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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329414/a-protocol-for-the-development-of-a-critical-thinking-assessment-tool-for-nurses-using-a-delphi-technique
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Elisabeth Jacob, Christine Duffield, Darren Jacob
AIM: The aim of this study is to develop an assessment tool to measure the critical thinking ability of nurses. BACKGROUND: As an increasing number of complex patients are admitted to hospitals, the importance of nurses recognising changes in health status and picking up on deterioration is more important. To detect early signs of complication requires critical thinking skills. Registered nurses are expected to commence their clinical careers with the necessary critical thinking skills to ensure safe nursing practice...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327745/dynamics-of-miura-patterned-foldable-sheets-in-shear-flow
#2
Sarit Dutta, Michael D Graham
We study the dynamics of piecewise rigid sheets containing predefined crease lines in shear flow. The crease lines act like hinge joints along which the sheet may fold rigidly, i.e. without bending any other crease line. We choose the crease lines such that they tessellate the sheet into a two-dimensional array of parallelograms. Specifically, we focus on a particular arrangement of crease lines known as a Miura-pattern in the origami community. When all the hinges are fully open the sheet is planar, whereas when all are closed the sheet folds over itself to form a compact flat structure...
March 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327610/molecular-level-detection-and-localization-of-mechanical-damage-in-collagen-enabled-by-collagen-hybridizing-peptides
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Jared L Zitnay, Yang Li, Zhao Qin, Boi Hoa San, Baptiste Depalle, Shawn P Reese, Markus J Buehler, S Michael Yu, Jeffrey A Weiss
Mechanical injury to connective tissue causes changes in collagen structure and material behaviour, but the role and mechanisms of molecular damage have not been established. In the case of mechanical subfailure damage, no apparent macroscale damage can be detected, yet this damage initiates and potentiates in pathological processes. Here, we utilize collagen hybridizing peptide (CHP), which binds unfolded collagen by triple helix formation, to detect molecular level subfailure damage to collagen in mechanically stretched rat tail tendon fascicle...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327150/research-impact-of-systems-level-long-term-care-research-a-multiple-case-study
#4
Anita Kothari, Nedra Peter, Melissa Donskov, Tracy Luciani
BACKGROUND: Traditional reporting of research outcomes and impacts, which tends to focus on research product publications and grant success, does not capture the value, some contributions, or the complexity of research projects. The purpose of this study was to understand the contributions of five systems-level research projects as they were unfolding at the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in long-term care (LTC) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The research questions were, (1) How are partnerships with research end-users (policymakers, administrators and other public/private organisations) characterised? (2) How have interactions with the CLRI Management Committee and Steering Committee influenced the development of research products? (3) In what way have other activities, processes, unlinked actors or organisations been influenced by the research project activities? METHODS: The study was guided by Kok and Schuit's concept of research impacts, using a multiple case study design...
March 21, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317116/anatomical-segmentation-of-the-human-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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M Córcoles-Parada, Ncj Müller, M Ubero, V M Serrano-Del-Pueblo, F Mansilla, P Marcos-Rabal, E Artacho-Pérula, M Dresler, R Insausti, G Fernández, M Muñoz-López
The medial prefrontal areas 32, 24, 14, and 25 (mPFC) form part of the limbic memory system, but little is known about their functional specialization in humans. To add anatomical precision to structural and functional MRI data, we aimed to identify these mPFC subareas in histological preparations of human brain tissue, determine sulci most consistently related with mPFC areal boundaries, and use these sulci to delineate mPFC areas in MRIs. To achieve this, we obtained 3D MRI data from 11 ex vivo hemispheres and processed them for cyto- and myelo-architectonic analysis...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315699/the-neglected-functions-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-and-the-origin-of-life
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REVIEW
Laurent Jaeken
The example of gelatine shows that extended proteins behave quite differently than globular ones: with water they form a gel. Historically the colloid view of protoplasm was discredited in favour of membrane-(pump)-theory (MPT), but unjustified. In his association-induction hypothesis Ling demonstrates that MPT is full of contradictions and that the colloid view has to be re-considered. In that case IDP's play a crucial role in this. What Ling calls the 'living state' consists of the unitary protoplasmic structure from which it was experimentally demonstrated that it can survive and keep Na(+) and K(+) concentrations without a delineating membrane...
