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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637170/neuroprotective-effect-of-pressure-oriented-flow-regulation-and-ph-stat-management-in-selective-antegrade-brain-perfusion-during-total-aortic-arch-repair
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Hisato Ito, Toru Mizumoto, Yasuhiro Sawada, Kazuya Fujinaga, Hironori Tempaku, Yasunori Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Tsutsui, Hideto Shimpo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the safety and effectiveness of our selective antegrade brain perfusion (SABP) strategy, which is characterized by moderate hypothermic and low-pressure management under pH-stat using a completely closed cardiopulmonary bypass circuit with a single centrifugal pump. METHODS: Forty-nine consecutive patients (median age, 74) underwent total aortic arch replacement using a 4-branched graft. SABP was conducted with individual cannulation in all arch vessels...
June 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637136/virtual-environment-navigation-with-look-around-mode-to-explore-new-real-spaces-by-people-who-are-blind
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Orly Lahav, Hadas Gedalevitz, Steven Battersby, David Brown, Lindsay Evett, Patrick Merritt
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the ability of people who are blind to construct a mental map and perform orientation tasks in real space by using Nintendo Wii technologies to explore virtual environments. The participant explores new spaces through haptic and auditory feedback triggered by pointing or walking in the virtual environments and later constructs a mental map, which can be used to navigate in real space. METHODS: The study included 10 participants who were congenitally or adventitiously blind, divided into experimental and control groups...
February 10, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637044/depressed-patients-hospitalized-in-southeast-facing-rooms-are-discharged-earlier-than-patients-in-northwest-facing-rooms
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Krzysztof Gbyl, Helle Østergaard Madsen, Signe Dunker Svendsen, Paul Michael Petersen, Ida Hageman, Carlo Volf, Klaus Martiny
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Improvement in patients admitted to inpatient wards with severe depression is slow, and such patients are often discharged with residual symptoms which put them at risk for relapse. New treatments that can speed up recovery are highly desired. This naturalistic follow-up study in a specialized affective disorders unit investigated the impact of daylight on the length of hospital stay and improvement of depression. METHODS: For a period of 1 year, we collected data on sociodemographics, length of stay, vitamin D, and depression severity for patients in an inpatient affective disorders unit...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636951/structure-of-cc-chemokine-receptor-5-with-a-potent-chemokine-antagonist-reveals-mechanisms-of-chemokine-recognition-and-molecular-mimicry-by-hiv
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Yi Zheng, Gye Won Han, Ruben Abagyan, Beili Wu, Raymond C Stevens, Vadim Cherezov, Irina Kufareva, Tracy M Handel
CCR5 is the primary chemokine receptor utilized by HIV to infect leukocytes, whereas CCR5 ligands inhibit infection by blocking CCR5 engagement with HIV gp120. To guide the design of improved therapeutics, we solved the structure of CCR5 in complex with chemokine antagonist [5P7]CCL5. Several structural features appeared to contribute to the anti-HIV potency of [5P7]CCL5, including the distinct chemokine orientation relative to the receptor, the near-complete occupancy of the receptor binding pocket, the dense network of intermolecular hydrogen bonds, and the similarity of binding determinants with the FDA-approved HIV inhibitor Maraviroc...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636916/structural-behavior-of-the-peptaibol-harzianin-hk-vi-in-a-dmpc-bilayer-insights-from-md-simulations
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Marina Putzu, Sezgin Kara, Sergii Afonin, Stephan L Grage, Andrea Bordessa, Grégory Chaume, Thierry Brigaud, Anne S Ulrich, Tomáš Kubař
Microsecond molecular dynamics simulations of harzianin HK VI (HZ) interacting with a dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayer were performed at the condition of low peptide-to-lipid ratio. Two orientations of HZ molecule in the bilayer were found and characterized. In the orientation perpendicular to the bilayer surface, HZ induces a local thinning of the bilayer. When inserted into the bilayer parallel to its surface, HZ is located nearly completely within the hydrophobic region of the bilayer. A combination of solid-state NMR and circular dichroism experiments found the latter orientation to be dominant...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636907/epr-spectroscopy-targets-structural-changes-in-the-e-%C3%A2-coli-membrane-fusion-cusb-upon-cu-i-binding
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Aviv Meir, Ahmad Abdelhai, Yoni Moskovitz, Sharon Ruthstein
Bacterial cells have developed sophisticated systems to deal with the toxicity of metal ions. Escherichia coli CusCFBA is a complex efflux system, responsible for transferring Cu(I) and Ag(I) ions; this system, located in the periplasm, involves four proteins, CusA, CusB, CusC, and CusF. CusA, CusB, and CusC are connected to one another in an oligomerization ratio of 3:6:3 CusA/CusB/CusC to form the CusCBA periplasm membrane transporter. CusB is an adaptor protein that connects the two membrane proteins CusA (inner membrane) and CusC (outer membrane)...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
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Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636763/sensitive-volume-effects-on-monte-carlo-calculated-ion-chamber-response-in-magnetic-fields
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Victor N Malkov, David W O Rogers
