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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645809/enhanced-in-vivo-retention-of-low-dose-bmp-2-via-heparin-microparticle-delivery-does-not-accelerate-bone-healing-in-a-critically-sized-femoral-defect
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Marian H Hettiaratchi, Tel Rouse, Catherine Chou, Laxminarayanan Krishnan, Hazel Y Stevens, Mon-Tzu A Li, Todd C McDevitt, Robert E Guldberg
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is an osteoinductive growth factor used clinically to induce bone regeneration and fusion. Some complications associated with BMP-2 treatment have been attributed to rapid release of BMP-2 from conventional collagen scaffolds, motivating the development of tunable sustained-release strategies. We incorporated BMP-2-binding heparin microparticles (HMPs) into a hydrogel scaffold to improve spatiotemporal control of BMP-2 delivery to large bone defects. HMPs pre-loaded with BMP-2 were mixed into alginate hydrogels and compared to hydrogels containing BMP-2 alone...
June 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637596/y-balance-test-has-no-correlation-with-the-stability-index-of-the-biodex-balance-system
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Gabriel Peixoto Leão Almeida, Isabel Oliveira Monteiro, Débora Fortes Marizeiro, Laísa Braga Maia, Pedro Olavo de Paula Lima
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study design. BACKGROUND: The Stability Index of the Biodex Balance System (SI-BBS) and Y Balance Test (YBT) has been used in studies assessing postural stability but no studies have verified the association of the YBT with the SI-BBS. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the association of the Y Balance Test (YBT) with the Stability Index of the Biodex Balance System (SI-BBS) to evaluate postural stability. METHODS: Forty participants who engaged in recreational physical activities, 12 of whom had a history of injury to the lower limbs...
February 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635590/imbalance-between-innate-antiviral-and-pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-may-contribute-to-different-outcomes-involving-low-and-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-h5n3-infections-in-chickens
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John Pasick, Sandra Diederich, Yohannes Berhane, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Wanhong Xu
In order to gain further insight into the early virus-host interactions associated with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus infections in chickens, genome-wide expression profiling of chicken lung and brain was carried out at 24 and 72 h post-inoculation (h p.i.). For this purpose two recombinant H5N3 viruses were utilized, each possessing a polybasic HA0 cleavage site but differing in pathogenicity. The original rH5N3 P0 virus, which has a low-pathogenic phenotype, was passaged six times through chickens to give rise to the derivative rH5N3 P6 virus, which is highly pathogenic (Diederich S, Berhane Y, Embury-Hyatt C, Hisanaga T, Handel K et al...
June 21, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632956/anti-inflammatory-potential-of-a-heat-killed-lactobacillus-strain-isolated-from-kimchi-on-house-dust-mite-induced-atopic-dermatitis-in-nc-nga-mice
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C Y Choi, Y H Kim, S Oh, H J Lee, J H Kim, S H Park, H J Kim, S J Lee, T Chun
AIMS: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an allergic skin disease driven by the Th2-prone immune response. Therefore, a fundamental approach to restoring the Th1/Th2 balance is needed to treat AD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighteen different Lactobacillus strains isolated from Kimchi were screened to identify those that stimulated immune cells to secret Th1-type or Th2-type cytokines. Lactobacillus brevis NS1401 induced the greatest IFN-γ and IL-12 secretion and the least IL-4 production among the tested Lactobacillus strains...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629942/can-a-target-zone-safer-than-lewinnek-s-safe-zone-be-defined-to-prevent-instability-of-total-hip-arthroplasties-case-control-study-of-56-dislocated-tha-and-93-matched-controls
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N Reina, S Putman, R Desmarchelier, E Sari Ali, P Chiron, M Ollivier, J Y Jenny, D Waast, C Mabit, E de Thomasson, C Schwartz, P Oger, L E Gayet, H Migaud, N Ramdane, M H Fessy
BACKGROUND: Various factors contribute to instability of total hip arthroplasty (THA), with implant orientation being a major contributor. We performed a case-control study with computed tomography (CT) data to determine whether 1) orientation contributes to THA instability and 2) a safer target zone for stability than Lewinnek's classic safe zone can be defined. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included prospectively 363 cases of THA dislocation that occurred during the calendar 2013 year in 24 participating hospitals...
