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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529870/symptom-specific-amygdala-hyperactivity-modulates-motor-control-network-in-conversion-disorder
#1
Thomas Hassa, Alexandra Sebastian, Joachim Liepert, Cornelius Weiller, Roger Schmidt, Oliver Tüscher
Initial historical accounts as well as recent data suggest that emotion processing is dysfunctional in conversion disorder patients and that this alteration may be the pathomechanistic neurocognitive basis for symptoms in conversion disorder. However, to date evidence of direct interaction of altered negative emotion processing with motor control networks in conversion disorder is still lacking. To specifically study the neural correlates of emotion processing interacting with motor networks we used a task combining emotional and sensorimotor stimuli both separately as well as simultaneously during functional magnetic resonance imaging in a well characterized group of 13 conversion disorder patients with functional hemiparesis and 19 demographically matched healthy controls...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529534/the-role-of-a-dairy-fraction-rich-in-milk-fat-globule-membrane-in-the-suppression-of-postprandial-inflammatory-markers-and-bone-turnover-in-obese-and-overweight-adults-an-exploratory-study
#2
Tara S Rogers, Elieke Demmer, Nancy Rivera, Erik R Gertz, J Bruce German, Jennifer T Smilowitz, Angela M Zivkovic, Marta D Van Loan
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is associated with increased bone resorption; the role of inflammation in postprandial bone turnover has not been explored. Consumption of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) reduces inflammation in animal models. This study aimed to measure postprandial changes in bone turnover after intake of high saturated fat test meals, with- and without the anti-inflammatory ingredient MFGM. METHODS: Subjects (n = 36 adults) were obese (BMI 30-39...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528935/influencing-nursing-knowledge-and-attitudes-to-positively-affect-care-of-patients-with-persistent-pain-in-the-hospital-setting
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Alyson Keen, Brian McCrate, Susan McLennon, Alexis Ellis, Donna Wall, Sarah Jones
Hospitalized patients with persistent pain are among the most challenging populations to effectively manage because of coexistence with acute pain. Nurses play a vital role in pain management; however, gaps in knowledge and detrimental attitudes exist. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a targeted evidence-based pain education program to increase nurses' knowledge and attitudes about pain management. One group, paired, pretest/posttest educational intervention. A convenience sample of nurses from three medical and surgical inpatient units were recruited...
June 2017: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527708/cortical-cytoskeleton-dynamics-regulates-plasma-membrane-calcium-atpase-isoform-2-pmca2-activity
#4
Marianela G Dalghi, Mariela Ferreira-Gomes, Nicolás Montalbetti, Alexandre Simonin, Emanuel E Strehler, Matthias A Hediger, Juan Pablo Rossi
We have previously shown that purified actin can directly bind to human plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPase 4b (hPMCA4b) and exert a dual modulation on its Ca(2+)-ATPase activity: F-actin inhibits PMCA while short actin oligomers may contribute to PMCA activation. These studies had to be performed with purified proteins given the nature of the biophysical and biochemical approaches used. To assess whether a functional interaction between the PMCAs and the cortical cytoskeleton is of physiological relevance, we characterized this phenomenon in the context of a living cell by monitoring in real-time the changes in the cytosolic calcium levels ([Ca(2+)]CYT)...
