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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936725/ampa-receptors-at-ribbon-synapses-in-the-mammalian-retina-kinetic-models-and-molecular-identity
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Espen Hartveit, Bas-Jan Zandt, Eirik Madsen, Áurea Castilho, Svein Harald Mørkve, Margaret Lin Veruki
In chemical synapses, neurotransmitter molecules released from presynaptic vesicles activate populations of postsynaptic receptors that vary in functional properties depending on their subunit composition. Differential expression and localization of specific receptor subunits are thought to play fundamental roles in signal processing, but our understanding of how that expression is adapted to the signal processing in individual synapses and microcircuits is limited. At ribbon synapses, glutamate release is independent of action potentials and characterized by a high and rapidly changing rate of release...
September 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933537/membrane-fluidity-sensing-on-the-single-virus-particle-level-with-plasmonic-nanoparticle-transducers
#2
Amin Feizpour, David N Stelter, Crystal Wong, Hisashi Akiyama, Suryaram Gummuluru, Tom Keyes, Bjoern M Reinhard
Viral membranes are nanomaterials whose fluidity depends on their composition, in particular the cholesterol (chol) content. As differences in the membrane composition of individual virus particles can lead to different intracellular fates, biophysical tools capable of sensing the membrane fluidity on the single-virus level are required. In this manuscript, we demonstrate that fluctuations in the polarization of light scattered off gold or silver nanoparticle (NP)-labeled virus-like-particles (VLPs) encode information about the membrane fluidity of individual VLPs...
September 21, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933471/spin-the-light-off-rapid-internal-conversion-into-a-dark-doublet-state-quenches-the-fluorescence-of-an-rna-spin-label
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Henrik Gustmann, Daniel Lefrancois, Andreas J Reuss, Dnyaneshwar B Gophane, Markus Braun, Andreas Dreuw, Snorri Th Sigurdsson, Josef Wachtveitl
The spin label Çm and the fluorophore Çmf are close isosteric relatives: the secondary amine Çmf can be easily oxidized to a nitroxide group to form Çm. Thus, both compounds can serve as EPR and fluorescence labels, respectively, and their high structural similarity allows direct comparison of EPR and fluorescence data, e.g. in the context of investigations of RNA conformation and dynamics. Detailed UV/vis-spectroscopic studies demonstrate that the fluorescence lifetime and the quantum yield of Çmf are directly affected by intermolecular interactions, which makes it a sensitive probe of its microenvironment...
September 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933266/intravenous-paracetamol-dosing-guidelines-for-pain-management-in-pre-term-neonates-using-the-paediatric-study-decision-tree
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P Mian, C A J Knibbe, E A M Calvier, D Tibboel, K Allegaert
BACKGROUND: Intravenous paracetamol (acetaminophen) has not been licensed for analgesia in preterm neonates or infants < 2 years, respectively, in Europe and the United States. A variety of dosing regimens is therefore used off-label. Because evidence supports the use of the same target mean steady state paracetamol concentration (Cssmean, 9-11 mg/L) for pain relief in neonates compared to older children and adults, dosing regimens based on this Cssmean were evaluated in a two-step approach...
September 21, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933125/-analysis-of-diemailing-kudiezi-injection-use-in-real-world-in-7-189-patients-with-cerebral-infarction
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Xing Liao, Yin Zhang, Yan-Ming Xie, Yan Liu, Dan-Hui Yi, Yi-Li Zhang, Feng Chen
This is a study based on hospital intensive monitoring to explore medication use of Diemailing Kudiezi injection(one Chinese herbal medicine injection) in real word in the patients with cerebral infarction. The active monitoring model was adopted and hospital intensive monitoring on safety of 7 189 cases of patients with cerebral infarction was conducted to obtain the drug use information of Diemailing injection. The results were analyzed by using statistical description and association rule method. The statistical description and association rule analysis were conducted based on patients' basic demographic characteristics, use of Diemailing injection and combined use of drugs...
