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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214088/a-case-of-seropositive-autoimmune-autonomic-ganglionopathy-with-diffuse-esophageal-spasm
#1
Nobutoshi Morimoto, Sakuma Takahashi, Tomoki Inaba, Motonori Takamiya, Yasuhiko Kageyama, Mizuki Morimoto, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Hirotake Nishimura, Shunya Nakane, Koji Abe
Autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy (AAG) is an immune-mediated disorder that leads to various autonomic failures associated with anti-ganglionic acetylcholine receptor antibodies (anti-gAChR-Abs). Diffuse esophageal spasm (DES) is an uncommon esophageal motility disorder. We herein report the case of a 68-year-old woman with DES as a partial symptom of AAG. She presented with chronic esophageal transit failure, constipation, and numbness of the hands and feet, Adie's pupil, thermal hypoalgesia, and decreased deep tendon reflexes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212979/degradation-of-optical-and-surface-properties-of-resin-based-composites-with-distinct-nanoparticle-sizes-but-equivalent-surface-area
#2
Vinícius Esteves Salgado, Larissa Maria Cavalcante, Rafael R Moraes, Harry B Davis, Jack L Ferracane, Luis Felipe Schneider
OBJECTIVE: To determine the optical and surface properties of model resin-based composites made with distinct nanoparticle sizes but equalized surface area, among them, before and after ageing. METHODS: Model resin-based composites based on BisGMA/TEGDMA (50:50mol%) were loaded with three different fumed silica filler content (7nm/examethyldisilazane, 12nm/octylsilane, and 16nm/dimethylchlorosilane), but with equivalent surface area (BET method). The optical and surface properties of the disk-shaped specimens were measured in 24h after photoactivation (baseline) and repeated after water storage (90days at 37°C), and after abrasion (20,000 cycles of brushing)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212920/neonatal-lupus-follow-up-in-infants-with-anti-ssa-ro-antibodies-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
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Antonio Alberto Zuppa, Riccardo Riccardi, Simonetta Frezza, Francesca Gallini, Rita Maria Paola Luciano, Giovanni Alighieri, Costantino Romagnoli, Sara De Carolis
Neonatal Lupus Syndrome (NLS) is a distinct clinical entity caused by transplacental passage of maternal anti-SSA/Ro antibodies (Ab). Mothers may have systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, or other connective tissue disease, or may be completely healthy at the time of giving birth. NLS includes several clinical manifestations: complete congenital heart block (CCHB) and cutaneous lupus are the most common, while hepatobiliary disease, hematological manifestations and central nervous system involvement may occur...
February 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212605/erratum-to-mirnacle-machine-learning-with-smote-and-random-forest-for-improving-selectivity-in-pre-mirna-ab-initio-prediction
#4
Yuri Bento Marques, Alcione de Paiva Oliveira, Ana Tereza Ribeiro Vasconcelos, Fabio Ribeiro Cerqueira
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211966/formation-of-organometallic-intermediate-states-in-on-surface-ullmann-couplings
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Dennis Barton, Hong-Ying Gao, Philipp Alexander Held, Armido Studer, Harald Fuchs, Nikos L Doltsinis, Johannes Neugebauer
Possible origins of the formation of organometallic intermediates in on-surface Ullmann couplings have been investigated by surface tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We consider the case of iodobenzenes on the coinage metals Au, Ag and Cu. We found experimental evidence for the formation of surface vacancies and the presence of metal adatoms in these coupling reactions, which are taken as a hint for the reactive extraction of surface atoms by adsorbates. In a second step, we demonstrate by ab initio molecular dynamics calculations for aryl-iodides on copper that metal atoms can be pulled out of the surface to form metalorganic species...
