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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820622/latent-growth-curve-modeling-of-non-injection-drug-use-and-condomless-sexual-behavior-from-ages-18-to-21-in-gay-bisexual-and-other-ymsm-the-p18-cohort-study
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Perry N Halkitis, Kristen Bub, Christopher B Stults, Francesca C Bates, Farzana Kapadia
BACKGROUND: HIV/AIDS continues to be a health disparity faced by sexual minority men, and is exacerbated by non-injection drug use. OBJECTIVES: We sought to delineate growth in non-injection drug use and condomless sex in a sample of racially and economically diverse of gay, bisexual, and other young men who have sex with men (YMSM) as they emerged into adulthood between the ages of 18 and 21 and who came of age in the post-HAART era. METHODS: Behavioral data on drug use and condomless sex, collected via a calendar based technique over 7 waves of a cohort study of 600 YMSM, were analyzed using latent growth curve modeling to document patterns of growth in these behaviors, their associations, and the extent to which patterns and associations are moderated by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status...
August 18, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819397/iron-chelators-and-exogenic-photosensitizers-synergy-through-oxidative-stress-gene-expression
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Anna Mrozek-Wilczkiewicz, Katarzyna Malarz, Marzena Rams-Baron, Maciej Serda, Daniela Bauer, Franz-Peter Montforts, Alicja Ratuszna, Thomas Burley, Jaroslaw Polanski, Robert Musiol
In non-invasive anticancer photodynamic therapy (PDT), a nontoxic photosensitizer (PS), which is activated by visible light, is used as a magic bullet that selectively destroys cancer cells. Recently, we described the combined therapy of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA-PDT) with thiosemicarbazone (TSC), i.e. an iron-chelating agent. This resulted in a strong synergistic effect. Herein, we investigated a novel strategy using a combination of PDT consist of the xenobiotic-porphyrin type PS with TSC. We observed a synergistic effect for all of the pairs of TSC-PS...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819024/trastuzumab-increases-her2-uptake-and-cross-presentation-by-dendritic-cells
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Victor A Gall, Anne V Philips, Na Qiao, Karen Clise-Dwyer, Alexander A Perakis, Mao Zhang, Guy Travis Clifton, Pariya Sukhumalchandra, Qing Ma, Sangeetha M Reddy, Dihua Yu, Jeffrey J Molldrem, George E Peoples, Gheath Alatrash, Elizabeth A Mittendorf
Early phase clinical trials evaluating CD8+ T cell-eliciting, HER2-derived peptide vaccines administered to HER2-positive breast cancer patients in the adjuvant setting suggest synergy between the vaccines and trastuzumab, the monoclonal antibody targeting the HER2 protein. Among 60 patients enrolled on clinical trials evaluating the E75+GM-CSF and GP2+GM-CSF vaccines, there have been no recurrences in patients vaccinated after receiving trastuzumab as part of standard therapy in the per treatment analyses conducted after a median follow-up of greater than 34 months...
August 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818340/lps-binding-to-hmgb1-promotes-angiogenic-behavior-of-endothelial-cells-through-inhibition-of-p120-and-cd31-via-erk-p38-src-signaling
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Zhenguo Liu, Juan Wang, Wu Xing, Yingqiong Peng, Jun Quan, Xuegong Fan
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is known to mediate angiogenic effects in endothelial cells. The underlying mechanisms, however, remain largely unknown. In this study, we showed that LPS induced high motility group box protein 1 (HMGB1) secretion in human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMECs). Knockdown and overexpression of HMGB1 by adenoviral vectors effectively inhibited and promoted LPS-induced HPMEC migration and capillary-like tube formation, respectively. On the other hand, HMGB1 exerted an inhibitory effect on LPS-suppressed expression of platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule (CD31) and p120 catenin (p120); HMGB1 knockdown reversed this effect...
