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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334499/cognitive-function-and-its-risk-factors-among-older-us-adults-living-at-home
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William Dale, Ashwin A Kotwal, Joseph W Shega, L Philip Schumm, David W Kern, Jayant M Pinto, Kelly M Pudelek, Linda J Waite, Martha K McClintock
BACKGROUND: The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) has not been administered to a representative national sample, precluding comparison of patient scores to the general population and for risk factor identification. METHODS: A validated survey-based adaptation of the MoCA (MoCA-SA) was administered to a probability sample of home-dwelling US adults aged 62 to 90, using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (n=3129), yielding estimates of prevalence in the United States...
January 12, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334467/robot-assisted-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334401/unearthing-belowground-bud-banks-in-fire-prone-ecosystems
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Juli G Pausas, Byron B Lamont, Susana Paula, Beatriz Appezzato-da-Glória, Alessandra Fidelis
Despite long-time awareness of the importance of the location of buds in plant biology, research on belowground bud banks has been scant. Terms such as lignotuber, xylopodium and sobole, all referring to belowground bud-bearing structures, are used inconsistently in the literature. Because soil efficiently insulates meristems from the heat of fire, concealing buds below ground provides fitness benefits in fire-prone ecosystems. Thus, in these ecosystems, there is a remarkable diversity of bud-bearing structures...
January 15, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334019/chemical-stabilization-of-polymers-implications-for-dermal-exposure-to-additives
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N Bartsch, M Girard, L Schneider, V Van De Weijgert, A Wilde, O Kappenstein, B Vieth, C Hutzler, A Luch
Technical benefits of additives in polymers stand in marked contrast to their associated health risks. Here, a multi-analyte method based on gas chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) was developed to quantify polymer additives in complex matrices such as low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and isolated human skin layers after dermal exposure ex vivo. That way both technical aspects and dermal exposure were investigated. The effects of polymer additivation on the material were studied using the example of LDPE...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333588/nitrogen-fixation-activity-and-the-abundance-and-taxonomy-of-nifh-genes-in-agricultural-pristine-and-urban-prairie-stream-sediments-chronically-exposed-to-different-levels-of-nitrogen-loading
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Ingrid R Caton, Todd M Caton, Mark A Schneegurt
Small streams exert great influences on the retention and attenuation of nitrogen (N) within stream networks. Human land use can lead to increased transport of dissolved inorganic N compounds and downstream eutrophication. Microbial activity in streams is important for maintaining an actively functioning N cycle. Chronically high N loading in streams affects the rates of the central processes of the N cycle by increasing rates of nitrification and denitrification, with biota exhibiting decreased efficiency of N use...
January 15, 2018: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333587/genetic-characterization-and-modification-of-a-bioethanol-producing-yeast-strain
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Ke Zhang, Ya-Nan Di, Lei Qi, Yang Sui, Ting-Yu Wang, Li Fan, Zhen-Mei Lv, Xue-Chang Wu, Pin-Mei Wang, Dao-Qiong Zheng
Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains isolated from different sources generally show extensive genetic and phenotypic diversity. Understanding how genomic variations influence phenotypes is important for developing strategies with improved economic traits. The diploid S. cerevisiae strain NY1308 is used for cellulosic bioethanol production. Whole genome sequencing identified an extensive amount of single nucleotide variations and small insertions/deletions in the genome of NY1308 compared with the S288c genome...
January 15, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333342/is-there-a-link-between-aging-and-microbiome-diversity-in-exceptional-mammalian-longevity
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Graham M Hughes, John Leech, Sébastien J Puechmaille, Jose V Lopez, Emma C Teeling
A changing microbiome has been linked to biological aging in mice and humans, suggesting a possible role of gut flora in pathogenic aging phenotypes. Many bat species have exceptional longevity given their body size and some can live up to ten times longer than expected with little signs of aging. This study explores the anal microbiome of the exceptionally long-lived Myotis myotis bat, investigating bacterial composition in both adult and juvenile bats to determine if the microbiome changes with age in a wild, long-lived non-model organism, using non-lethal sampling...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333264/how-anthropogenic-shifts-in-plant-community-composition-alter-soil-food-webs
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Paul Kardol, Jonathan R De Long
There are great concerns about the impacts of soil biodiversity loss on ecosystem functions and services such as nutrient cycling, food production, and carbon storage. A diverse community of soil organisms that together comprise a complex food web mediates such ecosystem functions and services. Recent advances have shed light on the key drivers of soil food web structure, but a conceptual integration is lacking. Here, we explore how human-induced changes in plant community composition influence soil food webs...
