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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823012/ratio-of-circulating-estrogen-receptors-beta-and-alpha-er%C3%AE-er%C3%AE-indicates-endoscopic-activity-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Pablo M Linares, Alicia Algaba, Ana Urzainqui, Mercedes Guijarro-Rojas, Rafael González-Tajuelo, Jesús Garrido, María Chaparro, Javier P Gisbert, Fernando Bermejo, Iván Guerra, Víctor Castellano, María-Encarnación Fernández-Contreras
BACKGROUND: Data supporting a role of female hormones and/or their receptors in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are increasing, but most of them are derived from animal models. Estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) participate in immune and inflammatory response, among a variety of biological processes. Their effects are antagonistic, and the net action of estrogens may depend on their relative proportions. AIM: To determine the possible association between the balance of circulating ERβ and ERα (ERβ/ERα) and IBD risk and activity...
August 19, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822962/glucose-transporter-4-glut4-deficient-hearts-develop-maladaptive-hypertrophy-in-response-to-physiologic-or-pathologic-stresses
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Adam Raymond Wende, Jaetaek Kim, William Holland, Benjamin E Wayment, Brian T O'Neill, Joseph Tuinei, Manoja K Brahma, Mark E Pepin, Mark A McCrory, Ivan Luptak, Ganesh V Halade, Sheldon E Litwin, E Dale Abel
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy may be associated with reduced expression of the GLUT4 glucose transporter in contrast to exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy, where GLUT4 levels are increased. However, mice with cardiac specific deletion of GLUT4 (G4H-/-) have normal cardiac function in the unstressed state. This study tested the hypothesis that cardiac GLUT4 is required for myocardial adaptations to hemodynamic demands. G4H-/- and control littermates (Con) were subjected to either a pathological model of left ventricular pressure overload (transverse aortic constriction; TAC) or a physiological model of endurance exercise (swim training)...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822899/a-coupled-diffusion-fluid-pressure-model-to-predict-cell-density-distribution-for-cells-encapsulated-in-a-porous-hydrogel-scaffold-under-mechanical-loading
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Feihu Zhao, Ted J Vaughan, Myles J Mc Garrigle, Laoise M McNamara
Tissue formation within tissue engineering (TE) scaffolds is preceded by growth of the cells throughout the scaffold volume and attachment of cells to the scaffold substrate. It is known that mechanical stimulation, in the form of fluid perfusion or mechanical strain, enhances cell differentiation and overall tissue formation. However, due to the complex multi-physics environment of cells within TE scaffolds, cell transport under mechanical stimulation is not fully understood. Therefore, in this study, we have developed a coupled multiphysics model to predict cell density distribution in a TE scaffold...
August 3, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822868/preliminary-profiling-of-microrna-in-the-normal-and-regenerating-liver-of-chiloscyllium-plagiosum
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Dandan Cheng, Yanna Chen, Conger Lu, Yuezhong Qian, Zhengbing Lv
Liver is a vital organ present in animals for detoxification, protein synthesis, digestion and other functions and its powerful regenerative capacity is well known. C. plagiosum is an abundant fish that is representative of the cartilaginous class in the southeast coastal region of China and its liver accounts for >70% of the fish's visceral weight and contains many bioactive substances. MicroRNAs (microRNAs) play important roles in a wide range of biological processes in eukaryotes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis...
