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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816890/improving-timeliness-of-%C3%AE-agonist-and-corticosteroid-administration-in-patients-with-acute-wheezing
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Mandisa McIver, William Stoudemire, Cherrelle Smith-Ramsey, Mousumee Panigrahi, Christine Walsh-Kelly
OBJECTIVE: Timely delivery of β-agonists and steroids to patients with acute recurrent wheezing is a key component of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommended emergency department (ED) asthma care. We conducted an ED improvement initiative to standardize asthma care and improve time to treatments. METHODS: Our multidisciplinary team identified key contributing factors to timeliness, developed key driver diagrams, implemented and refined a management pathway, designed and executed rapid cycle improvements, and implemented interventions...
August 14, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815739/kernicterus-in-a-boy-with-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficiency-a-case-report
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Eduardo López-Corella, Isabel Ibarra-González, Cynthia Fernández-Lainez, Miguel Á Rodríguez-Weber, Sara Guillén-Lopez, Leticia Belmont-Martínez, David Agüero-Linares, Marcela Vela-Amieva
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) is an X-linked urea cycle defect associated with severe and usually fatal hyperammonemia. This study describes a patient with early onset lethal OTCD due to a known pathogenic variant (c.298+1G>A), as well as the novel autopsy finding of kernicterus with relatively low blood concentration of unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) (11.55 mg/dL). The patient was a full-term male with a family history of two previous male siblings who died as newborns after acute neurologic deterioration...
August 16, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814980/cooperative-effect-of-chidamide-and-chemotherapeutic-drugs-induce-apoptosis-by-dna-damage-accumulation-and-repair-defects-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Yin Li, Yan Wang, Yong Zhou, Jie Li, Kai Chen, Leisi Zhang, Manman Deng, Suqi Deng, Peng Li, Bing Xu
BACKGROUND: Many conventional chemotherapeutic drugs are known to be involved in DNA damage, thus ultimately leading to apoptosis of leukemic cells. However, they fail to completely eliminate leukemia stem cells (LSCs) due to their higher DNA repair capacity of cancer stem cells than that of bulk cancer cells, which becomes the root of drug resistance and leukemia recurrence. A new strategy to eliminate LSCs in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is therefore urgently needed. RESULTS: We report that a low-dose chidamide, a novel orally active benzamide-type histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, which selectively targets HDACs 1, 2, 3, and 10, could enhance the cytotoxicity of DNA-damaging agents (daunorubicin, idarubicin, and cytarabine) in CD34(+)CD38(-) KG1α cells, CD34(+)CD38(-) Kasumi cells, and primary refractory or relapsed AML CD34(+) cells, reflected by the inhibition of cell proliferation, induction of apoptosis, and increase of cell cycle arrest in vitro...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814770/rapid-phenotypic-individualization-of-bacterial-sister-cells
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Sander K Govers, Antoine Adam, Hendrik Blockeel, Abram Aertsen
A growing bacterium typically divides into two genetically identical and morphologically similar sister cells and eventually gives rise to a clonal population. Nevertheless, significant phenotypic differentiation among isogenic cells frequently occurs, with the resulting heterogeneity in cellular behavior often ensuring population level growth and survival in complex and unpredictable environments. Although several mechanisms underlying the generation of phenotypic heterogeneity have been elucidated, the speed with which identical sister cells tend to phenotypically diverge from each other has so far remained unaddressed...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814720/seasonal-total-methane-depletion-in-limestone-caves
