control, copy number-expression interaction, integration of different feature types, error estimation, and reproducibility...
2018: Cancer Informatics
Zhi-Yuan Xia, Zan Chen, Wan-Ru Duan, Xing-Hua Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To analyze axis deformities and the biomechanics related to atlanto-axial dislocation in patients with basilar invagination. METHODS: Seventy-six patients were retrospectively analyzed, including 21 patients who had basilar invagination (group B), 32 patients with basilar invagination and atlanto-axial dislocation (group C), and 23 non-deformity control subjects (group A). Using 3D computed topography (CT) imaging the distance from the tip of the dens above the Chamberlain line in the sagittal plane, atlanto-dental interval (ADI), sagittal inclination, coronal inclination, craniocervical tilt, the height of the odontoid and the ratio of the height to the odontoid basal width was measured in each patient...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Amanda Toupin, Pamela Lavoie, Marie-Françoise Arthus, Mona Abaoui, Michel Boutin, Carole Fortier, Claudia Ménard, Daniel G Bichet, Christiane Auray-Blais
Fabry disease is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder with marked variability in the phenotype and genotype. Glycosphingolipids such as globotriaosylceramide (Gb3 ) isoforms/analogs, globotriaosylsphingosine (lyso-Gb3 ) and analogs, and galabiosylceramide (Ga2 ) isoforms/analogs may accumulate in biological fluids and different organs. The aims of this study were to: 1) develop/validate a novel UHPLC-MS/MS method for relative quantitation of Gb3 in leukocytes (unfractionated white blood cells), B lymphocytes and monocytes; 2) evaluate these biomarkers in a cohort of Fabry patients and healthy controls; and 3) assess correlations between these biomarkers, treatment and genotype...
July 26, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Anne Keitel, Joachim Gross, Christoph Kayser
During online speech processing, our brain tracks the acoustic fluctuations in speech at different timescales. Previous research has focused on generic timescales (for example, delta or theta bands) that are assumed to map onto linguistic features such as prosody or syllables. However, given the high intersubject variability in speaking patterns, such a generic association between the timescales of brain activity and speech properties can be ambiguous. Here, we analyse speech tracking in source-localised magnetoencephalographic data by directly focusing on timescales extracted from statistical regularities in our speech material...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Biology
Nissreen E ELBadawy, Randa S Abdel-Latif
Specific immunotherapy (SIT) is one of the important lines for the treatment of food allergy. Efficacy tests for clinical response to SIT are limited and subjective. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the validity of food specific Ig E levels as a biomarker of clinical improvement in children with food allergy treated with oral immunotherapy (OIT). We analysed 184 children with food allergy, 143 had undergone 2 years of food OIT and 41 were on allergen restricted diet and considered as control. All patients were subjected to Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Food Challenge test (DBPCFC), allergic symptom score calculation, and serum food specific Ig E level before and after oral immunotherapy for treated patients and after 2 year of allergen restricted diet for the control group...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Andrezza Braga Soares da Silva, Clarisse Maria Barbosa Fonseca, Maria Michele Araújo de Sousa Cavalcante, Ingrid Macedo de Oliveira, Maíra Soares Ferraz, Felipe José Costa Viana, Rayssa Dourado Fontenele, Airton Mendes Conde Júnior
The pancreas comprises an important metabolic organ of endocrine and exocrine character that has embryonic origin of rudimentary buds that fuse to form the organ. The present work aims to describe the pancreatic histogenesis of hybrid chick embryos (Gallus gallus). The research was performed in the UFPI, previously approved by the CEUA with protocol no. 040/15. We used 120 fertilized eggs of hybrid chickens kept in an incubator with controlled temperature and humidity. Daily collections of embryos and fetuses were performed from 4 to 21 days of incubation through the anatomical dissection consecutive the euthanasia...
March 12, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
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