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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214372/canonical-and-cellular-pathways-timing-gamete-release-in-acropora-digitifera-okinawa-japan
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Y Rosenberg, T Doniger, S Harii, F Sinniger, O Levy
Natural light cycles are important for synchronizing behavioral and physiological rhythms over varying time-periods in both plants and animals. An endogenous clock, regulated by positive and negative elements, interacting in feedback loops, control these rhythms. Many corals exhibit diel cycles of polyp expansion and contraction entrained by solar light patterns and monthly cycles of spawning or planulation that correspond to nocturnal lunar light cycles. However, despite considerable interest in studies of coral reproduction, there is currently not enough molecular information about the cellular pathways involved with synchronizing spawning/planulation in broadcast spawners and brooders...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213909/improving-prescribing-practices-a-pharmacist-led-educational-intervention-for-nurse-practitioner-students
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Jennifer A Sabatino, Maria C Pruchnicki, Alexa M Sevin, Elizabeth Barker, Christopher G Green, Kyle Porter
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To assess impact of a pharmacist-led educational intervention on family nurse practitioner (FNP) students' prescribing skills, perception of preparedness to prescribe, and perception of pharmacist as collaborator. METHOD: Prospective pre-post assessment of a 14-week educational intervention in an FNP program in the spring semester of 2014. Students participated in an online module of weekly patient cases and prescriptions emphasizing legal requirements, prescription accuracy, and appropriate therapy...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213682/mathematical-modelling-of-cytokines-mmps-and-fibronectin-fragments-in-osteoarthritic-cartilage
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Michelle Baker, Bindi S Brook, Markus R Owen
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease which causes pain and stiffness in joints. OA progresses through excessive degradation of joint cartilage, eventually leading to significant joint degeneration and loss of function. Cytokines, a group of cell signalling proteins, present in raised concentrations in OA joints, can be classified into pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory groups. They mediate cartilage degradation through several mechanisms, primarily the up-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a group of collagen-degrading enzymes...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213646/auditory-feedback-to-support-image-guided-medical-needle-placement
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David Black, Julian Hettig, Maria Luz, Christian Hansen, Ron Kikinis, Horst Hahn
PURPOSE: During medical needle placement using image-guided navigation systems, the clinician must concentrate on a screen. To reduce the clinician's visual reliance on the screen, this work proposes an auditory feedback method as a stand-alone method or to support visual feedback for placing the navigated medical instrument, in this case a needle. METHODS: An auditory synthesis model using pitch comparison and stereo panning parameter mapping was developed to augment or replace visual feedback for navigated needle placement...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213634/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-social-norm-interventions-to-increase-physical-activity
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Christopher M Wally, Linda D Cameron
BACKGROUND: Physical activity confers numerous health benefits, yet few adults meet recommended physical activity guidelines. PURPOSE: The impact of brief messages providing descriptive and injunctive social norm feedback on physical activity was tested in this conceptual pilot study. METHODS: Young adults (N = 111) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: descriptive norm feedback, descriptive-plus-injunctive norm feedback, or no social feedback (control condition)...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213505/revealing-the-concealed-nature-of-long-qt-type-3-syndrome
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Amara Greer-Short, Sharon A George, Steven Poelzing, Seth H Weinberg
BACKGROUND: Gain-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5) are associated with the long-QT-3 (LQT3) syndrome. Nav1.5 is densely expressed at the intercalated disk, and narrow intercellular separation can modulate cell-to-cell coupling via extracellular electric fields and depletion of local sodium ion nanodomains. Models predict that significantly decreasing intercellular cleft widths slows conduction because of reduced sodium current driving force, termed "self-attenuation...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213501/immature-lymphocytes-inhibit-rag1-and-rag2-transcription-and-v-d-j-recombination-in-response-to-dna-double-strand-breaks
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Megan R Fisher, Adrian Rivera-Reyes, Noah B Bloch, David G Schatz, Craig H Bassing
Mammalian cells have evolved a common DNA damage response (DDR) that sustains cellular function, maintains genomic integrity, and suppresses malignant transformation. In pre-B cells, DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) induced at Igκ loci by the Rag1/Rag2 (RAG) endonuclease engage this DDR to modulate transcription of genes that regulate lymphocyte-specific processes. We previously reported that RAG DSBs induced at one Igκ allele signal through the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase to feedback-inhibit RAG expression and RAG cleavage of the other Igκ allele...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213383/development-of-a-direct-observation-of-procedural-skills-rubric-for-fourth-year-pharmacy-students-in-ambulatory-care-rotations
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Sara J Linedecker, Jamie Barner, Jennifer Ridings-Myhra, Aida Garza, Debra Lopez, William McIntyre
PURPOSE: The development and implementation of a pilot program requiring direct observation of procedural skills (DOPS) assessments of fourth-year pharmacy students during ambulatory care rotations are described. METHODS: All fourth-year pharmacy students at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy who engaged in a required advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) in ambulatory care during the period January-May 2015 participated in a DOPS pilot program...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213317/developing-and-assessing-the-acceptability-of-an-epilepsy-first-aid-training-intervention-for-patients-who-visit-uk-emergency-departments-a-multi-method-study-of-patients-and-professionals
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Darlene A Snape, Myfanwy Morgan, Leone Ridsdale, Steve Goodacre, Anthony G Marson, Adam J Noble
Epilepsy affects around 1% of the UK population; 40% of whom experience two or more seizures annually. However, most Emergency Department (ED) visits by people with epilepsy (PWE) are clinically unnecessary. Evidence highlights that with correct training, seizures can be safely managed by patients and their families within the community. Arguably therefore, PWE who frequently visit the ED might benefit from a self-management intervention that improves their own and their families' confidence and ability in managing seizures...