June 16, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627638/meiotic-defects-and-decreased-expression-of-genes-located-around-the-chromosomal-breakpoint-in-the-testis-of-a-patient-with-a-novel-46-x-t-y-1-p11-3-p31-translocation
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Guangyuan Li, Furhan Iqbal, Liu Wang, Zhipeng Xu, Xiaoyan Che, Wen Yu, Liang Shi, Tonghang Guo, Guixiang Zhou, Xiaohua Jiang, Huan Zhang, Yuanwei Zhang, Dexin Yu
Balanced translocations are known to be associated with infertility, spontaneous abortions and birth defects in mammals. Spermatocyte spreading and immunostaining were applied to detect meiotic prophase I progression, homologous chromosome pairing, synapsis and recombination in an azoospermic reciprocal translocation 46,X,t(Y;1)(p11.3;p31) carrier. Histological examination of testicular sections revealed a severely reduced number of germ cells with no spermatids or sperm in the carrier. A significant reduction in XY recombination was observed in the patient...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625539/investigating-the-effects-of-maximal-anaerobic-fatigue-on-dynamic-postural-control-using-the-y-balance-test
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William Johnston, Kara Dolan, Niamh Reid, Garrett F Coughlan, Brian Caulfield
OBJECTIVES: The Y Balance Test is one of the most commonly used dynamic balance assessments, providing an insight into the integration of the sensorimotor subsystems. In recent times, there has been an increase in interest surrounding it's use in various clinical populations demonstrating alterations in motor function. Therefore, it is important to examine the effect physiological influences such as fatigue play in dynamic postural control, and establish a timeframe for its recovery. DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625482/equalizing-the-information-amounts-of-protein-and-mrna-by-information-theory
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Y Adiguzel
Based on the Shannon's information communication theory, information amount of the entire length of a polymeric macromolecule can be calculated in bits through adding the entropies of each building block. Proteins, DNA and RNA are such macromolecules. When only the building blocks' variation is considered as the source of entropy, there is seemingly lower information in case of the protein if this approach is applied directly on a protein of specific size and the coding sequence size of the mRNA corresponding to the particular length of the protein...
June 15, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623168/access-to-nicotine-in-drinking-water-reduces-weight-gain-without-changing-caloric-intake-on-high-fat-diet-in-male-c57bl-6j-mice
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Cali A Calarco, Somin Lee, Marina R Picciotto
Nicotine and tobacco use is associated with lower body weight, and many smokers report concerns about weight. In animal studies, nicotine reduces weight gain, reduces food consumption, and alters energy expenditure, but these effects vary with duration and route of nicotine administration. Previous studies have used standardized nicotine doses, however, in this study, male and female mice had free access to nicotine drinking water for 30 days while fed either a high fat diet (HFD) or chow, allowing animals to titrate their nicotine intake...
June 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622188/differences-in-fundamental-sagittal-pelvic-parameters-based-on-age-sex-and-race
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Robert K Merrill, Jun S Kim, Dante M Leven, Joung Heon Kim, Joshua J Meaike, Rachel S Bronheim, Kelly I Suchman, Doug Nowacki, Sunder S Gidumal, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether age, sex, and race have independent effects on sagittal pelvic parameters. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pelvic parameters and sagittal balance correlate with health-related quality of life and are important for patient assessment and surgical planning. Age, sex, and race are 3 unalterable patient factors that may influence pelvic morphology. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of consecutive adult patients who presented to our radiology practice between 2010 and 2015 and had a standing, lateral lumbosacral radiograph...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617532/the-effect-of-a-natural-standardized-bilberry-extract-mirtoselect%C3%A2-in-dry-eye-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-trial
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A Riva, S Togni, F Franceschi, S Kawada, Y Inaba, R Eggenhoffner, L Giacomelli
OBJECTIVE: Dry eye, a chronic disease of lachrymal fluid and corneo-conjunctival epithelium, could significantly impact visual function, affects quality of life and work productivity. Beside several conventional treatments, nutritional supplements based on bilberry extract have been identified as effective contributors to eye health. Here, we aim at investigating the bioavailability of a standardized bilberry extract, its ability to alleviate dry eye symptoms and its antioxidant potential...
May 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616095/acamprosate-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome-modulation-of-spontaneous-cortical-activity-erk1-2-activation-locomotor-behavior-and-anxiety
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Tori L Schaefer, Matthew H Davenport, Lindsay M Grainger, Chandler K Robinson, Anthony T Earnheart, Melinda S Stegman, Anna L Lang, Amy A Ashworth, Gemma Molinaro, Kimberly M Huber, Craig A Erickson
BACKGROUND: Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) occurs as a result of a silenced fragile X mental retardation 1 gene (FMR1) and subsequent loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) expression. Loss of FMRP alters excitatory/inhibitory signaling balance, leading to increased neuronal hyperexcitability and altered behavior. Acamprosate (the calcium salt of N-acetylhomotaurinate), a drug FDA-approved for relapse prevention in the treatment of alcohol dependence in adults, is a novel agent with multiple mechanisms that may be beneficial for people with FXS...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611691/morphine-reward-promotes-cue-sensitive-learning-implication-of-dorsal-striatal-creb-activity
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Mathieu Baudonnat, Jean-Louis Guillou, Marianne Husson, Veronique D Bohbot, Lars Schwabe, Vincent David
Different parallel neural circuits interact and may even compete to process and store information: whereas stimulus-response (S-R) learning critically depends on the dorsal striatum (DS), spatial memory relies on the hippocampus (HPC). Strikingly, despite its potential importance for our understanding of addictive behaviors, the impact of drug rewards on memory systems dynamics has not been extensively studied. Here, we assessed long-term effects of drug- vs food reinforcement on the subsequent use of S-R vs spatial learning strategies and their neural substrates...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609758/a-selection-guide-for-the-new-generation-6-dye-dna-profiling-systems
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Sze-Wah Lin, Christina Li, Stephen C Y Ip
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently expanded the CODIS core loci from the existing 13 to 20 as a new guideline, and laboratories from the US are required to comply with the new regulation before uploading or conducting identity search in the national database. The expanded CODIS format, which shares all the core loci commonly used in the European countries and the US, not only increases international compatibility, but also reduces the number of adventitious matches, and hence facilitates international law enforcement and counterterrorism endeavours...
