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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629990/employment-stability-in-veterans-and-service-members-with-traumatic-brain-injury-a-va-traumatic-brain-injury-model-systems-study
#1
Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, Mary Jo Pugh, Bridget A Cotner, Marc A Silva, Adam Haskin, Xinyu Tang, Marie E Saylors, Risa Nakase-Richardson
OBJECTIVE: To examine incidence and predictors of employment stability in Veterans and Military Service Members (V/SM) with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who return to work. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Four Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers (PRCs). PARTICIPANTS: 110 V/SM with mild (26%), moderate (22%), or severe (52%) TBI enrolled in the VA PRC TBI Model Systems database within 2 years of injury who were discharged between January 2009 and June 2015...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622177/postoperative-respiratory-complications-in-patients-at-risk-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-single-institution-cohort-study
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Satya Krishna Ramachandran, Jaideep Pandit, Scott Devine, Aleda Thompson, Amy Shanks
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prevalent condition that is associated with early postoperative respiratory complications (PRCs). As the majority of patients with OSA are undiagnosed, preoperative screening remains the most efficient method to identify suspected OSA. METHODS: This retrospective study was performed on patients undergoing anesthesia in a single academic medical center. We assigned OSA risk class retrospectively to all patients in the study by using the Perioperative Sleep Apnea Prediction (PSAP) score...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618595/anticipated-synchronization-in-neuronal-circuits-unveiled-by-a-phase-response-curve-analysis
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Fernanda S Matias, Pedro V Carelli, Claudio R Mirasso, Mauro Copelli
Anticipated synchronization (AS) is a counterintuitive behavior that has been observed in several systems. When AS occurs in a sender-receiver configuration, the latter can predict the future dynamics of the former for certain parameter values. In particular, in neuroscience AS was proposed to explain the apparent discrepancy between information flow and time lag in the cortical activity recorded in monkeys. Despite its success, a clear understanding of the mechanisms yielding AS in neuronal circuits is still missing...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606125/age-is-associated-with-prognosis-in-serous-ovarian-carcinoma
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Fei Deng, Xia Xu, Mengmeng Lv, Binhui Ren, Yan Wang, Wenwen Guo, Jifeng Feng, Xiaoxiang Chen
PURPOSE: The survival duration of elderly patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma is shorter than that of their younger counterparts. This variation in survival duration is likely attributed to differences in the distribution of histological type or grade, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) staging, and undertreatment, but this observation remains controversial. This study aimed to investigate the biological factors other than selection bias associated with the decreased survival of elderly patients with ovarian carcinoma...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602963/brain-activity-related-to-working-memory-for-temporal-order-and-object-information
#5
Brooke M Roberts, Laura A Libby, Marika C Inhoff, Charan Ranganath
Maintaining items in an appropriate sequence is important for many daily activities; however, remarkably little is known about the neural basis of human temporal working memory. Prior work suggests that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and medial temporal lobe (MTL), including the hippocampus, play a role in representing information about temporal order. The involvement of these areas in successful temporal working memory, however, is less clear. Additionally, it is unknown whether regions in the PFC and MTL support temporal working memory across different timescales, or at coarse or fine levels of temporal detail...
June 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583604/prediction-of-the-fertility-of-stallion-frozen-thawed-semen-using-a-combination-of-computer-assisted-motility-analysis-microscopical-observation-and-flow-cytometry
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I Barrier Battut, A Kempfer, N Lemasson, L Chevrier, S Camugli
Spermatozoa from some stallions do not maintain an acceptable fertility after freezing and thawing. The selection of frozen ejaculates that would be suitable for insemination is mainly based on post-thaw motility, but the prediction of fertility remains limited. A recent study in our laboratory has enabled the determination of a new protocol for the evaluation of fresh stallion semen, combining microscopical observation, computer-assisted motility analysis and flow cytometry, and providing a high level of fertility prediction...
July 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562223/effect-of-phase-response-curve-shape-and-synaptic-driving-force-on-synchronization-of-coupled-neuronal-oscillators
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Ramana Dodla, Charles J Wilson
The role of the phase response curve (PRC) shape on the synchrony of synaptically coupled oscillating neurons is examined. If the PRC is independent of the phase, because of the synaptic form of the coupling, synchrony is found to be stable for both excitatory and inhibitory coupling at all rates, whereas the antisynchrony becomes stable at low rates. A faster synaptic rise helps extend the stability of antisynchrony to higher rates. If the PRC is not constant but has a profile like that of a leaky integrate-and-fire model, then, in contrast to the earlier reports that did not include the voltage effects, mutual excitation could lead to stable synchrony provided the synaptic reversal potential is below the voltage level the neuron would have reached in the absence of the interaction and threshold reset...
