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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927250/gut-microbiota-and-the-liver
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Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Giuseppe G Caprio, Vittorio M Ormando, Carmela Loguercio
Nowadays liver diseases represent one of major healthy problems in the world in terms of morbidity and mortality. The high prevalence of liver pathologies represents the key point to understand the necessity to identify the pathogenetic mechanisms that support these disorders in order to nurse them. Alterations of intestinal microbiota seem to play an important role in induction and promotion of liver damage progression, in addition to direct injury resulting from different causal agents. Gut microbiota is considered both as a promoting factor and as a potential therapeutic target of a large number of liver pathologies due to the connection between intestine and liver: the gut-liver axis...
December 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927245/calcium-homeostasis-in-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Changhwan Ahn, Ji-Houn Kang, Eui-Bae Jeung
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is becoming a lifestyle-related pandemic disease. Diabetic patients frequently develop electrolyte disorders, especially diabetic ketoacidosis or nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome. Such patients show characteristic potassium, magnesium, phosphate, and calcium depletion. In this review, we discuss a homeostatic mechanism that links calcium and DM. We also provide a synthesis of the evidence in favor or against this linking mechanism by presenting recent clinical indications, mainly from veterinary research...
September 30, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927239/tubulins-rhythms-and-cell-walls-in-poplar-leaves-it-s-all-in-the-timing
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Scott A Harding, Hao Hu, Batbayar Nyamdari, Liang-Jiao Xue, Radnaa Naran, Chung-Jui Tsai
Plant cell walls exhibit architectural and compositional changes throughout their development and in response to external cues. While tubulins are involved in cell wall biogenesis, much remains unknown about the scope of their involvement during the orchestration of this resource-demanding process. A transgenic approach coupled with cell wall compositional analysis, RNA-seq and mining of publicly available diurnal gene expression data was used to assess the involvement of tubulins in poplar leaf cell wall biogenesis...
September 12, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927234/metabolic-profiling-of-central-nervous-system-disease-in-trypanosoma-brucei-rhodesiense-infection
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Sabrina D Lamour, Vincent P Alibu, Elaine Holmes, Jeremy M Sternberg
Background: The progression of Human African Trypanosomiasis from the early hemolymphatic stage to the late meningoencephalitic stage is of critical diagnostic importance as it determines the choice of potentially toxic drug regimens. Current diagnostic criteria involving analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for parasites and/or pleiocytosis are sensitive, but recent evidence suggests that specificity may be poor. Methods: We used an untargeted global metabolic profiling approach for the discovery of novel candidate stage diagnostic markers in CSF from Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense patients using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927220/intraspinosum-middle-meningeal-artery-ligation-a-simple-technique-to-control-bleeding-in-the-middle-fossa-during-the-anterior-transpetrosal-approach
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Shunsuke Shibao, Hamid Borghei-Razavi, Kazunari Yoshida
BACKGROUND: Although the greater superficial petrosal nerve (GSPN) is an important landmark of the anterior transpetrosal approach (ATPA), bleeding from the interdural space around the foramen spinosum (FS), the GSPN, and the foramen ovale impedes the identification of the GSPN, during epidural dissection in the ATPA. OBJECTIVE: To describe the technique of intraspinosum middle meningeal artery (MMA) ligation, which enables us to control bleeding from the interdural space...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927218/endoscopic-assisted-median-aperture-approach-for-resection-of-fourth-ventricular-tumor-and-confirmation-of-patency-of-cerebral-aqueduct-using-an-adjustable-angle-endoscope-technical-case-report
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Ryan Austerman, Joshua Lucas, Alexandra Kammen, Gabriel Zada
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Open microsurgical approaches to the roof of the fourth ventricle via a telovelar approach typically require cerebellar retraction and/or splitting of the vermis and may be associated with postoperative neurological morbidities. In this case report and technical note, we describe the use of an adjustable-angle endoscope inserted into the median aperture via suboccipital craniotomy, resulting in enhanced visualization of the roof of the fourth ventricle and cerebral aqueduct and maximal safe tumor resection...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927217/surgical-technique-for-high-flow-internal-maxillary-artery-to-middle-cerebral-artery-bypass-using-a-superficial-temporal-artery-interposition-graft
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Xuequan Feng, Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Jordina Rincon-Torroella, Ivan H El-Sayed, Michael T Lawton, Arnau Benet