August 9, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817135/using-microct-to-assess-periodontal-regeneration-outcomes-comparison-of-image-based-and-histologic-results-a-case-report
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Alberto Rebaudi, Paolo Trisi, Giorgio Pagni, Hom-Lay Wang
The purpose of this study was to compare microcomputed tomography (microCT) and histologic analysis outcomes of a periodontal regeneration of a human defect treated with a polylactic- and polyglycolic-acid copolymer. At 11 months following the grafting procedure, the root with the surrounding periodontal tissues was removed and analyzed using microCT and histologic techniques. The results suggest that microCT three-dimensional analysis may be used in synergy with two-dimensional histologic sections to provide additional information for studying the regeneration outcomes normally reported by histologic biopsies in humans...
September 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816643/pharmacometabolomics-informs-quantitative-radiomics-for-glioblastoma-diagnostic-innovation
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Theodora Katsila, Minos-Timotheos Matsoukas, George P Patrinos, Dimitrios Kardamakis
Applications of omics systems biology technologies have enormous promise for radiology and diagnostics in surgical fields. In this context, the emerging fields of radiomics (a systems scale approach to radiology using a host of technologies, including omics) and pharmacometabolomics (use of metabolomics for patient and disease stratification and guiding precision medicine) offer much synergy for diagnostic innovation in surgery, particularly in neurosurgery. This synthesis of omics fields and applications is timely because diagnostic accuracy in central nervous system tumors still challenges decision-making...
August 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816372/in-vitro-antitubercular-activity-of-3-deoxysappanchalcone-isolated-from-the-heartwood-of-caesalpinia-sappan-linn
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Hoonhee Seo, Sukyung Kim, Hafij Al Mahmud, Md Imtiazul Islam, Kung-Woo Nam, Byung-Eui Lee, Hanna Lee, Myoung-Lae Cho, Heung-Mook Shin, Ho-Yeon Song
Responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths every year, the infectious disease tuberculosis remains one of the most serious challenges to global health. The emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and, more recently, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis poses a significant threat in our effort to control this epidemic. New drugs are urgently needed to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. To achieve this goal, we screened approximately 500 species of medicinal plant methanol extracts and their solvent partitioned fractions for potential inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814740/a-flexible-electret-membrane-with-persistent-electrostatic-effect-and-resistance-to-harsh-environment-for-energy-harvesting
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Xiao Huiming, Chen Gangjin, Chen Xuming, Chen Zhi
A novel flexible electret membrane, exhibiting persistent electrostatic effect, distinctive temperature stability and outstanding capability of resistance to harsh environment and fatigue, is demonstrated by experiment. Its excellent electret performance is correlated to the synergy of three factors, which are space charge injection, dipole orientation and interfacial polarization according to the analysis of charge storage mechanism. This electret membrane is provided with sandwich configuration PTFE/THV/PTFE, prepared by hot pressing method and thermal charging technology...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814032/studying-the-implementation-of-iterative-impedance-control-for-assistive-hand-rehabilitation-using-an-exoskeleton
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T Martineau, R Vaidyanathan
A positive training synergy can be obtained when two individuals attempt to learn the same motor task while mechanically coupled to one another. In this paper, we have studied how mimicking this interaction through impedance control can be exploited to improve assistance delivered by hand exoskeleton devices during rehabilitation. In this context, the machine and user take complementary roles akin to two coupled individuals. We present the derivation of a dynamic model of the human hand for the purpose of controller development for new hand exoskeleton platforms...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814030/quantitative-evaluation-of-hand-functions-using-a-wearable-hand-exoskeleton-system
#10
Suin Kim, Jeongsoo Lee, Wookeun Park, Joonbum Bae
