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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454200/effect-of-clonal-integration-on-nitrogen-cycling-in-rhizosphere-of-rhizomatous-clonal-plant-phyllostachys-bissetii-under-heterogeneous-light
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Yang Li, Jing-Song Chen, Ge Xue, Yuanying Peng, Hui-Xing Song
Clonal integration plays an important role in clonal plant adapting to heterogeneous habitats. It was postulated that clonal integration could exhibit positive effects on nitrogen cycling in the rhizosphere of clonal plant subjected to heterogeneous light conditions. An in-situ experiment was conducted using clonal fragments of Phyllostachys bissetii with two successive ramets. Shading treatments were applied to offspring or mother ramets, respectively, whereas counterparts were treated to full sunlight. Rhizomes between two successive ramets were either severed or connected...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454180/tryptophan-kynurenine-and-lipid-related-metabolites-as-blood-biomarkers-for-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-an-exploratory-pilot-case-control-study
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Nobuki Kuwano, Takahiro A Kato, Daiki Setoyama, Mina Sato-Kasai, Norihiro Shimokawa, Kohei Hayakawa, Masahiro Ohgidani, Noriaki Sagata, Hiroaki Kubo, Junji Kishimoto, Dongchon Kang, Shigenob Kanba
BACKGROUND: Early intervention in depression has been critical to prevent its negative impact including suicide. Recent blood biomarker studies for major depressive disorder (MDD) have suggested that tryptophan-kynurenine and lipid related metabolites are involved in the pathophysiology of MDD. However, there have been limited studies investigating these blood biomarkers in first-episode drug-naïve MDD, which are particularly important for early intervention in depression. METHODS: As an exploratory pilot case-control study, we examined the above blood biomarkers, and analyzed how these biomarkers are associated with clinical variables in first-episode drug-naïve MDD patients, based on metabolome/lipidome analysis...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454133/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-neural-axis-anomalies-in-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Johan L Heemskerk, Moyo C Kruyt, Dino Colo, René M Castelein, Diederik H R Kempen
BACKGROUND: There is ongoing controversy about the routine use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) preoperatively in patients with presumed idiopathic scoliosis (IS). Routine MRI can help identify possible causes for the deformity and detect anomalies which could complicate deformity surgery. However, routine MRI increases health care costs significantly and may reveal mild variations from normal without clinical relevance, that can still lead to anxiety and influence decision making...
February 14, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454127/neurosurgery-on-a-pregnant-woman-with-post-mortem-fetal-extrusion-an-unusual-case-from-medieval-italy
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REVIEW
Alba Pasini, Vanessa Samantha Manzon, Xabier Gonzalez-Muro, Emanuela Gualdi-Russo
Trepanation is one of the most ancient and applied surgical treatments; several archaeologically documented cases are known, dated back from Prehistory to the Middle ages. This case study reports the anthropological analysis of the skeletal remains of a young medieval woman and a fetus (Imola, Italy). The fetal remains were laid between her pelvis and lower limbs. A perforating injury was observed to her frontal bone. After assessing biological profiles, we attempted to interpret the injury and to reconstruct possible circumstances of death...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454066/walking-behavior-in-a-circular-arena-modified-by-pulsed-light-stimulation-in-drosophila-melanogaster-w-1118-line
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Shuang Qiu, Chengfeng Xiao
The Drosophila melanogaster white-eyed w 1118 line serves as a parental stock, allowing genetic recombination of any gene of interest along with a readily recognizable marker. w 1118 flies display behavioral susceptibility to environmental stimulation such as light. It is of great importance to characterize the behavioral performance of w 1118 flies because this would provide a baseline from which the effect of the gene of interest could be differentiated. Little work has been performed to characterize the walking behavior in adult w 1118 flies...
February 14, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454064/rna-based-micelles-a-novel-platform-for-chemotherapeutic-drug-loading-and-delivery
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Yi Shu, Hongran Yin, Mehdi Rajabi, Hui Li, Mario Vieweger, Sijin Guo, Dan Shu, Peixuan Guo
RNA can serve as powerful building blocks for bottom-up fabrication of nanostructures for biotechnological and biomedical applications. In addition to current self-assembly strategies utilizing base pairing, motif piling and tertiary interactions, we reported for the first time to build RNA based micellar nanoconstruct with a cholesterol molecule conjugated onto one helical end of a branched pRNA three-way junction (3WJ) motif. The resulting amphiphilic RNA micelles consist of a hydrophilic RNA head and a covalently linked hydrophobic lipid tail that can spontaneously assemble in aqueous solution via hydrophobic interaction...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453993/the-tegumental-allergen-like-proteins-of-schistosoma-mansoni-a-biochemical-study-of-smtal4-tal13
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Jack Carson, Charlotte M Thomas, Aaron McGinty, Gustavo Takata, David J Timson
Schistosoma mansoni, like other trematodes, expresses a number of unusual calcium binding proteins which consist of an EF-hand domain joined to a dynein light chain-like (DLC-like) domain by a flexible linker. These proteins have been implicated in host immune responses and drug binding. Three members of this protein family from S. mansoni (SmTAL1, SmTAL2 and SmTAL3) have been well characterised biochemically. Here we characterise the remaining family members from this species (SmTAL4-13). All of these proteins form homodimers and all except SmTAL5 bind to calcium and manganese ions...
