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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332297/integrodifference-equations-in-the-presence-of-climate-change-persistence-criterion-travelling-waves-and-inside-dynamics
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Mark A Lewis, Nathan G Marculis, Zhongwei Shen
To understand the effects that the climate change has on the evolution of species as well as the genetic consequences, we analyze an integrodifference equation (IDE) models for a reproducing and dispersing population in a spatio-temporal heterogeneous environment described by a shifting climate envelope. Our analysis on the IDE focuses on the persistence criterion, travelling wave solutions, and the inside dynamics. First, the persistence criterion, characterizing the global dynamics of the IDE, is established in terms of the basic reproduction number...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332276/variability-and-reliability-of-pop-concentrations-in-multiple-breast-milk-samples-collected-from-the-same-mothers
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Risa Kakimoto, Masayoshi Ichiba, Akiko Matsumoto, Kunihiko Nakai, Nozomi Tatsuta, Miyuki Iwai-Shimada, Momoko Ishiyama, Noriko Ryuda, Takashi Someya, Ieyasu Tokumoto, Daisuke Ueno
Risk assessment of infant using a realistic persistent organic pollutant (POP) exposure through breast milk is essential to devise future regulation of POPs. However, recent investigations have demonstrated that POP levels in breast milk collected from the same mother showed a wide range of variation daily and monthly. To estimate the appropriate sample size of breast milk from the same mother to obtain reliable POP concentrations, breast milk samples were collected from five mothers living in Japan from 2006 to 2012...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332158/combined-sublethal-irradiation-and-agonist-anti-cd40-enhance-donor-t-cell-accumulation-and-control-of-autochthonous-murine-pancreatic-tumors
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Lindsay K Ward-Kavanagh, Kathleen M Kokolus, Timothy K Cooper, Aron E Lukacher, Todd D Schell
Tumor-reactive T lymphocytes can promote the regression of established tumors. However, their efficacy is often limited by immunosuppressive mechanisms that block T cell accumulation or function. ACT provides the opportunity to ameliorate immune suppression prior to transfer of tumor-reactive T cells to improve the therapeutic benefit. We evaluated the combination of lymphodepleting whole body irradiation (WBI) and agonist anti-CD40 (αCD40) antibody on control of established autochthonous murine neuroendocrine pancreatic tumors following the transfer of naïve tumor-specific CD8 T cells...
January 13, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332068/the-role-of-preoperative-steroids-for-hearing-preservation-cochlear-implantation-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Jafri Kuthubutheen, Samidha Joglekar, Leah Smith, Lendra Friesen, Kari Smilsky, Tara Millman, Amy Ng, David Shipp, Harvey Coates, Christoph Arnoldner, Julian Nedzelski, Joseph Chen, Vincent Lin
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether preoperative steroids can improve hearing outcomes in cochlear implantation (CI). METHODS: This is a randomized controlled trial involving 30 postlingual deaf CI patients. Subjects had preoperative thresholds of better than or equal to 80 dB at 125 and 250 Hz, and better than or equal to 90 dB at 500 and 1,000 Hz. The subjects were randomized to a control group, an oral steroid group (receiving 1 mg/kg/day of prednisolone for 6 days prior to surgery), or a transtympanic steroid group (receiving a single dose of 0...
January 13, 2018: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332065/a-novel-mutation-of-amhr2-in-two-siblings-with-persistent-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct-syndrome
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Aydilek D Çakır, Hande Turan, Hüseyin Onay, Haluk Emir, Senol Emre, Nil Comunoglu, Oya Ercan, Olcay Evliyaoglu
Persistent müllerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is characterized by the presence of müllerian duct derivatives in otherwise phenotypically normal males. It is caused in approximately 85% of the cases by mutations in the AMH gene or its type II receptor (AMHR2). We report on 2 brothers with normal external genitalia but high serum AMH levels. Sequence analysis of the AMHR2 gene in the 2 siblings revealed a novel homozygous missense mutation in exon 10 (p.V458L, c.1372G>T). PMDS is a rare condition, but it has to be considered in differential diagnosis of cryptorchidism with normal male genitalia...