May 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526744/combining-properties-of-different-classes-of-pi3k%C3%AE-inhibitors-to-understand-molecular-features-that-confer-selectivity
#5
Grace Q Gong, Jackie D Kendall, James Mj Dickson, Gordon W Rewcastle, Christina M Buchanan, William A Denny, Peter R Shepherd, Jack U Flanagan
Phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3K) are major regulators of many cellular functions, and hyperactivation of PI3K cell signalling pathways is a major target for anticancer drug discovery. PI3Kα is the isoform most implicated in cancer, and our aim is to selectively inhibit this isoform, which may be more beneficial than concurrent inhibition of all Class I PI3Ks. We have used structure-guided design to merge high selectivity and high affinity characteristics found in existing compounds. Molecular docking including the prediction of water-mediated interactions, was used to model interactions between the ligands and the PI3Kα affinity pocket...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526714/constans-imparts-dna-sequence-specificity-to-the-histone-fold-nf-yb-nf-yc-dimer
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Nerina Gnesutta, Roderick W Kumimoto, Swadhin Swain, Matteo Chiara, Chamindika Siriwardana, David Stephen Horner, Ben F Holt, Roberto Mantovani
NF-Y is a heterotrimeric transcription factor that binds CCAAT elements. The NF-Y trimer is composed of a Histone Fold Domain (HFD) dimer (NF-YB/NF-YC) and NF-YA, which confers DNA sequence-specificity. NF-YA shares a conserved domain with the CCT (CONSTANS, CONSTANS-LIKE, TOC1) proteins. We show that CONSTANS (CO/BBX1), a master flowering regulator, forms a trimer with Arabidopsis NF-YB2/NF-YC3 to efficiently bind the CORE element of the FT promoter. We term this complex NF-CO. Using saturation mutagenesis EMSAs and RNA-Seq profiling of co, nf-yb, and nf-yc mutants, we identify CCACA elements as the core NF-CO binding site...
May 19, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526083/improving-local-health-workers-knowledge-of-malaria-in-the-elimination-phase-determinants-and-strategies-a-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-china
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Ruoxi Wang, Shangfeng Tang, Jun Yang, Tian Shao, Piaopiao Shao, Chunyan Liu, Da Feng, Hang Fu, Xiaoyu Chen, Tao Hu, Zhanchun Feng
BACKGROUND: The current stage of malaria elimination in China requires experienced local health workers with sufficient knowledge of malaria who help to keep the public health system vigilant about a possible resurgence. However, the influencing factors of local health workers' knowledge level are not fully comprehended. This study aims to explore the factors with heavy impact on local health worker's knowledge of malaria and propose corresponding suggestions. METHODS: Underpinned by stratified sampling method, a cross-sectional survey was carried out between November 2014 and April 2016...
May 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525963/the-use-of-transgenic-parasites-in-malaria-vaccine-research
#8
Ahmad Syibli Othman, Catherin Marin-Mogollon, Ahmed M Salman, Blandine M Franke-Fayard, Chris J Janse, Shahid M Khan
Transgenic malaria parasites expressing foreign genes, for example fluorescent and luminescent proteins, are used extensively to interrogate parasite biology and host-parasite interactions associated with malaria pathology. Increasingly transgenic parasites are also exploited to advance malaria vaccine development. Areas Covered: We review how transgenic malaria parasites are used, in vitro and in vivo, to determine protective efficacy of different antigens and vaccination strategies and to determine immunological correlates of protection...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522985/dynamic-and-functional-approach-to-human-memory-in-the-brain-a-clinical-neuropsychological-perspective
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Yannick Gounden, Mathieu Hainselin, Fabien Cerrotti, Véronique Quaglino
The way how cognition is conceived and represented in brain functioning will directly impact clinical investigations of people with cognitive difficulties. This is particularly evident in the field of clinical neuropsychology where methodologies and tools are justified on a fundamental level by the theoretical foundations adopted. The present article outlined how the dominant influences of structural and anatomo-clinical theories of memory have led to a particular conception of clinical investigations. We propose to reconsider these dominant methods in favor of a more dynamic and functional representation of memory that would be clinically more appropriate...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521205/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-macroporous-silica-bipyridine-asymmetric-multidentate-functional-adsorbent-and-its-application-for-heavy-metal-palladium-removal
#10
Lei Xu, Anyun Zhang, Fengmei Zhang, Jiyong Liu
The effective removal of heavy metal (107)Pd(II) from highly active liquid waste (HLW) is very valuable for reducing its hazardous and risk to public health and environment. For this purpose, a novel silica-bipyridine multidentate functional adsorbent was synthesized by vacuum infusing a new asymmetric N-donor ligand CA-MTBP (bipyridine derivative) into the macroporous SiO2-P support. SEM, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, TGA, XRD, FT-IR, (29)Si solid-state NMR and XPS spectroscopy were utilized to systematically characterize the physicochemical properties of the adsorbent...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520978/ldb1-mediated-enhancer-looping-can-be-established-independent-of-mediator-and-cohesin
#11
Ivan Krivega, Ann Dean
Mechanistic studies in erythroid cells indicate that LDB1, as part of a GATA1/TAL1/LMO2 complex, brings erythroid-expressed genes into proximity with enhancers for transcription activation. The role of co-activators in establishing this long-range interaction is poorly understood. Here we tested the contributions of the RNA Pol II pre-initiation complex (PIC), mediator and cohesin to establishment of locus control region (LCR)/β-globin proximity. CRISPR/Cas9 editing of the β-globin promoter to eliminate the RNA Pol II PIC by deleting the TATA-box resulted in loss of transcription, but enhancer-promoter interaction was unaffected...
