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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107978/fret-based-nanobiosensor-for-detection-of-scopolamine-in-hairy-root-extraction-of-atropa-belladonna
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Fereshte Bagheri, Khosro Piri, Afshine Mohsenifar, Smaiil Ghaderi
A simple, sensitive, selective, and rapid optical nanobiosensor based on FRET was designed to detect tropane alkaloids as anti-cholinergic agents in natural and transgenic hairy roots extracts of Atropa belladonna. To achieve that, conjugation of tioglycolyic acid capped cadmium telluride quantum Dots, M2 muscarinic receptor (Cd/Te QDs-M2R) and conjugation of scopolamine-rhodamine123 (Sc-Rho123) were performed. More specifically, proportional amounts of M2 muscarinic receptor and quantum dots (QDs) were conjugated while scopolamine (as a tropane alkaloid) and rhodamine123 were also combined and these moieties functioned as donor and acceptor pairs, respectively...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107348/predicting-length-of-stay-among-patients-discharged-from-the-emergency-department-using-an-accelerated-failure-time-model
#2
Chung-Hsien Chaou, Hsiu-Hsi Chen, Shu-Hui Chang, Petrus Tang, Shin-Liang Pan, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Te-Fa Chiu
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) crowding continues to be an important health care issue in modern countries. Among the many crucial quality indicators for monitoring the throughput process, a patient's length of stay (LOS) is considered the most important one since it is both the cause and the result of ED crowding. The aim of this study is to identify and quantify the influence of different patient-related or diagnostic activities-related factors on the ED LOS of discharged patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106992/discovery-of-n-pyridin-4-yl-1-5-naphthyridin-2-amines-as-potential-tau-pathology-pet-tracers-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Frederik J R Rombouts, José-Ignacio Andrés, Manuela Ariza, José Manuel Alonso, Nigel Austin, Astrid Bottelbergs, Lu Chen, Vladimir Chupakhin, Erna Cleiren, Katleen Fierens, Alberto Fontana, Xavier Langlois, Joseph E Leenaerts, Jonas Mariën, Carolina Martinez Lamenca, Rhys Salter, Mark E Schmidt, Paula Te Riele, Cindy Wintmolders, Andrés A Trabanco, Wei Zhang, Gregor J Macdonald, Diederik Moechars
A mini-HTS on 4000 compounds selected using 2D fragment-based similarity and 3D pharmacophoric and shape similarity to known selective tau aggregate binders identified N-(6-methylpyridin-2-yl)quinolin-2-amine 10 as a novel potent binder to human AD aggregated tau with modest selectivity versus aggregated β-amyloid (Aβ). Initial medicinal chemistry efforts identified key elements for potency and selectivity, as well as suitable positions for radiofluorination, leading to a first generation of fluoroalkyl-substituted quinoline tau binding ligands with sub-optimal physicochemical properties...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106650/trends-in-ambulatory-management-of-urinary-incontinence-in-women-in-the-united-states
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James C Forde, Bilal Chughtai, Meagan Cea, Benjamin V Stone, Alexis Te, Tara F Bishop
OBJECTIVES: Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition, but despite the availability of guidelines, variations exist in the care of patients. We sought to assess the changes in assessment and management of women with UI over time in the United States. METHODS: The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey are annual surveys from a nationally representative sample of visits to physicians. From 1999 through 2010, we identified visits by women to physicians where the chief complaint was UI using reason-for-visit and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106627/outcomes-after-elevation-of-serratus-anterior-fascia-during-prosthetic-breast-reconstruction
#5
Akhil K Seth, Elliot M Hirsch, John Y S Kim, Neil A Fine
BACKGROUND: Achieving optimal inferolateral coverage is critical to successful prosthetic breast reconstruction. Serratus anterior fascia (SF) elevation, a promising alternative to muscle flaps and acellular dermis (ADM), has not been rigorously studied. This study evaluates complication rates after mastectomy and immediate tissue expander (TE) coverage using SF, relative to other existing methods of reconstruction. METHODS: Retrospective review of consecutive patients undergoing mastectomy with immediate TE reconstruction over 10 years at 1 institution was performed...
