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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342847/na-k-atpase-interaction-with-methylglyoxal-as-reactive-metabolic-side-product
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Marika Svrckova, Martina Zatloukalova, Petra Dvorakova, Dominika Coufalova, David Novak, Lenka Hernychova, Jan Vacek
Proteins are subject to oxidative modification and the formation of adducts with a broad spectrum of reactive species via enzymatic and non-enzymatic mechanisms. Here we report that in vitro non-enzymatic methylglyoxal (MGO) binding causes the inhibition and formation of MGO advanced glycation end-products (MAGEs) in Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA). Concretely, MGO adducts with NKA amino acid residues (mainly Arg) and N(ε)-(carboxymethyl)lysine (CML) formation were found. MGO is not only an inhibitor for solubilized NKA (IC50 = 91±16 μM), but also for reconstituted NKA in the lipid bilayer environment, which was clearly demonstrated using a DPPC/DPPE liposome model in the presence or absence of the NKA-selective inhibitor ouabain...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342651/from-classical-to-nonparametric-growth-models-towards-comprehensive-modelling-of-mussel-growth-patterns
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Isabel Fuentes-Santos, Uxío Labarta, Kristina Arranz, Mª José Fernández-Reiriz
Understanding biological processes, such as growth, is crucial to development management and sustainability plans for bivalve populations. Von Bertalanffy and Gompertz models have been commonly used to fit bivalve growth. These models assume that individual growth is only determined by size, overlooking the effects of environmental and intrinsic conditions on growth patterns. The comparison between classical models and nonparametric GAM (generalized additive models) fits conducted in this work shows that the latter provide a more realistic approach of mussel growth measured in terms of shell length, and dry weight of hard and soft tissues...
March 18, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340479/additive-effects-prevail-the-response-of-biota-to-multiple-stressors-in-an-intensively-monitored-watershed
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Alexander Gieswein, Daniel Hering, Christian K Feld
Freshwater ecosystems are impacted by a range of stressors arising from diverse human-caused land and water uses. Identifying the relative importance of single stressors and understanding how multiple stressors interact and jointly affect biology is crucial for River Basin Management. This study addressed multiple human-induced stressors and their effects on the aquatic flora and fauna based on data from standard WFD monitoring schemes. For altogether 1095 sites within a mountainous catchment, we used 12 stressor variables covering three different stressor groups: riparian land use, physical habitat quality and nutrient enrichment...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339863/cigarette-smoking-and-chronic-kidney-disease-in-the-general-population-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-prospective-cohort-studies
#4
Jia Xia, Lin Wang, Zhiheng Ma, Liping Zhong, Ying Wang, Yachan Gao, Liqun He, Xiao Su
Background.: Cigarette smoking has been established as a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD) development in people with diabetes. Conflicting evidence exists among representative community-based studies as to whether smoking is an independent risk factor for CKD. The aim of this meta-analysis was to assess the effects of tobacco smoking on the development of CKD in adult general populations. Methods.: A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE and Embase from their inception through 31 May 2016 for prospective cohort studies that reported relative risks of CKD with smoking status in the general population...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339690/automated-classification-of-eligibility-criteria-in-clinical-trials-to-facilitate-patient-trial-matching-for-specific-patient-populations
#5
Kevin Zhang, Dina Demner-Fushman
Objective: To develop automated classification methods for eligibility criteria in ClinicalTrials.gov to facilitate patient-trial matching for specific populations such as persons living with HIV or pregnant women. Materials and Methods: We annotated 891 interventional cancer trials from ClinicalTrials.gov based on their eligibility for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients using their eligibility criteria. These annotations were used to develop classifiers based on regular expressions and machine learning (ML)...
February 19, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339518/pain-interference-and-incident-medical-disorders-in-the-general-population
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Declan T Barry, Corey E Pilver Glenn, Rani A Hoff, Marc N Potenza
Objective. : To investigate the longitudinal relationship between pain interference and incident general medical conditions in a nationally representative sample. Methods. : Secondary data analysis comprising chi-square tests and binomial logistic regression analyses were performed on data obtained from the US National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions from 34,465 adult respondents who completed wave 1 (2000-2001) and wave 2 (2004-2005) data collection...
October 20, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339194/a-systematic-evaluation-of-chronic-metal-mixture-toxicity-to-three-species-and-implications-for-risk-assessment
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Charlotte Nys, Liske Versieren, Katherine Cordery, Ronny Blust, Erik Smolders, Karel A C De Schamphelaere
Metal contamination generally occurs as mixtures. However, it is yet unresolved how to address metal mixtures in risk assessment. Therefore, using consistent methodologies, we have set up experiments to identify which mixture model applies best at low level effects, i.e. the independent action (IA) or concentration addition (CA) reference model. Toxicity of metal mixtures (Ni, Zn, Cu, Cd, and Pb) to Daphnia magna, Ceriodaphnia dubia, and Hordeum vulgare was investigated in different waters or soils, totaling 30 different experiments...