July 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822862/testing-the-performance-of-superhydrophobic-aluminum-surfaces
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F Javier Montes Ruiz-Cabello, Pablo F Ibáñez-Ibáñez, J Francisco Gómez-Lopera, José Martínez-Aroza, Miguel Cabrerizo-Vílchez, Miguel A Rodríguez-Valverde
The analysis of wetting properties of superhydrophobic surfaces may be a difficult task due to the restless behavior of drops on this type of surfaces and the limitations of goniometry for high contact angles. A method to validate the performance of superhydrophobic surfaces, rather than standard goniometry, is required. In this work, we used bouncing drop dynamics as a useful tool to predict the water repellency of different superhydrophobic surfaces. From bouncing drop experiments conducted over a wide range of superhydrophobic surfaces, we found that those surfaces with a proper roughness degree and homogeneous chemical composition showed higher water-repellency...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822724/finding-the-ledge-sagittal-analysis-of-bony-landmarks-of-the-orbit
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Peter J J Gooris, Barbara S Muller, Leander Dubois, Jan E Bergsma, Gertjan Mensink, Maaike F E van den Ham, Alfred G Becking, Karlien Seubring
PURPOSE: This study determined the average distances and angles between anatomic landmarks within the orbit, with an emphasis on localization of the orbital process of the palatine bone. This information will help the surgeon with treatment planning and surgical procedures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Four anatomic landmarks were identified retrospectively on computed tomograms of 100 adult Caucasian patients (50 men and 50 women): the top of the infraorbital margin superior to the infraorbital foramen (point A), the top of the orbital process of the palatine bone (point B), the anteriormost bony portion of the superior orbital fissure (point C), and the ventrolateral aspect of the bony entrance of the optic canal (point D)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822494/wild-bee-nutritional-ecology-predicting-pollinator-population-dynamics-movement-and-services-from-floral-resources
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REVIEW
S Hollis Woodard, Shalene Jha
Pollination services are inherently shaped by floral resource availability, through the mediation of pollinator population dynamics and the influence on energetically costly processes, such as foraging. Here, we review recent insights that have improved our mechanistic understanding of how floral resources shape bee populations and pollination services. Our scope includes advances in our understanding of how individual bees and their populations are shaped by nutrient availability; investigations into how contemporary floral resource landscapes influence foraging; and new insights into how these relationships are indirectly impacted by biotic and abiotic factors across communities and landscapes...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822336/cesium-sorption-reversibility-and-kinetics-on-illite-montmorillonite-and-kaolinite
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Chad B Durrant, James D Begg, Annie B Kersting, Mavrik Zavarin
Understanding sorption and desorption processes is essential to predicting the mobility of radionuclides in the environment. We investigate adsorption/desorption of cesium in both binary (Cs+one mineral) and ternary (Cs+two minerals) experiments to study component additivity and sorption reversibility over long time periods (500days). Binary Cs sorption experiments were performed with illite, montmorillonite, and kaolinite in a 5mM NaCl/0.7mM NaHCO3 solution (pH8) and Cs concentration range of 10(-3) to 10(-11)M...
August 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822294/does-reconsolidation-occur-in-natural-settings-memory-reconsolidation-and-anxiety-disorders
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REVIEW
Rodrigo S Fernández, María E Pedreira, Mariano M Boccia
In normal settings, our brain is able to update its stored representations in content, strength, and/or expectations by the memory reconsolidation process. Thus, a reactivated memory enters in a transient labile state (destabilization) followed by a re-stabilization phase in order to persist (memory reconsolidation). Cognitive neuroscience and its insight into psychiatric problems attributed a close relationship between memory (formation, maintenance, and utilization) and several mental disorders. In this framework, the reconsolidation process could be not only the mechanism for maintenance of some psychopathologies, but also open a novel therapeutic window...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822282/a-two-step-optimization-strategy-for-2nd-generation-ethanol-production-using-softwood-hemicellulosic-hydrolysate-as-fermentation-substrate
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Iulian-Zoltan Boboescu, Malorie Gélinas, Jean-Baptiste Beigbeder, Jean-Michel Lavoie
Ethanol production using waste biomass represents a very attractive approach. However, there are considerable challenges preventing a wide distribution of these novel technologies. Thus, a fractional-factorial screening of process variables and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast inoculum conditions was performed using a synthetic fermentation media. Subsequently, a response-surface methodology was developed for maximizing ethanol yields using a hemicellulosic solution generated through the chemical hydrolysis of steam treatment broth obtained from residual softwood biomass...