February 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212865/casein-kinase-2-interacting-protein-1-regulates-m1-and-m2-inflammatory-macrophage-polarization
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Yuhan Chen, Wen Liu, Yiwu Wang, Luo Zhang, Jun Wei, Xueli Zhang, Fuchu He, Lingqiang Zhang
The importance of macrophage plasticity, albeit being discovered recently, has been highlighted in a broad spectrum of biological processes operative in physiological and pathological environments. Macrophage polarized activation and inactivation has profound effects on immune and inflammatory responses with several major pathways being elucidated in the past few years. However, transcriptional regulation mechanisms governing macrophage polarization is still preliminary. In this study, we identify the Casein Kinase 2 Interacting Protein 1 (CKIP-1) as a molecular toggle manipulating macrophage speciation...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212793/mir-634-is-a-pol-iii-dependent-intronic-microrna-regulating-alternative-polyadenylated-isoforms-of-its-host-gene-prkca
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Elvezia Maria Paraboschi, Giulia Cardamone, Valeria Rimoldi, Stefano Duga, Giulia Soldà, Rosanna Asselta
BACKGROUND: The protein kinase C alpha (PRKCA) gene, coding for a Th17-cell-selective kinase, shows a complex splicing pattern, with at least 2 stable alternative transcripts characterized by an alternative upstream polyadenylation site. Polymorphisms in this gene were associated with several conditions, including multiple sclerosis, asthma, schizophrenia, and cancer. The presence of a microRNA (miRNA), i.e. miR-634, within intron 15 of the PRKCA gene, suggests the intriguing possibility that this miRNA might play a role in the susceptibility to these pathologies...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212592/novel-insights-into-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-action-in-the-pituitary-gonadotrope
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Jessica L Brown, Mark Roberson
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis controls reproduction via a series of hormones regulating gonadal function through interconnected feedback loops. Secretion of hypothalamic-derived gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) integrates inputs from higher brain centers to coordinate the activity of the pituitary gonadotrope and the biosynthesis and secretion of the gonadotropins which ultimately regulate gonadal function. Failure of GnRH to serve as the central integrator of this system has been associated with hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism and clinical infertility, while pharmacological application of GnRH analogs and gonadotropins have important implications of the treatment of such infertility...
February 17, 2017: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212548/branched-chain-amino-acids-prevent-hepatic-fibrosis-and-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-mouse-model
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Kai Takegoshi, Masao Honda, Hikari Okada, Riuta Takabatake, Naoto Matsuzawa-Nagata, Jean S Campbell, Masashi Nishikawa, Tetsuro Shimakami, Takayoshi Shirasaki, Yoshio Sakai, Taro Yamashita, Toshinari Takamura, Takuji Tanaka, Shuichi Kaneko
Oral supplementation with branched-chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine, and valine) in patients with liver cirrhosis potentially suppresses the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and improves event-free survival. However, the detailed mechanisms of BCAA action have not been fully elucidated. BCAA were administered to atherogenic and high-fat (Ath+HF) diet-induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) model mice. Liver histology, tumor incidence, and gene expression profiles were evaluated. Ath+HF diet mice developed hepatic tumors at a high frequency at 68 weeks...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212418/experimental-evidence-of-formation-of-transparent-exopolymer-particles-tep-and-poc-export-provoked-by-dust-addition-under-current-and-high-pco2-conditions
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Justine Louis, Maria Luiza Pedrotti, Frédéric Gazeau, Cécile Guieu
The evolution of organic carbon export to the deep ocean, under anthropogenic forcing such as ocean warming and acidification, needs to be investigated in order to evaluate potential positive or negative feedbacks on atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and therefore on climate. As such, modifications of aggregation processes driven by transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) formation have the potential to affect carbon export. The objectives of this study were to experimentally assess the dynamics of organic matter, after the simulation of a Saharan dust deposition event, through the measurement over one week of TEP abundance and size, and to evaluate the effects of ocean acidification on TEP formation and carbon export following a dust deposition event...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212401/preload-based-starling-like-control-of-rotary-blood-pumps-an-in-vitro-evaluation
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Mahdi Mansouri, Shaun D Gregory, Robert F Salamonsen, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens, Jo P Pauls, Rini Akmeliawati, Einly Lim
