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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229937/1-high-definition-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-to-both-primary-motor-cortices-improves-unimanual-and-bimanual-dexterity
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Nils H Pixa, Fabian Steinberg, Michael Doppelmayr
While most research on brain stimulation with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targets unimanual motor tasks, little is known about its effects on bimanual motor performance. This study aims to investigate the effects of tDCS on unimanual as well as bimanual motor dexterity. We examined the effects of bihemispheric anodal high-definition tDCS (HD-atDCS) on both primary motor cortices (M1) applied concurrent with unimanual and bimanual motor training. We then measured the effects with the Purdue Pegboard Test (PPT) and compared them to a sham stimulation...
February 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228405/inhibition-of-romk-blocks-macula-densa-tubuloglomerular-feedback-yet-causes-renal-vasoconstriction-in-anesthetized-rats
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Magali Araujo, William J Welch, Xiaoyan Zhou, Kathleen Sullivan, Shawn Walsh, Alexander Pasternak, Christopher S Wilcox
The Na+/K+/2Cl- cotransporter (NKCC2) on the loop of Henle is the site of action of furosemide. Since outer medullary potassium channel (ROMK) inhibitors prevent reabsorption by NKCC2, we tested the hypothesis that ROMK inhibition with a novel, selective ROMK inhibitor (Compound C) blocks tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) and reduces vascular resistance. Loop perfusion of either ROMK inhibitor or furosemide caused dose-dependent blunting of TGF, but the response to furosemide was 10-fold more sensitive (IC50= 10-6M for furosemide and IC50=10-5M for Compound C)...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228066/dynamic-protein-s-palmitoylation-mediates-parasite-life-cycle-progression-and-diverse-mechanisms-of-virulence
#3
Robert W B Brown, Aabha I Sharma, David M Engman
Eukaryotic parasites possess complex life cycles and utilize an assortment of molecular mechanisms to overcome physical barriers, suppress and/or bypass the host immune response, including invading host cells where they can replicate in a protected intracellular niche. Protein S-palmitoylation is a dynamic post-translational modification in which the fatty acid palmitate is covalently linked to cysteine residues on proteins by the enzyme palmitoyl acyltransferase (PAT) and can be removed by lysosomal palmitoyl-protein thioesterase (PPT) or cytosolic acyl-protein thioesterase (APT)...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226429/postural-responses-after-utilization-of-a-computerized-biofeedback-based-intervention-aimed-at-improving-static-and-dynamic-balance-in-traumatic-brain-injury-a-case-study
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Rakesh Pilkar, Nibal Arzouni, Arvind Ramanujam, Kathleen Chervin, Karen J Nolan, Rakesh Pilkar, Nibal Arzouni, Arvind Ramanujam, Kathleen Chervin, Karen J Nolan, Arvind Ramanujam, Kathleen Chervin, Nibal Arzouni, Karen J Nolan, Rakesh Pilkar
Balance dysfunction is one of the most disabling aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Without rapid transmission and accurate perception of somatosensory inputs, the automatic postural responses required during standing may be delayed or absent after TBI which can lead to instability. Further, the sensitivity level to which environmental perturbations can be detected is also vital, as the central nervous system will only employ balance control strategies when it perceives a change in equilibrium. Such undetectable perturbations, however small they may be, can result in fatal falls, especially after TBI...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226415/topographical-pressure-pain-sensitivity-maps-of-the-temporalis-muscle-in-people-with-frequent-episodic-and-chronic-tension-type-headache
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María Palacios Ceña, Matteo Castaldo, Kelun Wang, Pascal Madeleine, Ángel L Guerrero, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, César Fernández de Las Peñas
BACKGROUND: Previous pilot studies suggest the presence of heterogeneous sensitivity to pressure in primary headaches without considering the frequency of headache episodes. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the differences in topographical pressure pain sensitivity maps in the temporalis muscle between individuals with frequent episodic (FETTH) and chronic (CTTH) tension-type headache by controlling the presence of anxiety and depression. METHODS: Pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were assessed bilaterally from 9 points distributed over the temporalis muscle (3 points in the anterior portion, 3 in the middle portion, and the remaining 3 in the posterior portion of the muscle belly) in 113 patients with FETTH and 91 with CTTH in a blinded design...