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Chris L Waring, Stuart I Hankin, David W T Griffith, Michael A Kertesz, Victoria Kobylski, Neil L Wilson, Nicholas V Coleman, Graham Kettlewell, Robert Zlot, Michael Bosse, Graham Bell
Methane concentration in caves is commonly much lower than the external atmosphere, yet the cave CH4 depletion causal mechanism is contested and dynamic links to external diurnal and seasonal temperature cycles unknown. Here, we report a continuous 3-year record of cave methane and other trace gases in Jenolan Caves, Australia which shows a seasonal cycle of extreme CH4 depletion, from ambient ~1,775 ppb to near zero during summer and to ~800 ppb in winter. Methanotrophic bacteria, some newly-discovered, rapidly consume methane on cave surfaces and in external karst soils with lifetimes in the cave of a few hours...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813144/stimulated-raman-imaging-reveals-aberrant-lipogenesis-as-a-meta-bolic-marker-for-azole-resistant-candida-albicans
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Caroline W Karanja, Weili Hong, Waleed Younis, Hassan E Eldesouky, Mohamed N Seleem, Ji-Xin Cheng
Candida albicans (C. albicans) is the single most prevalent cause of fungal bloodstream infections worldwide causing significant mortality as high as fifty percent. This high mortality rate is, in part, due to the inability to initiate an effective antifungal therapy early in the disease process. Mortality rates significantly increase after twelve hours of delay in initiating the appropriate antifungal therapy following a positive blood culture. Early administration of appropriate antifungal therapy is hampered by the slow turnovers of the conventional antimicrobial testing techniques, which require days of incubation...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812873/ultrathin-manganese-based-metal-organic-framework-nanosheets-low-cost-and-energy-dense-lithium-storage-anodes-with-the-coexistence-of-metal-and-ligand-redox-activities
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Chao Li, Xiaoshi Hu, Wei Tong, Wensheng Yan, Xiaobing Lou, Ming Shen, Bingwen Hu
We herein demonstrate the fabrication of Mn- and Ni-based ultrathin metal-organic framework nanosheets with the same coordination mode (defined as 'Mn-UMOFNs' and 'Ni-UMOFNs', respectively) through an expedient and versatile ultrasonic approach, and scrutinize their electrochemical properties as anode materials for rechargeable lithium battery for the first time. The obtained Mn-UMOFNs with structure advantages over Ni-UMOFNs (thinner nanosheets, smaller metal-ion radius, higher specific surface area) exhibit high reversible capacity (1187 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 for 100 cycles), excellent rate capability (701 mAh g-1 even at 2 A g-1), rapid Li+ diffusion coefficient (2...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812653/adaptation-of-phytoplankton-to-a-decade-of-experimental-warming-linked-to-increased-photosynthesis
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C-Elisa Schaum, Samuel Barton, Elvire Bestion, Angus Buckling, Bernardo Garcia-Carreras, Paula Lopez, Chris Lowe, Samraat Pawar, Nicholas Smirnoff, Mark Trimmer, Gabriel Yvon-Durocher
Phytoplankton photosynthesis is a critical flux in the carbon cycle, accounting for approximately 40% of the carbon dioxide fixed globally on an annual basis and fuelling the productivity of aquatic food webs. However, rapid evolutionary responses of phytoplankton to warming remain largely unexplored, particularly outside the laboratory, where multiple selection pressures can modify adaptation to environmental change. Here, we use a decade-long experiment in outdoor mesocosms to investigate mechanisms of adaptation to warming (+4 °C above ambient temperature) in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, in naturally assembled communities...
