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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346455/collective-helicity-switching-of-a-dna-coat-assembly
#1
Yongju Kim, Huichang Li, Ying He, Xi Chen, Xiaoteng Ma, Myongsoo Lee
Hierarchical assemblies of biomolecular subunits can carry out versatile tasks at the cellular level with remarkable spatial and temporal precision. As an example, the collective motion and mutual cooperation between complex protein machines mediate essential functions for life, such as replication, synthesis, degradation, repair and transport. Nucleic acid molecules are far less dynamic than proteins and need to bind to specific proteins to form hierarchical structures. The simplest example of these nucleic acid-based structures is provided by a rod-shaped tobacco mosaic virus, which consists of genetic material surrounded by coat proteins...
March 27, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346087/pubchem-bioassay
#2
Yanli Wang, Tiejun Cheng, Stephen H Bryant
High-throughput screening (HTS) is now routinely conducted for drug discovery by both pharmaceutical companies and screening centers at academic institutions and universities. Rapid advance in assay development, robot automation, and computer technology has led to the generation of terabytes of data in screening laboratories. Despite the technology development toward HTS productivity, fewer efforts were devoted to HTS data integration and sharing. As a result, the huge amount of HTS data was rarely made available to the public...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345639/genomic-characterization-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
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Tarcisio Fedrizzi, Conor J Meehan, Antonella Grottola, Elisabetta Giacobazzi, Giulia Fregni Serpini, Sara Tagliazucchi, Anna Fabio, Clotilde Bettua, Roberto Bertorelli, Veronica De Sanctis, Fabio Rumpianesi, Monica Pecorari, Olivier Jousson, Enrico Tortoli, Nicola Segata
Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae have remained, for many years, the primary species of the genus Mycobacterium of clinical and microbiological interest. The other members of the genus, referred to as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), have long been underinvestigated. In the last decades, however, the number of reports linking various NTM species with human diseases has steadily increased and treatment difficulties have emerged. Despite the availability of whole genome sequencing technologies, limited effort has been devoted to the genetic characterization of NTM species...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345431/collaterals-2016-translating-the-collaterome-around-the-globe
#4
David S Liebeskind, Graham W Woolf, Ashfaq Shuaib
Collaterals 2016 (third International Symposium on Collaterals to the Brain) was a multidisciplinary scientific conference focused on collateral circulation in acute ischemic stroke. Decisive challenges include generalizability of optimal triage and selection paradigms based on collateral status for definitive treatment of acute ischemic stroke, rapid dissemination of expert methods, and the urgent need to leverage networking opportunities for stroke science related to the hemodynamics of collaterals. The collaterome, or individual capacity to offset ischemia in the brain, and determination of a favorable collateral profile have become pivotal factors in consideration of the precision medicine of stroke decision-making...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342373/using-quantum-chemical-modeling-and-calculations-for-evaluation-of-cellulose-potential-for-estrogen-micropollutants-removal-from-water-effluents
#5
Amin Ghasemi, Milad Asgarpour Khansary, Azam Marjani, Saeed Shirazian
This paper is devoted to investigate the suitability of cellulose for estrogens micropollutants removal from water effluent. For this purpose, the sorption of eight estrogens including Estradiol, Estrone, Testosterone, Progesterone, Estriol, Mestranol, Ethinylestradiol and Diethylstilbestrol were investigated. The charge density profiles and sorption curves were obtained and discussed using quantum chemical calculations where the Accelrys Materials Studio software and COSMO-SAC model were employed. The geometry optimization of compound molecule and energy minimizations was performed using the Dmol3 Module and density functional theory of generalized gradient approximate and Volsko-Wilk-Nusair functional...