January 13, 2018: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332012/classical-adiponectin-leptin-resistin-and-new-chemerin-vaspin-omentin-adipocytokines-in-patients-with-prediabetes
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Antoaneta Gateva, Yavor Assyov, Adelina Tsakova, Zdravko Kamenov
Background In the last decade, there has been an increased interest toward fat tissue as an endocrine organ that secretes many cytokines and bioactive mediators that play a role in insulin sensitivity, inflammation, coagulation and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to investigate classical (adiponectin, leptin, resistin) and new (chemerin, vaspin, omentin) adipocytokine levels in subjects with prediabetes [impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and/or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)] and obese subjects with normoglycemia...
January 15, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331948/lvis-blue-as-a-low-porosity-stent-and-coil-adjuvant
#7
Matthew J Koch, Christopher J Stapleton, Scott B Raymond, Susan Williams, Thabele M Leslie-Mazwi, James David Rabinov, Aman B Patel
INTRODUCTION: The LVIS Blue is an FDA-approved stent with 28% metallic coverage that is indicated for use in conjunction with coil embolization for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Given a porosity similar to approved flow diverters and higher than currently available intracranial stents, we sought to evaluate the effectiveness of this device for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. METHODS: We performed an observational single-center study to evaluate initial occlusion and occlusion at 6-month follow-up for patients treated with the LVIS Blue in conjunction with coil embolization at our institution using the modified Raymond-Roy classification (mRRC), where mRRC 1 indicates complete embolization, mRRC 2 persistent opacification of the aneurysm neck, mRRC 3a filling of the aneurysm dome within coil interstices, and mRRC 3b filling of the aneurysm dome...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331773/impact-of-co-exposure-of-aldrin-and-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-at-biochemical-and-molecular-levels-in-zebrafish
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Reena C Jhamtani, Saurabh Shukla, P Sivaperumal, M S Dahiya, Rakhi Agarwal
Aldrin (ALD), a persistent-organic-pollutant (POP), an organochlorine-cyclodiene-pesticide is highly toxic in nature. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TNP) are widely used for various industrial applications. Despite the remarkable research on pesticide toxicity, the work with impact of nanoparticles on POP has been dealt with marginally. Chemicals co-exist in the environment and exhibit interactive effects. An investigation was carried out to evaluate the individual and combined effects of ALD (6 ppm) and TNP (60 ppm) exposure at sub-lethal concentration for 24 h in zebrafish...
December 27, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331763/inhibition-of-isoprenylcysteine-carboxylmethyltransferase-sensitizes-common-chemotherapies-in-cervical-cancer-via-ras-dependent-pathway
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Qin Pan, Rong Liu, Hasina Banu, Liang Ma, Hui Li
Isoprenylcysteine carboxylmethyltransferase (Icmt) catalyzes the last step of post-translational protein prenylation, which is essential for the stability and proper functions of many oncogenic proteins, such as Ras. Despite extensive studies on the roles of Icmt in tumor transformation and progression, little is known on the involvement ofIcmt in the development of tumor resistance to chemotherapy. Here we show the upregulation of Icmt as a persistent response to chemotherapy in cervical cancer cells. In-depth functional analysis demonstrated that Icmt inhibition significantly inhibited growth, induced apoptosis and augmented the inhibitory effects of chemotherapy drugs in cervical cancer in cell culture system and xenograft mouse model...