February 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225072/copper-treatment-during-storage-reduces-phytophthora-and-halophytophthora-infection-of-zostera-marina-seeds-used-for-restoration
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Laura L Govers, Els M van der Zee, Johan P Meffert, Patricia C J van Rijswick, Willem A Man In 't Veld, Jannes H T Heusinkveld, Tjisse van der Heide
Restoration is increasingly considered an essential tool to halt and reverse the rapid decline of vital coastal ecosystems dominated by habitat-forming foundation species such as seagrasses. However, two recently discovered pathogens of marine plants, Phytophthora gemini and Halophytophthora sp. Zostera, can seriously hamper restoration efforts by dramatically reducing seed germination. Here, we report on a novel method that strongly reduces Phytophthora and Halophytophthora infection of eelgrass (Zostera marina) seeds...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224655/rna-seq-analysis-of-transcriptional-change-in-the-freshwater-mussel-elliptio-complanata-after-environmentally-relevant-sodium-chloride-exposure
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Laura S Robertson, Heather S Galbraith, Deborah Iwanowicz, Carrie J Blakeslee, R Scott Cornman
To identify potential biomarkers of salt stress in a freshwater sentinel species, we examined transcriptional responses of the common mussel Elliptio complanata to controlled NaCl exposures. RNA-Seq of mantle tissue identified 481 transcripts differentially expressed in adult mussels exposed to 2 ppt NaCl (1.2 ppt chloride) for seven days, of which 290 had non-overlapping intervals. Differentially expressed gene categories included ion and transmembrane transport, oxidoreductase activity, maintenance of protein folding, and amino acid metabolism...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215489/the-role-of-estrogen-receptor-subtypes-for-induction-of-delayed-effects-on-the-estrous-cycle-and-female-reproductive-organs-in-rats
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Miwa Takahashi, Ryohei Ichimura, Kaoru Inoue, Tomomi Morikawa, Kazunori Kuwata, Gen Watanabe, Midori Yoshida
It has been reported that neonatal exposure to estrogens at relatively low doses can induce early onset anovulation as a delayed effect in female rats. Dysfunction of kisspeptin neurons in the anteroventral periventricular nucleus (AVPV) was proposed to be a trigger for this effect. To determine the roles of estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes in the induction of delayed effects, we conducted a series of experiments using Donryu rats to examine whether neonatal injection of an ERα agonist (PPT), an ERβ agonist (DPN) or an ERα antagonist (ICI) could induce delayed effects...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205505/establishment-of-a-voluntary-electronic-chlamydia-trachomatis-laboratory-surveillance-system-in-germany-2008-to-2014
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Sandra Dudareva-Vizule, Karin Haar, Andrea Sailer, Klaus Jansen, Osamah Hamouda, Hilmar Wisplinghoff, Carsten Tiemann, Eberhard Pape, Viviane Bremer
Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infections are not reportable in Germany and limited data on prevalence are available. CT screening has been offered free of charge to pregnant women since 1995 and to all women under 25 years since 2008. For symptomatic women and men, diagnostic testing is covered by statutory health insurance. We describe the establishment of a nationwide, laboratory-based, voluntary sentinel that electronically collects information on all performed CT tests with test results, test reason and patient information...