March 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338726/cumulative-exposure-to-systolic-blood-pressure-during-young-adulthood-through-midlife-and-the-urine-albumin-to-creatinine-ratio-at-midlife
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Holly Kramer, Laura Colangelo, Cora E Lewis, David R Jacobs, Mark Pletcher, Kirstin Bibbins-Domingo, Alex Chang, David Siscovick, Michael Shlipak, Carmen A Peralta, Nisha Bansal, Paul Muntner, Kiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Higher blood pressure during young adulthood may increase cardiovascular and kidney disease risk later in life. This study examined the association of cumulative systolic blood pressure (SBP) exposure during young adulthood through midlife with urine albumin-to-creatinine ratios (ACR) measured during midlife. METHODS: We used data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, a biracial cohort recruited in 4 urban areas during years 1985-1986...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338618/real-time-gait-event-detection-based-on-kinematic-data-coupled-to-a-biomechanical-model-%C3%A2
#9
Stefan Lambrecht, Anna Harutyunyan, Kevin Tanghe, Maarten Afschrift, Joris De Schutter, Ilse Jonkers
Real-time detection of multiple stance events, more specifically initial contact (IC), foot flat (FF), heel off (HO), and toe off (TO), could greatly benefit neurorobotic (NR) and neuroprosthetic (NP) control. Three real-time threshold-based algorithms have been developed, detecting the aforementioned events based on kinematic data in combination with a biomechanical model. Data from seven subjects walking at three speeds on an instrumented treadmill were used to validate the presented algorithms, accumulating to a total of 558 steps...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338243/influence-of-the-transition-metal-fragment-on-the-reactivity-of-metallaanthracenes
#10
Yago García-Rodeja, Israel Fernandez
The influence of the nature of the transition-metal fragment on the Diels-Alder reactivity of metallaanthracenes has been explored computationally within the Density Functional Theory framework. It is found that the cycloaddition reactions with maleic anhydride become kinetically less favored for those processes involving metallaanthracenes as compared to the analogous reaction involving the parent anthracene. The origins of this reduction in the Diels-Alder reactivity have been quantitatively analyzed in detail using the activation strain model of reactivity in combination with the energy decomposition analysis method...
March 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337956/acute-renal-graft-versus-host-disease-in-a-murine-model-of-allogeneic-bone-marrow-transplantation
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Peter M Schmid, Abdellatif Bouazzaoui, Karin Schmid, Christoph Birner, Christian Schach, Lars S Maier, Ernst Holler, Dierk H Endemann
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a very common complication after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and associated with poor prognosis. Generally kidneys are assumed to be no direct target of Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD), and renal impairment is often attributed to several other factors occurring in the early phase after BMT. Our study aimed to prove the existence of renal GvHD in a fully MHC-mismatched model of BALB/c mice conditioned and transplanted according to two different intensity protocols...
March 23, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337945/client-interpersonal-impacts-as-mediators-of-long-term-outcome-in-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-integrated-with-motivational-interviewing-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder
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Michael J Constantino, Felicia M Romano, Alice E Coyne, Henny A Westra, Martin M Antony
OBJECTIVE: A recent trial of generalized anxiety disorder treatment (Westra, H. A., Constantino, M. J., & Antony, M. M. (2016). Integrating Motivational Interviewing With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Severe Generalized Anxiety Disorder: An Allegiance-Controlled Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 768-782. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000098 ) revealed that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) integrated with motivational interviewing (MI) outperformed CBT alone across a 12-month follow up...
March 24, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337719/an-early-health-economic-analysis-of-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-an-adherence-intervention-to-improve-outcomes-for-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Paul Tappenden, Susannah Sadler, Martin Wildman
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) negatively impacts upon health-related quality of life and survival. Adherence to nebulised treatments is low; improving adherence is hypothesised to reduce rates of exacerbation requiring intravenous antibiotics and lung function decline. OBJECTIVE: A state transition model was developed to assess the cost effectiveness of an intervention aimed at increasing patient adherence to nebulised and inhaled antibiotics compared with current CF care, in advance of the forthcoming CFHealthHub randomised controlled trial (RCT)...