February 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211682/exploring-the-influence-of-diamagnetic-ions-on-the-mechanism-of-magnetization-relaxation-in-co-iii-2ln-iii-2-ln-dy-tb-ho-butterfly-complexes
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Kuduva R Vignesh, Stuart K Langley, Keith S Murray, Gopalan Rajaraman
The synthesis and magnetic and theoretical studies of three isostructural heterometallic [Co(III)2Ln(III)2(μ3-OH)2(o-tol)4(mdea)2(NO3)2] (Ln = Dy (1), Tb (2), Ho (3)) "butterfly" complexes are reported (o-tol = o-toluate, (mdea)(2-) = doubly deprotonated N-methyldiethanolamine). The Co(III) ions are diamagnetic in these complexes. Analysis of the dc magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between the two Ln(III) ions for all three complexes. ac magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior for complex 1, in the absence of an external magnetic field, with an anisotropy barrier Ueff of 81...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211456/learning-from-data-to-design-functional-materials-without-inversion-symmetry
#7
Prasanna V Balachandran, Joshua Young, Turab Lookman, James M Rondinelli
Accelerating the search for functional materials is a challenging problem. Here we develop an informatics-guided ab initio approach to accelerate the design and discovery of noncentrosymmetric materials. The workflow integrates group theory, informatics and density-functional theory to uncover design guidelines for predicting noncentrosymmetric compounds, which we apply to layered Ruddlesden-Popper oxides. Group theory identifies how configurations of oxygen octahedral rotation patterns, ordered cation arrangements and their interplay break inversion symmetry, while informatics tools learn from available data to select candidate compositions that fulfil the group-theoretical postulates...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211316/acinetobacter-defluvii-sp-nov-recovered-from-hospital-sewage
#8
Yiyi Hu, Yu Feng, Xiaoxia Zhang, Zhiyong Zong
A Gram-negative, non-motile Acinetobacter strain, WCHA30, was isolated from hospital sewage in West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu, southwestern China. Strain WCHA30 is a non-spore-forming, catalase-positive, oxidase-negative, strictly aerobic coccobacillus. The DNA G+C content was 38 mol%. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA, rpoB and gyrB gene sequences revealed that the strain was distinct from any previously described species of the genus Acinetobacter. Strain WCHA30 could be distinguished from all known Acinetobacter species by its ability to assimilate β-alanine but not L-glutamate...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211309/chryseobacterium-reticulitermitis-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-gut-of-reticulitermes-aculabialis
#9
Yun Zhao, Yu Wang, Dan Hong Li, Yu Deng, Hong Yang
A Gram-staining-negative, non-motile, aerobic and rod-shaped bacterium, strain Ra1T, was isolated from the gut of a wood-feeding lower termite, Reticulitermes aculabialis. Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the strain was closely related to Chryseobacterium rigui JCM 18078T (96.7%). Growth was observed at 15-45℃ (optimum 30℃), at pH 6.0-9.0 (optimum pH 8.0) and in the presence of 0-2% NaCl (optimum 0%). The DNA G+C content of strain Ra1T was 39.9 mol%. The cells contained MK-6 as the sole respiratory quinone and the major fatty acids were iso-C15:0, iso-C17:0, summed feature 3 (comprising C16:1ω6c and/or C16:1ω7c) and summed feature 9 (comprising C16:0 10-methyl and/or iso-C17:1ω9c)...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210877/quantum-mechanical-treatment-of-as-3-thiol-model-compounds-implication-for-the-core-structure-of-as-iii-metallothionein
#10
Roobee Garla, Narinder Kaur, Mohinder Pal Bansal, Mohan Lal Garg, Biraja Prasad Mohanty
Exposure to inorganic arsenic (As) is one of the major health concerns in several regions around the world. Binding of As(III) with thiols is central to the mechanisms related to its toxicity, detoxification, and therapeutic effects. Due to its high thiol content, metallothionein (MT) is presumed to play an important role in case of arsenic toxicity. Consequences of these As-thiol interactions are not yet clear due to various difficulties in the characterization of arsenic bound proteins by spectroscopic techniques...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210717/the-molecular-mechanism-of-the-ligand-exchange-reaction-of-an-antibody-against-a-glutathione-coated-gold-cluster
#11
Víctor Rojas-Cervellera, Lluís Raich, Jaakko Akola, Carme Rovira
The labeling of proteins with heavy atom clusters is of paramount importance in biomedical research, but its detailed molecular mechanism remains unknown. Here we uncover it for the particular case of the anti-influenza N9 neuraminidase NC10 antibody against a glutathione-coated gold cluster by means of ab initio QM/MM calculations. We show that the labeling reaction follows an associative double SN2-like reaction mechanism, involving a proton transfer, with low activation barriers only if one of the two distinct peptide/peptidic ligands (the one that occupies the side position) is substituted...
February 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209973/structural-basis-for-fragmenting-the-exopolysaccharide-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-by-bacteriophage-%C3%AE-ab6-tailspike-protein
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I-Ming Lee, I-Fan Tu, Feng-Ling Yang, Tzu-Ping Ko, Jiahn-Haur Liao, Nien-Tsung Lin, Chung-Yi Wu, Chien-Tai Ren, Andrew H-J Wang, Ching-Ming Chang, Kai-Fa Huang, Shih-Hsiung Wu
With an increase in antibiotic-resistant strains, the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii has become a serious threat to global health. Glycoconjugate vaccines containing fragments of bacterial exopolysaccharide (EPS) are an emerging therapeutic to combat bacterial infection. Herein, we characterize the bacteriophage ΦAB6 tailspike protein (TSP), which specifically hydrolyzed the EPS of A. baumannii strain 54149 (Ab-54149). Ab-54149 EPS exhibited the same chemical structure as two antibiotic-resistant A...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209130/determination-of-antibacterial-activity-and-minimum-inhibitory-concentration-of-larval-extract-of-fly-via-resazurin-based-turbidometric-assay
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Chien Huey Teh, Wasi Ahmad Nazni, Ab Hamid Nurulhusna, Ahmad Norazah, Han Lim Lee
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is currently a major global issue. As the rate of emergence of antimicrobial resistance has superseded the rate of discovery and introduction of new effective drugs, the medical arsenal now is experiencing shortage of effective drugs to combat diseases, particularly against diseases caused by the dreadful multidrug-resistant strains, such as the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The ability of fly larvae to thrive in septic habitats has prompted us to determine the antibacterial activity and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of larval extract of flies, namely Lucilia cuprina, Sarcophaga peregrina and Musca domestica against 4 pathogenic bacteria [Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S...