January 19, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106309/transposable-elements-tes-contribute-to-stress-related-long-intergenic-noncoding-rnas-in-plants
#6
Dong Wang, Zhipeng Qu, Lan Yang, Qingzhu Zhang, Zhi-Hong Liu, Trung Do, David L Adelson, Zhen-Yu Wang, Iain Searle, Jian-Kang Zhu
Noncoding RNAs have been extensively described in plant and animal transcriptomes by using high-throughput sequencing technology. Of these non-coding RNAs, a growing number of long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) have been described in multicellular organisms, however the origins and functions of many lincRNAs remain to be explored. In many eukaryotic genomes, transposable elements (TEs) are widely distributed and often account for large fractions of plant and animal genomes yet the contribution of TEs to lincRNAs is largely unknown...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103802/proteomics-informed-by-transcriptomics-for-characterising-active-transposable-elements-and-genome-annotation-in-aedes-aegypti
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Kevin Maringer, Amjad Yousuf, Kate J Heesom, Jun Fan, David Lee, Ana Fernandez-Sesma, Conrad Bessant, David A Matthews, Andrew D Davidson
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti is a vector for the (re-)emerging human pathogens dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Almost half of the Ae. aegypti genome is comprised of transposable elements (TEs). Transposons have been linked to diverse cellular processes, including the establishment of viral persistence in insects, an essential step in the transmission of vector-borne viruses. However, up until now it has not been possible to study the overall proteome derived from an organism's mobile genetic elements, partly due to the highly divergent nature of TEs...
January 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102720/do-racial-differences-exist-in-the-association-between-pregnancy-induced-hypertension-and-breast-cancer-risk
#8
Li-Te Lin, Li-Yu Hu, Pei-Ling Tang, Kuan-Hao Tsui, Jiin-Tsuey Cheng, Wei-Chun Huang, Hong-Tai Chang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies investigating the relationship between pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) and breast cancer risk have yielded inconsistent results. Unlike numerous Western studies, studies have reported that PIH may be a risk factor for breast cancer in Western Asian women. To confirm these results, we designed a retrospective population-based cohort study to assess the relationship between PIH and subsequent risk for breast cancer in Taiwan. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed PIH were selected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), and a 1:4 matched cohort of women without PIH based on age and the year of delivery was randomly selected from the same database as the comparison group...
January 19, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101775/clinical-experience-in-the-treatment-of-children-who-swallowed-multiple-magnetic-foreign-bodies-a-report-of-five-cases
#9
Yue-Bin Zhang, Zhi-Gang Gao, Qi-Xing Xiong, Li-Feng Zhang, Dou-Te Cai, Jia-Bin Cai
BACKGROUND: Several clinical reports have been published on complications resulting from swallowing multiple magnetic foreign bodies. This study aimed to summarize the clinical experience of managing children who swallowed multiple magnetic foreign bodies. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical records of five children who swallowed multiple magnetic foreign bodies and were admitted to our hospital during June 2012 to June 2014. Details of the patients' presentation, imaging studies, complications and treatment were recorded...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101464/anti-inflammatory-and-antibothropic-properties-of-jatropha-elliptica-a-plant-from-brazilian-cerrado-biome
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Sára Cósta Ferreira-Rodrigues, Cássio Milhomens Rodrigues, Marcio Galdino Dos Santos, Jean Antonio Abraham Gautuz, Magali Glauzer Silva, José Carlos Cogo, Camila Batista-Silva, Cleiton Pita Dos Santos, Francisco Carlos Groppo, Karina Cogo-Müller, Yoko Oshima-Franco
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibothropic and anti-inflammatory properties of J. elliptica.Methods: Phytochemical screening and thin-layer chromatography (TLC) assays were performed on J. elliptica hydroalcoholic extract (TE) in order to observe its main constituents. The antibothropic activity of TE was evaluated by the in vitro neuromuscular blockade caused by Bothrops jararacussu venom (Bjssu), in a mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm model (PND). A quantitative histological study was carried out to observe a possible protection of TE against the venom myotoxicity...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100410/comp-serum-levels-a-new-non-invasive-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-viral-hepatitis
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Kalliopi Zachou, Stella Gabeta, Zakera Shums, Nikolaos K Gatselis, George K Koukoulis, Gary L Norman, George N Dalekos
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recently we have shown that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), a fibrillar collagen assembly regulator, is strongly associated with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma progression. Therefore, we assessed whether serum COMP levels can be used as a non-invasive fibrosis marker in patients with chronic viral hepatitis (CVH) and compared this marker with standard methods for disease stage assessment [histology, transient elastography (TE), APRI, FIB-4]. METHODS: Sera from 116 CVH patients, 66 HBV [24 female; median age 53(22-76)] and 50 HCV [21 female; median age 48...