To investigate, improve, and observe the effect of rehabilitation therapy, many studies have been conducted on evaluating the motor function quantitatively by developing various types of robotic systems. Even though the robotic systems have been developed, functional evaluation of the hand has been rarely investigated, because it is difficult to install a number of actuators or sensors to the hand due to limited space around the fingers. Therefore, in this study, a hand exoskeleton was developed to satisfy the required specifications for evaluating the hand functions including spasticity of finger flexors, finger independence, and multi-digit synergy and algorithms to evaluate such functions were proposed...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814024/feedback-control-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-arbitrary-upper-extremity-movements
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Reza Sharif Razavian, Borna Ghannadi, John McPhee
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a type of neuroprosthesis in which muscles are stimulated by electrical pulses in order to compensate for the loss of voluntary movement control. Modulating the stimulation intensities to reliably generate movements is a challenging control problem. For the first time, this paper presents a feedback controller for FES to control arm movements in a 2D (table-top) task space. This feedback controller is based on a recent human motor control model, which uses muscle synergies to simplify the calculations and improve control performance...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813914/data-sample-size-needed-for-analysis-of-kinematic-and-muscle-synergies-in-healthy-and-stroke-populations
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Navid Lambert-Shirzad, H F Machiel Van der Loos
Multiple studies have suggested the central nervous system (CNS) generates motions by using modular control of muscles and joints (synergies). However, the synergies reported by these studies are task dependent and might not reflect the true control strategies adopted by the CNS. Studying exploratory motions (EMs) can reveal biomechanical constraints and motor control strategies in healthy and clinical populations. The first logical step to consider EMs in study of motor synergies is to determine how much data is required to reliably and fully profile the motion patterns of an individual...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813874/effect-of-human-robot-interaction-on-muscular-synergies-on-healthy-people-and-post-stroke-chronic-patients
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A Scano, A Chiavenna, M Caimmi, M Malosio, L M Tosatti, F Molteni
Robot-assisted training is a widely used technique to promote motor re-learning on post-stroke patients that suffer from motor impairment. While it is commonly accepted that robot-based therapies are potentially helpful, strong insights about their efficacy are still lacking. The motor re-learning process may act on muscular synergies, which are groups of co-activating muscles that, being controlled as a synergic group, allow simplifying the problem of motor control. In fact, by coordinating a reduced amount of neural signals, complex motor patterns can be elicited...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813807/identification-of-shoulder-muscle-synergies-in-healthy-subjects-during-an-isometric-task
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Aamani Budhota, Paolo Tommasino, Asif Hussain, Domenico Campolo
Muscle Synergy method has been proposed in the literature to provide a lower dimensional representation of motor commands from the central nervous system (CNS). Studies on post-stroke patients highlighted how features such as the minimum number of motor synergies accounting for most of the data variance correlate with impairments and motor function. In this study, we target healthy subjects to establish normative data in isometric tasks involving shoulder muscles. Five subjects performed an isometric, two-dimensional force-matching task in twelve planar directions with two force levels across shoulder joint...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813787/clarification-of-muscle-synergy-structure-during-standing-up-motion-of-healthy-young-elderly-and-post-stroke-patients
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N Yang, Q An, H Yamakawa, Y Tamura, A Yamashita, K Takahashi, M Kinomoto, H Yamasaki, M Itkonen, F S Alnajjar, S Shimoda, H Asama, N Hattori, I Miyai
Standing-up motion is an important daily activity. It has been known that elderly and post-stroke patients have difficulty in performing standing-up motion. The standing-up motion is retrained by therapists to maximize independence of the elderly and post-stroke patients, but it is not clear how the elderly and post-stroke patients control their redundant muscles to achieve standing-up motion. This study employed the concept of muscle synergy to analyze how healthy young adults, healthy elderly people and post-stroke patients control their muscles...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813419/vaccine-driven-pharmacodynamic-dissection-and-mitigation-of-fenethylline-psychoactivity
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Cody J Wenthur, Bin Zhou, Kim D Janda
