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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821185/phylogeography-and-ecological-niche-modeling-of-the-desert-iguana-dipsosaurus-dorsalis-baird-girard-1852-in-the-baja-california-peninsula
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Tania Valdivia-Carrillo, Francisco J García-De León, Ma Carmen Blázquez, Carina Gutiérrez-Flores, Patricia González Zamorano
Understanding the factors that explain the patterns of genetic structure or phylogeographic breaks at an intraspecific level is key to inferring the mechanisms of population differentiation in its early stages. These topics have been well studied in the Baja California region, with vicariance and the dispersal ability of individuals being the prevailing hypothesis for phylogeographic breaks. In this study, we evaluated the phylogeographic patterns in the desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis), a species with a recent history in the region and spatial variation in life history traits...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821009/evaluating-the-impact-of-connectivity-continuity-and-topography-of-sidewalk-network-on-pedestrian-safety
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Ahmed Osama, Tarek Sayed
With the increasing demand for sustainability, walking is being encouraged as one of the main active modes of transportation. However, pedestrians are vulnerable to severe injuries when involved in crashes which can discourage road users from walking. Therefore, studying factors that affect the safety of pedestrians is important. This paper investigates the relationship between pedestrian-motorist crashes and various sidewalk network indicators in the city of Vancouver. The goal is to assess the impact of network connectivity, directness, and topography on pedestrian safety using macro-level collision prediction models...
August 15, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821005/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabidiol-in-the-pentylenetetrazole-model-pharmacological-mechanisms-electroencephalographic-profile-and-brain-cytokine-levels
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Luciano R Vilela, Isabel V Lima, Érica B Kunsch, Hyorrana Priscila P Pinto, Aline S de Miranda, Érica Leandro M Vieira, Antônio Carlos P de Oliveira, Marcio Flávio D Moraes, Antônio L Teixeira, Fabricio A Moreira
Cannabidiol (CBD), the main nonpsychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, inhibits experimental seizures in animal models and alleviates certain types of intractable epilepsies in patients. Its pharmacological profile, however, is still uncertain. Here we tested the hypothesis that CBD anticonvulsant mechanisms are prevented by cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) and vanilloid (TRPV1) receptor blockers. We also investigated its effects on electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and hippocampal cytokines in the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) model...
August 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820968/reduced-activin-receptor-like-kinase-1-activity-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-in-heart-failure
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Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Vikram Paruchuri, Mark J Aronovitz, Emily E Mackey, Lyanne Buiten, Jonathan Levine, Keshan Ughreja, Prerna Nepali, Robert M Blanton, S Paul Oh, Richard H Karas, Navin K Kapur
INTRODUCTION: Activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK1) mediates signaling via the transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFβ1), a pro-fibrogenic cytokine. No studies have defined a role for ALK1 in heart failure. HYPOTHESIS: We tested the hypothesis that reduced ALK1 expression promotes maladaptive cardiac remodeling in heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: In patients with advanced heart failure referred for left ventricular (LV) assist device implantation, LV Alk1 mRNA and protein levels were lower than control LV obtained from patients without heart failure...
July 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820905/estimating-the-evidential-value-of-significant-results-in-psychological-science
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Balazs Aczel, Bence Palfi, Barnabas Szaszi
Quantifying evidence is an inherent aim of empirical science, yet the customary statistical methods in psychology do not communicate the degree to which the collected data serve as evidence for the tested hypothesis. In order to estimate the distribution of the strength of evidence that individual significant results offer in psychology, we calculated Bayes factors (BF) for 287,424 findings of 35,515 articles published in 293 psychological journals between 1985 and 2016. Overall, 55% of all analyzed results were found to provide BF > 10 (often labeled as strong evidence) for the alternative hypothesis, while more than half of the remaining results do not pass the level of BF = 3 (labeled as anecdotal evidence)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820869/necrotizing-enterocolitis-and-high-intestinal-iron-uptake-due-to-genetic-variants
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Wolfgang Göpel, Josephine Drese, Tanja K Rausch, Nele Twisselmann, Bettina Bohnhorst, Andreas Müller, Axel Franz, Andreas Ziegler, Christoph Härtel, Egbert Herting
BACKGROUND: Intestinal iron is a nutritional compound, which is essential for enteric microbiota. We evaluated the hypothesis that polymorphisms which are known modifiers of intestinal iron uptake in adults are associated with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants. METHODS: Preterm infants (birth weight below 1,500 grams) were studied. Single nucleotide polymorphisms with known effects on serum iron levels (rs1800562, rs1799945, rs855791) were determined by polymerase chain reaction...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820757/flipping-the-nursing-classroom-without-flipping-out-the-students
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Victoria Anne Greenwood, Caroline Mosca
Flipping the class has been touted as a method of increasing student participation and improving learning outcomes. In this study, nursing students were introduced to the flipped classroom. They were instructed to listen to narrated PowerPoint presentations before class and be ready to participate in case studies that would enhance their understanding of important concepts. When comparing student test scores before and after flipping the classroom, we found a statistically significant increase of 8.04 points after the change in instruction...
