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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935668/chemical-reprogramming-of-mouse-embryonic-and-adult-fibroblast-into-endoderm-lineage
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Shangtao Cao, Shengyong Yu, Yan Chen, Xiaoshang Wang, Chunhua Zhou, Yuting Liu, Junqi Kuang, He Liu, Dongwei Li, Jing Ye, Yue Qing, Shilong Chu, Linlin Wu, Lin Guo, Yinxiong Li, Xiaodong Shu, Jiekai Chen, Jing Liu, Duanqing Pei
We report here an approach to redirect somatic cell fate under chemically defined conditions without transcription factors. We start by converting mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) to epithelial-like cells (ciELC) with chemicals and growth factors. Subsequent cell fate mapping reveals a robust induction of SOX17 in the resulting ELCs that can be further reprogrammed to endodermal progenitor cells (ciEPC). Interestingly, these cells can self-renew in vitro and further differentiate into albumin-producing hepatocytes that can rescue mice from acute live injury...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933165/ir-iii-catalyzed-direct-c-h-functionalization-of-arylphosphine-oxides-a-strategy-for-mop-type-ligands-synthesis
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Zhong Liu, Ji-Qiang Wu, Shang-Dong Yang
Diazo compounds as coupling partners are efficiently applied to Ir(III)-catalyzed direct C-H functionalization of arylphosphine oxides. Involving C-H activation, carbene insertion, and tautomerism, this reaction proceeds under mild conditions, thus proving an approach to the synthesis of MOP-type ligand precursor in a single step. The utility of this transformation has been further demonstrated in ligand synthesis as well as in the construction of phosphole framework.
September 21, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929765/direct-spirocyclization-from-keto-sulfonamides-an-approach-to-azaspiro-compounds
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Frédéric Beltran, Indira Fabre, Ilaria Ciofini, Laurence Miesch
Spontaneous spirocyclization of keto-sulfonamides via ynamides through a one-pot process is presented. Push-pull ynamides were obtained through Michael addition/elimination without Cu. The obtained azaspiro compounds are building blocks for indole alkaloids. Theoretical studies provide insights into the mechanism of the formal Conia-ene reaction.
September 20, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929643/demons-registration-for-in-vivo-and-deformable-laser-scanning-confocal-endomicroscopy
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Wei-Ming Chiew, Feng Lin, Hock Soon Seah
A critical effect found in noninvasive in vivo endomicroscopic imaging modalities is image distortions due to sporadic movement exhibited by living organisms. In three-dimensional confocal imaging, this effect results in a dataset that is tilted across deeper slices. Apart from that, the sequential flow of the imaging-processing pipeline restricts real-time adjustments due to the unavailability of information obtainable only from subsequent stages. To solve these problems, we propose an approach to render Demons-registered datasets as they are being captured, focusing on the coupling between registration and visualization...
September 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928185/comparative-effectiveness-of-injectable-penicillin-versus-a-combination-of-penicillin-and-gentamicin-in-children-with-pneumonia-characterised-by-indrawing-in-kenya-protocol-for-an-observational-study
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Lucas Malla, Rafael Perera-Salazar, Emily McFadden, Mike English
INTRODUCTION: WHO treatment guidelines are widely recommended for guiding treatment for millions of children with pneumonia every year across multiple low-income and middle-income countries. Guidelines are based on synthesis of available evidence that provides moderate certainty in evidence of effects for forms of pneumonia that can result in hospitalisation. However, trials have included fewer children from Africa than other settings, and it is suggested that African children with pneumonia have higher mortality...
September 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927463/towards-precision-medicine-discovering-novel-gynecological-cancer-biomarkers-and-pathways-using-linked-data
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Alokkumar Jha, Yasar Khan, Muntazir Mehdi, Md Rezaul Karim, Qaiser Mehmood, Achille Zappa, Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, Ratnesh Sahay
BACKGROUND: Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is playing a key role in therapeutic decision making for the cancer prognosis and treatment. The NGS technologies are producing a massive amount of sequencing datasets. Often, these datasets are published from the isolated and different sequencing facilities. Consequently, the process of sharing and aggregating multisite sequencing datasets are thwarted by issues such as the need to discover relevant data from different sources, built scalable repositories, the automation of data linkage, the volume of the data, efficient querying mechanism, and information rich intuitive visualisation...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925376/quantification-of-nanoparticle-concentration-in-colloidal-suspensions-by-a-non-destructive-optical-method
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Sandhya Clement, Brint Gardner, Wan Aizuddin W Razali, Victoria Coleman, Åsa Jämting, Heather Catchpoole, Ewa M Goldys, Jan Herrmann, Andrei V Zvyagin
The estimation of nanoparticle number concentration in colloidal suspensions is a prerequisite in many procedures, and in particular in multi-stage, low-yield reactions. Here, we describe a rapid, non-destructive method based on optical extinction and dynamic light scattering, which combines measurements using common bench-top instrumentation with a numerical algorithm to calculate the particle size distribution and concentration. These quantities were derived from Mie theory applied to measurements of the optical extinction spectrum of homogeneous, non-absorbing nanoparticles, and the relative particle size distribution of a colloidal suspension...