Fenethylline, also known by the trade name Captagon, is a synthetic psychoactive stimulant that has recently been linked to a substance-use disorder and 'pharmacoterrorism' in the Middle East. Although fenethylline shares a common phenethylamine core with other amphetamine-type stimulants, it also incorporates a covalently linked xanthine moiety into its parent structure. These independently active pharmacophores are liberated during metabolism, resulting in the release of a structurally diverse chemical mixture into the central nervous system...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813020/nine-new-triterpene-glycosides-magnumosides-a%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-b%C3%A2-b%C3%A2-c%C3%A2-c%C3%A2-and-c%C3%A2-from-the-vietnamese-sea-cucumber-neothyonidium-massinium-magnum-structures-and-activities-against-tumor-cells-independently-and-in-synergy-with-radioactive-irradiation
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Alexandra S Silchenko, Anatoly I Kalinovsky, Sergey A Avilov, Vladimir I Kalinin, Pelageya V Andrijaschenko, Pavel S Dmitrenok, Ekaterina A Chingizova, Svetlana P Ermakova, Olesya S Malyarenko, Tatyana N Dautova
Nine new sulfated triterpene glycosides, magnumosides A₁ (1), A₂ (2), A₃ (3), A₄ (4), B₁ (5), B₂ (6), C₁ (7), C₂ (8) and C₄ (9) as well as a known colochiroside B₂ (10) have been isolated from the tropical Indo-West Pacific sea cucumber Neothynidium (=Massinium) magnum (Phyllophoridae, Dendrochirotida) collected in the Vietnamese shallow waters. The structures of new glycosides were elucidated by 2D NMR spectroscopy and mass-spectrometry. All the isolated new glycosides were characterized by the non-holostane type lanostane aglycones having 18(16)-lactone and 7(8)-double bond and differed from each other by the side chains and carbohydrate moieties structures...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811939/abo-gene-polymorphism-and-thrombomodulin-33g-a-polymorphism-were-not-risk-factors-for-myocardial-infarction-in-javanese-men
#18
Mifetika Lukitasari, Ahmad Hamim Sadewa, Mohammad Saifur Rohman
Genetic factors contribute to about a half of coronary artery diseases. During the last several decades, some studies suggested that non-O blood group and thrombomodulin polymorphism -33G>A are the risk factors of coronary artery disease especially in Asia. There was no prior study in Indonesia regarding this issue. Hence, this study was designed to investigate the correlation of ABO polymorphism and thrombomodulin polymorphism -33G>A with the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A total of 192 subjects were enrolled in this case control study...
2017: International Journal of Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809406/clot-entrapped-blood-cells-in-synergy-with-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-create-a-pro-angiogenic-healing-response
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Melanie A Burkhardt, Isabel Gerber, Cameron Moshfegh, Miriam S Lucas, Jasmin Waser, Maximilian Y Emmert, Simon P Hoerstrup, Falko Schlottig, Viola Vogel
Blood clots stop bleeding and provide cell-instructive microenvironments. Still, in vitro models used to study implant performance typically neglect any possible interactions of recruited cells with surface-adhering blood clots. Here we study the interaction and synergies of bone marrow derived human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) with surface-induced blood clots in an in vitro model by fluorescence microscopy, scanning and correlative light and electron microscopy, ELISA assays and zymography. The clinically used alkali-treated rough titanium (Ti) surfaces investigated here are known to enhance blood clotting compared to native Ti and to improve the healing response, but the underlying mechanisms remain elusive...
August 15, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807908/activity-of-the-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-ln-1-255-against-carbapenem-hydrolyzing-class-d-%C3%AE-lactamases-from-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Juan Carlos Vázquez-Ucha, María Maneiro, Marta Martínez-Guitián, John Buynak, Christopher R Bethel, Robert A Bonomo, Germán Bou, Margarita Poza, Concepción González-Bello, Alejandro Beceiro
The number of infections caused by Gram-negative pathogens carrying carbapenemases is increasing, and the group of carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D β-lactamases (CHDLs) is especially problematic. Several clinically important CHDLs have been identified in A. baumannii, including OXA-23, OXA-24/40, OXA-58, OXA-143, OXA-235, and the chromosomally encoded OXA-51. The selection and dissemination of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii strains constitutes a serious global threat. Carbapenems have been successfully utilized as last resort antibiotics for the treatment of multi-drug-resistant A...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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