PURPOSE: The development of magnetic resonance guided radiation therapy (MR-gRT) necessitates accurate Monte Carlo (MC) models of ion chambers for computing ion chamber corrections to compensate for the presence of the magnetic field. This study evaluates the sensitivity of the ion chamber dose response in a magnetic field on the collection volume used in the MC simulation METHODS: The EGSnrc system's egs_chamber application is used with a recently developed and validated magnetic field transport code...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636677/contextual-imitation-of-intransitive-body-actions-in-a-beluga-whale-delphinapterus-leucas-a-do-as-other-does-study
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José Z Abramson, Mª Victoria Hernández-Lloreda, José-Antonio Esteban, Fernando Colmenares, Francisco Aboitiz, Josep Call
Cetaceans are remarkable for exhibiting group-specific behavioral traditions or cultures in several behavioral domains (e.g., calls, behavioral tactics), and the question of whether they can be acquired socially, for example through imitative processes, remains open. Here we used a "Do as other does" paradigm to experimentally study the ability of a beluga to imitate familiar intransitive (body-oriented) actions demonstrated by a conspecific. The participant was first trained to copy three familiar behaviors on command (training phase) and then was tested for her ability to generalize the learned "Do as the other does" command to a different set of three familiar behaviors (testing phase)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636619/what-do-computer-scientists-tweet-analyzing-the-link-sharing-practice-on-twitter
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Marco Schmitt, Robert Jäschke
Twitter communication has permeated every sphere of society. To highlight and share small pieces of information with possibly vast audiences or small circles of the interested has some value in almost any aspect of social life. But what is the value exactly for a scientific field? We perform a comprehensive study of computer scientists using Twitter and their tweeting behavior concerning the sharing of web links. Discerning the domains, hosts and individual web pages being tweeted and the differences between computer scientists and a Twitter sample enables us to look in depth at the Twitter-based information sharing practices of a scientific community...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636611/unmanned-aircraft-systems-as-a-new-source-of-disturbance-for-wildlife-a-systematic-review
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Margarita Mulero-Pázmány, Susanne Jenni-Eiermann, Nicolas Strebel, Thomas Sattler, Juan José Negro, Zulima Tablado
The use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS; also known as "drones") for professional and personal-leisure use is increasing enormously. UAS operate at low altitudes (<500 m) and in any terrain, thus they are susceptible to interact with local fauna, generating a new type of anthropogenic disturbance that has not been systematically evaluated. To address this gap, we performed a review of the existent literature about animals' responses to UAS flights and conducted a pooled analysis of the data to determine the probability and intensity of the disturbance, and to identify the factors influencing animals' reactions towards the small aircraft...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636608/the-construct-of-sexual-openness-for-females-in-steady-intimate-relationships
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Diana Rausch, Arne Dekker, Martin Rettenberger
The analysis of open-minded attitudes towards sexuality in general requires a construct based on attitudinal dimensions. Although several existing studies involve sexual attitudes, they differ substantially and standardized conceptual work is missing. Thus, the authors introduce the latent variable sexual openness to develop a construct based on self-oriented attitudes towards different sexual topics. Available survey data of female German students in a steady relationship allowed providing a first empirical test for the applicability of this construct...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636579/regeneration-orientation-is-better-than-resistance-orientation-in-behaviour-activation-results-from-an-intervention-study-with-psychosomatic-patients
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Josephine Otto, Michael Linden
The meaning of positive activities in mental health is widely known and found its entrance in therapeutically and empirical work. It also found it's entrance to current therapeutic developments. Different strategies for assessment and promotion of activity level exist. Patients were acquired from a department of psychosomatic medicine in a German rehabilitation center and randomly allocated to two treatment groups ("regeneration" vs "resistance" group). Data from 62 patients in the regeneration group and 65 patients in the resistance group was compared with 43 patients who received a "treatment as usual"...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636564/radiation-dosimetry-in-magnetic-fields-with-farmer-type-ionization-chambers-determination-of-magnetic-field-correction-factors-for-different-magnetic-field-strengths-and-field-orientations
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Claudia Katharina Spindeldreier, Oliver Schrenk, Anna Bakenecker, Iwan Kawrakow, Lucas Norberto Burigo, Christian P Karger, Steffen Greilich, Asja Pfaffenberger
The aim of this work was to determine magnetic field correction factors that are needed for dosimetry in hybrid devices for MR-guided radiotherapy for Farmer-type ionization chambers for different magnetic field strengths and field orientations. The response of six custom-built Farmer-type chambers irradiated at a 6 MV linac was measured in a water tank positioned in a magnet with magnetic field strengths between 0.0 T and 1.1 T. Chamber axis, beam and magnetic field were perpendicular to each other and both magnetic field directions were investigated...