January 15, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098586/comparing-the-outcomes-of-reporting-and-trigger-tool-methods-to-capture-adverse-events-in-the-emergency-department
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Wen-Huei Lee, Ewai Zhang, Charng-Yen Chiang, Yung-Lin Yen, Ling-Ling Chen, Mei-Hsiu Liu, Chia-Te Kung, Shih-Chiang Hung
BACKGROUND: Little is known about which methods are best for detecting adverse events in the emergency department (ED). OBJECTIVES: This study compared the ability of trigger tool and reporting methods to capture adverse events in the ED and investigated the characteristics of the adverse events identified by each. METHODS: This 1-year prospective observational cohort study evaluated a monitoring system that combined 2 reporting methods and 5 trigger tool methods to capture adverse events in the ED of an academic medical center...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098144/oligo-fucoidan-prevents-renal-tubulointerstitial-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-cd44-signal-pathway
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Cheng-Hsien Chen, Yuh-Mou Sue, Chung-Yi Cheng, Yen-Cheng Chen, Chung-Te Liu, Yung-Ho Hsu, Pai-An Hwang, Nai-Jen Huang, Tso-Hsiao Chen
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is recognized as a key determinant of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide extracted from brown seaweed, exerts beneficial effects in some nephropathy models. The present study evaluated the inhibitory effect of oligo-fucoidan (800 Da) on renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis. We established a mouse CKD model by right nephrectomy with transient ischemic injury to the left kidney. Six weeks after the surgery, we fed the CKD mice oligo-fucoidan at 10, 20, and 100 mg/kg/d for 6 weeks and found that the oligo-fucoidan doses less than 100 mg/kg/d improved renal function and reduced renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis in CKD mice...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097316/evaluation-of-structural-progression-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy
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Thomas P Mast, Cynthia A James, Hugh Calkins, Arco J Teske, Crystal Tichnell, Brittney Murray, Peter Loh, Stuart D Russell, Birgitta K Velthuis, Daniel P Judge, Dennis Dooijes, Ryan J Tedford, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Harikrishna Tandri, Richard N Hauer, Theodore P Abraham, Pieter A Doevendans, Anneline S J M Te Riele, Maarten J Cramer
Importance: Considerable research has described the arrhythmic course of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C). However, objective data characterizing structural progression, such as ventricular enlargement and cardiac dysfunction, in ARVD/C are relatively scarce. Objectives: To define the extent of structural progression, identify determinants of structural progression, and determine the association between structural progression and electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in patients with ARVD/C...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096696/tidal-breathing-patterns-derived-from-structured-light-plethysmography-in-copd-patients-compared-with-healthy-subjects
#15
Shayan Motamedi-Fakhr, Rachel C Wilson, Richard Iles
PURPOSE: Differences in tidal breathing patterns have been reported between patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and healthy individuals using traditional measurement techniques. This feasibility study examined whether structured light plethysmography (SLP) - a noncontact, light-based technique - could also detect differences in tidal breathing patterns between patients with COPD and healthy subjects. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 5 min period of tidal (quiet) breathing was recorded in each patient with COPD (n=31) and each healthy subject (n=31), matched for age, body mass index, and sex...