February 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183823/occlusion-of-blood-flow-attenuates-exercise-induced-hypoalgesia-in-the-occluded-limb-of-healthy-adults
#10
Matthew D Jones, Janet L Taylor, Benjamin K Barry
Animal studies have demonstrated an important role of peripheral mechanisms as contributors to exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH). Whether these same mechanisms contribute to EIH in humans is not known. In the current study, pain thresholds were assessed in healthy volunteers (n = 36) before and after 5 min of high intensity leg cycling exercise and an equivalent period of quiet rest. Pressure pain thresholds (PPT) were assessed over the rectus femoris muscle of one leg and first dorsal interosseous muscles (FDI) of both arms...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183663/using-gold-nanostars-modified-pencil-graphite-electrode-as-a-novel-substrate-for-design-a-sensitive-and-selective-dopamine-aptasensor
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Rasoul Pourtaghavi Talemi, Seyed Mehdi Mousavi, Hossein Afruzi
For the first time, gold nanostars (GNS) were applied for electrostatic and covalent immobilizing a thiol modified Dopamine aptamer on the pencil graphite electrode and signal amplification. Dopamine aptamer was immobilized on the gold nanostars through electrostatic interaction between negatively charged phosphate groups of aptamer and positively charged gold nanostars and AuS well known covalent interaction. In the presence of Dopamine in the test solution, the charge transfer resistance (RCT) on the electrode surface increased with the increase of the Dopamine concentration due to specific interaction between Dopamine aptamer and Dopamine molecules, which made a barrier for electrons and inhibited the electron-transfer...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175947/characterization-of-an-l-phosphinothricin-resistant-glutamine-synthetase-from-exiguobacterium-sp-and-its-improvement
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Shaowei Zhang, Yingkun Han, Ashok Kumar, Haofeng Gao, Ziduo Liu, Nan Hu
A glutamine synthetase (GS; 1341 bp) gene with potent L-phosphinothricin (PPT) resistance was isolated and characterized from a marine bacterium Exiguobacterium sp. Molecular docking analysis indicated that the substitution of residues Glu60 and Arg64 may lead to significant changes in binding pocket. To enhance the enzymatic property of GS, variants E60A and R64G were obtained by site-directed mutagenesis. The results revealed a noteworthy change in the thermostability and activity in comparison to the wild type (WT)...
February 7, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168345/association-between-pain-sensitivity-in-the-hand-and-outcomes-after-surgery-in-patients-with-lumbar-disc-herniation-or-spinal-stenosis
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Yvonne Lindbäck, Hans Tropp, Paul Enthoven, Björn Gerdle, Allan Abbott, Birgitta Öberg
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between pain sensitivity in the hand pre-surgery, and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in function, pain and health pre- and post-surgery in patients with disc herniation or spinal stenosis. METHODS: This is a prospective cohort study with 82 patients. Associations between pressure-, cold- and heat pain threshold (PPT, CPT, HPT) in the hand pre-surgery and Oswestry, VAS pain, EQ-5D, HADS, and Self-Efficacy Scale, pre- and three months post-surgery; were investigated with linear regression...
February 6, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167189/neurophysiological-and-clinical-effects-of-dry-needling-in-patients-with-upper-trapezius-myofascial-trigger-points
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Maryam Abbaszadeh-Amirdehi, Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, Soofia Naghdi, Gholamreza Olyaei, Mohammad Reza Nourbakhsh
INTRODUCTION: Dry needling (DN) is a widely used in treatment of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). The purpose of this pretest-posttest clinical trial was to investigate the neurophysiological and clinical effects of DN in patients with MTrPs. METHODS: A sample of 20 patients (3 man, 17 women; mean age 31.7 ± 10.8) with upper trapezius MTrPs received one session of deep DN. The outcomes of neuromuscular junction response (NMJR), sympathetic skin response (SSR), pain intensity (PI) and pressure pain threshold (PPT) were measured at baseline and immediately after DN...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167027/development-of-an-inducible-male-sterility-system-in-rice-through-pollen-specific-expression-of-l-ornithinase-arge-gene-of-e-coli
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Gundra Sivakrishna Rao, Akhilesh Kumar Tyagi, Khareedu Venkateswara Rao
