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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150964/de-novo-donor-specific-hla-antibodies-after-combined-intestinal-and-vascularised-composite-allotransplantation
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Annemarie Weissenbacher, Georgios Vrakas, Mian Chen, Srikanth Reddy, Philip Allan, Henk Giele, Martin Cnm Barnardo, Anil Vaidya, Peter J Friend, Susan V Fuggle
Combining vascularised composite allotransplantation (VCA) with intestinal transplantation to achieve primary abdominal closure has become a feasible procedure. Besides facilitating closure, the abdominal wall can be used to monitor intestinal rejection. As the inclusion of a VCA raises the possibility of an enhanced alloimmune response, we investigated the incidence and clinical effect of de novo donor specific HLA antibodies (dnDSA) in a cohort of patients receiving an intestinal transplant with or without a VCA...
November 18, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150922/prospective-evaluation-of-a-nonsurgical-device-for-rhinoplasty
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M A Deggeller, D Holzmann, M B Soyka
BACKGROUND: Rhinoplasty represents one of the most challenging and frequently performed procedures in plastic surgery and non-surgical rhinoplasty is rarely considered. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the Nasella Nose Former (NNF), a newly developed non-surgical rhinoplasty device, could improve objective and subjective results following surgical rhinoplasty and even correct the shape of the nose without any surgery at all. METHODOLOGY: In this prospective, monocentric, two-armed, non-blinded randomized, controlled clinical trial, a total of 43 participants were included...
November 18, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150865/enhanced-mu-opioid-receptor-dependent-opioidergic-modulation-of-striatal-cholinergic-transmission-in-dyt1-dystonia
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Giulia Ponterio, Annalisa Tassone, Giuseppe Sciamanna, Valentina Vanni, Maria Meringolo, Massimo Santoro, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Paola Bonsi, Antonio Pisani
BACKGROUND: Mu opioid receptor activation modulates acetylcholine release in the dorsal striatum, an area deeply involved in motor function, habit formation, and reinforcement learning as well as in the pathophysiology of different movement disorders, such as dystonia. Although the role of opioids in drug reward and addiction is well established, their involvement in motor dysfunction remains largely unexplored. METHODS: We used a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the responses to mu activation in 2 mouse models of DYT1 dystonia (Tor1a(+/Δgag) mice, Tor1a(+/-) torsinA null mice, and their respective wild-types)...
November 18, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150793/high-efficient-liquid-exfoliation-of-boron-nitride-nanosheets-using-aqueous-solution-of-alkanolamine
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Bangwen Zhang, Qian Wu, Huitao Yu, Chaoke Bulin, He Sun, Ruihong Li, Xin Ge, Ruiguang Xing
As one of the simple and efficient routes to access two-dimensional materials, liquid exfoliation has received considerable interest in recent years. Here, we reported on high-efficient liquid exfoliation of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) using monoethanolamine (MEA) aqueous solution. The resulting BNNSs were evaluated in terms of the yield and structure characterizations. The results show that the MEA solution can exfoliate BNNSs more efficiently than the currently known solvents and a high yield up to 42% is obtained by ultrasonic exfoliation in MEA-30 wt% H2O solution...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150561/influence-of-enzalutamide-on-cabazitaxel-pharmacokinetics-a-drug-drug-interaction-study-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-mcrpc-patients
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Bodine P S Belderbos, Sander Bins, Roelof W F van Leeuwen, Esther Oomen-de Hoop, Nelly van der Meer, Peter de Bruijn, Paul Hamberg, Esther N M Overkleeft, Wendy M van der Deure, Martijn Lolkema, Ronald de Wit, Ron H J Mathijssen
PURPOSE: In ongoing clinical research on metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) treatment, the potential enhanced efficacy of the combination of taxanes with AR-targeted agents, i.e. enzalutamide and abiraterone, is currently being explored. Since enzalutamide induces the CYP3A4 enzyme and taxanes are metabolized by this enzyme, a potential drug-drug interaction needs to be investigated. DESIGN: Therefore, we performed a pharmacokinetic cross-over study in mCRPC patients who were scheduled for treatment with cabazitaxel Q3W (25 mg/m(2))...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150436/microvesicles-derived-from-human-wharton-s-jellymesenchymal-stem-cells-ameliorate-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-renal-fibrosis-by-releasing-from-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest
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Wenxia Chen, Yongbin Yan, Chundong Song, Ying Ding, Tao Du
Studies have demonstrated that microvesicles (MVs) derived from human Wharton's Jelly mesenchymal stromal cells (hWJMSCs) could ameliorate renal ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI), however, the underlying mechanisms were not clear yet. Here, MVs were isolated and injected intravenously into rats immediately after ischemia of the left kidney, and Erk1/2 activator HGF or inhibitor U0126 was administrated, respectively. Tubular cell proliferation and apoptosis were identified by Ki67 or TUNEL immunostaining. Masson's tri-chrome straining and alpha-smooth muscle actin (α -SMA) staining were used for assessing renal fibrosis...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150378/enhanced-antibacterial-effects-of-green-synthesized-zno-nps-using-aristolochia-indica-against-multi-drug-resistant-bacterial-pathogens-from-diabetic-foot-ulcer
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Katherin Steffy, G Shanthi, Anson S Maroky, S Selvakumar
