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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324993/dynamic-knee-muscle-co-contraction-quantified-during-walking
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Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo
The purpose of the present study was the quantification of the co-activation patterns of the knee extensor and flexor muscles during walking at self-selected speed and cadence. To this aim, the Statistical Gait Analysis, a recent methodology providing a statistical characterization of gait, was performed on surface EMG signals from Vastus Lateralis (VL) and Medial Hamstrings (MH) in 14 healthy young adult subjects. Muscular co-contraction was assessed as the overlapping period between activation intervals of agonist and antagonist muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324784/an-in%C3%A2-vivo-active-1-2-5-oxadiazole-pt-ii-complex-a-promising-anticancer-agent-endowed-with-stat3-inhibitory-properties
#2
Federica Porta, Giorgio Facchetti, Nicola Ferri, Arianna Gelain, Fiorella Meneghetti, Stefania Villa, Daniela Barlocco, Daniela Masciocchi, Akira Asai, Nao Miyoshi, Silvia Marchianò, Byoung-Mog Kwon, Yena Jin, Valentina Gandin, Cristina Marzano, Isabella Rimoldi
New Pt(II) complexes (Pt-1-3) bearing 1,2,5-oxadiazole ligands (1-3) were synthesized, characterized and evaluated for their ability to disrupt STAT3 dimerization. Ligand 3·HCl showed cytotoxic effects on HCT-116 cells (IC50 = 95.2 μM) and a selective ability to interact with STAT3 (IC50 = 8.2 μM) versus STAT1 (IC50 > 30 μM). Its corresponding platinum complex Pt-3 exhibited an increased cytotoxicity (IC50 = 18.4 μM) and a stronger interaction with STAT3 (IC50 = 1.4 μM), leading to inhibition of its signaling pathway...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323965/long-acting-ctp-modified-hgh-mod-4023-results-of-a-safety-and-dose-finding-study-in-ghd-children
#3
Nataliya Zelinska, Violeta Iotova, Julia Skorodok, Oleg Malievsky, Valentina Peterkova, Lubov Samsonova, Ron G Rosenfeld, Zvi Zadik, Michal Jaron-Mendelson, Ronit Koren, Leanne Amitzi, Dmitri Raduk, Oren Hershkovitz, Gili Hart
Context: Daily injections are required for growth hormone replacement therapy, which may cause low compliance as a result of inconvenience and distress in patients. Objective: CTP-modified human growth hormone (MOD-4023) is developed for once-a-week dosing regimen in GH-deficient (GHD) adults and children. The present trial was a safety and dose-finding study for weekly MOD-4023 in GHD children. Design: a multi-center, open-label, randomized, controlled Phase 2 study in children with GHD, evaluating the safety, tolerability, PK/PD and efficacy of 3 different weekly MOD-4023 doses, compared to daily r-hGH...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323555/influence-of-dopamine-related-genes-on-neurobehavioral-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury-during-early-childhood
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Amery Treble-Barna, Shari L Wade, Lisa J Martin, Valentina Pilipenko, Keith Owen Yeates, H Gerry Taylor, Brad G Kurowski
The present study examined the association of dopamine-related genes with short- and long-term neurobehavioral recovery, as well as neurobehavioral recovery trajectories over time, in children who had sustained early childhood traumatic brain injuries (TBI) relative to children who had sustained orthopedic injuries (OI). Participants were recruited from a prospective, longitudinal study evaluating outcomes of children who sustained a TBI (n = 68) or OI (n = 72) between the ages of 3 and 7 years. Parents completed ratings of child executive function and behavior at the immediate post-acute period (0-3 months after injury); 6, 12, and 18 months after injury; and an average of 3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323519/improvement-of-low-sexual-desire-due-to-antiandrogenic-combined-oral-contraceptives-after-switching-to-an-oral-contraceptive-containing-17%C3%AE-estradiol
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Salvatore Caruso, Stefano Cianci, Maria Cariola, Valentina Fava, Salvatore Di Pasqua, Antonio Cianci
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of a combined oral contraceptive (COC) containing 17β-estradiol (E2) 1.5 mg and nomegestrol acetate 2.5 mg (NOMAC/E2) on the sexual health of women affected by low sexual desire due to COCs containing ethinylestradiol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-three women (age range 19-32) participated in the study. Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), total testosterone (TT), and free androgen index (FAI) were measured. The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale (FSDS) questionnaires were used to assess sexual function and distress, respectively...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319793/early-response-of-wheat-antioxidant-system-with-special-reference-to-fusarium-head-blight-stress
#6
Valentina Spanic, Marija Viljevac Vuletic, Ivan Abicic, Tihana Marcek
Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a destructive fungal disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) that causes significant grain yield losses and end-use quality reduction associated with contamination by the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON). Three winter wheat varieties ('Vulkan', 'Kraljica' and 'Golubica') were screened for FHB resistance using artificial inoculation technique under field conditions. The aim of this study was to examine a relationship between FHB resistance and the effectiveness of enzyme antioxidant system of wheat varieties under different sampling times (3, 15, 24, 48, 96, 120 and 336 hai)...