March 23, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337134/acoustic-enhancement-of-sleep-slow-oscillations-and-concomitant-memory-improvement-in-older-adults
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Nelly A Papalambros, Giovanni Santostasi, Roneil G Malkani, Rosemary Braun, Sandra Weintraub, Ken A Paller, Phyllis C Zee
Acoustic stimulation methods applied during sleep in young adults can increase slow wave activity (SWA) and improve sleep-dependent memory retention. It is unknown whether this approach enhances SWA and memory in older adults, who generally have reduced SWA compared to younger adults. Additionally, older adults are at risk for age-related cognitive impairment and therefore may benefit from non-invasive interventions. The aim of this study was to determine if acoustic stimulation can increase SWA and improve declarative memory in healthy older adults...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336741/differences-between-determinants-of-in-hospital-mortality-and-hospitalisation-costs-for-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-a-nationwide-observational-study-from-japan
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Noriko Sasaki, Susumu Kunisawa, Hiroshi Ikai, Yuichi Imanaka
OBJECTIVES: Although current case-mix classifications in prospective payment systems were developed to estimate patient resource usage, whether these classifications reflect clinical outcomes remains unknown. The efficient management of acute heart failure (AHF) with high mortality is becoming more important in many countries as its prevalence and associated costs are rapidly increasing. Here, we investigate the determinants of in-hospital mortality and hospitalisation costs to clarify the impact of severity factors on these outcomes in patients with AHF, and examine the level of agreement between the predicted values of mortality and costs...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336426/sar-simulations-safety
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
At ultra-high fields, the assessment of radiofrequency (RF) safety presents several new challenges compared to low-field systems. Multi-channel RF transmit coils in combination with parallel transmit techniques produce time-dependent and spatially varying power loss densities in the tissue. Further, in ultra-high-field systems, localized field effects can be more pronounced due to a transition from the quasistationary to the electromagnetic field regime. Consequently, local information on the RF field is required for reliable RF safety assessment as well as for monitoring of RF exposure during MR examinations...
March 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335644/heart-rate-and-dyssynchrony-in-patients-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-pilot-study
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Jan Naar, Lars Mortensen, Reidar Winter, Jonas Johnson, Kambiz Shahgaldi, Aristomenis Manouras, Frieder Braunschweig, Marcus Ståhlberg
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this pilot study was to describe the impact of paced heart rate on left ventricular (LV) mechanical dyssynchrony in synchronous compared to dyssynchronous pacing modes in patients with heart failure. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in 14 cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) patients at paced heart rates of 70 and 90 bpm in synchronous- (CRT), and dyssynchronous (atrial pacing + wide QRS activation) pacing modes. LV dyssynchrony was quantified using the 12-segment standard deviation model (Ts-SD) derived from Tissue Doppler Imaging...
March 23, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334877/iron-mediates-catalysis-of-nucleic-acid-processing-enzymes-support-for-fe-ii-as-a-cofactor-before-the-great-oxidation-event
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C Denise Okafor, Kathryn A Lanier, Anton S Petrov, Shreyas S Athavale, Jessica C Bowman, Nicholas V Hud, Loren Dean Williams
Life originated in an anoxic, Fe2+-rich environment. We hypothesize that on early Earth, Fe2+ was a ubiquitous cofactor for nucleic acids, with roles in RNA folding and catalysis as well as in processing of nucleic acids by protein enzymes. In this model, Mg2+ replaced Fe2+ as the primary cofactor for nucleic acids in parallel with known metal substitutions of metalloproteins, driven by the Great Oxidation Event. To test predictions of this model, we assay the ability of nucleic acid processing enzymes, including a DNA polymerase, an RNA polymerase and a DNA ligase, to use Fe2+ in place of Mg2+ as a cofactor during catalysis...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334646/defluoridation-of-drinking-water-using-a-new-flow-column-electrocoagulation-reactor-fcer-experimental-statistical-and-economic-approach
#19
Khalid S Hashim, Andy Shaw, Rafid Al Khaddar, Montserrat Ortoneda Pedrola, David Phipps
A new batch, flow column electrocoagulation reactor (FCER) that utilises a perforated plate flow column as a mixer has been used to remove fluoride from drinking water. A comprehensive study has been carried out to assess its performance. The efficiency of fluoride removal (R%) as a function of key operational parameters such as initial pH, detention time (t), current density (CD), inter-electrode distance (ID) and initial concentration (C0) has been examined and an empirical model has been developed. A scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigation of the influence of the EC process on morphology of the surface of the aluminium electrodes, showed the erosion caused by aluminium loss...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334629/diabetes-knowledge-and-perceptions-among-nursing-students-and-curriculum-differences-in-japan-and-australia-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Lucie M Ramjan, Hiroko Watanabe, Yenna Salamonson
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the associations between knowledge and perceptions of diabetes mellitus (DM) among nursing students from Japan and Australia; and to compare curriculum differences. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study. Convenience sample of students from Japan (N=78) and Australia (N=85) in their final year were surveyed. Students reported demographic details, and perceptions towards caring for patients with DM. The 23-item Michigan Diabetes Knowledge Test (MDKT) was used to assess general knowledge, and seven additional questions were used to assess DM-related clinical knowledge (CDKT)...
March 16, 2017: Nurse Education Today
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