BACKGROUND: Extracranial-to-intracranial high-flow bypass often requires cranial, cervical, and graft site incisions. The internal maxillary artery (IMA) has been proposed as a donor to decrease invasiveness, but its length is insufficient for direct intracranial bypass. We report interposition of a superficial temporal artery (STA) graft for high-flow IMA to middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass using a middle fossa approach. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of an IMA-STA graft-MCA bypass using a new middle fossa approach...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927213/ten-step-minimally-invasive-spine-lumbar-decompression-and-dural-repair-through-tubular-retractors
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Mohamed Abdelatif Boukebir, Connor David Berlin, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Tim Heiland, Karsten Schöller, Cameron Rawanduzy, Sertaç Kirnaz, Ajit Jada, Roger Härtl
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery utilizing tubular retractors has become an increasingly popular approach for decompression in the lumbar spine. However, a better understanding of appropriate indications, efficacious surgical techniques, limitations, and complication management is required to effectively teach the procedure and to facilitate the learning curve. OBJECTIVE: To describe our experience and recommendations regarding tubular surgery for lumbar disc herniations, foraminal compression with unilateral radiculopathy, lumbar spinal stenosis, synovial cysts, and dural repair...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927207/surgical-approaches-to-the-temporal-horn-an-anatomic-analysis-of-white-matter-tract-interruption
#9
Paulo A S Kadri, Jean G de Oliveira, Niklaus Krayenbühl, Ugur Türe, Evandro P L de Oliveira, Ossama Al-Mefty, Guilherme C Ribas
BACKGROUND: Surgical access to the temporal horn is necessary to treat tumors and vascular lesions, but is used mainly in patients with mediobasal temporal epilepsy. The surgical approaches to this cavity fall into 3 primary categories: lateral, inferior, and transsylvian. The current neurosurgical literature has underestimated the interruption of involved fiber bundles and the correlated clinical manifestations. OBJECTIVE: To delineate the interruption of fiber bundles during the different approaches to the temporal horn...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927017/an-improved-evidential-iowa-sensor-data-fusion-approach-in-fault-diagnosis
#10
Yongchuan Tang, Deyun Zhou, Miaoyan Zhuang, Xueyi Fang, Chunhe Xie
As an important tool of information fusion, Dempster-Shafer evidence theory is widely applied in handling the uncertain information in fault diagnosis. However, an incorrect result may be obtained if the combined evidence is highly conflicting, which may leads to failure in locating the fault. To deal with the problem, an improved evidential-Induced Ordered Weighted Averaging (IOWA) sensor data fusion approach is proposed in the frame of Dempster-Shafer evidence theory. In the new method, the IOWA operator is used to determine the weight of different sensor data source, while determining the parameter of the IOWA, both the distance of evidence and the belief entropy are taken into consideration...
September 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927009/brush-polymer-of-donor-accepter-dyads-via-adduct-formation-between-lewis-base-polymer-donor-and-all-carbon-lewis-acid-acceptor
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Yang Wang, Miao Hong, Travis S Bailey, Eugene Y-X Chen
A synthetic method that taps into the facile Lewis base (LB)→Lewis acid (LA) adduct forming reaction between the semiconducting polymeric LB and all carbon LA C60 for the construction of covalently linked donor-acceptor dyads and brush polymer of dyads is reported. The polymeric LB is built on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) macromers containing either an alkyl or vinyl imidazolium end group that can be readily converted into the N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) LB site, while the brush polymer architecture is conveniently constructed via radical polymerization of the macromer P3HT with the vinyl imidazolium chain end...
September 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926996/a-robust-vehicle-localization-approach-based-on-gnss-imu-dmi-lidar-sensor-fusion-for-autonomous-vehicles
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Xiaoli Meng, Heng Wang, Bingbing Liu
Precise and robust localization in a large-scale outdoor environment is essential for an autonomous vehicle. In order to improve the performance of the fusion of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System)/IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)/DMI (Distance-Measuring Instruments), a multi-constraint fault detection approach is proposed to smooth the vehicle locations in spite of GNSS jumps. Furthermore, the lateral localization error is compensated by the point cloud-based lateral localization method proposed in this paper...
September 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926994/the-metabolic-response-to-stress-and-infection-in-critically-ill-children-the-opportunity-of-an-individualized-approach
#13
REVIEW
Valentina De Cosmi, Gregorio Paolo Milani, Alessandra Mazzocchi, Veronica D'Oria, Marco Silano, Edoardo Calderini, Carlo Agostoni
The metabolic response to stress and infection is closely related to the corresponding requirements of energy and nutrients. On a general level, the response is driven by a complex endocrine network and related to the nature and severity of the insult. On an individual level, the effects of nutritional interventions are highly variable and a possible source of complications. This narrative review aims to discuss the metabolic changes in critically-ill children and the potential of developing personalized nutritional interventions...