March 15, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300624/neurotoxicity-of-the-steroidal-alkaloids-tomatine-and-tomatidine-is-rip1-kinase-and-caspase-independent-and-involves-the-eif2%C3%AE-branch-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum
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Daniela Correia da Silva, Paula B Andrade, Patrícia Valentão, David M Pereira
Steroidal alkaloids are a class of natural products that occur in several species of the Solanaceae family. In the case of tomato plant (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.), tomatine and its aglycone, tomatidine, are the most representative molecules. These steroidal alkaloids have already shown several potentially useful biological activities, from anticancer to anti-inflammatory or antibacterial. In this work, the toxicity of these molecules in neuronal cells, namely in the neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y, was assessed, emphasis being given to the cellular mechanisms underlying the effects observed...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297603/improving-the-efficiency-of-nonequilibrium-sampling-in-the-aqueous-environment-via-implicit-solvent-simulations
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Hui Liu, Fu Chen, Huiyong Sun, Dan Li, Tingjun Hou
By means of estimators based on nonequilibrium work, equilibrium free energy differences or potentials of mean force (PMFs) of a system of interest can be computed from biased molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The approach, however, is often plagued by slow conformational sampling and poor convergence, especially when the solvent effects are taken into account. Here, as a possible way to alleviate the problem, several widely-used implicit solvent models, which are derived from the analytic generalized Born (GB) equation and implemented in the AMBER suite of programs, were employed in free energy calculations based on nonequilibrium work and evaluated for their abilities to emulate explicit water...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287565/differential-scanning-calorimetry-a-method-for-assessing-the-thermal-stability-and-conformation-of-protein-antigen
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Ibrahim B Durowoju, Kamaljit S Bhandal, Jian Hu, Bruce Carpick, Marina Kirkitadze
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is an analytical technique that measures the molar heat capacity of samples as a function of temperature. In the case of protein samples, DSC profiles provide information about thermal stability, and to some extent serves as a structural "fingerprint" that can be used to assess structural conformation. It is performed using a differential scanning calorimeter that measures the thermal transition temperature (melting temperature; Tm) and the energy required to disrupt the interactions stabilizing the tertiary structure (enthalpy; ∆H) of proteins...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287330/accounting-for-abortion-accomplishing-transnational-reproductive-governance-through-post-abortion-care-in-senegal
#10
Siri Suh
Reproductive governance operates through calculating demographic statistics that offer selective truths about reproductive practices, bodies, and subjectivities. Post-abortion care, a global reproductive health intervention, represents a transnational reproductive regime that establishes motherhood as women's primary legitimate reproductive status. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Senegal between 2010 and 2011, I illustrate how post-abortion care accomplishes reproductive governance in a context where abortion is prohibited altogether and the US is the primary bilateral donor of population aid...
March 13, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286571/we-are-not-alone-a-case-for-the-human-microbiome-in-extra-intestinal-diseases
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EDITORIAL
S Shivaji
BACKGROUND: "Dysbiosis" in the gut microbiome has been implicated in auto-immune diseases, in inflammatory diseases, in some cancers and mental disorders. The challenge is to unravel the cellular and molecular basis of dysbiosis so as to understand the disease manifestation. MAIN BODY: Next generation sequencing and genome enabled technologies have led to the establishment of the composition of gut microbiomes and established that "dysbiosis" is the cause of several diseases...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265194/curvature-metric-and-parametrization-of-origami-tessellations-theory-and-application-to-the-eggbox-pattern
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H Nassar, A Lebée, L Monasse
Origami tessellations are particular textured morphing shell structures. Their unique folding and unfolding mechanisms on a local scale aggregate and bring on large changes in shape, curvature and elongation on a global scale. The existence of these global deformation modes allows for origami tessellations to fit non-trivial surfaces thus inspiring applications across a wide range of domains including structural engineering, architectural design and aerospace engineering. The present paper suggests a homogenization-type two-scale asymptotic method which, combined with standard tools from differential geometry of surfaces, yields a macroscopic continuous characterization of the global deformation modes of origami tessellations and other similar periodic pin-jointed trusses...