Due to a shortage of donor hearts, rotary left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used to provide mechanical circulatory support. To address the preload insensitivity of the constant speed controller (CSC) used in conventional LVADs, we developed a preload-based Starling-like controller (SLC). The SLC emulates the Starling law of the heart to maintain mean pump flow ([Formula: see text]) with respect to mean left ventricular end diastolic pressure (PLVEDm) as the feedback signal. The SLC and CSC were compared using a mock circulation loop to assess their capacity to increase cardiac output during mild exercise while avoiding ventricular suction (marked by a negative PLVEDm) and maintaining circulatory stability during blood loss and severe reductions in left ventricular contractility (LVC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212376/the-legionella-pneumophila-genome-evolved-to-accommodate-multiple-regulatory-mechanisms-controlled-by-the-csra-system
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Tobias Sahr, Christophe Rusniok, Francis Impens, Giulia Oliva, Odile Sismeiro, Jean-Yves Coppée, Carmen Buchrieser
The carbon storage regulator protein CsrA regulates cellular processes post-transcriptionally by binding to target-RNAs altering translation efficiency and/or their stability. Here we identified and analyzed the direct targets of CsrA in the human pathogen Legionella pneumophila. Genome wide transcriptome, proteome and RNA-Co-immunoprecipitaion followed by deep sequencing of a wild type and a csrA mutant strain identified 479 RNAs with potential CsrA interaction sites located in the untranslated and/or coding regions of mRNAs or of known non-coding sRNAs...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212311/detection-of-atmospheric-methyl-mercaptan-using-wavelength-modulation-spectroscopy-with-multicomponent-spectral-fitting
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Zhenhui Du, Jiaxin Wan, Jinyi Li, Gang Luo, Hong Gao, Yiwen Ma
Detection of methyl mercaptan (CH₃SH) is essential for environmental atmosphere assessment and exhaled-breath analysis. This paper presents a sensitive CH₃SH sensor based on wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) with a mid-infrared distributed feedback interband cascade laser (DFB-ICL). Multicomponent spectral fitting was used not only to enhance the sensitivity of the sensor but also to determine the concentration of interferents (atmospheric water and methane). The results showed that the uncertainties in the measurement of CH₃SH, H₂O, and CH₄ were less than 1...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212117/validation-of-the-incept-a-multisource-feedback-tool-for-capturing-different-perspectives-on-physicians-professional-performance
#18
Mirja W van der Meulen, Benjamin C M Boerebach, Alina Smirnova, Sylvia Heeneman, Mirjam G A Oude Egbrink, Cees P M van der Vleuten, Onyebuchi A Arah, Kiki M J M H Lombarts
INTRODUCTION: Multisource feedback (MSF) instruments are used to and must feasibly provide reliable and valid data on physicians' performance from multiple perspectives. The "INviting Co-workers to Evaluate Physicians Tool" (INCEPT) is a multisource feedback instrument used to evaluate physicians' professional performance as perceived by peers, residents, and coworkers. In this study, we report on the validity, reliability, and feasibility of the INCEPT. METHODS: The performance of 218 physicians was assessed by 597 peers, 344 residents, and 822 coworkers...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212081/a-comparative-analysis-of-cmut-receiving-architectures-for-design-optimization-of-integrated-transceiver-front-ends
#19
Marco Sautto, Alessandro Stuart Savoia, Fabio Quaglia, Giosue Caliano, Andrea Mazzanti
A formal comparison between fundamental RX amplifier configurations for Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUT) is proposed in this paper. The impact on both RX and the pulse-echo frequency response and on the output SNR are thoroughly analysed and discussed. It is shown that the resistive-feedback amplifier yields a band-pass RX frequency response, while both open-loop voltage and capacitivefeedback amplifiers exhibit a low-pass frequency response. For a given power dissipation, it is formally proved that a capacitivefeedback amplifier provides a remarkable SNR improvement against the commonly adopted resistive feedback stage, achieved at the expense of a reduced pulse-echo center frequency, making its use convenient in low and mid-frequency ultrasound imaging applications...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211940/instructive-feedback-embedded-within-group-instruction-for-children-diagnosed-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Justin B Leaf, Joseph H Cihon, Aditt Alcalay, Erin Mitchell, Donna Townley-Cochran, Kevin Miller, Ronald Leaf, Mitchell Taubman, John McEachin
The present study evaluated the effects of instructive feedback embedded within a group discrete trial teaching to teach tact relations to nine children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder using a nonconcurrent multiple-baseline design. Dependent variables included correct responses for: primary targets (directly taught), secondary targets (taught via instructive feedback), primary observational targets (directly taught to other members of the group), and secondary observational targets (taught via instructive feedback provided to other members of the group)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
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