March 14, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319735/different-combinations-of-growth-factors-for-the-tenogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-monolayer-culture-and-in-fibrin-based-three-dimensional-constructs
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Marta Bottagisio, Silvia Lopa, Valentina Granata, Giuseppe Talò, Chiara Bazzocchi, Matteo Moretti, Arianna Barbara Lovati
Tendon injuries are severe burdens in clinics. The poor tendon healing is related to an ineffective response of resident cells and inadequate vascularization. Thanks to the high proliferation and multi-lineage differentiation capability, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are a promising cell source to support the tendon repair. To date, the association of various growth factors to induce the in vitro tenogenic differentiation of multipotent progenitor cells is poorly investigated. This study aimed to investigate the tenogenic differentiation of rabbit BMSCs by testing the combination of bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP-12 and 14) with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) both in 2D and 3D cultures within fibrin-based constructs...
March 16, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319278/how-does-ceiii-nitrate-dissolve-in-a-protic-ionic-liquid-a-combined-molecular-dynamics-and-exafs-study
#8
Paola D'Angelo, Valentina Migliorati, Alessandra Serva, Riccardo Spezia
A diluted solution of Ce(NO₃)₃ in the protic ionic liquid (IL) ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) is investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. For the first time polarizable effects are included in the MD force field to describe a heavy metal ion in a protic IL, but, unlike water, they are found to be unessential. The CeIII ion first solvation shell is formed by nitrate ions arranged in an icosahedral structure, and an equilibrium between monodentate and bidentate ligands is present in the solution...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319126/effects-of-sevoflurane-and-clonidine-on-acid-base-status-and-long-term-emotional-and-cognitive-outcomes-in-spontaneously-breathing-rat-pups
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Nicole Almenrader, Paola Colucci, Valentina De Castro, Daniela Valeri, Maura Palmery, Viviana Trezza, Patrizia Campolongo
BACKGROUND: Numerous experiments in rodents suggest a causative link between exposure to general anaesthetics during brain growth spurt and poor long-lasting neurological outcomes. Many of these studies have been questioned with regard of their translational value, mainly because of extremely long anaesthesia exposure. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to assess the impact of a short sevoflurane anaesthesia, alone or combined with clonidine treatment, on respiratory function in spontaneously breathing rat pups and overall effects on long-lasting emotional and cognitive functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318657/radiation-dose-among-different-cardiac-and-vascular-invasive-procedures-the-rodeo-study
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Alessandro Sciahbasi, Giuseppe Ferrante, Dionigi Fischetti, Daniel Jonathan Miklin, Alessandro Sarandrea, Valentina Schirripa, Fabrizio Guarracini, Arash Arya, Giorgio Loreni, Antonio Bruni, Stefano Rigattieri, Massimiliano Marini, Simone Vagnarelli, Germano Scevola, Bernhard Reimers, Gerhard Hindricks, Mauricio Cohen
BACKGROUND: Interventional radiology and cardiology procedures contribute significantly to the collective dose of radiation exposure from medical interventions. Recent and dedicated studies comparing directly these procedures in term of patient radiation exposure are lacking. Our aim was to compare radiation exposure among different interventional procedures performed under fluoroscopic guidance. METHODS: The RODEO study (NCT: 02972736) is an international observational retrospective multicenter study enrolling all patients undergoing diagnostic or interventional procedures performed by different interventional operators (i...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317650/clinical-validity-of-increased-cortical-uptake-of-amyloid-ligands-on-pet-as-a-biomarker-for-alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-context-of-a-structured-5-phase-development-framework
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Chiotis, Laure Saint-Aubert, Marina Boccardi, Anton Gietl, Agnese Picco, Andrea Varrone, Valentina Garibotto, Karl Herholz, Flavio Nobili, Agneta Nordberg