May 31, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553658/a-consistent-definition-of-phase-resetting-using-hilbert-transform
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Sorinel A Oprisan
A phase resetting curve (PRC) measures the transient change in the phase of a neural oscillator subject to an external perturbation. The PRC encapsulates the dynamical response of a neural oscillator and, as a result, it is often used for predicting phase-locked modes in neural networks. While phase is a fundamental concept, it has multiple definitions that may lead to contradictory results. We used the Hilbert Transform (HT) to define the phase of the membrane potential oscillations and HT amplitude to estimate the PRC of a single neural oscillator...
2017: International Scholarly Research Notices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552412/connecting-the-wrist-to-the-hand-a-simulation-study-exploring-changes-in-thumb-tip-endpoint-force-following-wrist-surgery
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Jennifer A Nichols, Michael S Bednar, Sarah J Wohlman, Wendy M Murray
The wrist is essential for hand function. Yet, due to the complexity of the wrist and hand, studies often examine their biomechanical features in isolation. This approach is insufficient for understanding links between orthopaedic surgery at the wrist and concomitant functional impairments at the hand. We hypothesize that clinical reports of reduced force production by the hand following wrist surgeries can be explained by the surgically-induced, biomechanical changes to the system, even when those changes are isolated to the wrist...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520718/retrospective-observational-evaluation-of-postoperative-oxygen-saturation-levels-and-associated-postoperative-respiratory-complications-and-hospital-resource-utilization
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Satya Krishna Ramachandran, Aleda Thompson, Jaideep J Pandit, Scott Devine, Amy M Shanks
INTRODUCTION: The clinical importance of postoperative episodic hypoxemia is still unclear, and therefore largely under-studied. As a result, there is limited understanding of its relationship with early postoperative respiratory complications (PRC, defined as intubation within three days of surgery) and hospital resource utilization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single center study was performed using a retrospective observational design. We described population based definitions of desaturation from continuous SpO2 monitoring data captured in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU), namely median SpO2 in PACU, duration of desaturation below median, nadir desaturation, and length of oxygen therapy relative to PACU duration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515229/unique-cell-biological-profiles-of-retinal-disease-causing-missense-mutations-in-the-polarity-protein-crumbs
#11
Milena Pellikka, Ulrich Tepass
Mutations in human CRB1 are a major cause of retinal disease that lead to blindness. CRB1 is a transmembrane protein found in the inner segment of photoreceptor cells (PRCs) and the apical membrane of Müller glia. The function of the extracellular region of CRB1 is poorly understood although more than 80 disease-causing missense mutations have been mapped to it. We have recreated four mutations in Drosophila Crumbs (Crb) that affect different extracellular domains. Crb regulates epithelial polarity and growth, and contributes to PRC differentiation and survival...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512454/new-insights-into-the-regulation-of-cell-surface-signaling-activity-acquired-from-a-mutagenesis-screen-of-the-pseudomonas-putida-iuty-sigma-anti-sigma-factor
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Karlijn C Bastiaansen, Cristina Civantos, Wilbert Bitter, María A Llamas
Cell-surface signaling (CSS) is a signal transfer system that allows Gram-negative bacteria to detect environmental signals and generate a cytosolic response. These systems are composed of an outer membrane receptor that senses the inducing signal, an extracytoplasmic function sigma factor (σ(ECF)) that targets the cytosolic response by modifying gene expression and a cytoplasmic membrane anti-sigma factor that keeps the σ(ECF) in an inactive state in the absence of the signal and transduces its presence from the outer membrane to the cytosol...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502217/hippocampal-low-frequency-stimulation-inhibits-afterdischarge-and-increases-gaba-a-receptor-expression-in-amygdala-kindled-pharmacoresistant-epileptic-rats
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Guofeng Wu, Likun Wang, Zhen Hong, Siying Ren, Feng Zhou
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to observe the effects of hippocampal low-frequency stimulation (Hip-LFS) on amygdala afterdischarge and GABA (A) receptor expression in pharmacoresistant epileptic (PRE) rats. METHODS: A total of 110 healthy adult male Wistar rats were used to generate a model of epilepsy by chronic stimulation of the amygdala. Sixteen PRE rats were selected from 70 amygdala-kindled rats by testing their response to Phenytoin and Phenobarbital, and they were randomly assigned to a pharmacoresistant stimulation group (PRS group, 8 rats) or a pharmacoresistant control group (PRC group, 8 rats)...