January 10, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331660/persistent-contamination-of-heater-cooler-units-for-extracorporal-circulation-cured-by-chlorhexidine-alcohol-in-water-tanks
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Sara Romano-Bertrand, Marine Evrevin, Chloé Dupont, Jean-Marc Frapier, Jean-Claude Sinquet, Elodie Bousquet, Bernard Albat, Estelle Jumas-Bilak
Recently, surgical site infections due to non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) have been linked to heater-cooler units (HCUs) contamination. ECDC and manufacturers now recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide in filtered water to fill HCU tanks. After implementation of these measures in our hospital, HCUs became heavily contaminated by opportunistic waterborne pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. No NTM were detected but fast-growing resistant bacteria could impair their detection...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331642/protein-adaptations-in-extremophiles-an-insight-into-extremophilic-connection-of-mycobacterial-proteome
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Ashutosh Kumar, Anwar Alam, Deeksha Tripathi, Mamta Rani, Hafeeza Khatoon, Saurabh Pandey, Nasreen Z Ehtesham, Seyed E Hasnain
The biological paradox about how extremophiles persist at extreme ecological conditions throws a fascinating picture of the enormous potential of a single cell to adapt to homeostatic conditions in order to propagate. Unicellular organisms face challenges from both environmental factors and the ecological niche provided by the host tissue. Although the existence of extremophiles and their physiological properties were known for a long time, availability of whole genome sequence has catapulted the study on mechanisms of adaptation and the underlying principles that have enabled these unique organisms to withstand evolutionary and environmental pressures...
January 10, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331617/asthma-predictive-index-in-relation-to-respiratory-mechanics-by-impulse-oscillometry-in-recurrent-wheezers
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T Arikoglu, S B Batmaz, D D Yildirim, Ö Tezol, G Bozlu, S Kuyucu
BACKGROUND: The identification of children who will have persistent asthma has become a focus of recent research. The aim of this study was to assess whether impulse oscillometry (IOS) has a diagnostic value to predict modified API (asthma predictive index) in pre-schoolers with recurrent wheezing. METHODS: Pre-school children aged 3-6 years with recurrent wheezing were enrolled. The study population was divided into two groups based on mAPI criteria. Lung function was assessed by IOS...
January 10, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331595/the-interaction-between-neurocognitive-functioning-subthreshold-psychotic-symptoms-and-pharmacotherapy-in-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-a-longitudinal-comparative-study
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R Weinberger, O Weisman, Y Guri, T Harel, A Weizman, D Gothelf
BACKGROUND: The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is the most common genetic syndrome associated with schizophrenia. The goal of this study was to evaluate longitudinally the interaction between neurocognitive functioning, the presence of subthreshold psychotic symptoms (SPS) and conversion to psychosis in individuals with 22q11DS. In addition, we attempted to identify the specific neurocognitive domains that predict the longitudinal evolution of positive and negative SPS, as well as the effect of psychiatric medications on 22q11DS psychiatric and cognitive developmental trajectories...
December 8, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331401/preoperative-dipstick-albuminuria-and-other-urine-abnormalities-predict-acute-kidney-injury-and-patient-outcomes
#14
Sehoon Park, Soojin Lee, Anna Lee, Jin Hyuk Paek, Ho Jun Chin, Ki Young Na, Dong-Wan Chae, Sejoong Kim
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether pathologic findings on preoperative urinalysis are associated with the risk of postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI). Therefore, we performed a retrospective review to investigate this association. METHODS: We assessed the clinical significance of preoperative dipstick urinalysis in a 10-year surgery cohort from a tertiary hospital in Korea. Patients without available information on perioperative serum creatinine levels or kidney injury prior to surgery were excluded...
January 10, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331397/persistent-hyperparathyroidism-as-a-risk-factor-for-long-term-graft-failure-the-need-to-discuss-indication-for-parathyroidectomy
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Maria Júlia Correia Lima Nepomuceno Araujo, Janaina Almeida Mota Ramalho, Rosilene Motta Elias, Vanda Jorgetti, William Nahas, Melani Custodio, Rosa M A Moysés, Elias David-Neto
BACKGROUND: Although a successful kidney transplant (KTx) improves most of the mineral and bone disorders (MBD) produced by chronic kidney disease (CKD), hyperparathyroidism may persist (pHPT). Current guidelines recommend parathyroidectomy if serum parathormone is persistently elevated 1 year after KTx, because pHPT has been recently associated with poor graft outcomes. However, whether patients with pHPT and adequate renal function are at risk for long-term graft failure is unknown...