May 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520663/contributions-to-executive-dysfunction-in-operation-enduring-freedom-operation-iraqi-freedom-veterans-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-history-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Sarah M Jurick, Laura D Crocker, Mark Sanderson-Cimino, Amber V Keller, Liljana S Trenova, Briana L Boyd, Elizabeth W Twamley, Carie S Rodgers, Dawn M Schiehser, Robin L Aupperle, Amy J Jak
OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and executive function (EF) difficulties are prevalent in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans. We evaluated the contributions of injury variables, lower-order cognitive component processes (processing speed/attention), and psychological symptoms to EF. PARTICIPANTS: OEF/OIF Veterans (N = 65) with PTSD and history of mTBI were administered neuropsychological tests of EF and self-report assessments of PTSD and depression...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520634/associations-between-parental-factors-and-child-diabetes-management-related-behaviors
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Aditi Lohan, Alina Morawska, Amy Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: Adherence to diabetes-management regimens in children requires teamwork and consistency from both parents and children. This study investigated a mediational model developed to understand the relationship between different modifiable parent factors influencing child diabetes-related behaviors. METHODS: We recruited 186 parents of children aged 2 to 10 years with Type 1 diabetes to complete self-report questionnaires on child diabetes behavior, parental self-efficacy with managing the child's behavior, parent diabetes self-efficacy, parent adjustment, condition management effort, parent perception of their diabetes knowledge, and parenting behavior...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520505/early-blockade-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-spinal-cord-injured-dogs-results-in-a-long-term-increase-in-bladder-compliance
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Jonathan Michael Levine, Noah D Cohen, Thomas Fandel, Gwendolyn Joan Levine, Joseph M Mankin, John F Griffin, Sharon C Kerwin, C Elizabeth Boudreau, Alpa Trivedi, Linda Noble-Haeusslein
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is often accompanied by reduced bladder compliance, which contributes to adverse conditions including urinary tract infections and vesicoureteral reflux. Reduced compliance is, in part, attributed to extensive remodeling of the bladder wall including the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here we tested the hypothesis that blockade of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), known for their ability to remodel the ECM, improves bladder compliance in dogs with SCI. We first evaluated dogs with naturally occurring SCIs resulting from intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH)...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520412/identification-of-the-ferredoxin-binding-site-of-a-ferredoxin-dependent-cyanobacterial-nitrate-reductase
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Anurag P Srivastava, Emily P Hardy, James P Allen, Brian J Vaccaro, Michael K Johnson, David B Knaff
An in silico model for the 1:1 ferredoxin (Fd)/nitrate reductase (NR) complex, using the known structure of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 Fd and the in silico model of Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 NR, is used to map the interaction sites that define the interface between Fd and NR. To test the electrostatic interactions predicted by the model complex, five positively charged NR amino acids Arg43, Arg46, Arg197, Lys201 and Lys614; and a negatively charged amino acid, Glu219, were altered using site-directed mutagenesis and characterized by activity measurements, metal analysis and EPR studies...