2018: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332949/convergent-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-branched-amines-by-transition-metal-catalyzed-c-h-bond-additions-to-imines
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Joshua R Hummel, Jonathan A Ellman
α-Branched amines are ubiquitous in drugs and natural products, and consequently, synthetic methods that provide convergent and efficient entry to these structures are of considerable value. Transition-metal-catalyzed C-H bond additions to imines have the potential to be highly practical and atom-economic approaches for the synthesis of a diverse and complex array of α-branched amine products. These strategies typically employ readily available starting inputs, display high functional group compatibility, and often avoid the production of stoichiometric waste byproducts...
November 2017: Israel Journal of Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332945/the-human-skin-microbiome
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REVIEW
Allyson L Byrd, Yasmine Belkaid, Julia A Segre
Functioning as the exterior interface of the human body with the environment, skin acts as a physical barrier to prevent the invasion of foreign pathogens while providing a home to the commensal microbiota. The harsh physical landscape of skin, particularly the desiccated, nutrient-poor, acidic environment, also contributes to the adversity that pathogens face when colonizing human skin. Despite this, the skin is colonized by a diverse microbiota. In this Review, we describe amplicon and shotgun metagenomic DNA sequencing studies that have been used to assess the taxonomic diversity of microorganisms that are associated with skin from the kingdom to the strain level...
January 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332631/treatment-utilization-and-barriers-to-treatment-among-individuals-with-olfactory-reference-syndrome-ors
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Jennifer L Greenberg, Noah C Berman, Valerie Braddick, Rachel Schwartz, Suraj S Mothi, Sabine Wilhelm
OBJECTIVE: Olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) is characterized by a preoccupation that one is emitting a foul or offensive odor. Despite the profound psychosocial impact of ORS, many patients do not receive appropriate treatment, and there is no empirical research on treatment-seeking behavior in ORS. This study investigated treatment utilization patterns and barriers to treatment in individuals with ORS. METHOD: 253 subjects completed an online survey between January-March 2010...
February 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332584/multicomponent-reactions-for-multitargeted-compounds-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Lhassane Ismaili, Maria do Carmo Carreiras
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifactorial and fatal neurodegenerative disorder affecting around 35 million people worldwide, which is characterized by decline of cholinergic function, deregulation of amyloid beta (Aβ) oligomers formation and Aβ fibril deposition. Multi-target--directed ligands (MTDLs) have emerged as an original strategy for developing new therapeutic agents on AD. Multicomponent reactions (MCRs) are a useful alternative to sequential multistep syntheses, allowing scaffold diversity and a rapid and easy access to biologically relevant compounds...
January 12, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332127/proteome-profiling-of-developing-murine-lens-through-mass-spectrometry
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Shahid Y Khan, Muhammad Ali, Firoz Kabir, Santosh Renuse, Chan Hyun Na, C Conover Talbot, Sean F Hackett, S Amer Riazuddin
Purpose: We previously completed a comprehensive profile of the mouse lens transcriptome. Here, we investigate the proteome of the mouse lens through mass spectrometry-based protein sequencing at the same embryonic and postnatal time points. Methods: We extracted mouse lenses at embryonic day 15 (E15) and 18 (E18) and postnatal day 0 (P0), 3 (P3), 6 (P6), and 9 (P9). The lenses from each time point were preserved in three distinct pools to serve as biological replicates for each developmental stage...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331287/characterizing-the-effects-of-deep-brain-stimulation-with-magnetoencephalography-a-review
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REVIEW
Irene E Harmsen, Nathan C Rowland, Richard A Wennberg, Andres M Lozano
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an important form of neuromodulation that is being applied to patients with motor, mood, or cognitive circuit disorders. Despite the efficacy and widespread use of DBS, the precise mechanisms by which it works remain unknown. Over the last decade, magnetoencephalography (MEG) has become an important functional neuroimaging technique used to study DBS. OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes the literature related to the use of MEG to characterize the effects of DBS...
