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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545208/spatio-temporal-analysis-of-particulate-matter-intake-fractions-for-vehicular-emissions-hourly-variation-by-micro-environments-in-the-greater-toronto-and-hamilton-area-canada
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Weeberb J Requia, Matthew D Adams, Altaf Arain, Petros Koutrakis, Wan-Chen Lee, Mark Ferguson
Previous investigations have reported intake fraction (iF) for different environments, which include ambient concentrations (outdoor exposure) and microenvironments (indoor exposure). However, little is known about iF variations due to space-time factors, especially in microenvironments. In this paper, we performed a spatio-temporal analysis of particulate matter (PM2.5) intake fractions for vehicular emissions. Specifically, we investigated hourly variation (12:00am-11:00pm) by micro-environments (residences and workplaces) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Canada...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544998/chronic-toxicity-of-five-metals-to-the-polar-marine-microalga-cryothecomonas-armigera-application-of-a-new-bioassay
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Darren J Koppel, Francesca Gissi, Merrin S Adams, Catherine K King, Dianne F Jolley
The paucity of ecotoxicological data for Antarctic organisms is impeding the development of region-specific water quality guidelines. To address this limitation, toxicity testing protocols need to be developed to account for the unique physiology of polar organisms, in particular their slow growth rates. In this study, a toxicity test protocol was developed to investigate the toxicities of five metals to the polar marine microalga Cryothecomonas armigera. The concentrations which reduced population growth rate by 10% (EC10) after 24-d for Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd and Ni were 21...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544958/impact-of-triblock-copolymers-on-the-biophysical-function-of-naturally-derived-lung-surfactant
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Moritz Beck-Broichsitter, Christian A Ruge, Adam Bohr
The current study aimed at investigating the general applicability of triblock copolymers consisting of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(propylene glycol) (Pluronic(®)) as excipients for lung delivery. After thorough physicochemical characterization of the diverse polymers, their cytotoxicity was evaluated using alveolar epithelial cells. Next, a naturally-derived lung surfactant was challenged with the distinct triblock copolymers with respect to changes in microstructure, adsorption to the air/liquid interface and dynamic surface tension behavior under bubble pulsation...
May 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544955/associations-of-anxiety-sensitivity-and-emotional-symptoms-with-the-subjective-effects-of-alcohol-cigarettes-and-cannabis-in-adolescents
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Raina D Pang, Casey R Guillot, Michael J Zvolensky, Marcel O Bonn-Miller, Adam M Leventhal
Maladaptive emotional traits (anxiety sensitivity [AS], fear of anxiety-related sensations and consequences) and symptoms (major depressive disorder [MDD] and generalized anxiety disorder [GAD] symptoms) could play a role in altering sensitivity to the subjective effects of drugs of abuse in adolescents. Data were drawn from a longitudinal study of high school students in Los Angeles, CA, USA who completed surveys and reported past six-month use of alcohol (n=1054), cigarettes (n=297), or cannabis (n=706). At each of the four semi-annual waves during mid-adolescence (14-16years old), students reported positive and negative subjective drug effects experienced in the prior six-months...
May 18, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544945/longitudinal-association-between-diabetes-and-cognitive-decline-the-national-health-and-aging-trends-study
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Alexandra M V Wennberg, Clinton E Hagen, Rebecca F Gottesman, Vadim Zipunnikov, Christopher N Kaufmann, Marilyn S Albert, George W Rebok, Judith D Kasper, Adam P Spira
Type II diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with increased risk of dementia; however, few studies have examined the longitudinal association between DM and cognitive outcomes in large nationally representative cohorts. We investigated these associations in 7605 participants enrolled in the National Health and Aging Trends Study, a nationally representative prospective study of Medicare beneficiaries ≥65, from 2011 to 2015. Participants or proxy respondents reported DM and dementia diagnosis, and participants completed immediate and delayed recall word list learning tests and the Clock Drawing Test...
May 16, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544899/identifying-risk-sources-of-air-contamination-by-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons
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Jiri Huzlik, Frantisek Bozek, Adam Pawelczyk, Roman Licbinsky, Magdalena Naplavova, Michael Pondelicek
This article is directed to determining concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are sorbed to solid particles in the air. Pollution sources were identified on the basis of the ratio of benzo[ghi]perylene (BghiPe) to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). Because various important information is lost by determining the simple ratio of concentrations, least squares linear regression (classic ordinary least squares regression), reduced major axis, orthogonal regression, and Kendall-Theil robust diagnostics were utilized for identification...