2017: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096670/lung-targeting-drug-delivery-system-of-baicalin-loaded-nanoliposomes-development-biodistribution-in-rabbits-and-pharmacodynamics-in-nude-mice-bearing-orthotopic-human-lung-cancer
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Yumeng Wei, Jing Liang, Xiaoli Zheng, Chao Pi, Hao Liu, Hongru Yang, Yonggen Zou, Yun Ye, Ling Zhao
The present study aims to develop a kind of novel nanoliposomes for the lung-targeting delivery system of baicalin as a Chinese medicine monomer. Baicalin-loaded nanoliposomes were prepared by the effervescent dispersion and lyophilized techniques. Baicalin-loaded nanoliposomes had an average particle size of 131.7±11.7 nm with 0.19±0.02 polydispersity index, 82.8%±1.24% entrapment efficiency and 90.47%±0.93% of yield and sustaining drug release effect over 24 h and were stable for 12 months at least. In vitro no hemolytic activity was observed for the experimental drug concentration...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096395/genomic-analysis-reveals-major-determinants-of-cis-regulatory-variation-in-capsella-grandiflora
#17
Kim A Steige, Benjamin Laenen, Johan Reimegård, Douglas G Scofield, Tanja Slotte
Understanding the causes of cis-regulatory variation is a long-standing aim in evolutionary biology. Although cis-regulatory variation has long been considered important for adaptation, we still have a limited understanding of the selective importance and genomic determinants of standing cis-regulatory variation. To address these questions, we studied the prevalence, genomic determinants, and selective forces shaping cis-regulatory variation in the outcrossing plant Capsella grandiflora We first identified a set of 1,010 genes with common cis-regulatory variation using analyses of allele-specific expression (ASE)...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095322/competent-processing-techniques-for-scaffolds-in-tissue-engineering
#18
REVIEW
Ranjna C Dutta, Madhuri Dey, Aroop K Dutta, Bikramjit Basu
Engineering a functional tissue ex vivo requires a synchronized effort towards developing technologies for ECM mimicking scaffold and cultivating tissue-specific cells in an integrated and controlled manner. Cell-interactive scaffolds in three dimensions (3D), designed and processed appropriately with an apt biomaterial to yield optimal porosity and mechanical strength is the key in tissue engineering (TE). In order to accomplish these facets in a 3D scaffold, multiple techniques and processes have been explored by researchers all over the world...
January 14, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094986/improving-internal-cell-colonization-of-porous-scaffolds-with-chemical-gradients-produced-by-plasma-assisted-approaches
#19
Eloisa Sardella, Rania A Salama, Gihan H Waly, A Nour Habib, Pietro Favia, Roberto Gristina
Cell colonization of the surrounding environment is a very significant process in both physiological and pathological events. In order to understand the tissue regeneration process and thereby provide guidance principles for designing new biomaterials, it is of paramount importance to study the cell colonization in the presence of physical, chemical and biological cues. Flat "gradient" materials are generally used with this purpose. Three dimensional (3D) gradient scaffolds mimicking more precisely the situation in vivo, are somewhat more complex to fabricate and characterize...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091950/nanorods-on-surface-of-gan-based-thin-film-leds-deposited-by-post-annealing-after-photo-assisted-chemical-etching
#20
Lung-Chien Chen, Wun-Wei Lin, Te-Yu Liu
This study investigates the optoelectronic characteristics of gallium nitride (GaN)-based thin-film light-emitting diodes (TF-LEDs) that are formed by a two-step transfer process that involves wet etching and post-annealing. In the two-step transfer process, GaN LEDs were stripped from sapphire substrates by the laser lift-off (LLO) method using a KrF laser and then transferred onto ceramic substrates. Ga-K nanorods were formed on the surface of the GaN-based TF-LEDs following photo-assisted chemical etching and photo-enhanced post-annealing at 100 °C for 1 min...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
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