In the present investigation, an inducible male-sterility system has been developed in the rice. In order to introduce inducible male-sterility, the coding region of l-ornithinase (argE) gene of E. coli was fused to the Oryza sativa indica pollen allergen (OSIPA) promoter sequence which is known to function specifically in the pollen grains. Transgenic plants were obtained with argE gene and the transgenic status of plants was confirmed by PCR and Southern blot analyses. RT-PCR analysis confirmed the tissue-specific expression of argE in the anthers of transgenic rice plants...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163217/neurochemical-organization-and-morphology-of-the-sleep-related-nuclei-in-the-brain-of-the-arabian-oryx-oryx-leucoryx
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Joshua G Davimes, Abdulaziz N Alagaili, Nigel C Bennett, Osama B Mohammed, Adhil Bhagwandin, Paul R Manger, Nadine Gravett
The Arabian oryx, Oryx leucoryx, is a member of the superorder Cetartiodactyla and is native to the Arabian Desert. The desert environment can be considered extreme in which to sleep, as the ranges of temperatures experienced are beyond what most mammals encounter. The current study describes the nuclear organization and neuronal morphology of the systems that have been implicated in sleep control in other mammals for the Arabian oryx. The nuclei delineated include those revealed immunohistochemically as belonging to the cholinergic, catecholaminergic, serotonergic and orexinergic systems within the basal forebrain, hypothalamus, midbrain and pons...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152735/early-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-aca-on-financial-worry
#17
Xin Hu, Helen M Parsons, Zhiyuan Zheng
: 44 Background: We examined changes in financial worry for working-aged cancer survivors compared to individuals without a cancer history (controls) after ACA-mandated health insurance enrollment and caps on cost-sharing were implemented in 2014. We hypothesized that cancer survivors would be more likely to report financial worry, and that ACA implementation would reduce financial worry. METHODS: We pooled data from the 2013-2014 National Health Interview Survey for adults aged 21-64 years...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145889/photothermal-triggered-control-of-sub-cellular-drug-accumulation-using-doxorubicin-loaded-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-for-the-effective-killing-of-human-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Yunok Oh, Jun-O Jin, Junghwan Oh
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are often the subject of investigation as effective photothermal therapy (PTT) agents owing to their unique strong optical absorption. Doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded SWNTs (SWNTs-DOX) can be used as an efficient therapeutic agent for combined near infrared (NIR) cancer photothermal and chemotherapy. However, SWNTs-DOX-mediated induction of cancer cell death has not been fully investigated, particularly the reaction of DOX inside cancer cells by PTT. In this study, we examined how the SWNTs-DOX promoted effective MDA-MB-231 cell death compared to DOX and PTT alone...
February 1, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126674/synergistic-effects-of-in-vitro-combinations-of-piplartine-epiisopiloturine-and-praziquantel-against-schistosoma-mansoni
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Yuri Dias Macedo Campelo, Ana Carolina Mafud, Leiz Maria Costa Véras, Maria Adelaide Guimarães, Lydia F Yamaguchi, David Fernandes Lima, Daniel Dias Rufino Arcanjo, Massuo J Kato, Ronaldo Z Mendonça, Pedro Luiz Silva Pinto, Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, Marcos P N Silva, Josué de Moraes, Peter Eaton, José Roberto de Souza de Almeida Leite
Schistosomiasis is a world health problem, and praziquantel is the only drug currently used for the treatment. There is some evidence that extensive monotherapy of praziquantel may be leading to drug resistance in the parasite. In order to find alternative treatments, the effects of the combination of epiisopiloturine (EPI), piplartine (PPT) and praziquantel (PZQ) were evaluated. Similarity analysis of these compounds was performed using optimized molecular structures to compare the shape and the charge modeling of combinations between PZQ and EPI or PPT...
January 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117491/age-dependency-of-nervous-necrosis-virus-infection-in-barramundi-lates-calcarifer-bloch
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D Jaramillo, P Hick, R J Whittington
Age-dependent susceptibility to nervous necrosis virus (NNV) was demonstrated for barramundi (Lates calcarifer). The experiment used juvenile barramundi produced from a single spawning that were challenged consecutively by immersion with a redspotted grouper nervous necrosis virus (RGNNV) isolate. The dose and environmental conditions (35 ppt salinity and 30 °C) were constant. Fish and water were sampled longitudinally for histopathology and RT-qPCR analysis to examine the evolution of the disease, virus replication, immune response and release of virus into water...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
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