BACKGROUND: Increased incidence of Multi-drug resistance in microorganisms has become the greatest challenge in the treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) and urges the need of a new antimicrobial agent. In this study, we determined the bactericidal effects of ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) green synthesized from Aristolochia indica against Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) isolated from pus samples of DFU patients attending in a tertiary care hospital in South India. METHODS: ZnO NPs were characterized by UV-vis-DRS spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and for its zeta potential value...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150287/anastasis-and-the-er-stress-response-solving-the-paradox-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-cancer
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Rafael Vincent M Manalo
In recent years, studies have suggested a novel pathway for cell survival, which faces scientific skepticism and interest in its concept of cell 'resurrection' - that is, the anastasis of cells at late-stage apoptosis. While biomarkers have been discovered, many of these are related to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response - acting also to promote cell survival in the presence of perturbation. The promises of anastasis, if accepted, will greatly impact translational medicine especially in the treatment of cancer, since apoptosis is generally irreversible in the late stages, and chemotherapy is performed to maximize tumor death and minimize off-target effects...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150148/-family-socioeconomic-status-and-health-services-clues-to-health-care-in-diabetic-patients-with-lower-limb-amputations-in-andalusia-a-qualitative-study
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Gabriel Jesús Rodríguez, Juan Antonio Córdoba-Doña, Antonio Escolar-Pujolar, Manuel Aguilar-Diosdado, Isabel Goicolea
AIM: To examine the experience of diabetic care in patients undergoing lower limb amputation. DESIGN: A qualitative study using the phenomenological approach. SETTING: Cadiz Health District. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 16 patients (11 men and 5 women) diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2 and with non-traumatic lower limb amputation. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were performed, followed by a content analysis according Graneheim and Lundman...
November 14, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149992/a-separable-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-substrate-modified-with-mil-101-for-detection-of-overlapping-and-invisible-compounds-after-thin-layer-chromatography-development
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Bin Bin Zhang, Yi Shi, Hui Chen, Qing Xia Zhu, Feng Lu, Ying Wei Li
By coupling surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) with thin-layer chromatography (TLC), a powerful method for detecting complex samples was successfully developed. However, in the TLC-SERS method, metal nanoparticles serving as the SERS-active substrate are likely to disturb the detection of target compounds, particularly in overlapping compounds after TLC development. In addition, the SERS detection of compounds that are invisible under both visible light and UV254/365 after TLC development is still a significant challenge...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149918/oxygen-transfer-in-moving-bed-biofilm-reactor-and-integrated-fixed-film-activated-sludge-processes
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A demonstrated approach to design the, so-called, medium-bubble air diffusion network for oxygen transfer into the aerobic zone(s) of moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) and integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) processes is described in this paper. Operational full-scale biological water resource recovery systems treating municipal sewerage demonstrate that medium-bubble air diffusion networks designed using the method presented here provide reliable service. Further improvement is possible, however, as knowledge gaps prevent more rational process designs...
November 17, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149901/development-and-exploration-of-the-content-validity-of-a-patient-reported-outcome-measure-to-evaluate-the-impact-of-migraine-the-migraine-physical-function-impact-diary-mpfid
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Asha Hareendran, Sally Mannix, Anne Skalicky, Martha Bayliss, Andrew Blumenfeld, Dawn C Buse, Pooja R Desai, Brian G Ortmeier, Sandhya Sapra
BACKGROUND: Adults with migraine experience substantial reductions in quality of life during and in-between migraine attacks. Clinical and regulatory guidelines encourage the inclusion of patient reported outcomes for the evaluation of benefits of interventions for migraine. METHODS: The conceptual framework and items for a new patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument, the Migraine Physical Function Impact Diary (MPFID), were developed using scientific methods recommended to ensure content validity of PRO instruments...
November 17, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149855/increasing-upper-limb-training-intensity-in-chronic-stroke-using-embodied-virtual-reality-a-pilot-study
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Daniel Perez-Marcos, Odile Chevalley, Thomas Schmidlin, Gangadhar Garipelli, Andrea Serino, Philippe Vuadens, Tej Tadi, Olaf Blanke, José D R Millán
BACKGROUND: Technology-mediated neurorehabilitation is suggested to enhance training intensity and therefore functional gains. Here, we used a novel virtual reality (VR) system for task-specific upper extremity training after stroke. The system offers interactive exercises integrating motor priming techniques and embodied visuomotor feedback. In this pilot study, we examined (i) rehabilitation dose and training intensity, (ii) functional improvements, and (iii) safety and tolerance when exposed to intensive VR rehabilitation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149767/the-effects-of-sleep-on-the-neural-correlates-of-pattern-separation
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Christopher R Doxey, Cooper Hodges, Ty Bodily, Nathan M Muncy, C Brock Kirwan
Effective memory representations must be specific to prevent interference between episodes that may overlap in terms of place, time, or items present. Pattern separation, a computational process performed by the hippocampus, overcomes this interference by establishing non-overlapping memory representations. Although it is widely accepted that declarative memories are consolidated during sleep, the effects of sleep on pattern separation have yet to be elucidated. We used whole-brain, high-resolution functional neuroimaging to investigate the effects of sleep on a task that places high demands on pattern separation...