December 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932571/management-of-pulmonary-hypertension-from-left-heart-disease-in-candidates-for-orthotopic-heart-transplantation
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REVIEW
Anna Koulova, Alan L Gass, Saikrishna Patibandla, Chhaya Aggarwal Gupta, Wilbert S Aronow, Gregg M Lanier
Pulmonary hypertension in left heart disease (PH-LHD) commonly complicates prolonged heart failure (HF). When advanced, the PH becomes fixed or out of proportion and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing orthotopic heart transplant (OHT). To date, the only recommended treatment of out of proportion PH is the treatment of the underlying HF by reducing the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) with medications and often along with use of mechanical circulatory support...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931278/fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-based-dna-nanoprism-with-a-split-aptamer-for-atp-sensing-in-living-cells
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Xiaofang Zheng, Ruizi Peng, Xi Jiang, Yaya Wang, Shuai Xu, Guoliang Ke, Ting Fu, Qiaoling Liu, Shuang-Yan Huan, Xiaobing Zhang
We have developed a DNA nanoprobe for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) sensing in living cells, based on the split aptamer and the DNA triangular prism (TP). In which nucleic acid aptamer was split into two fragments, the stem of the split aptamer was respectively labeled donor and acceptor fluorophores that underwent an fluorescence resonance energy transfer if two ATP molecules were bound as target molecule to the recognition module. Hence, ATP as a target induced the self-assembly of split aptamer fragments and thereby brought the dual fluorophores into close proximity for high FRET efficiency...
September 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930835/the-effects-of-hemolysis-on-plasma-prothrombin-time-and-activated-partial-thromboplastin-time-tests-using-photo-optical-method
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Yetti Hernaningsih, Jeine Stela Akualing
Hemolysis is the most common reason why coagulation test samples are rejected. However, the effects of hemolysis on plasma prothrombin time (PPT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) are rarely investigated and the results are controversial. This research aims to analyze the effects of hemolysis on PPT and APPT using the photo-optical method.Nonhemolyzed citrate blood samples (n = 30) with normal PPT and APTT underwent 2-step mechanical lysis and then hemoglobin level measurement was carried out at each step...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930702/gcamp-expression-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-characterized-using-a-low-cost-fundus-imaging-system
#9
Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, Robert H Chow, James D Weiland
OBJECTIVE: Virus-transduced, intracellular-calcium indicators are effective reporters of neural activity, offering the advantage of cell-specific labeling. Due to the existence of an optimal time window for the expression of calcium indicators, a suitable tool for tracking GECI expression in vivo following transduction is highly desirable. APPROACH: We developed a noninvasive imaging approach based on a custom-modified, low-cost fundus viewing system that allowed us to monitor and characterize in vivo bright-field and fluorescence images of the mouse retina...
October 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930199/reduced-fluorescent-protein-switching-fatigue-by-binding-induced-emissive-state-stabilization
#10
Thijs Roebroek, Sam Duwé, Wim Vandenberg, Peter Dedecker
Reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins (RSFPs) enable advanced fluorescence imaging, though the performance of this imaging crucially depends on the properties of the labels. We report on the use of an existing small binding peptide, named Enhancer, to modulate the spectroscopic properties of the recently developed rsGreen series of RSFPs. Fusion constructs of Enhancer with rsGreen1 and rsGreenF revealed an increased molecular brightness and pH stability, although expression in living E. coli or HeLa cells resulted in a decrease of the overall emission...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927495/preventing-myopia
#11
Wolf A Lagrèze, Frank Schaeffel
BACKGROUND: Nearsightedness (myopia) has become more common around the world recently, mainly because of changes in visual, educational, and recreational behavior. The question arises how the risk of myopia and its progression can be reduced. This would lessen the prevalence and severity of myopia and also lower the risk of secondary diseases that impair visual acuity. METHODS: The PubMed/Medline database was selectively searched for pertinent literature. RESULTS: The risk of myopia is lowered by exposure to daylight and increased by activities performed at short visual distances (close-up work)...
September 4, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926145/a-crispr-reimagining-new-twists-and-turns-of-crispr-beyond-the-genome-engineering-revolution
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Robert J Plummer, Yi Guo, Ying Peng
Despite its explosive applications in genome engineering, CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats) has been developed into a versatile tool beyond its well-known nuclease function. In this prospect article, we summarize a few exciting "off-label" applications of CRISPR including manipulating DNA sequences, visualizing chromosomal loci in living cells, and modulating transcription and chromatin structures. These novel applications will likely elevate CRISPR tools into yet another level of sophistication and diversity, leading to many more exciting cell biological discoveries...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924588/endoscopic-pancreatic-necrosectomy-why-scuff-when-you-can-flush-the-muck-make-it-an-easy-row-to-hoe
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Rinkesh Kumar Bansal, Rajesh Puri, Narendra S Choudhary, Sumit Bhatia, Nisharg Patel, Saurabh K Patle, Gaurav K Patil, Amit Agarwal, Chandra Prabha, Randhir Sud
BACKGROUND AND AIMS:  Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guided drainage of symptomatic pancreatic walled-off necrosis (WON) followed by fully covered self-expanding metal stent (FCSEMS) placement offers several advantages such as higher technical success rate and the option of necrosectomy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of EUS guided drainage of patients with WON by using FCSEMS and intracavitary lavage with a solution containing hydrogen peroxide and adopting a step-up approach...