June 3, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608533/effect-of-cereal-straw-and-alfalfa-hay-diet-on-amino-acid-profile-of-gastrointestinal-digesta-in-lactating-dairy-cows
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B Wang, Y Tu, L S Jiang, J X Liu
This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of replacing alfalfa hay with rice straw (RS) or corn stover (CS) on amino acid (AA) profiles of gastrointestinal digesta in lactating cows. Eighteen lactating dairy cows were randomly assigned to one of three groups (n = 6) and fed identical concentrate and corn silage with different forages on dry matter basis: (i) 23% alfalfa hay and 7% Chinese wild rye hay (AH); (ii) 30% CS; and (iii) 30% RS. After the 14-week feeding, a total of 18 cows were slaughtered to collect digesta from four representative organs, including rumen, omasum, duodenum and jejunum...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606786/the-utility-of-the-reflux-symptom-index-for-diagnosis-of-laryngopharyngeal-reflux-in-an-allergy-patient-population
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David L Brauer, Kevin Y Tse, Jane C Lin, Michael X Schatz, Ronald A Simon
BACKGROUND: Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is associated with asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, cough, postnasal drainage, and throat irritation. The Reflux Symptom Index (RSI) is a clinical tool to predict the presence of LPR, but a threshold RSI score has never been validated for the diagnosis of LPR in an allergic patient population. OBJECTIVE: To identify the optimal threshold RSI score predictive of LPR in an allergy clinic population. METHODS: The 9-question RSI questionnaire was administered to 84 patients in the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Allergy Department...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606263/-three-dimensional-vector-analysis-after-decompression-surgery-in-thyroid-associated-ophthalmopathy
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J Guo, J Qian, X F Li, F X Meng, R Q Ma
Objective: To analyze the change of globe position after different orbital decompression in thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO). Methods: It was a retrosective case series study. Twenty-nine TAO patients (33 eyes) underwent orbital decompression were collected between October 2014 and December 2016 at Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University. There were 17 males and 12 females, and the average age was 46 years (ranging from 21 to 66 years). Fifteen patients (17 eyes) underwent balanced decompression, 11 patients (11 eyes) underwent deep lateral decompression, and 4 patients (5 eyes) underwent medial decompression...
June 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605232/sensorimotor-control-of-the-shoulder-in-professional-volleyball-players-with-isolated-infraspinatus-muscle-atrophy
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Samuele Contemori, Andrea Biscarini, Fabio Massimo Botti, Daniele Busti, Roberto Panichi, Vito Enrico Pettorossi
CONTEXT: Isolated infraspinatus muscle atrophy (IIMA) only affects the hitting shoulder of overhead-activity athletes, and is caused by suprascapular nerve neuropathy. No study has assessed the static and dynamic stability of the shoulder in overhead professional athletes with IIMA to reveal possible shoulder sensorimotor alterations. OBJECTIVE: To assess the shoulder static stability, dynamic stability, and strength in professional volleyball players with IIMA and in healthy control players...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601444/nitrogen-efficiency-of-eastern-canadian-dairy-herds-effect-on-production-performance-and-farm-profitability
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L Fadul-Pacheco, D Pellerin, P Y Chouinard, M A Wattiaux, M Duplessis, É Charbonneau
Nitrogen efficiency (milk N/dietary N; NE) can be used as a tool for the nutritional, economic, and environmental management of dairy farms. The aim of this study was to identify the characteristics of herds with varying NE and assess the effect on farm profitability. One hundred dairy herds located in Québec, Canada, comprising on average 42 ± 18 cows in lactation were visited from October 2014 to June 2015. Feed intake was measured over 24 h. Samples of each feedstuff were taken and sent to a commercial laboratory for analysis of chemical composition...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597905/stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-past-present-and-future-comparing-the-guidelines-and-practical-decision-making
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Gregory Lip, Gregory Y H Lip, Ben Freedman, Raffaele De Caterina, Tatjana S Potpara
Concepts and our approaches to stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) have changed markedly over the last decade. There has been an evolution over the approach to stroke and bleeding risk assessment, as well as new treatment options. An increasing awareness of AF has led to calls to improve the detection of and population screening for AF. Stroke and bleeding risk assessment continues to evolve, and the ongoing debate on balance between simplicity and practicality, against precision medicine will continue...
June 9, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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