May 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544783/electrocardiography-s-role-in-screening-for-cardiotoxicity-in-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-survivors-treated-with-anthracyclines-time-for-a-true-prospective-study
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544769/serum-biomarkers-can-predict-a-change-in-liver-fibrosis-one-year-after-lifestyle-intervention-for-biopsy-proven-nash
#8
Eduardo Vilar-Gomez, Luis Calzadilla-Bertot, Scott L Friedman, Bienvenido Gra-Oramas, Licet Gonzalez-Fabian, Sacha Lazo-Del Vallin, Moises Diago, Leon A Adams
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The dynamic response of serum fibrosis biomarkers to histological changes within the liver following lifestyle intervention (LI) is unknown. We explored relationships between changes in serum biomarkers and liver fibrosis in NASH patients undergoing LI. METHODS: Paired liver biopsies were performed in 261 NASH patients to assess fibrosis change after 1 year of LI. We explored the utility of serum fibrosis markers to predict changes in hepatic fibrosis and developed and internally validated a model for predicting fibrosis improvement in patients with baseline fibrosis...
May 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544750/unexpected-ethical-dilemmas-in-sex-assignment-in-46-xy-dsd-due-to-5-alpha-reductase-type-2-deficiency
#9
Heather M Byers, Lauren H Mohnach, Patricia Y Fechner, Ming Chen, Inas H Thomas, Linda A Ramsdell, Margarett Shnorhavorian, Elizabeth A McCauley, Anne-Marie E Amies Oelschlager, John M Park, David E Sandberg, Margaret P Adam, Catherine E Keegan
Sex assignment at birth remains one of the most clinically challenging and controversial topics in 46,XY disorders of sexual development (DSD). This is particularly challenging in deficiency of 5-alpha reductase type 2 given that external genitalia are typically undervirilized at birth but typically virilize at puberty to a variable degree. Historically, most individuals with 5-alpha reductase deficiency were raised females. However, reports that over half of patients who underwent a virilizing puberty adopted an adult male gender identity have challenged this practice...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544530/denatonium-induced-sinonasal-bacterial-killing-may-play-a-role-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-outcomes
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Ryan M Carey, Alan D Workman, Kyle M Hatten, Adam P Siebert, Steven G Brooks, Bei Chen, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Robert J Lee, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Sinonasal bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) contribute to upper airway innate immunity and correlate with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) clinical outcomes. A subset of T2Rs expressed on sinonasal solitary chemosensory cells (SCCs) are activated by denatonium, resulting in a calcium-mediated secretion of bactericidal antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in neighboring ciliated epithelial cells. We hypothesized that there is patient variability in the amount of bacterial killing induced by different concentrations of denatonium and that the differences correlate with CRS clinical outcomes...
May 23, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544381/biventricular-impella-placement-via-complete-venous-access
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Norihiko Kamioka, Ateet Patel, Michael A Burke, Adam Greenbaum, Vasilis Babaliaros
Impella (Abiomed, Danvers, MA) is an effective option for emergent treatment of critical refractory cardiogenic shock. However, in patients who have inadequate peripheral arterial access, Impella for left ventricular support sometimes requires surgical access, leading to disadvantages for emergent procedures or invasiveness for very sick patients. In addition, Impella for right ventricular support was recently reported to contribute to the management of severe biventricular dysfunction. In this report, we describe a case of refractory cardiogenic shock in a patient with inadequate vascular access who was treated with biventricular Impella via venous and caval-aortic access under conscious sedation...
May 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544316/negating-the-fulcrum-effect-in-manual-laparoscopic-surgery-investigating-skill-acquisition-with-a-haptic-simulator
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Adam J Spiers, Sarah Baillie, Tony G Pipe, George Asimakopolous
BACKGROUND: Manual laparoscopic surgery requires extensive training and familiarization. It has been suggested that motion inversion caused by the 'fulcrum effect' is key to motor challenges. We investigate the potential of a conceptual semi-robotic handheld tool that negates natural inversion. METHODS: A custom laparoscopic simulator with haptic feedback was developed to allow interactive evaluation of the conceptual tool via virtual prototyping, prior to fabricating a physical prototype...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544246/liver-transplantation-for-colo-rectal-liver-metastasis-survival-without-recurrence-can-be-achieved
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Christian Toso, Hugo Pinto Marques, Axel Andres, Francisco Castro Sousa, René Adam, Antonio Kalil, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Emanuel Furtado, Eduardo Barroso, Henri Bismuth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544148/structure-and-biosynthesis-of-crocagins-polycyclic-postranslationally-modified-ribosomal-peptides-from-chondromyces-crocatus
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Konrad Viehrig, Frank Surup, Carsten Volz, Jennifer Herrmann, Antoine Abou Fayad, Sebastian Adam, Jesko Köhnke, Dirk Trauner, Rolf Müller