September 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921528/practitioner-review-treatment-of-chronic-insomnia-in-children-and-adolescents-with-neurodevelopmental-disabilities
#14
REVIEW
Oliviero Bruni, Marco Angriman, Fabrizio Calisti, Alessandro Comandini, Giovanna Esposito, Samuele Cortese, Raffaele Ferri
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbances, in particular insomnia, represent a common problem in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs). Currently, there are no approved medications for insomnia in children by the US Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency and therefore they are prescribed off-label. We critically reviewed pediatric literature on drugs as well as nonpharmacological (behavioral) interventions used for sleep disturbances in children with NDDs. METHODS: PubMed, Ovid (including PsycINFO, Ovid MEDLINE(®) , and Embase), and Web of Knowledge databases were searched through February 12, 2017, with no language restrictions...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921433/large-scale-transient-transfection-of-suspension-mammalian-cells-for-vlp-production
#15
Laura Cervera, Amine A Kamen
Large-scale transient transfection of mammalian cell suspension cultures enables the production of biological products in sufficient quantity and under stringent quality attributes to perform accelerated in vitro evaluations and has the potential to support preclinical or even clinical studies. Here we describe the methodology to produce VLPs in a 3L bioreactor, using suspension HEK 293 cells and PEIPro as a transfection reagent. Cells are grown in the bioreactor to 1 × 10(6) cells/mL and transfected with a plasmid DNA-PEI complex at a ratio of 1:2...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917784/green-synthesis-of-graphitic-carbon-nitride-nanosheet-g-c3n4-and-using-it-as-a-label-free-fluorosensor-for-detection-of-metronidazole-via-quenching-of-the-fluorescence
#16
Amir Hatamie, Farzanh Marahel, Ali Sharifat
In this research, g-C3N4nanosheets were facilely fabricated by thermal polymerization and then exfoliated into ultrathin nanosheets through ultrasonication in water media. Low-cost C-N nanosheets prepared by melamine possessed a highly π-conjugated structure and fluorescence property. In the present study, the g-C3N4nanosheet was used as a switch-off fluorescence sensor for rapid and sensitive sensing of metronidazole in biological fluids. These nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916037/electrochemical-aptasensor-for-human-osteopontin-detection-using-a-dna-aptamer-selected-by-selex
#17
Sofia G Meirinho, Luís G Dias, António M Peres, Lígia R Rodrigues
A DNA aptamer with affinity and specificity for human osteopontin (OPN), a potential breast cancer biomarker, was selected using the SELEX process, considering its homology rate and the stability of its secondary structures. This aptamer exhibited a satisfactory affinity towards OPN, showing dissociation constants lower than 2.5 nM. It was further used to develop a simple, label-free electrochemical aptasensor against OPN. The aptasensor showed good sensitivity towards OPN in standard solutions, being the square wave voltammetry (SWV), compared to the cyclic voltammetry, the most sensitive technique with detection and quantification limits of 1...
September 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915289/mild-to-moderate-dysphagia-following-very-low-dose-abobotulinumtoxin-a-for-platysmal-bands
#18
Suzan Obagi, Kseniya Golubets
Onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox) can be a safe and successful off-label treatment of vertical platysma bands of various severities. Due to risk of the botulinum toxin diffusing to the underlying anatomic structures such as the deglutition muscles, the larynx, and the neck flexors, a maximal dose of 100 units has been suggested and there have been no known reports of untoward effects with doses less than 60 units. We present a case of mild to moderate dysphagia in a patient after very low doses of Abobutulinumtoxin (60 units, equivalent to 20 units of Onabotulinumtoxin using a 3:1 conversion ratio)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914863/-chronic-gastritis-instructions-for-use-of-medications
#19
V I Simanenkov, S S Vyalov
The paper highlights the features of drug use in the legal aspect. It analyzes instructions for medical use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and gastric protective agents. Taking into account the characteristics of indications registered in the instruction, the authors discuss the possibility of using various PPIs. The instruction for medical application is an official document approved by the Ministry of Health, the basis of which is the data of trials carried out by a manufacturer, and it should be a key or fundamental source for a physician in choosing a medication...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914680/outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-a-novel-simple-method-for-hemostasis-of-dermal-avulsion-injuries
#20
Sean Taylor Dowling, Brian Wai Lin
OBJECTIVE: A recently described technique proposes a simple method to achieve permanent hemostasis of distal fingertip dermal avulsion injuries. It is simple to learn and easy to perform with readily available materials found in most emergency departments. However, long-term outcomes for patients treated with this technique have not yet been evaluated. A primary objective of the current article is to provide safety data for the technique using an off-label product indication. SETTING: Emergency department of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco, California...
October 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
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