The use of biomarkers has been proposed for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in recent criteria, but some biomarkers have not been sufficiently investigated to justify their routine clinical use. Here, we evaluate in a literature review the clinical validity of amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) imaging using a structured framework developed for the assessment of oncological biomarkers. Homogenous criteria have been addressed in reviews of other Alzheimer's disease biomarkers. There is adequate evidence that the main aims of phases 1 (rationale for use) and 2 (discriminative ability) have been achieved...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317648/clinical-validity-of-brain-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-as-a-biomarker-for-alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-context-of-a-structured-5-phase-development-framework
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REVIEW
Valentina Garibotto, Karl Herholz, Marina Boccardi, Agnese Picco, Andrea Varrone, Agneta Nordberg, Flavio Nobili, Osman Ratib
The use of Alzheimer's disease (AD) biomarkers is supported in diagnostic criteria, but their maturity for clinical routine is still debated. Here, we evaluate brain fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET), a measure of cerebral glucose metabolism, as a biomarker to identify clinical and prodromal AD according to the framework suggested for biomarkers in oncology, using homogenous criteria with other biomarkers addressed in parallel reviews. FDG PET has fully achieved phase 1 (rational for use) and most of phase 2 (ability to discriminate AD subjects from healthy controls or other forms of dementia) aims...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317645/the-biomarker-based-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-2-lessons-from-oncology
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REVIEW
Marina Boccardi, Valentina Gallo, Yutaka Yasui, Paolo Vineis, Alessandro Padovani, Urs Mosimann, Panteleimon Giannakopoulos, Gabriel Gold, Bruno Dubois, Clifford R Jack, Bengt Winblad, Giovanni B Frisoni, Emiliano Albanese
Biomarkers for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are not yet validated for use in clinical settings. We aim to provide a methodological framework for their systematic validation, by reference to that developed for oncology biomarkers. As for this discipline, the steps for the systematic validation of AD biomarkers need to target analytical validity, clinical validity, and clinical utility. However, the premises are different from oncology: the nature of disease (neurodegeneration vs. cancer), the purpose (improve diagnosis in clinically affected vs...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317077/de-novo-cancer-in-patients-on-dialysis-and-after-renal-transplantation-north-western-italy-1997-2012
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Valentina Mazzucotelli, Pierluca Piselli, Diana Verdirosi, Claudia Cimaglia, Giovanni Cancarini, Diego Serraino, Silvio Sandrini
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant recipients (KTR) are known to have a higher risk of cancer than the general population, especially of malignancies related to oncogenic viral infections. This study assessed the incidence of de novo malignancies (DNMs) in patients receiving kidney transplantation and in dialysis patients (DP) on the waiting list for transplantation at the same centre. The aim was to quantify the contribution of post-transplant immunosuppression to the underlying risk of developing a DNM in dialysis patients on the waiting list for kidney transplant...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316971/exercise-associated-hyponatremia-2017-update
#15
REVIEW
Tamara Hew-Butler, Valentina Loi, Antonello Pani, Mitchell H Rosner
Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) was initially described in the 1980s in endurance athletes, and work done since then has conclusively identified that overdrinking beyond thirst and non-osmotic arginine vasopressin release are the most common etiologic factors. In recent years, EAH has been described in a broader variety of athletic events and also has been linked to the development of rhabdomyolysis. The potential role of volume and sodium depletion in a subset of athletes has also been described. This review focuses on the most recent literature in the field of EAH and summarizes key new findings in the epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention of this condition...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315969/time-takes-space-selective-effects-of-multitasking-on-concurrent-spatial-processing
#16
Timo Mäntylä, Valentina Coni, Veit Kubik, Ivo Todorov, Fabio Del Missier
Many everyday activities require coordination and monitoring of complex relations of future goals and deadlines. Cognitive offloading may provide an efficient strategy for reducing control demands by representing future goals and deadlines as a pattern of spatial relations. We tested the hypothesis that multiple-task monitoring involves time-to-space transformational processes, and that these spatial effects are selective with greater demands on coordinate (metric) than categorical (nonmetric) spatial relation processing...