February 14, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453904/synthesis-self-assembly-and-photoresponsive-liquid-crystals-based-on-azobenzene-derivatives
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Hongyan Wang, Yi Han, Wei Yuan, Mengjiao Wu, Yulan Chen
A new class of rod-coil-rod molecules with an azobenzene core were synthesized. They were found to form robust organogels in several kinds of organic solvents. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), FT-IR spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, 1H NMR, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that in these organogels, the molecules self-assembled into nanofiber network with an H-type aggregation mode under the joint effect of Pi-Pi stacking, intermolecular hydrogen bonding, and van der Waals forces...
February 17, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453902/perioperative-outcome-and-complications-following-laparoscopic-versus-robotic-assisted-dismembered-pyeloplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Alexander Light, Sandeep Karthikeyan, Sachan Maruthan, Oussama ElHage, Hansjörg Danuser, Prokar Dasgupta
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the current difference between dismembered robotic-assisted pyeloplasty (RP) and laparoscopic pyeloplasty (LP) in the treatment of pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (PUJO) patients as of June 26 2017, focusing on operative time, length of hospital stay, complication rate, and success rate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed, Medline, and Embase databases, consulted experts, reviewed reference lists, used the related articles PubMed feature, and reviewed scientific meeting abstracts for eligible articles from 1993 to June 26 2017...
February 17, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453901/shedding-light-on-aberrant-interactions-a-review-of-modern-tools-for-studying-protein-aggregates
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REVIEW
Franziska Kundel, Laura Tosatto, Daniel R Whiten, David C Wirthensohn, Mathew H Horrocks, David Klenerman
The link between protein aggregation and neurodegenerative disease is well established. However, given the heterogeneity of species formed during the aggregation process, it is difficult to delineate details of the molecular events involved in generating pathological aggregates from those producing soluble monomers. As aberrant aggregates are possible pharmacological targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, the need to observe and characterise soluble oligomers has pushed traditional biophysical techniques to their limits, leading to the development of a plethora of new tools capable of detecting soluble oligomers with high precision and specificity...
February 17, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453834/demystifying-evidence-based-policy-analysis-by-revealing-hidden-value-laden-constraints
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Adam M Finkel
Consider any choice that affects some social policy. A decision that considers evidence will, at its heart, contain some kind of explicit or implicit "because" statement: "We are doing X because the evidence says Y." But can evidence ever truly speak for itself, in the sense of being reducible to objective utterances that are either correct or in need of correction? Before answering, consider what you'd prefer. Would you rather receive evidence that was free of any value judgments imposed by human actors, that was laden with value judgments that you agree with, or laden with value judgments that you disagree with? The central assertion of this essay is that, throughout policy analysis but especially in assessments of the costs and benefits of regulating versus encouraging new technologies (cost-benefit analysis, or CBA), the first possibility above is a mirage, and the second and third are self-contradictory...
January 2018: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453803/competition-for-nutrients-and-light-testing-advances-in-resource-competition-with-a-natural-phytoplankton-community
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Amanda Burson, Maayke Stomp, Emma Greenwell, Julia Grosse, Jef Huisman
A key challenge in ecology is to understand how nutrients and light affect the biodiversity and community structure of phytoplankton and plant communities. According to resource competition models, ratios of limiting nutrients are major determinants of the species composition. At high nutrient levels, however, species interactions may shift to competition for light, which might make nutrient ratios less relevant. The "nutrient-load hypothesis" merges these two perspectives, by extending the classic model of competition for two nutrients to include competition for light...