July 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822273/ligand-binding-characterization-of-simulated-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-schistocerca-gregaria-via-progressive-structure-simulation
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Hui-Meng Lu, Xiao-Li Lu, Jia-Hui Zhai, Ren-Bin Zhou, Yan-Li Qin, Jing-Di Li, Chen-Yan Zhang, Jian-Yu Shi
It is important to design insecticides having both low drug resistance and less undesirable toxicity for desert locust control. Specific GPCRs of Schistocerca gregaria, especially β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor (SgOctβR), can be considered as its potential effective insecticide targets. However, either the unavailability of SgOctβR's structure or the inadequate capability of its sequence lead the development of insecticide for Schistocerca gregaria meets its plateau. To relax this difficulty, this paper develops a promising progressive structure simulation from SgOctβR's sequence, to its predicted structure of SgOctβR in vacuum, to its conformation as well as its complex with endogenous ligand octopamine in a solvent-membrane system...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822183/-application-of-dosc-combined-with-sbc-in-batches-transfer-of-nir-quantitative-model
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Yi-Fei Jia, Ying-Ying Zhang, Bing Xu, An-Dong Wang, Xue-Yan Zhan
Near infrared model established under a certain condition can be applied to the new samples status, environmental conditions or instrument status through the model transfer. Spectral background correction and model update are two types of data process methods of NIR quantitative model transfer, and orthogonal signal regression (OSR) is a method based on spectra background correction, in which virtual standard spectra is used to fit a linear relation between master batches spectra and slave batches spectra, and map the slave batches spectra to the master batch spectra to realize the transfer of near infrared quantitative model...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821833/microrna-449c-5p-inhibits-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-vics-through-smad4-mediated-pathway
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Rongjian Xu, Min Zhao, Yun Yang, Zhuo Huang, Chunying Shi, Xianglin Hou, Yannan Zhao, Bing Chen, Zhifeng Xiao, Jianzhou Liu, Qi Miao, Jianwu Dai
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most common heart valve disorder, yet its mechanism remains poorly understood. Valve interstitial cells (VICs) are the prevalent cells in aortic valve and their osteogenic differentiation may be responsible for calcific nodule formation in CAVD pathogenesis. Emerging evidence shows microRNA (miRNA, or miR) can function as important regulators of many pathological processes, including osteogenic differentiation. Here, we aimed to explore the function of miR-449c-5p in CAVD pathogenesis...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821774/pre-coincidence-brain-activity-predicts-the-perceptual-outcome-of-streaming-bouncing-motion-display
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Song Zhao, Yajie Wang, Lina Jia, Chengzhi Feng, Yu Liao, Wenfeng Feng
When two identical visual discs move toward each other on a two-dimensional visual display, they can be perceived as either "streaming through" or "bouncing off" each other after their coincidence. Previous studies have observed a strong bias toward the streaming percept. Additionally, the incidence of the bouncing percept in this ambiguous display could be increased by various factors, such as a brief sound at the moment of coincidence and a momentary pause of the two discs. The streaming/bouncing bistable motion phenomenon has been studied intensively since its discovery...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821744/exploring-the-sequence-based-prediction-of-folding-initiation-sites-in-proteins
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Daniele Raimondi, Gabriele Orlando, Rita Pancsa, Taushif Khan, Wim F Vranken
Protein folding is a complex process that can lead to disease when it fails. Especially poorly understood are the very early stages of protein folding, which are likely defined by intrinsic local interactions between amino acids close to each other in the protein sequence. We here present EFoldMine, a method that predicts, from the primary amino acid sequence of a protein, which amino acids are likely involved in early folding events. The method is based on early folding data from hydrogen deuterium exchange (HDX) data from NMR pulsed labelling experiments, and uses backbone and sidechain dynamics as well as secondary structure propensities as features...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821681/when-brain-beats-behavior-neuroforecasting-crowdfunding-outcomes