March 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341329/body-mass-index-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-as-risk-factors-for-discordant-growth-hormone-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-1%C3%A2-levels-following-pituitary-surgery-in-acromegaly
#6
Shuo Zhang, Yilin Li, Xiaopeng Guo, Lu Gao, Wei Lian, Yong Yao, Ming Feng, Xinjie Bao, Renzhi Wang, Bing Xing
BACKGROUND: Growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary adenoma is a chronic disease characterized by excess levels of GH and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Based on our clinical experience and observations, we identified discordant GH and IGF-1 levels after surgery. The risk factors for this phenomenon are unclear, and individualized cure, control criteria, and management after surgery should be considered. PURPOSE: This study aims to investigate the factors affecting the discordant GH and IGF-1 levels after pituitary surgery in acromegalic patients...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340709/an-overview-on-forensic-analysis-devoted-to-analytical-chemists
#7
REVIEW
L S Castillo-Peinado, M D Luque de Castro
The present article has as main aim to show analytical chemists interested in forensic analysis the world they will face if decision in favor of being a forensic analytical chemist is adopted. With this purpose, the most outstanding aspects of forensic analysis in dealing with sampling (involving both bodily and no bodily samples), sample preparation, and analytical equipment used in detection, identification and quantitation of key sample components are critically discussed. The role of the great omics in forensic analysis, and the growing role of the youngest of the great omics -metabolomics- are also discussed...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340229/meaningful-use-in-the-safety-net-a-rapid-ethnography-of-patient-portal-implementation-at-five-community-health-centers-in-california
#8
Sara L Ackerman, Urmimala Sarkar, Lina Tieu, Margaret A Handley, Dean Schillinger, Kenneth Hahn, Mekhala Hoskote, Gato Gourley, Courtney Lyles
Objective: US health care institutions are implementing secure websites (patient portals) to achieve federal Meaningful Use (MU) certification. We sought to understand efforts to implement portals in "safety net" health care systems that provide services for low-income populations. Materials and Methods: Our rapid ethnography involved visits at 4 California safety net health systems and in-depth interviews at a fifth. Visits included interviews with clinicians and executives ( n  = 12), informal focus groups with front-line staff ( n  = 35), observations of patient portal sign-up procedures and clinic work, review of marketing materials and portal use data, and a brief survey ( n  = 45)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339735/triage-quality-control-is-missing-tools-a-new-observation-technique-for-ed-quality-improvement
#9
Tomi Malmström, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Paulus Torkki, Salla Kumpulainen, Raija Malmström
Objective: Correct assessment of patient urgency is critical to ensuring patient safety in emergency departments (EDs). Although significant time and effort have been devoted to developing triage systems, less attention has been paid to the development of quality control. The aim of this study is to introduce and test observation technique, which enables identifying of patient groups at risk of erroneous assessment in triage. The introduced technique is aimed to be less laborious to use than existing triage quality control methods...
February 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338627/morphology-analysis-and-optimization-crucial-factor-determining-the-performance-of-perovskite-solar-cells
#10
REVIEW
Wenjin Zeng, Xingming Liu, Xiangru Guo, Qiaoli Niu, Jianpeng Yi, Ruidong Xia, Yong Min
This review presents an overall discussion on the morphology analysis and optimization for perovskite (PVSK) solar cells. Surface morphology and energy alignment have been proven to play a dominant role in determining the device performance. The effect of the key parameters such as solution condition and preparation atmosphere on the crystallization of PVSK, the characterization of surface morphology and interface distribution in the perovskite layer is discussed in detail. Furthermore, the analysis of interface energy level alignment by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy is presented to reveals the correlation between morphology and charge generation and collection within the perovskite layer, and its influence on the device performance...
March 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337581/high-lactic-acid-and-fructose-production-via-mn-2-mediated-conversion-of-inulin-by-lactobacillus-paracasei
#11
Kaloyan Petrov, Luiza Popova, Penka Petrova
Lactobacillus paracasei DSM 23505 is able to produce high amounts of lactic acid (LA) by simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) of inulin. Aiming to obtain the highest possible amounts of LA and fructose, the present study is devoted to evaluate the impact of bivalent metal ions on the process of inulin conversion. It was shown that Mn(2+) strongly increases the activity of the purified key enzyme β-fructosidase. In vivo, batch fermentation kinetics revealed that the high Mn(2+) concentrations accelerated inulin hydrolysis by raise of the inulinase activity, and increased sugars conversion to LA through enhancement of the whole glycolytic flux...
March 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336876/recent-advances-in-research-on-the-synthetic-fiber-based-silica-aerogel-nanocomposites
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Ślosarczyk
The presented paper contains a brief review on the synthesis and characterization of silica aerogels and its nanocomposites with nanofibers and fibers based on a literature study over the past twenty years and my own research. Particular attention is focused on carbon fiber-based silica aerogel nanocomposites. Silica aerogel is brittle in nature, therefore, it is necessary to improve this drawback, e.g., by polymer modification or fiber additives. Nevertheless, there are very few articles in the literature devoted to the synthesis of silica aerogel/fiber nanocomposites, especially those focusing on carbon fibers and nanofibers...
February 16, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336861/modified-continuum-mechanics-modeling-on-size-dependent-properties-of-piezoelectric-nanomaterials-a-review
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REVIEW
Zhi Yan, Liying Jiang
Piezoelectric nanomaterials (PNs) are attractive for applications including sensing, actuating, energy harvesting, among others in nano-electro-mechanical-systems (NEMS) because of their excellent electromechanical coupling, mechanical and physical properties. However, the properties of PNs do not coincide with their bulk counterparts and depend on the particular size. A large amount of efforts have been devoted to studying the size-dependent properties of PNs by using experimental characterization, atomistic simulation and continuum mechanics modeling with the consideration of the scale features of the nanomaterials...