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518144/microrna-23b-functions-as-an-oncogene-and-activates-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-by-targeting-st7l-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Likun Zhuang, Xin Wang, Zusen Wang, Xiang Ma, Bing Han, Hao Zou, Zehua Wu, Sheng Dong, Zhiqiang Qu, Yunjin Zang, Liqun Wu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a malignant tumor and threatens human life worldwide, whereas the etiology and pathogenesis of HCC have not been fully determined. In the past few years, many microRNAs (miRNAs) have been proved to have important roles in tumorigenesis of HCC. In this study, we found that miR-23b was significantly upregulated in tumor tissues of HCC patients. Functional tests showed that miR-23b could promote HCC cell proliferation and metastasis in vitro and in vivo. Then, mechanistic investigations suggested that ST7L was a direct target of miR-23b and involved in the promotion effects of miR-23b on HCC tumorigenesis and metastasis...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516394/linguistic-asymmetry-egocentric-anchoring-and-sensory-modality-as-factors-for-the-observed-association-between-time-and-space-perception
#17
Eunice E Hang Choy, Him Cheung
Temporal and spatial representations have been consistently shown to be inextricably intertwined. However, the exact nature of time-space mapping remains unknown. On the one hand, the conceptual metaphor theory postulates unilateral, asymmetric mapping of time onto space, that is, time is perceived in spatial terms but the perception of space is relatively independent of time. On the other hand, a theory of magnitude assumes bilateral and symmetric interactions between temporal and spatial perceptions. In the present paper, we argue that the concepts of linguistic asymmetry, egocentric anchoring, and sensory modality provide potential explanations for why evidences favoring both asymmetry and symmetry have been obtained...
May 17, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515887/bottom-up-and-top-down-effects-of-tree-species-diversity-on-leaf-insect-herbivory
#18
Bastien Castagneyrol, Damien Bonal, Maxime Damien, Hervé Jactel, Céline Meredieu, Evalyne W Muiruri, Luc Barbaro
The diversity of plant neighbors commonly results in direct, bottom-up effects on herbivore ability to locate their host, and in indirect effects on herbivores involving changes in plant traits and a top-down control by their enemies. Yet, the relative contribution of bottom-up and top-down forces remains poorly understood. We also lack knowledge on the effect of abiotic constraints such as summer drought on the strength and direction of these effects. We measured leaf damage on pedunculate oak (Quercus robur), alone or associated with birch, pine or both in a long-term tree diversity experiment (ORPHEE), where half of the plots were irrigated while the other half remained without irrigation and received only rainfall...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515866/effect-of-different-display-types-on-vection-and-its-interaction-with-motion-direction-and-field-dependence
#19
Behrang Keshavarz, Martina Speck, Bruce Haycock, Stefan Berti
Illusory self-motion (vection) can be generated by visual stimulation. The purpose of the present study was to compare behavioral vection measures including intensity ratings, duration, and onset time across different visual display types. Participants were exposed to a pattern of alternating black-and-white horizontal or vertical bars that moved either in vertical or horizontal direction, respectively. Stimuli were presented on four types of displays in randomized order: (a) large field of view dome projection, (b) combination of three computer screens, (c) single computer screen, (d) large field of view flat projection screen...
May 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515776/hormonally-active-phytochemicals-and-vertebrate-evolution
#20
Max R Lambert, Thea M Edwards
Living plants produce a diversity of chemicals that share structural and functional properties with vertebrate hormones. Wildlife species interact with these chemicals either through consumption of plant materials or aquatic exposure. Accumulating evidence shows that exposure to these hormonally active phytochemicals (HAPs) often has consequences for behavior, physiology, and fecundity. These fitness effects suggest there is potential for an evolutionary response by vertebrates to HAPs. Here, we explore the toxicological HAP-vertebrate relationship in an evolutionary framework and discuss the potential for vertebrates to adapt to or even co-opt the effects of plant-derived chemicals that influence fitness...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
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