March 18, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315881/new-insights-on-early-patterns-of-respiratory-disease-among-extremely-low-gestational-age-newborns
#17
Stefano Nobile, Paolo Marchionni, Giovanni Vento, Valentina Vendettuoli, Claudio Marabini, Alessandra Lio, Cinzia Ricci, Domenica Mercadante, Mariarosa Colnaghi, Fabio Mosca, Costantino Romagnoli, Virgilio Carnielli
BACKGROUND: The analysis of early patterns of lung disease among preterm infants may help to identify predictors of pulmonary deterioration. OBJECTIVES: To analyze FIO2 requirement in the first 14 days of life among preterm infants and to find predictors of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: 3 Italian level III NICUs. POPULATION: infants born between 240/7 and 276/7 weeks' gestational age (GA) who survived to 14 days...
March 18, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315658/transglutaminase-3-protects-against-photodamage
#18
Valentina Frezza, Alessandro Terrinoni, Consuelo Pitolli, Alessandro Mauriello, Gerry Melino, Eleonora Candi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315510/policies-for-reirradiation-of-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-a-survey-among-italian-radiation-oncologists
#19
Carlo Furlan, Stefano Arcangeli, Michele Avanzo, Maria A Mirri, Fernando Munoz, Stefania Giudici, Antonio Perrone, Dante Amelio, Luigi Tomio, Loredana Draghini, Aniko M Deli, Giovanni Pavanato, Francesca M Giuliano, Antonio Pontoriero, Patrizia Ciammella, Pierina Navarria, Alberto Iannalfi, Michela Buglione, Cesare Guida, Silvia Cammelli, Vincenzo Iorio, Massimo Cardinali, Domenico Genovesi, Lucia Barsacchi, Mario Balducci, Rita Bagnoli, Franco Berti, Giampaolo Montesi, Francesco Pasqualetti, Paolo Bonome, Riccardo Santoni, Daniela Doino, Patrizia Schirru, Valentina Pinzi, Valentina Borzillo, Fabio Ferrarese, Marica Ferro, Luigi De Cicco, Marco Krengli, Silvia Scoccianti, Vittorio Donato
PURPOSE: To assess the contribution of Italian radiation oncologists in the current management of recurrent high-grade gliomas (HGG), focusing on a reirradiation (reRT) approach. METHODS: In 2015, the Reirradiation and the Central Nervous System Study Groups on behalf of the Italian Association of Radiation Oncology (AIRO) proposed a survey. All Italian radiation oncologists were individually invited to complete an online questionnaire regarding their clinical management of recurrent HGG, focusing on a reRT approach...
March 18, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315272/sigma-receptors-and-substance-use-disorders
#20
Valentina Sabino, Callum Hicks, Pietro Cottone
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, addiction is now recognized as a chronic brain disease with genetic, developmental, and cultural components. Drugs of abuse, including alcohol, are able to produce significant neuroplastic changes responsible for the profound disturbances shown by drug addicted individuals. The current lack of efficacious pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders has encouraged the search for novel and more effective pharmacotherapies. Growing evidence strongly suggests that Sigma Receptors are involved in the addictive and neurotoxic properties of abused drugs, including cocaine , methamphetamine , and alcohol...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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