September 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926993/satellite-dna-an-evolving-topic
#14
REVIEW
Manuel A Garrido-Ramos
Satellite DNA represents one of the most fascinating parts of the repetitive fraction of the eukaryotic genome. Since the discovery of highly repetitive tandem DNA in the 1960s, a lot of literature has extensively covered various topics related to the structure, organization, function, and evolution of such sequences. Today, with the advent of genomic tools, the study of satellite DNA has regained a great interest. Thus, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), together with high-throughput in silico analysis of the information contained in NGS reads, has revolutionized the analysis of the repetitive fraction of the eukaryotic genomes...
September 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926980/indexing-natural-products-for-their-potential-anti-diabetic-activity-filtering-and-mapping-discriminative-physicochemical-properties
#15
Mouhammad Zeidan, Mahmoud Rayan, Nuha Zeidan, Mizied Falah, Anwar Rayan
Diabetes mellitus (DM) poses a major health problem, for which there is an unmet need to develop novel drugs. The application of in silico techniques and optimization algorithms is instrumental to achieving this goal. A set of 97 approved anti-diabetic drugs, representing the active domain, and a set of 2892 natural products, representing the inactive domain, were used to construct predictive models and to index anti-diabetic bioactivity. Our recently-developed approach of 'iterative stochastic elimination' was utilized...
September 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926957/combining-a-multi-agent-system-and-communication-middleware-for-smart-home-control-a-universal-control-platform-architecture
#16
Song Zheng, Qi Zhang, Rong Zheng, Bi-Qin Huang, Yi-Lin Song, Xin-Chu Chen
In recent years, the smart home field has gained wide attention for its broad application prospects. However, families using smart home systems must usually adopt various heterogeneous smart devices, including sensors and devices, which makes it more difficult to manage and control their home system. How to design a unified control platform to deal with the collaborative control problem of heterogeneous smart devices is one of the greatest challenges in the current smart home field. The main contribution of this paper is to propose a universal smart home control platform architecture (IAPhome) based on a multi-agent system and communication middleware, which shows significant adaptability and advantages in many aspects, including heterogeneous devices connectivity, collaborative control, human-computer interaction and user self-management...
September 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926956/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition-and-the-management-of-hypoxic-tumors
#17
REVIEW
Claudiu T Supuran
Hypoxia and acidosis are salient features of many tumors, leading to a completely different metabolism compared to normal cells. Two of the simplest metabolic products, protons and bicarbonate, are generated by the catalytic activity of the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1), with at least two of its isoforms, CA IX and XII, mainly present in hypoxic tumors. Inhibition of tumor-associated CAs leads to an impaired growth of the primary tumors, metastases and reduces the population of cancer stem cells, leading thus to a complex and beneficial anticancer action for this class of enzyme inhibitors...
September 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926949/influence-of-freeze-drying-and-oven-drying-post-blanching-on-the-nutrient-composition-of-the-edible-insect-ruspolia-differens
#18
Forkwa Tengweh Fombong, Mik Van Der Borght, Jozef Vanden Broeck
The longhorn grasshopper, Ruspolia differens (Serville), plays an important role as a food source across Sub-Saharan Africa, where it is consumed as a delicacy in both rural and urban areas. The effect of two drying methods (freeze-drying and oven-drying), employed after blanching, on the proximate, fatty acid and mineral composition of the two most common morphs was determined. Ruspolia differens grasshoppers were harvested in Uganda and Kenya from wild swarms during the rainy periods of November-December 2016...
September 16, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926938/integrin-activation-contributes-to-lower-cisplatin-sensitivity-in-mv3-melanoma-cells-by-inducing-the-wnt-signalling-pathway
#19
Maria B R Piva, Bastian Jakubzig, Gerd Bendas
BACKGROUND: integrins have been associated with the development of chemotherapy resistant tumour cells, mostly those of hematopoietic origin, by mediating the binding to the extracellular matrix. The relevance for solid tumour cells and the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. METHODS: using MTT assays, we detected the loss in cisplatin sensitivity of human MV3 melanoma cells upon integrin activation. Underlying cellular pathways were evaluated by flow cytometry...
September 16, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926911/enhanced-biosynthesis-of-3-4-dihydroxybutyric-acid-by-engineered-escherichia-coli-in-a-dual-substrate-system
#20
Haijun Gao, Yu Gao, Runan Dong
3,4-Dihydroxybutyric acid (3,4-DHBA), a versatile platform four carbon (C4) chemical, can be used as a precursor in the production of many commercially important chemicals. Here, a dual-substrate biosynthesis system was developed for 3,4-DHBA production via a synthetic pathway established in an engineered Escherichia coli, and using xylose as a synthetic substrate and glucose as a cell growth substrate. The deletion of genes xylA, yjhH and yagE and others encoding for alcohol dehydrogenases in E. coli is essential for the production of 3,4-DHBA...
September 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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