August 17, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820664/association-of-socioeconomic-status-with-consumption-of-cigarettes-illicit-drugs-and-alcohol
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Maryam Marzban, Maryam Hadji, Mahin Gholipour, Hamideh Rashidian, Abbas Rezaianzadeh, Jafar Hasanzadeh, Ali Akbar Haghdoost, Afarin Rahimi-Movaghar, Reza Ghiasvand, Abdolvahab Moradi, Hossein Khavari-Daneshvar, Elisabete Weiderpass, Farin Kamangar, Kazem Zendehdel
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Socioeconomic Status (SES) is considered as one of the important factors associated with use of various drugs. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of SES on cigarette smoking, alcohol use, drug use, and passive exposure to opium and cigarette smoke. DESIGN AND METHODS: In this study, which is part of a multicenter case-control study, the research hypothesis was checked among controls who had referred to hospitals. Data were collected through a questionnaire and laboratory tests to determine the actual consumers of opium and other illicit drugs...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820579/site-specific-conjugation-to-native-and-engineered-lysines-in-human-immunoglobulins-by-microbial-transglutaminase
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Jared Spidel, Benjamin Vaessen, Earl Albone, Xin Cheng, Arielle Verdi, J Bradford Kline
The use of microbial transglutaminase (MTG) to produce site-specific antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) has thus far focused on transamidation of engineered acyl donor glutamine residues in an antibody based on the hypothesis that the lower specificity of MTG for acyl acceptor lysines may result in transamidation of multiple native lysine residues, thereby yielding heterogeneous products. We investigated the utilization of native IgG lysines as acyl acceptor sites for glutamine-based acyl donor substrates. Of the approximately 80 lysines in multiple recombinant IgG monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), none were transamidated...
August 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820572/on-the-functionality-selection-principle-for-high-voltage-lithium-ion-battery-electrolyte-additives
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Chi-Cheung Su, Meinan He, Cameron Peebles, Li Zeng, Adam Tornheim, Chen Liao, Lu Zhang, Jie Wang, Yan Wang, Zhengcheng Zhang
A new class of electrolyte additives based on cyclic fluorinated phosphate esters was rationally desgined and identified as being able to stabilize the surface of LiNi0.5Mn0.3Co0.2O2 (NMC532) cathode when cycled at potentials higher than 4.6 V vs. Li+/Li. Cyclic fluorinated phosphates were designed to incorporate functionalities of various existing additives to maximize their utilization. The synthesis and characterization of these new additives are described and their electrochemical performance in a NMC532/graphite cell cycled between 4...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820278/does-additional-biceps-augmentation-improve-rotator-cuff-healing-and-clinical-outcomes-in-anterior-l-shaped-rotator-cuff-tears-clinical-comparisons-with-arthroscopic-partial-repair
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Yoon Sang Jeon, Juyeob Lee, Rag Gyu Kim, Young-Won Ko, Sang-Jin Shin
BACKGROUND: The repair of anterior L-shaped tears is usually difficult because of the lack of anterior rotator cuff tendon to cover the footprint. The biceps tendon is usually exposed from the retracted anterolateral corner of the torn tendon and can be easily used to augment rotator cuff repair. Hypothesis/Purpose: This study compared the clinical outcomes of the biceps augmentation technique with those of partial tendon repair for the arthroscopic treatment of large anterior L-shaped rotator cuff tears to evaluate the role of additional biceps augmentation in tendon healing...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820200/statistical-thermodynamics-unveils-the-dissolution-mechanism-of-cellobiose
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Thomas W J Nicol, Noriyuki Isobe, James H Clark, Seishi Shimizu
In the study of the cellulose dissolution mechanism opinion is still divided. Here, the solution interaction components of the most prominent hypotheses for the driving force of cellulose dissolution were evaluated quantitatively. Combining a rigorous statistical thermodynamic theory and cellobiose solubility data in the presence of chloride salts, whose cations progress in the Hofmeister series (KCl, NaCl, LiCl and ZnCl2), we have shown that cellobiose solubilization is driven by the preferential accumulation of salts around the solutes which is stronger than cellobiose hydration...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819999/high-glucose-induces-hgf-independent-activation-of-met-receptor-in-human-renal-tubular-epithelium
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Lucia Mesarosova, Peter Ochodnicky, Jaklien C Leemans, Sandrine Florquin, Peter Krenek, Jan Klimas
CONTEXT: The role of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in diabetic kidney damage remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that high glucose levels activate pathways related to HGF and its receptor Met and that this could participate in glucose-induced renal cell damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HK2 cells, a human proximal tubule epithelial cell line, were stimulated with high glucose for 48 hours. Levels of pMet/Met, pEGFR/EGFR, pSTAT3/STAT3, pAkt/Akt and pERK1/2/ERK1/2 were studied by immunoblotting...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819796/simultaneous-eeg-pet-fmri-measurements-in-disorders-of-consciousness-an-exploratory-study-on-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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Daniel Golkowski, Katharina Merz, Caroline Mlynarcik, Tobias Kiel, Barbara Schorr, Alex Lopez-Rolon, Mathias Lukas, Denis Jordan, Andreas Bender, Rüdiger Ilg
Previous studies could demonstrate that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and electroencephalography (EEG) measures contain information about patients suffering from disorders of consciousness (DOC) and thus improve the clinical diagnosis. Additionally, the technical modalities were able to predict the outcome of patients. However, most studies lack proven reproducibility in a clinical setting. We here applied a standardized combined EEG/fMRI/FDG-PET measurement to a cohort of 20 patients suffering from DOC and focused on parameters that have been demonstrated to contain information about diagnosis and prognosis of these patients...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819772/convergence-and-determinants-of-health-expenditures-in-oecd-countries
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Son Hong Nghiem, Luke Brian Connelly
This study examines the trend and determinants of health expenditures in OECD countries over the 1975-2004 period. Based on recent developments in the economic growth literature we propose and test the hypothesis that health care expenditures in countries of similar economic development level may converge. We hypothesise that the main drivers for growth in health care costs include: aging population, technological progress and health insurance. The results reveal no evidence that health expenditures among OECD countries converge...