June 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636423/fundamental-motor-skills-a-systematic-review-of-terminology
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Samuel W Logan, Samantha M Ross, Keanu Chee, David F Stodden, Leah E Robinson
The three aims of this systematic review are to describe: (1) use of the term fundamental motor/movement skills (FMS) in published articles; (2) the quality of definitions; and (3) relative use of process- and product- oriented assessments to measure FMS. The inclusion criteria included: (a) peer-reviewed article, (b) printed in English, (c) published between January 2000 and 31 December 2015, (d) presence of either the term "fundamental motor or movement skill" in the title and/or abstract, and (e) FMS were a measured outcome...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636400/click-biotinylation-of-plga-template-for-biotin-receptor-oriented-delivery-of-doxorubicin-hydrochloride-in-4t1-cell-induced-breast-cancer
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Yuvraj Singh, K K Durga Rao Viswanadham, Arun Kumar Jajoriya, Jayagopal Meher, Kavit Raval, Swati Jaiswal, Jayant Dewangan, H K Bora, Srikanta Kumar Rath, Jawahar Lal, Durga Prasad Mishra, Manish Kumar Chourasia
PLGA was functionalized with PEG and biotin using click chemistry to generate a biotin receptor targeted copolymer (Biotinylated-PEG-PLGA) which in turn was used to fabricate ultrafine nanoparticles (BPNP) of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) for effective delivery in 4T1 cell induced breast cancer. However adequate entrapment of a hydrophilic bioactive like DOX in a hydrophobic polymer system made of PLGA is not usually possible. We therefore modified a conventional W/O/W emulsion method by utilizing ammonium chloride in the external phase to constrain DOX in dissolved polymer phase by supressing its inherent aqueous solubility as per common ion effect...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636330/water-in-ionic-liquid-lubricants-friend-and-foe
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Oscar Y Fajardo, Fernando Bresme, Alexei A Kornyshev, Michael Urbakh
To a greater or lesser extent, most room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) absorb water from humid air. Penetration of water into the lubricating nanoscale film may affect its equilibrium structure and dynamic properties and thus influence the ability of RTILs as lubricants to reduce friction between solid surfaces. Here we investigate the impact of hydration on lubrication using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. Water adsorption changes both the ionic liquid molecules orientation and the slip conditions at the solid-liquid interfaces, resulting in a reduced resistance against squeezing-out of the lubricant by an external load...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
#18
John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636288/the-first-total-synthesis-of-ovafolinin-a-and-b-unique-polycyclic-benzoxepin-lignans-via-a-cascade-cyclization
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Samuel James Davidson, David Barker
Ovafolinins A and B, isolated from Lyonia ovalifolia var. elliptica, are lignans which contain a unique penta- and tetracyclic benzoxepin bridged aryl tetralin structure. We report the first total synthesis of these natural products initially utilizing an acyl-Claisen rearrangement to construct the lignan backbone with correct relative stereochemistry. Judicious use of a bulky protecting group placed reactive moieties in the correct orientation resulting in a cascade reaction forming the benzoxepin bridged aryl tetralin from a linear precursor in a single step...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636186/views-of-general-practice-staff-about-the-use-of-a-patient-oriented-treatment-decision-aid-in-shared-decision-making-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-mixed-methods-study
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Anita Wildeboer, Esther du Pon, Jan Schuling, Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp, Petra Denig
BACKGROUND: Decision aids can be used to support shared decision making (SDM). A patient-oriented treatment decision aid (DA) was developed for type 2 diabetes but its use by general practice staff appeared to be limited. OBJECTIVES: To explore views of practice staff towards SDM and the DA. DESIGN: A mixed-methods study within the Dutch PORTDA-diab trial. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Included were 17 practices with staff members who were responsible for routine diabetes care and had worked with the DA, and 209 of their patients...
June 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
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