February 17, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453783/affordances-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Anna Sedda, Ettore Ambrosini, Giada Dirupo, Diana Tonin, Laura Valsecchi, Tiziana Redaelli, Michele Spinelli, Marcello Costantini, Gabriella Bottini
Spinal cord injury can cause cognitive impairments even when no cerebral lesion is appreciable. As patients are forced to explore the environment in a non-canonical position (i.e., seated on a wheelchair), a modified relation with space can explain motor-related cognitive differences compared to non-injured individuals. Peripersonal space is encoded in motor terms, that is, in relation to the representation of action abilities and is strictly related to the affordance of reachability. In turn, affordances, the action possibilities suggested by relevant properties of the environment, are related to the perceiver's peripersonal space and motor abilities...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453780/bone-conditioned-medium-modulates-the-osteoconductive-properties-of-collagen-membranes-in-a-rat-calvaria-defect-model
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Ulrike Kuchler, Tina Rybaczek, Toni Dobask, Patrick Heimel, Stefan Tangl, Jessica Klehm, Matthias Menzel, Reinhard Gruber
OBJECTIVES: Collagen membranes are not limited to be occlusive barriers as they actively support bone regeneration. However, the impact of bone-derived growth factors on their osteoconductive competence has not been examined. METHODS: Twenty adult Sprague Dawley rats were included in the study. Calvaria defects with a diameter of five millimeter were created. The defect was covered with one layer of a collagen membrane previously soaked in conditioned medium of porcine bone chips or in culture medium alone...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Oral Implants Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453754/pacap38-in-human-models-of-primary-headaches
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Håkan Ashina, Song Guo, Anne L H Vollesen, Messoud Ashina
BACKGROUND: To review the role of PACAP38 in human models of primary headaches, discuss possible mechanisms of PACAP38-induced migraine, and outline future directions. DISCUSSION: Experimental studies have established PACAP38 as a potent pharmacological "trigger" molecule of migraine-like attacks. These studies have also revealed a heterogeneous PACAP38 migraine response in migraine without aura patients. In addition, findings from brain imaging studies have demonstrated neuronal and vascular changes in migraine patients both ictally and interictally after PACAP38 infusion...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453716/occurrence-and-assessment-of-the-risk-of-ultraviolet-filters-and-light-stabilizers-in-victorian-estuaries
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Mayumi Allinson, Yutaka Kameda, Kumiko Kimura, Graeme Allinson
This reconnaissance study was undertaken to examine the occurrence of common ultraviolet filters (UVF) and light stabilizers (UVLS), and preservatives in four different estuaries in Port Philip Bay, Victoria, for the first time. In total, 11 UV filters, 10 UV stabilizers, 12 preservatives and a metabolite, and one fragrance were screened in grab samples of water and sediment using a combination of solid phase extraction and gas and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry measurement techniques. In that context, 16 of the UVF and UVLS and 5 of the preservatives screened were observed in water and/or sediment samples...
February 16, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453638/effects-of-cpap-therapy-on-cognitive-and-psychomotor-performances-in-patients-with-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-prospective-1-year-study
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Renata Pecotic, Ivana Pavlinac Dodig, Maja Valic, Tea Galic, Linda Lusic Kalcina, Natalija Ivkovic, Zoran Dogas
STUDY OBJECTIVES: We prospectively investigated the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on long-term cognitive and psychomotor performances, and excessive daytime sleepiness in severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. METHODS: A total of 40 patients were recruited and 23 patients with severe OSA fully completed the study protocol to investigate the effects of CPAP therapy on psychomotor performance at 1, 3, and 6 months and 1 year following initiation of the therapy...
February 16, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453614/screening-of-isochrysis-strains-and-utilization-of-a-two-stage-outdoor-cultivation-strategy-for-algal-biomass-and-lipid-production
#18
Zheng Sun, Hehong Wei, Zhi-Gang Zhou, Muthupandian Ashokkumar, Jin Liu
Isochrysis is a genus of marine algae without cell wall and capable of accumulating lipids. In this study, the lipid production potential of Isochrysis was assessed by comparing 15 Isochrysis strains with respect to their growth rate, lipid production, and fatty acid profiles. Three best strains were selected (lipid productivity, 103.0~121.7 mg L -1 day -1 ) and their lipid-producing capacities were further examined under different controlled parameters, e.g., growth phase, medium nutrient, and light intensity in laboratory cultures...
February 17, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453611/comparative-study-of-phototoxicity-of-protoporphyrin-ix-synthetic-and-extracted-from-ssp-rattus-novergicus-albinus-rats-toward-murine-melanoma-cells
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E R Reis, L P Ferreira, E M D Nicola, I Borissevitch
Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is a precursor of heme synthesis and is known to be an active photosensitizer and precursor of photosensitizers applied in photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photodynamic diagnostics (PDD). On irradiation with visible light, PpIX undergoes phototransformation, producing photoproducts which may also be phototoxic and increase its efficacy. The mechanism of PpIX phototransformation depends on environmental characteristics and can be different in vitro and in vivo. In this paper, we present a comparative study of the photoactivity of synthetic PpIX and PpIX extracted from the Harderian gland of ssp Rattus novergicus albinus rats, along with their photoproducts toward murine B16F-10 melanoma cells...
February 16, 2018: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453578/a-stopped-flow-light-scattering-methodology-for-assessing-the-osmotic-water-permeability-of-whole-sertoli-cells
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Anna Maggio, Raquel L Bernardino, Patrizia Gena, Marco G Alves, Pedro F Oliveira, Giuseppe Calamita
Movement of water into and out of the cell is fundamental to life. In the male reproductive tract, at the level of the seminiferous epithelium, Sertoli cells are pivotal in mediating the movement of water into the luminal compartment, a process providing a means of transport of spermatozoa into the epididymal ducts. Here, we describe a stopped-flow light-scattering methodology to easily assess the Sertoli cell osmotic water permeability. The devised methodology is well suited for studying how the Sertoli cell's permeability changes following exogenous stimuli...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
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