August 17, 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819744/correlations-do-not-show-cause-and-effect-not-even-for-changes-in-muscle-size-and-strength
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Scott J Dankel, Samuel L Buckner, Matthew B Jessee, J Grant Mouser, Kevin T Mattocks, Takashi Abe, Jeremy P Loenneke
It is well known that resistance exercise results in increased muscle strength, but the cause of the improvement is not well understood. It is generally thought that initial increases in strength are caused by neurological factors, before being predominantly driven by increases in muscle size. Despite this hypothesis, there is currently no direct evidence that training-induced increases in muscle size contribute to training-induced increases in muscle strength. The evidence used to support this hypothesis is exclusively correlational analyses and these are often an afterthought using data collected to answer a different question of interest...
August 17, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819456/therapeutic-effect-of-astroglia-like-mesenchymal-stem-cells-expressing-glutamate-transporter-in-a-genetic-rat-model-of-depression
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Amit Shwartz, Oshra Betzer, Noam Kronfeld, Gila Kazimirsky, Simona Cazacu, Susan Finniss, Hae Kyung Lee, Menachem Motiei, Shani Yael Dagan, Rachela Popovtzer, Chaya Brodie, Gal Yadid
Recent studies have proposed that abnormal glutamatergic neurotransmission and glial pathology play an important role in the etiology and manifestation of depression. It was postulated that restoration of normal glutamatergic transmission, by enhancing glutamate uptake, may have a beneficial effect on depression. We examined this hypothesis using unique human glial-like mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which in addition to inherent properties of migration to regions of injury and secretion of neurotrophic factors, were differentiated to express high levels of functional glutamate transporters (excitatory amino acid transporters; EAAT)...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819395/downregulation-of-abc-transporters-in-non-neoplastic-tissues-confers-better-prognosis-for-pancreatic-and-colorectal-cancer-patients
#18
Pavel Dvorak, Viktor Hlavac, Beatrice Mohelnikova-Duchonova, Vaclav Liska, Martin Pesta, Pavel Soucek
Transport of a wide variety of substrates, including xenobiotics, is one of the main functions attributed to human ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins. Overexpression of ABC genes is considered to be an important mechanism facilitating the development of chemoresistance. Relationships between the expression levels of ABC genes in tumor tissues and established clinicopathological features were extensively studied previously. The current study tested our hypothesis that the expression levels of ABC genes in non-neoplastic (control) tissues also provide important information in relation to the relevant tumor progression...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819233/biology-physiology-and-gene-expression-of-grasshopper-oedaleus-asiaticus-exposed-to-diet-stress-from-plant-secondary-compounds
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Xunbing Huang, Jingchuan Ma, Xinghu Qin, Xiongbing Tu, Guangchun Cao, Guangjun Wang, Xiangqun Nong, Zehua Zhang
We studied the role of plant primary and secondary metabolites in mediating plant-insect interactions by conducting a no-choice single-plant species field experiment to compare the suitability, enzyme activities, and gene expression of Oedaleus asiaticus grasshoppers feeding on four host and non-host plants with different chemical traits. O. asiaticus growth showed a positive relationship to food nutrition content and a negative relationship to secondary compounds content. Grasshopper amylase, chymotrypsin, and lipase activities were positively related to food starch, crude protein, and lipid content, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819185/deletion-of-ep4-in-s100a4-lineage-cells-reduces-scar-tissue-formation-during-early-but-not-later-stages-of-tendon-healing
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Jessica E Ackerman, Katherine T Best, Regis J O'Keefe, Alayna E Loiselle
Tendon injuries heal via scar tissue rather than regeneration. This healing response forms adhesions between the flexor tendons in the hand and surrounding tissues, resulting in impaired range of motion and hand function. Mechanistically, inflammation has been strongly linked to adhesion formation, and Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is associated with both adhesion formation and tendinopathy. In the present study we tested the hypothesis that deletion of the PGE2 receptor EP4 in S100a4-lineage cells would decrease adhesion formation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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