May 14, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487680/diversity-of-metabolically-active-bacteria-in-water-flooded-high-temperature-heavy-oil-reservoir
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Tamara N Nazina, Natalya M Shestakova, Ekaterina M Semenova, Alena V Korshunova, Nadezda K Kostrukova, Tatiana P Tourova, Liu Min, Qingxian Feng, Andrey B Poltaraus
The goal of this work was to study the overall genomic diversity of microorganisms of the Dagang high-temperature oilfield (PRC) and to characterize the metabolically active fraction of these populations. At this water-flooded oilfield, the microbial community of formation water from the near-bottom zone of an injection well where the most active microbial processes of oil degradation occur was investigated using molecular, cultural, radiotracer, and physicochemical techniques. The samples of microbial DNA and RNA from back-flushed water were used to obtain the clone libraries for the 16S rRNA gene and cDNA of 16S rRNA, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486525/hypothesis-driven-single-cell-dual-oscillator-mathematical-model-of-circadian-rhythms
#15
Shiju S, K Sriram
Molecular mechanisms responsible for 24 h circadian oscillations, entrainment to external cues, encoding of day length and the time-of-day effects have been well studied experimentally. However, it is still debated from the molecular network point of view whether each cell in suprachiasmatic nuclei harbors two molecular oscillators, where one tracks dawn and the other tracks dusk activities. A single cell dual morning and evening oscillator was proposed by Daan et al., based on the molecular network that has two sets of similar non-redundant per1/cry1 and per2/cry2 circadian genes and each can independently maintain their endogenous oscillations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483764/polycomb-repressive-complexes-in-hematological-malignancies
#16
Atsushi Iwama
The deregulation of polycomb repressive complexes (PRC) has been reported in a number of hematological malignancies. These complexes exert oncogenic or tumor-suppressive functions depending on the tumor types. These findings have revolutionized our understanding of the pathophysiology of hematological malignancies and the impact of deregulated epigenomes in tumor development and progression. The therapeutic targeting of PRC is currently attracting increasing attention and being extensively examined in clinical studies, leading to new therapeutic strategies that may improve the outcomes of patients with hematological malignancies...
May 8, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473832/how-escherichia-coli-circumvent-complement-mediated-killing
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Afonso G Abreu, Angela S Barbosa
Complement is a crucial arm of the innate immune response against invading bacterial pathogens, and one of its main functions is to recognize and destroy target cells. Similar to other pathogens, Escherichia coli has evolved mechanisms to overcome complement activation. It is well known that capsular polysaccharide may confer resistance to complement-mediated killing and phagocytosis, being one of the strategies adopted by this bacterium to survive in serum. In addition, proteases produced by E. coli have been shown to downregulate the complement system...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465193/clinical-outcomes-of-proximal-row-carpectomy-by-preoperative-midcarpal-joint-morphological-classification-viegas-type-i-versus-type-ii
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A Toffoli, H Lenoir, C Lazerges, B Coulet, M Chammas
The midcarpal joint can be classified into two anatomical types - Viegas type I and Viegas type II - based on the absence or presence of a medial facet for the hamate on the lunate (lunohamate facet). Type I is associated with a round capitate shape, which theoretically allows better congruence with the lunate fossa of the distal radius following proximal row carpectomy (PRC). This morphological feature has never been considered as a predictive factor of clinical outcome for this surgical procedure. This study aimed to compare the clinical and radiological outcomes of the two Viegas types following PRC...
June 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456521/visual-integration-enhances-associative-memory-equally-for-young-and-older-adults-without-reducing-hippocampal-encoding-activation
#19
Molly Memel, Lee Ryan
The ability to remember associations between previously unrelated pieces of information is often impaired in older adults (Naveh-Benjamin, 2000). Unitization, the process of creating a perceptually or semantically integrated representation that includes both items in an associative pair, attenuates age-related associative deficits (Bastin et al., 2013; Ahmad et al., 2015; Zheng et al., 2015). Compared to non-unitized pairs, unitized pairs may rely less on hippocampally-mediated binding associated with recollection, and more on familiarity-based processes mediated by perirhinal cortex (PRC) and parahippocampal cortex (PHC)...
April 26, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429669/what-can-pharmacological-models-of-retinal-degeneration-tell-us
#20
M H Reisenhofer, J Balmer, V Enzmann
Animal models with pharmacologically induced retinal degeneration including sodium iodate (NaIO3) and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) have been extensively used in ophthalmic research to investigate retinal degeneration. NaIO3 induces degeneration of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) followed by photoreceptor (PRC) cell death, mimicking features of age-related macular degeneration. In contrast, MNU leads to rapid destruction of the PRCs only, enabling the use of the MNU model to investigate degeneration induced in retinitis pigmentosa...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
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