November 17, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149757/comparing-the-screening-property-of-the-shortened-versions-of-the-hypomania-checklist-32-hcl-32-cross-validation-in-korean-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depressive-disorder
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Bin-Na Kim, Eun-Ho Lee, Hye-Jin Kim, Ji-Hae Kim
BACKGROUND: To date, shortened versions of the Hypomania Checklist-32 (HCL-32) were proposed to overcome the limitation of a lengthy format; however, a cross-validation study is currently needed to identify which shorter version may function optimally in a clinical sample. METHODS: In a Korean patient sample with bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) (BD-I n = 84, BD = II n = 145, MDD n = 285), we examined the reliability and screening property of three shorter versions of the HCL (HCL-20, -16, -8) in comparison with the full HCL-32...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149692/acute-stress-affects-prospective-memory-functions-via-associative-memory-processes
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Ágnes Szőllősi, Péter Pajkossy, Gyula Demeter, Szabolcs Kéri, Mihály Racsmány
Recent findings suggest that acute stress can improve the execution of delayed intentions (prospective memory, PM). However, it is unclear whether this improvement can be explained by altered executive control processes or by altered associative memory functioning. To investigate this issue, we used physical-psychosocial stressors to induce acute stress in laboratory settings. Then participants completed event- and time-based PM tasks requiring the different contribution of control processes and a control task (letter fluency) frequently used to measure executive functions...
November 14, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149674/the-impact-of-operational-strategies-on-the-performance-of-a-photo-ebpr-system
#17
V C F Carvalho, E B Freitas, P J Silva, J C Fradinho, M A M Reis, A Oehmen
A novel Phototrophic - Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (Photo-EBPR) system, consisting of a consortium of photosynthetic organisms and polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs), was studied in this work. A sequencing batch reactor was fed with a mixture of acetate and propionate (75%-25%) and subjected to dark/light cycles in order to select a photo-EBPR system containing PAOs and photosynthetic organisms, the latter likely providers of oxygen to the system. The results from the selection period (stage 1) showed that the photo-EBPR culture was capable of performing P release in the dark and P uptake in the presence of light, under limited oxygen concentrations...
November 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149630/age-related-vulnerability-of-pattern-separation-in-c57bl-6j-mice
#18
Aurélia Cès, Thibaut Burg, Karine Herbeaux, Céline Héraud, Jean-Bastien Bott, Ayikoe Guy Mensah-Nyagan, Chantal Mathis
Aging is associated with impaired performance in behavioral pattern separation (PS) tasks based on similarities in object features and in object location. These deficits have been attributed to functional alterations in the dentate gyrus (DG)-CA3 region. Animal studies suggested a role of adult-born DG neurons in PS performance. The present study investigated the effect of aging in C57BL/6J mice performing PS tasks based on either object features or object location. At the age of 18 months or more, performance was severely impaired in both tasks...
October 25, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149559/core-shell-microstructure-induced-synergistic-effect-for-efficient-water-droplet-formation-and-cloud-seeding-application
#19
Yanlong Tai, Haoran Liang, Nabil El Hadri, Ali M Abshaev, Buzgigit M Huchinaev, Steve Griffiths, Mustapha Jouiad, Linda Zou
Cloud-seeding materials as a promising water-augmentation technology have drawn more attention recently. We designed and synthesized a novel type of core/shell NaCl/TiO2 (CSNT) particles with controlled particle size, which successfully adsorbed more water vapor (~ 295 times at low relative humidity, 20 % RH) than that of pure NaCl, deliquesced at lower environmental RH of 62 - 66 % than the hygroscopic point (hg.p., 75 % RH) of NaCl, and formed larger water droplets ~ 6 - 10 times of its original measured size area, whereas the pure NaCl still remained as crystal at the same condition...
November 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149553/cobalt-sulfide-quantum-dots-embedded-n-s-doped-carbon-nanosheets-with-superior-reversibility-and-rate-capability-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#20
Qiubo Guo, Yifan Ma, Tingting Chen, Qiuying Xia, Mei Yang, Hui Xia, Yan Yu
Metal sulfides are promising anode materials for sodium-ion batteries due to their large specific capacities. The practical application of metal sulfides in sodium-ion batteries, however, are still limited due to their large volume expansion, poor cycling stability, and sluggish electrode kinetics. In this work, a unique two-dimensional heterostructure of CoSx (CoS and Co9S8) quantum dots embedded N/S-doped carbon nanosheets (CoSx@NSC) is prepared by a facile sol-gel method. The CoSx quantum dots are in-situ formed within ultrafine carbon nanosheets without further sulfidation, thus resulting in ultrafine CoSx particle size and embedded heterostructure...
November 17, 2017: ACS Nano
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