January 10, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331271/the-durability-of-operational-improvements-with-rotational-patient-assignment
#16
Stephen J Traub, Soroush Saghafian, Adam C Bartley, Matthew R Buras, Christopher F Stewart, Brian T Kruse
INTRODUCTION: Previous work has suggested that Emergency Department rotational patient assignment (a system in which patients are algorithmically assigned to physicians) is associated with immediate (first-year) improvements in operational metrics. We sought to determine if these improvements persisted over a longer follow-up period. METHODS: Single-site, retrospective analysis focused on years 2-4 post-implementation (follow-up) of a rotational patient assignment system...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331243/tolerance-and-potential-for-adaptation-of-a-baltic-sea-rockweed-under-predicted-climate-change-conditions
#17
Luca Rugiu, Iita Manninen, Eva Rothäusler, Veijo Jormalainen
Climate change is threating species' persistence worldwide. To predict species responses to climate change we need information not just on their environmental tolerance but also on its adaptive potential. We tested how the foundation species of rocky littoral habitats, Fucus vesiculosus, responds to combined hyposalinity and warming projected to the Baltic Sea by 2070-2099. We quantified responses of replicated populations originating from the entrance, central, and marginal Baltic regions. Using replicated individuals, we tested for the presence of within-population tolerance variation...
December 18, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331120/on-the-mechanical-stability-of-the-body-centered-cubic-phase-and-the-emergence-of-a-metastable-ci16-phase-in-classical-hard-sphere-solids
#18
Vadim B Warshavsky, David M Ford, Peter A Monson
The stability of the body-centered cubic (bcc) solid phase of classical hard spheres is of intrinsic interest and is also relevant to the development of perturbation theories for bcc solids of other model systems. Using canonical ensemble Monte Carlo, we simulated systems initialized in a perfect bcc lattice at various densities in the solid region. We observed that the systems rapidly evolved into one of four structures that then persisted for the duration of the simulation. Remarkably, one of these structures was identified as cI16, a cubic crystalline structure with 16 particles in the unit cell, which has recently been observed experimentally in lithium and sodium solids at high pressures...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331059/neuroanatomical-correlates-of-grit-growth-mindset-mediates-the-association-between-gray-matter-structure-and-trait-grit-in-late-adolescence
#19
Song Wang, Jing Dai, Jingguang Li, Xu Wang, Taolin Chen, Xun Yang, Manxi He, Qiyong Gong
There is a long-standing interest in exploring the factors related to student achievement. As a newly explored personality trait, grit is defined as a person's tendency to pursue long-term goals with continual perseverance and passion, and grit plays a critical role in student achievement. Increasing evidence has shown that growth mindset, the belief that one's basic abilities are malleable and can be developed through effort, is a potential factor for cultivating grit. However, less is known about the association between grit and the brain and the role of growth mindset in this association...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331049/prenatal-maternal-psychosocial-stress-and-offspring-s-asthma-and-allergic-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Catherine Flanigan, Aziz Sheikh, Audrey DunnGalvin, Bronwyn K Brew, Catarina Almqvist, Bright I Nwaru
BACKGROUND: Prenatal maternal stress may influence offspring's atopic risk through sustained cortisol secretion resulting from activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-axis (HPA), leading to Th2-biased cell differentiation in the fetus. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the relationship between prenatal maternal psychosocial stress and risk of asthma and allergy in the offspring. METHODS: We searched 11 electronic databases from 1960 to 2016, search the grey literature, and contacted experts in the field...
January 13, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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