January 4, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330955/intrinsic-constraints-on-the-diversification-of-neotropical-cichlid-adductor-mandibulae-size
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Jessica Arbour, Hernán López-Fernández
The diversification of functional traits may be constrained by intrinsic factors, such as structural, mechanical, developmental, or physiological limitations. We explored the biomechanical and constructional constraints on the size of the major jaw closing muscles, the adductor mandibulae complex (AM), in a diverse clade of freshwater fish - the Neotropical cichlids. Using phylogenetic comparative methods, we contrasted patterns of size variation and diversification rates of three AM divisions with variables describing head size and biomechanical coefficients describing force and velocity transmission...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330953/jaw-dropping-functional-variation-in-the-digastric-muscle-in-bats
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Abigail A Curtis, Sharlene E Santana
Diet and feeding behavior in mammals is strongly linked to the morphology of their feeding apparatus. Cranio-muscular morphology determines how wide, forcefully, and quickly the jaw can be opened or closed, which limits the size and material properties of the foods that a mammal can eat. Most studies of feeding performance in mammals have focused on skull form and jaw muscles involved in generating bite force, but few explore how jaw abduction is related to feeding performance. In this study, we explored how the morphology of the digastric muscle, the primary jaw abducting muscle in mammals, and its jaw lever mechanics are related to diet in morphologically diverse noctilionoid bats...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330936/give-me-a-sample-of-air-and-i-will-tell-which-species-are-found-from-your-region-molecular-identification-of-fungi-from-airborne-spore-samples
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Nerea Abrego, Veera Norros, Panu Halme, Panu Somervuo, Heini Ali-Kovero, Otso Ovaskainen
Fungi are a megadiverse group of organisms, they play major roles in ecosystem functioning, and are important for human health, food production, and nature conservation. Our knowledge on fungal diversity and fungal ecology is however still very limited, in part because surveying and identifying fungi is time demanding and requires expert knowledge. We present a method that allows anyone to generate a list of fungal species likely to occur in a region of interest, with minimal effort and without requiring taxonomical expertise...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330894/structure-function-and-evolution-of-the-hemerythrin-like-domain-superfamily
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Claudia Alvarez-Carreño, Vikram Alva, Arturo Becerra, Antonio Lazcano
Hemerythrin-like proteins have generally been studied for their ability to reversibly bind oxygen through their binuclear non-heme iron centers. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly evident that some members of the hemerythrin-like superfamily also participate in many other biological processes. For instance, the binuclear non-heme iron site of YtfE, a hemerythrin-like protein involved in the repair of iron centers in Escherichia coli, catalyzes the reduction of nitric oxide to nitrous oxide, and the human F-box/LRR-repeat protein 5, which contains a hemerythrin-like domain, is involved in intracellular iron homeostasis...
January 13, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330752/evaluation-of-the-iron-regulatory-protein-1-interactome
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Gregory J Connell, Jando S Danial, Christian X Haastruthers
The interactions of iron regulatory proteins (IRPs) with mRNAs containing an iron-responsive element (IRE) is a major means through which intracellular iron homeostasis is maintained and integrated with cellular function. Although IRE-IRP interactions have been proposed to modulate the expression of a diverse number of mRNAs, a transcriptome analysis of the interactions that form within the native mRNA structure and cellular environment has not previously been described. An RNA-CLIP study is described here that identified IRP-1 interactions occurring within a primary cell line expressing physiologically relevant amounts of mRNA and protein...
January 12, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330711/boosting-tendon-repair-interplay-of-cells-growth-factors-and-scaffold-free-and-gel-based-carriers
#20
REVIEW
Zexing Yan, Heyong Yin, Michael Nerlich, Christian G Pfeifer, Denitsa Docheva
BACKGROUND: Tendons are dense connective tissues and critical components for the integrity and function of the musculoskeletal system. Tendons connect bone to muscle and transmit forces on which locomotion entirely depends. Due to trauma, overuse and age-related degeneration, many people suffer from acute or chronic tendon injuries. Owing to their hypovascularity and hypocellularity, tendinopathies remain a substantial challenge for both clinicians and researchers. Surgical treatment includes suture or transplantation of autograft, allograft or xenograft, and these serve as the most common technique for rescuing tendon injuries...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics
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