February 16, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209028/structure-and-thermal-stability-of-co-and-fe-intercalated-double-silicene-layers
#14
O V Mykhailenko, Yu I Prylutskyy, I V Кomarov, A V Strungar
The arrangement of Fe and Co atoms between two silicene planes was theoretically investigated. The research has shown that below 500 K Co atoms form stable lattices-"hexagonal" (with the lattice parameters 0.635 nm of AB configuration) and cubic (with the lattice parameter of 0.244 nm), whereas Fe atoms form cubic lattices only (with the lattice parameter of 0.281 nm). The system intercalated with Co atoms is stable enough at high temperatures up to ~625 K, while the Fe-silicene system is stable only at ~770 K...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208841/assessment-of-correlation-between-sweat-chloride-levels-and-clinical-features-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#15
Manzoor A Raina, Mosin S Khan, Showkat A Malik, Ab Hameed Raina, Mudassir J Makhdoomi, Javed I Bhat, Syed Mudassar
INTRODUCTION: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disorder and the incidence of this disease is undermined in Northern India. The distinguishable salty character of the sweat belonging to individuals suffering from CF makes sweat chloride estimation essential for diagnosis of CF disease. AIM: The aim of this prospective study was to elucidate the relationship of sweat chloride levels with clinical features and pattern of CF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 182 patients, with clinical features of CF were included in this study for quantitative measurement of sweat chloride...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208346/density-of-states-from-mode-expansion-of-the-self-dynamic-structure-factor-of-a-liquid-metal
#16
E Guarini, S Bellissima, U Bafile, E Farhi, A De Francesco, F Formisano, F Barocchi
We show that by exploiting multi-Lorentzian fits of the self-dynamic structure factor at various wave vectors it is possible to carefully perform the Q→0 extrapolation required to determine the spectrum Z(ω) of the velocity autocorrelation function of a liquid. The smooth Q dependence of the fit parameters makes their extrapolation to Q=0 a simple procedure from which Z(ω) becomes computable, with the great advantage of solving the problems related to resolution broadening of either experimental or simulated self-spectra...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208080/enhanced-removal-of-bisphenol-af-by-activated-carbon-alginate-beads-with-cetyltrimethyl-ammonium-bromide
#17
Zheng Tang, Sha Peng, Shuya Hu, Song Hong
Adsorption removal of bisphenol-AF (BPAF) from aqueous solutions by synthesized activated carbon-alginate beads (AC-AB) with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) has been studied using two ways. The traditional method (two-step) first synthesized CTAB-modified AC-AB (AC-AB-CTAB), then used it to remove BPAF by adsorption. And one-step method dispersed AC-AB and CTAB in wastewater, followed by the removal of BPAF accompanied with the synthesis of AC-AB-CTAB. The one-step method showed a better performance than the two-step method, achieving a maximum removal of BPAF with 284...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207264/steering-orbital-optimization-out-of-local-minima-and-saddle-points-toward-lower-energy
#18
Alain C Vaucher, Markus Reiher
The general procedure underlying Hartree-Fock and Kohn-Sham density functional theory calculations consists in optimizing orbitals for a self-consistent solution of the Roothaan-Hall equations in an iterative process. It is often ignored that multiple self-consistent solutions can exist, several of which may correspond to minima of the energy functional. In addition to the difficulty sometimes encountered to converge the calculation to a self-consistent solution, one must ensure that the correct self-consistent solution was found, typically the one with the lowest electronic energy...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206765/ultrafast-electronic-energy-transfer-in-an-orthogonal-molecular-dyad
#19
Christian Wiebeler, Felix Plasser, Gordon J Hedley, Arvydas Ruseckas, Ifor D W Samuel, Stefan Schumacher
Understanding electronic energy transfer (EET) is an important ingredient in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems and photovoltaic technologies. Although EET is at the heart of these applications and crucially influences their light-harvesting efficiency, the nature of EET over short distances for covalently bound donor and acceptor units is often not well understood. Here we investigate EET in an orthogonal molecular dyad (BODT4) in which simple models fail to explain the very origin of EET...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205160/non-fermentative-gram-negative-rods-bacteremia-in-children-with-cancer-a-14-year-single-center-experience
#20
D Averbuch, C Avaky, M Harit, P Stepensky, I Fried, T Ben-Ami, V Temper, Y Peled, H Troen, R Masarwa, W Abu Ahmad, M Weintraub, S Revel-Vilk, D Engelhard
PURPOSE: Data on non-fermentative Gram-negative rods (NFGNR) bacteremia in children with malignancies are limited. The aim of this study was to present clinical picture, antimicrobial susceptibility pattern, risk factors for resistance and outcome in NFGNR bacteremia in children with cancer. METHODS: All episodes of NFGNR bacteremia occurring during 2001-2014 in children with cancer in a tertiary-care hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter spp...
February 15, 2017: Infection
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