September 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922537/encapsulation-of-isolated-luminophores-within-supramolecular-cages
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Marcel Handke, Takuji Adachi, Chunhua Hu, Michael D Ward
The sequestration of luminophores within supramolecular polyhedral compartments of a crystalline zeolite-like hydrogen-bonded framework illustrates a unique approach to limiting the self-quenching ordinarily exhibited at the high concentrations achievable in this framework. A range of differently sized luminescent guests, namely coumarin 1, coumarin 4, fluorescein, [Ru(bpy)3 ]Cl2 , and rhodamine B, can be encapsulated in amounts of up to one molecule per cage, equivalent to a concentration of 0.175 m, which is significantly higher than the concentration at which aggregation-induced quenching occurs in other media...
September 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922022/implementing-a-collaborative-coaching-intervention-for-professionals-providing-care-to-children-and-their-families-an-exploratory-study
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Sandy K Tatla, Dori Howard, Alda Antunes Silvestre, Stacey Burnes, Meghan Husson, Tal Jarus
The growing complexity of healthcare requires family and interprofessional partnerships to deliver effective care. Interprofessional coaching can enhance family-centred practice and collaboration. The purpose of this study was to explore the acceptability and feasibility of collaborative coaching training to improve family centredness within acute paediatric rehabilitation. Using a participatory action design, service providers (SPs; n = 36) underwent a 6-month coaching programme involving coaching workshops, learning triads, and tailored sessions with a licensed coach...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918785/-algorithm-for-workup-of-acute-swollen-knee-without-previous-trauma
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Jens Olesen, Finn Elkjær Johannsen
Acute non-traumatic swelling of the knee is a common clinical challenge. The reason for the swelling has to be explored in order to give the correct treatment. This article gives an overview of possible diagnoses and suggests an algorithm for an approach to non-traumatic knee arthritis. Fundamental in the examination is a thorough patient anamnesis, which will help to differentiate between inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis. If there is not an obvious degenerative reason for the knee effusion, a joint aspiration followed by synovial fluid white cell count (WCC), microscopy and/or culture will add valuable information...
September 18, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917733/stabilization-of-gas-phase-uranyl-complexes-enables-rapid-speciation-using-electrospray-ionization-and-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
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Austen L Davis, Brian H Clowers
Significant challenges exist when characterizing f-element complexes in solution using traditional approaches such as electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques as they do not always capture information for lower abundance species. However, provided a metal-complex with sufficient stability, soft ionization techniques such as electrospray offer a means to quantify and probe the characteristics of such systems using mass spectrometry. Unfortunately, the gas-phase species observed in ESI-MS systems do not always reflect the solution phase distributions due to the inherent electrochemical mechanism of the electrospray process, ion transfer from ambient to low pressures conditions, and other factors that are related to droplet evaporation...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916804/mapping-the-atomistic-structure-of-graded-core-shell-colloidal-nanocrystals
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Maksym Yarema, Yunhua Xing, Rainer T Lechner, Lukas Ludescher, Nikola Dordevic, Weyde M M Lin, Olesya Yarema, Vanessa Wood
Engineering the compositional gradient for core/shell semiconductor nanocrystals improves their optical properties. To date, however, the structure of graded core/shell nanocrystal emitters has only been qualitatively described. In this paper, we demonstrate an approach to quantify nanocrystal structure, selecting graded Ag-In-Se/ZnSe core/shell nanocrystals as a proof-of-concept material. A combination of multi-energy small-angle X-ray scattering and electron microscopy techniques enables us to establish the radial distribution of ZnSe with sub-nanometer resolution...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915012/managing-the-sos-response-for-enhanced-crispr-cas-based-recombineering-in-e-coli-through-transient-inhibition-of-host-reca-activity
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Eirik Adim Moreb, Benjamin Hoover, Adam Yaseen, Nisakorn Valyasevi, Zoe Roecker, Romel Menacho-Melgar, Michael Lynch
Phage-derived "recombineering" methods are utilized for bacterial genome editing. Recombineering results in a heterogeneous population of modified and unmodified chromosomes and therefore selection methods, such as CRISPR-Cas9, are required to select for edited clones. Cells can evade CRISPR-Cas-induced cell death through recA-mediated induction of the SOS response. The SOS response increases RecA dependent repair as well mutation rates through the induction of the umuDC error prone polymerase. As a result, CRISPR-Cas selection is more efficient in recA mutants...