January 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264060/whole-exome-sequencing-implicates-eye-development-the-unfolded-protein-response-and-plasma-membrane-homeostasis-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Tiger Zhou, Emmanuelle Souzeau, Shiwani Sharma, John Landers, Richard Mills, Ivan Goldberg, Paul R Healey, Stuart Graham, Alex W Hewitt, David A Mackey, Anna Galanopoulos, Robert J Casson, Jonathan B Ruddle, Jonathan Ellis, Paul Leo, Matthew A Brown, Stuart MacGregor, David J Lynn, Kathryn P Burdon, Jamie E Craig
PURPOSE: To identify biological processes associated with POAG and its subtypes, high-tension (HTG) and normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), by analyzing rare potentially damaging genetic variants. METHODS: A total of 122 and 65 unrelated HTG and NTG participants, respectively, with early onset advanced POAG, 103 non-glaucoma controls and 993 unscreened ethnicity-matched controls were included in this study. Study participants without myocilin disease-causing variants and non-glaucoma controls were subjected to whole exome sequencing on an Illumina HiSeq2000...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253409/enhancing-care-for-hospitalized-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-development-of-a-formal-educational-program-for-nursing-staff
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Mary C DiBartolo
Although not generally a primary admission diagnosis, Parkinson's disease (PD) can be a significant comorbidity during hospitalization. Hospitalized individuals with PD can experience a variety of complications, such as confusion, pneumonia, and urinary infections. More than 20% of patients experience deterioration in symptoms and hospital stays are extended by an average of 4 days. Late, omitted, or inappropriate medications are frequent culprits leading to serious consequences, including falls and aspiration...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239489/insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations-for-computational-protein-design
#15
Matthew Carter Childers, Valerie Daggett
A grand challenge in the field of structural biology is to design and engineer proteins that exhibit targeted functions. Although much success on this front has been achieved, design success rates remain low, an ever-present reminder of our limited understanding of the relationship between amino acid sequences and the structures they adopt. In addition to experimental techniques and rational design strategies, computational methods have been employed to aid in the design and engineering of proteins. Molecular dynamics (MD) is one such method that simulates the motions of proteins according to classical dynamics...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235843/competitive-folding-of-rna-structures-at-a-termination-antitermination-site
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Soraya Ait-Bara, Caroline Clerte, Nathalie Declerck, Emmanuel Margeat
Antitermination is a regulatory process based on the competitive folding of terminator/antiterminator structures that can form in the leader region of nascent transcripts. In the case of the Bacillus subtilis licS gene involved in β-glucosides utilization, the binding of the antitermination protein LicT to a short RNA hairpin (RAT) prevents the formation of an overlapping terminator and thereby allows transcription to proceed. Here, we monitored in vitro the competition between termination and antitermination by combining bulk and single-molecule fluorescence-based assays using labelled RNA oligonucleotide constructs of increasing length that mimic the progressive transcription of the terminator invading the antiterminator hairpin...
February 24, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216023/immunogenicity-of-structurally-perturbed-hen-egg-lysozyme-adsorbed-to-silicone-oil-microdroplets-in-wild-type-and-transgenic-mouse-models
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Carly Fleagle Chisholm, Kaitlin R Soucie, Jane S Song, Pamela Strauch, Raul M Torres, John F Carpenter, Jack A Ragheb, Theodore W Randolph
Silicone oil microdroplets may act as adjuvants, promoting unwanted immune responses against both foreign and self-proteins. Proteins often unfold upon adsorption to silicone oil microdroplets, but it is unclear how such unfolding might affect the immune response. In this study, we found that hen egg lysozyme (HEL) readily adsorbed to silicone oil microdroplets and perturbed the conformation of HEL. We compared the immune response to injections of HEL formulated in the presence and absence of silicone oil microdroplets in both wild-type mice and transgenic littermates that express a soluble form of HEL (sHEL), thus rendering them immunologically tolerant to this nominal self-antigen...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196566/using-high-fidelity-simulation-scenarios-in-the-classroom-to-engage-learners
#18
Stephanie Turner, Leslie G Cole
It is well known that active teaching strategies improve student learning outcomes. By using simulation scenarios as a tool to teach systematic decision making in the classroom, faculty allow a large group of students to develop abstract thinking and gain experience in a setting that has traditionally delivered information in a linear format. This article will describe the process of using a high-fidelity simulation scenario as an unfolding case study to teach students how to manage and care for a patient.
February 1, 2017: Creative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196347/disentangling-life-darwin-selectionism-and-the-postgenomic-return-of-the-environment
#19
Maurizio Meloni
In this paper, I analyze the disruptive impact of Darwinian selectionism for the century-long tradition in which the environment had a direct causative role in shaping an organism's traits. In the case of humans, the surrounding environment often determined not only the physical, but also the mental and moral features of individuals and whole populations. With its apparatus of indirect effects, random variations, and a much less harmonious view of nature and adaptation, Darwinian selectionism severed the deep imbrication of organism and milieu posited by these traditional environmentalist models...
February 11, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195464/combining-the-martini-and-structure-based-coarse-grained-approaches-for-the-molecular-dynamics-studies-of-conformational-transitions-in-proteins
#20
Adolfo B Poma, Marek Cieplak, Panagiotis E Theodorakis
The application of coarse-grained (CG) models in biology is essential to access large length and time scales required for the description of many biological processes. The ELNEDIN protein model is based on the well-known MARTINI CG force-field and incorporates additionally harmonic bonds of a certain spring constant within a defined cutoff distance between pairs of residues, in order to preserve the native structure of the protein. In this case, the use of unbreakable harmonic bonds hinders the study of unfolding and folding processes...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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