January 26, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335618/aav-an-overview-of-unanswered-questions
#14
Kenneth I Berns, Nicholas Muzyczka
Today AAV is one of the most promising and successful gene therapy vectors. AAV vectors have been successful in the treatment of several monogenic diseases in early clinical trials1. Although work in the past has focused primarily on gene replacement, many investigators are now adapting the vector system to new clinical modalities including RNAi and gene modifying strategies such as Crisper/cas91. Moreover, Glybera2 has been licensed for clinical use in the European Union for treatment of a lysosomal storage disease...
March 23, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335253/soft-interaction-in-liposome-nanocarriers-for-therapeutic-drug-delivery
#15
REVIEW
Domenico Lombardo, Pietro Calandra, Davide Barreca, Salvatore Magazù, Mikhail A Kiselev
The development of smart nanocarriers for the delivery of therapeutic drugs has experienced considerable expansion in recent decades, with the development of new medicines devoted to cancer treatment. In this respect a wide range of strategies can be developed by employing liposome nanocarriers with desired physico-chemical properties that, by exploiting a combination of a number of suitable soft interactions, can facilitate the transit through the biological barriers from the point of administration up to the site of drug action...
June 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332868/is-autoimmunology-a-discipline-of-its-own-a-big-data-based-bibliometric-and-scientometric-analyses
#16
Abdulla Watad, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Shaye Kivity, Naim Mahroum, Miri Blank, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmunology is a super-specialty of immunology specifically dealing with autoimmune disorders. To assess the extant literature concerning autoimmune disorders, bibliometric and scientometric analyses (namely, research topics/keywords co-occurrence, journal co-citation, citations, and scientific output trends - both crude and normalized, authors network, leading authors, countries, and organizations analysis) were carried out using open-source software, namely, VOSviewer and SciCurve. A corpus of 169,519 articles containing the keyword "autoimmunity" was utilized, selecting PubMed/MEDLINE as bibliographic thesaurus...
March 23, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332462/development-assistance-for-health-what-criteria-do-multi-and-bilateral-funders-use
#17
Trygve Ottersen, Aparna Kamath, Suerie Moon, Lene Martinsen, John-Arne Røttingen
After years of unprecedented growth in development assistance for health (DAH), the system is challenged on several fronts: by the economic downturn and stagnation of DAH, by the epidemiological transition and increase in non-communicable diseases, and by the economic transition and rise of the middle-income countries. This raises questions about which countries should receive DAH and how much, and, fundamentally, what criteria that promote fair and effective allocation. Yet, no broad comparative assessment exists of the criteria used today...
April 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332352/development-of-inhibitors-targeting-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-and-2-for-cancer-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Tianchi Yu, Bo Tang, Xueying Sun
Hypoxia is frequently observed in solid tumors and also one of the major obstacles for effective cancer therapies. Cancer cells take advantage of their ability to adapt hypoxia to initiate a special transcriptional program that renders them more aggressive biological behaviors. Hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) are the key factors that control hypoxia-inducible pathways by regulating the expression of a vast array of genes involved in cancer progression and treatment resistance. HIFs, mainly HIF-1 and -2, have become potential targets for developing novel cancer therapeutics...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331888/new-concept-on-an-integrated-interior-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-medical-linear-accelerator-system-for-radiation-therapy
#19
Xun Jia, Zhen Tian, Yan Xi, Steve B Jiang, Ge Wang
Image guidance plays a critical role in radiotherapy. Currently, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is routinely used in clinics for this purpose. While this modality can provide an attenuation image for therapeutic planning, low soft-tissue contrast affects the delineation of anatomical and pathological features. Efforts have recently been devoted to several MRI linear accelerator (LINAC) projects that lead to the successful combination of a full diagnostic MRI scanner with a radiotherapy machine. We present a new concept for the development of the MRI-LINAC system...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331385/annotated-checklist-of-fish-cestodes-from-south-america
#20
Philippe V Alves, Alain de Chambrier, Tomáš Scholz, José L Luque
An exhaustive literature search supplemented by a critical examination of records made it possible to present an annotated checklist of tapeworms (Cestoda) that, as adults or larvae (metacestodes), parasitize freshwater, brackish water and marine fishes, i.e. cartilaginous and bony fishes, in South America. The current knowledge of their species diversity, host associations and geographical distribution is reviewed. Taxonomic problems are discussed based on a critical evaluation of the literature and information on DNA sequences of individual taxa is provided to facilitate future taxonomic and phylogenetic studies...
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