September 15, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914917/compact-single-shot-radial-shearing-interferometer-with-random-phase-shift
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Naiting Gu, Benxi Yao, Linhai Huang, Changhui Rao
We propose a compact phase-shifting radial shearing interferometer based on a pixelated micro-retarder array (MRA). The MRA is made of a thin birefringence plate, and is composed of identical units that have pixels of four different thicknesses. We demonstrate that pixelated phase delay between two shearing beams can be introduced by applying the fast axis of birefringence plate in the horizontal or vertical orientation. We also present an approach to extract the wavefront under test with random phase shift, which dramatically reduces the machining difficulty of the MRA...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913618/estimating-the-potential-of-energy-saving-and-carbon-emission-mitigation-of-cassava-based-fuel-ethanol-using-life-cycle-assessment-coupled-with-a-biogeochemical-process-model
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Dong Jiang, Mengmeng Hao, Jingying Fu, Guangjin Tian, Fangyu Ding
Global warming and increasing concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) have prompted considerable interest in the potential role of energy plant biomass. Cassava-based fuel ethanol is one of the most important bioenergy and has attracted much attention in both developed and developing countries. However, the development of cassava-based fuel ethanol is still faced with many uncertainties, including raw material supply, net energy potential, and carbon emission mitigation potential. Thus, an accurate estimation of these issues is urgently needed...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912117/sample-size-calculations-for-population-size-estimation-studies-using-multiplier-methods-with-respondent-driven-sampling-surveys
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Elizabeth Fearon, Sungai T Chabata, Jennifer A Thompson, Frances M Cowan, James R Hargreaves
BACKGROUND: While guidance exists for obtaining population size estimates using multiplier methods with respondent-driven sampling surveys, we lack specific guidance for making sample size decisions. OBJECTIVE: To guide the design of multiplier method population size estimation studies using respondent-driven sampling surveys to reduce the random error around the estimate obtained. METHODS: The population size estimate is obtained by dividing the number of individuals receiving a service or the number of unique objects distributed (M) by the proportion of individuals in a representative survey who report receipt of the service or object (P)...
September 14, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911309/formulation-quality-control-and-safety-issues-of-nanocarriers-used-for-cancer-treatment
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Ismael D Bianco, Marcelo R Ceballos, Cristian Casado, Viviana G Dabbene, Carolina Rizzi, R Kiyomi Mizutamari
Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death in the last years. Although we have seen great advances, most human cancers remain incurable because many patients either do not respond or relapse to treatment. Several lines of research are disclosing new therapeutic targets which lead to new active drugs. However, there are still unsolved problems related to stabilization of the pharmaceutical ingredient in aqueous and biological media, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles and cellular uptake to name just a few...
June 7, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911283/australian-and-new-zealand-anaesthetic-allergy-group-perioperative-anaphylaxis-investigation-guidelines
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R J Scolaro, H M Crilly, E J Maycock, P T McAleer, K A Nicholls, M A Rose, Rih The
These guidelines are a consensus document developed by a working party of the Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) to provide an approach to the investigation of perioperative anaphylaxis. They focus primarily on the use of skin testing as it is the investigation with the greatest clinical utility for the identification of the likely causative agent and potentially safer alternatives. The practicalities and process of skin testing, its limitations, and the place of other tests are discussed...
September 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910692/conceptual-achievement-of-1gbq-activity-in-a-plasma-focus-driven-system
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Farshid Tabbakh, Seyed Mahmood Sadat Kiai, Mohammad Pashaei
This is an approach to evaluate the radioisotope production by means of typical dense plasma focus devices. The production rate of the appropriate positron emitters, F-18, N-13 and O-15 has been studied. The beam-target mechanism was simulated by GEANT4 Monte Carlo tool using QGSP_BIC and QGSP_INCLXX physic models as comparison. The results for positron emitters have been evaluated by reported experimental data and found conformity between simulations and experimental reports that leads to using this code as a reliable tool in optimizing the DPF driven systems for achieving to 1GBq activity of produced radioisotope...
August 23, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910480/tools-to-assess-and-reduce-injury-risk-part-1
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Joseph J Knapik
Many injuries are preventable. Useful tools are available that can aid in assessing injury risks and developing methods to reduce these risks. This is part 1 of a two-part article that will discuss these tools, which include the Haddon Matrix, the 10 Countermeasure Strategies, the Injury Control Process, and the Army Risk-Management Process. The Haddon Matrix is 3 ® 3 table that, across the top (columns), provides an approach to conceptualizing injury prevention and control through modifications of the human, equipment, and environment; and, across rows, thinking about injury prevention and control before, during, and after the injury-producing event...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
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