Secondary metabolome mining efforts in the myxobacterial multiproducer of natural products, Chondromyces crocatus Cm c5, resulted in the isolation and structure elucidation of crocagins, which are novel polycyclic peptides containing a tetrahydropyrrolo[2,3-b]indole core. The gene cluster was identified through an approach combining genome analysis, targeted gene inactivation in the producer, and in vitro experiments. Based on our findings, we developed a biosynthetic scheme for crocagin biosynthesis. These natural products are formed from the three C-terminal amino acids of a precursor peptide and thus belong to a novel class of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs)...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544101/belatacept-combined-with-transient-calcineurin-inhibitor-therapy-prevents-rejection-and-promotes-improved-long-term-renal-allograft-function
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A B Adams, J Goldstein, C Garrett, R Zhang, R E Patzer, K A Newell, N A Turgeon, A S Chami, A Guasch, A D Kirk, S O Pastan, T C Pearson, C P Larsen
Belatacept, a T cell costimulation-blocker demonstrated superior renal function, lower cardiovascular risk, and improved graft/patient survival in renal transplant recipients. Despite the potential benefits, adoption of belatacept has been limited in part due to concerns regarding higher rates and grades of acute rejection in clinical trials. Since July 2011 we have utilized belatacept-based immunosuppression regimens in clinical practice. In this retrospective analysis of 745 patients undergoing renal transplantation at our center, we compared patients treated with belatacept (n=535) to a historical cohort receiving a tacrolimus-based protocol (n=205)...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544046/time-related-changes-in-firing-rates-are-influenced-by-recruitment-threshold-and-twitch-force-potentiation-in-the-first-dorsal-interosseous
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Jonathan D Miller, Trent J Herda, Michael A Trevino, Adam J Sterczala, Anthony B Ciccone
There are contradictory reports regarding changes in motor unit firing rates during steady force contractions. Inconsistencies are likely the result of previous studies disregarding motor unit recruitment thresholds and not examining firing rates on a subject-by-subject basis. It is hypothesized that firing rates are manipulated by twitch force potentiation during contractions. Therefore, this study examined time-related changes in firing rates at steady force in relation to motor unit recruitment threshold in the first dorsal interosseous and the influence of twitch force potentiation on such changes in young versus aged individuals...
May 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544002/biological-effects-and-osteoarthritic-disease-modifying-activity-of-small-molecule-cm-01
#17
Yubo Sun, Andrea Roberts, David R Mauerhan, Michael Cox, Edward N Hanley
Phosphocitrate inhibits cartilage degeneration, however, the prospect of phosphocitrate as an oral disease modifying drug might be limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate the biological effects and disease-modifying activity of a phosphocitrate "analogue", CM-01 (Carolinas Molecule-01), and test the hypothesis that CM-01 is a disease modifying drug for osteoarthritis therapy. The effects of CM-01 on calcium crystal-induced expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and interleukin-1 beta, cell-mediated calcification and production of proteoglycan by chondrocytes were examined in cell cultures...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543879/vglut1-synapses-and-p-boutons-on-regenerating-motoneurons-after-nerve-crush
#18
Adam J Schultz, Travis M Rotterman, Anirudh Dwarakanath, Francisco J Alvarez
Stretch-sensitive Ia afferent monosynaptic connections with motoneurons form the stretch reflex circuit. After nerve transection, Ia afferent synapses and stretch reflexes are permanently lost, even after regeneration and efficient re-innervation of muscle by motor and sensory afferents is completed in the periphery. This loss greatly affects full recovery of motor function. However, after nerve crush, reflex muscle forces during stretch do recover after muscle reinnervation and reportedly exceed 140% baseline values...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543854/endocardial-fibroelastosis-is-secondary-to-hemodynamic-alterations-in-the-chick-embryonic-model-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Zivorad Pesevski, Alena Kvasilova, Tereza Stopkova, Ondrej Nanka, Eliska Drobna Krejci, Christine Buffinton, Radka Kockova, Adam Eckhardt, David Sedmera
BACKGROUND: Endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) is a diffuse thickening of the ventricular endocardium, causing myocardial dysfunction and presenting as unexplained heart failure in infants and children. One of the postulated causes is persistent and increased wall tension in the ventricles. RESULTS: To examine whether reduced ventricular pressure in a chick model of hypoplastic left heart syndrome induced by left atrial ligation (LAL) at ED4 is associated with EFE at later stages, myocardial fibrosis was evaluated by histology and immunoconfocal microscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) at ED12...
May 20, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543795/permanent-nonselective-his-bundle-pacing-in-an-adult-with-l-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-and-complete-av-block
#20
Adam C Kean, W Aaron Kay, Jyoti K Patel, John M Miller, Gopi Dandamudi
We report the placement of a permanent transvenous nonselective His bundle pacing lead in conjunction with a transvenous pacemaker/ICD in an adult with Levo-Transposition of the Great Arteries (L-TGA) and a stenotic coronary sinus (CS) ostium (os), which would not accommodate a transvenous LV pacing lead. Nonselective His bundle pacing provided a nearly identical ventricular activation pattern in this previously unpaced patient. Many L-TGA patients will have an eventual need for permanent pacing and, given the challenges of CS cannulation, His bundle pacing may represent a preferred modality rather than pure morphologic LV pacing or surgical systemic ventricular lead placement to achieve optimal electrical synchrony...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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