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Alexander Genevsky, Carolyn Yoon, Brian Knutson
Although traditional economic and psychological theories imply that individual choice best scales to aggregate choice, primary components of choice reflected in neural activity may support even more generalizable forecasts. Crowdfunding represents a significant and growing platform for funding new and unique projects, causes, and products. To test whether neural activity could forecast market-level crowdfunding outcomes weeks later, 30 human subjects (14 female) decided whether to fund proposed projects described on an internet crowdfunding website while undergoing scanning with functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI)...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821671/learning-and-stress-shape-the-reward-response-patterns-of-serotonin-neurons
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Zhong Weixin, Yi Li, Qiru Feng, Minmin Luo
The ability to predict reward promotes animal survival. Both dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and serotonin neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) participate in reward processing. Although the learning effects on dopamine neurons have been extensively characterized, it remains largely unknown how the response of serotonin neurons evolves during learning. Moreover, while stress is known to strongly influence reward-related behavior, we know very little about how stress modulates neuronal reward responses...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821550/crystal-structure-of-the-tetr-family-repressor-alkx-from-dietzia-sp-dq12-45-1b-implicated-in-biodegradation-of-n-alkanes
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Jie-Liang Liang, Yuan Gao, Zheng He, Yong Nie, Meng Wang, Jing-Hong JiangYang, Xuejun C Zhang, Wen-Sheng Shu, Xiao-Lei Wu
n-Alkanes are ubiquitous in nature and are widely used by microorganisms as carbon sources. Alkane hydroxylation by alkane monooxygenases is a critical step in the aerobic biodegradation of n-alkanes, which plays important roles in natural alkane attenuation and is used in industrial and environmental applications. The alkane oxidation operon, alkW1-alkX, in an alkane-degrading strain Dietzia sp. DQ12-45-1b, is negatively auto-regulated by the TetR family repressor, AlkX, via a product positive feedback mechanism...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821541/targeting-mir-423-5p-reverses-exercise-training-induced-hcn4-channel-remodeling-and-sinus-bradycardia
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Alicia D'Souza, Charles M Pearman, Yanwen Wang, Shu Nakao, Sunil Jit R Logantha, Charlotte Cox, Hayley J Bennett, Yu Zhang, Anne Berit Johnsen, Nora Linscheid, Pi C Poulsen, Jonathan Elliott, Jessica Coulson, Jamie S McPhee, Abigail C Robertson, Paula A da Costa Martins, Ashraf Kitmitto, Ulrik Wisloff, Elizabeth J Cartwright, Oliver Monfredi, Alicia Lundby, Halina Dobrzynski, Delvac Oceandy, Gwilym M Morris, Mark R Boyett
Rationale: Downregulation of the pacemaking ion channel, HCN4, and the corresponding ionic current, If, underlies exercise training-induced sinus bradycardia in rodents. If this occurs in humans, it could explain the increased incidence of bradyarrhythmias in veteran athletes and it will be important to understand the underlying processes. Objective: To test the role of HCN4 in the training-induced bradycardia in human athletes and investigate the role of micro-RNAs (miRs) in the repression of HCN4. Methods and Results: As in rodents, the intrinsic heart rate was significantly lower in human athletes than non-athletes and in all subjects the rate-lowering effect of the HCN selective blocker, ivabradine, was significantly correlated with the intrinsic heart rate, consistent with HCN repression in athletes...
August 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821301/space-type-radiation-induces-multimodal-responses-in-the-mouse-gut-microbiome-and-metabolome
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David Casero, Kirandeep Gill, Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, Igor Koturbash, Gregory Nelson, Martin Hauer-Jensen, Marjan Boerma, Jonathan Braun, Amrita K Cheema
BACKGROUND: Space travel is associated with continuous low dose rate exposure to high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation. Pathophysiological manifestations after low dose radiation exposure are strongly influenced by non-cytocidal radiation effects, including changes in the microbiome and host gene expression. Although the importance of the gut microbiome in the maintenance of human health is well established, little is known about the role of radiation in altering the microbiome during deep-space travel...
August 18, 2017: Microbiome
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