March 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812230/simulation-of-left-ventricular-dynamics-using-a-low-order-mathematical-model
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Michael J Moulton, Brian D Hong, Timothy W Secomb
The eventual goal of this study is to develop methods for estimating dynamic stresses in the left ventricle (LV) that could be used on-line in clinical settings, based on routinely available measurements. Toward this goal, a low-order theoretical model is presented, in which LV shape is represented using a small number of parameters, allowing rapid computational simulations of LV dynamics. The LV is represented as a thick-walled prolate spheroid containing helical muscle fibers with nonlinear passive and time-dependent active contractile properties...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811128/a-newly-synthesized-ligustrazine-stilbene-derivative-inhibits-pdgf-bb-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotypic-switch-and-proliferation-via-delaying-cell-cycle-progression
#10
Chunlian Peng, Siming Zhang, Haixin Liu, Yanxiao Jiao, Guifa Su, Yan Zhu
Vascular Smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) possess remarkable phenotype plasticity that allows it to rapidly adapt to fluctuating environmental cues, including the period of development and progression of vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and restenosis subsequent to vein grafting or coronary intervention. Although VSMC phenotypic switch is an attractive target, there is no effective drug so far. Using rat aortic VSMCs, we investigate the effects of Ligustrazine and its synthetic derivatives on platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) induced proliferation and phenotypic switch by a cell image-based screening of 60 Ligustrazine stilbene derivatives...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809834/quantifying-infra-slow-dynamics-of-spectral-power-and-heart-rate-in-sleeping-mice
#11
Laura M J Fernandez, Sandro Lecci, Romain Cardis, Gil Vantomme, Elidie Béard, Anita Lüthi
Three vigilance states dominate mammalian life: wakefulness, non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep, and REM sleep. As more neural correlates of behavior are identified in freely moving animals, this three-fold subdivision becomes too simplistic. During wakefulness, ensembles of global and local cortical activities, together with peripheral parameters such as pupillary diameter and sympathovagal balance, define various degrees of arousal. It remains unclear the extent to which sleep also forms a continuum of brain states-within which the degree of resilience to sensory stimuli and arousability, and perhaps other sleep functions, vary gradually-and how peripheral physiological states co-vary...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809480/rapid-life-cycle-impact-screening-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Runsheng Song, Arturo A Keller, Sangwon Suh
The number of chemicals in the market is rapidly increasing, while our understanding of the life-cycle impacts of these chemicals lags considerably. To address this, we developed deep Artificial Neural Network (ANN) models to estimate life-cycle impacts of chemicals. Using molecular structure information, we trained multilayer ANNs for life-cycle impacts of chemicals using six impact categories, including cumulative energy demand, global warming (IPCC 2007), acidification (TRACI), human health (Impact2000+), ecosystem quality (Impact2000+), and eco-indicator 99 (I,I, total)...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808684/constraining-the-rate-of-oceanic-deoxygenation-leading-up-to-a-cretaceous-oceanic-anoxic-event-oae-2-94-ma
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Chadlin M Ostrander, Jeremy D Owens, Sune G Nielsen
The rates of marine deoxygenation leading to Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Events are poorly recognized and constrained. If increases in primary productivity are the primary driver of these episodes, progressive oxygen loss from global waters should predate enhanced carbon burial in underlying sediments-the diagnostic Oceanic Anoxic Event relic. Thallium isotope analysis of organic-rich black shales from Demerara Rise across Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 reveals evidence of expanded sediment-water interface deoxygenation ~43 ± 11 thousand years before the globally recognized carbon cycle perturbation...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807764/staphylococcal-enterotoxin-c2-mutant-drives-t-lymphocyte-activation-through-pi3k-mtor-and-nf-%C3%A4-b-signaling-pathways
#14
Xuanhe Fu, Mingkai Xu, Songyuan Yao, Huiwen Zhang, Chenggang Zhang, Jinghai Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a superantigen, causes rapid clonal expansion of lymphocytes and secretion of T cell growth factors, leading to a severe inflammatory response within tissues. Although previous studies have shown that ST-4, a SEC2 mutant with enhanced recognition of Vβ regions of T-cell receptors (TCRVβ), can activate an increased number of T cells and produce more cytokines than SEC2. However, the signaling mechanisms of SEC2/ST-4-mediated immune activation have not been addressed. In this study, we showed that the phosphatidylinositide-3-kinase (PI-3K) inhibitor LY294002, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor rapamycin, and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) inhibitor Bay11-7085 could suppress SEC2/ST-4-induced proliferation, CD69/CD25 expression, cell-cycle progression, and IL-2 production in BALB/c mouse splenocytes...
August 11, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806970/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-response-of-acropora-millepora-to-hypo-osmotic-stress-provides-insights-into-dmsp-biosynthesis-by-corals
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Catalina Aguilar, Jean-Baptiste Raina, Cherie A Motti, Sylvain Fôret, David C Hayward, Bruno Lapeyre, David G Bourne, David J Miller
BACKGROUND: Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is a small sulphur compound which is produced in prodigious amounts in the oceans and plays a pivotal role in the marine sulfur cycle. Until recently, DMSP was believed to be synthesized exclusively by photosynthetic organisms; however we now know that corals and specific bacteria can also produce this compound. Corals are major sources of DMSP, but the molecular basis for its biosynthesis is unknown in these organisms. RESULTS: Here we used salinity stress, which is known to trigger DMSP production in other organisms, in conjunction with transcriptomics to identify coral genes likely to be involved in DMSP biosynthesis...
August 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805487/state-of-the-art-nanopathological-diagnostics
#16
Luca Roncati, Giuseppe Barbolini
The nanopathological diagnostics (ND) is an ultra-specialized branch of pathological anatomy aimed to identify the nanoparticles of metallic, semimetallic, or nonmetallic elements in the inorganic particulate matter present inside pathological tissues, even on the nanometer scale. ND exploits an environmental scanning electron microscope, connected to an X-ray microprobe mounted on an energy-dispersive spectrometer. The searching of nanoparticles can be performed on paraffin-embedded material, omitting emissions of black overlay and plating procedures...
August 14, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805055/ph-induced-switchable-superwettability-of-efficient-antibacterial-fabrics-for-durable-selective-oil-water-separation
#17
Yuchen Fu, Biyu Jin, Qinghua Zhang, Xiaoli Zhan, Fengqiu Chen
The superhydrophobic antibacterial fabrics with intelligent switchable wettability were fabricated by the crosslink reaction among pH-responsive antibacterial copolymer tethered hydroxyl groups, methylol-contained poly(ureaformaldehyde) nanoparticles (PUF NPs) and hexamethylene diisocyanate. It was found that the surface concentration of N+ were heavily influenced by acid solutions, resulting in the rapid wettability conversion from superhydrophobicity/superoleophilicity to superhydrophilicity/underwater superoleophobicity in remarkably short time...
August 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804989/improving-predictions-of-tropical-forest-response-to-climate-change-through-integration-of-field-studies-and-ecosystem-modeling
#18
Xiaohui Feng, María Uriarte, Grizelle González, Sasha Reed, J Thompson, Jess K Zimmerman, Lora Murphy
Tropical forests play a critical role in carbon and water cycles at a global scale. Rapid climate change is anticipated in tropical regions over the coming decades and, under a warmer and drier climate, tropical forests are likely to be net sources of carbon rather than sinks. However, our understanding of tropical forest response and feedback to climate change is very limited. Efforts to model climate change impacts on carbon fluxes in tropical forests have not reached a consensus. Here we use the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2) to predict carbon fluxes of a Puerto Rican tropical forest under realistic climate change scenarios...
August 14, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803895/periderm-life-cycle-and-function-during-orofacial-and-epidermal-development
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Nigel L Hammond, Jill Dixon, Michael J Dixon
Development of the secondary palate involves a complex series of embryonic events which, if disrupted, result in the common congenital anomaly cleft palate. The secondary palate forms from paired palatal shelves which grow initially vertically before elevating to a horizontal position above the tongue and fusing together in the midline via the medial edge epithelia. As the epithelia of the vertical palatal shelves are in contact with the mandibular and lingual epithelia, pathological fusions between the palate and the mandible and/or the tongue must be prevented...
August 10, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803343/sediment-lipid-biomarkers-record-phytoplankton-dynamics-of-lake-heihai-yunnan-province-sw-china-driven-by-climate-warming-since-the-1980s
#20
Yongdong Zhang, Yaling Su, Zhengwen Liu, Jinlei Yu, Miao Jin
Increased phosphorus (P) export from sediments to the overlying water column is a significant factor driving the variation of phytoplankton in productivity and community structure in lakes. However, the lack of long-term instrumental data often impeded analyses attempting to associate dynamics of phytoplankton with variation of internal P loading. Here, elements and lipid biomarkers were analyzed in a sediment core from Lake Heihai, a small, deep, and ultraoligotrophic alpine lake in Haba Mountain, Yunnan Province, SW China...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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