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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914179/ammonothermal-synthesis-of-novel-nitrides-case-study-on-cagasin3
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Jonas Häusler, Lukas Neudert, Mathias Mallmann, Robin Niklaus, Anna-Carina L Kimmel, Nicolas S A Alt, Eberhard Schlücker, Oliver Oeckler, Wolfgang Schnick
The first gallium-containing nitridosilicate CaGaSiN3 was synthesized in newly developed high-pressure autoclaves using supercritical ammonia as solvent and nitriding agent. The reaction was conducted in ammonobasic environment starting from intermetallic CaGaSi with NaN3 as mineralizer. At 770 K, intermediate compounds were obtained, which were subsequently converted to the crystalline nitride at temperatures up to 1070 K (70 - 150 MPa). The impact of other mineralizers (e. g. LiN3, KN3 and CsN3) on the product formation was investigated as well...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914074/common-challenges-in-studying-the-structure-and-function-of-bacterial-proteins-case-studies-from-helicobacter-pylori
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Daniel A Bonsor, Eric J Sundberg
Employing biophysical and structural methods is a powerful way to elucidate mechanisms of molecular recognition in bacterial pathogenesis. Such studies invariably depend on the production of pure, folded and stable proteins. Many proteins that can be expressed recombinantly ultimately fail to meet one or more of these criteria. The cag proteins from Helicobacter pylori form a secretion system that delivers the oncoprotein, CagA, into human gastric epithelial cells through an interaction between CagL and host cell integrins, where it can cause gastric adenocarcinoma...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914053/computational-protein-design-under-a-given-backbone-structure-with-the-abacus-statistical-energy-function
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Peng Xiong, Quan Chen, Haiyan Liu
An important objective of computational protein design is to identify amino acid sequences that stably fold into a given backbone structure. A general approach to this problem is to minimize an energy function in the sequence space. We have previously reported a method to derive statistical energies for fixed-backbone protein design and showed that it led to de novo proteins that fold as expected. Here, we present the usage of the program that implements this method, which we now name as ABACUS (A Backbone-based Amino aCid Usage Survey)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913938/cardiotoxic-and-dyslipidemic-effects-of-doxorubicin-and-betulinic-acid-amide
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M G Klinnikova, E L Lushnikova, E V Koldysheva, T G Tolstikova, I V Sorokina, E I Yuzhik, M M Mzhelskaya
Changes in the blood lipid spectrum and structural reorganization of the rat myocardium in response to injection of a single sublethal dose of doxorubicin (7 mg/kg) alone and in combination with course administration of betulonic acid amide (100 mg/kg/day for 14 days) were studied. Betulinic acid amide in the specified dose exhibited less pronounced cardiotoxic (necrobiotic impairment of cardiomyocytes) and dyslipidemic (increase of cholesterol and triglyceride levels) effects in comparison with doxorubicin...
December 3, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913935/regulation-of-contractile-responses-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-under-conditions-of-hypoxia-reoxygenation
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S V Gusakova, Yu G Birulina, L V Smagliy, I V Kovalev, I V Petrova, A V Nosarev, S N Orlov
We analyzed the effects of hypoxia and reoxygenation on changes in contractile activity in rat aortic smooth muscles. Both hypoxia and reoxygenation induced relaxation of smooth muscle cells precontracted with high-potassium Krebs solution (30 mM KCl) or α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine. Vasodilation resulted from enhancement of potassium permeability of smooth muscle cell membranes caused by activation of voltage-gated potassium channels (triggered by both precontracting agents) or by opening of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (phenylephrine)...
December 2, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913858/limitation-of-intraoperative-frozen-section-during-thyroid-surgery
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Sandrine Estebe, Cecile Montenat, Adrien Tremoureux, Chloé Rousseau, François Bouilloud, Franck Jegoux
Retrospective analysis on 312 patients, operated for thyroid nodules between 2014 and 2015, was conducted to evaluate the impact of frozen section analysis on the strategy of thyroid nodule surgery. One hundred and ninety-three patients were included. They all underwent preoperative US, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), per operative frozen section (FS) and post operative definitive pathological analysis. Se, Sp, VPP and VPN of FNAC and FS were calculated and compared (McNemar's test). Multivariate analysis was performed to identify independent factor of good results...
December 2, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
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Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913774/gravity-flow-in-proposed-enteral-tube-small-bore-connectors
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Ryan T Hurt, Lisa M Epp, Adele K Pattinson, Wanda M Duellman, Stephen M Corner, Manpreet S Mundi
BACKGROUND: Enteral nutrition (EN) misconnections have been identified as a serious and potential deadly problem. An international effort led by EN industry leaders has developed a small-bore enteral connector (ENFit) that in theory will reduce the frequency of misconnections. Despite the potential benefit of preventing misconnections, the full impact of adoption of the ENFit connector is unknown. To assess the impact of transitioning to ENFit on our home EN (HEN) patients, the current study evaluated gravity feeding comparing 2 proposed small-bore connectors to the legacy (current connector) using various commercial formulas...
December 2, 2016: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913700/clinical-decision-making-in-functional-and-hyperkinetic-movement-disorders
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Sandra M A van der Salm, Anne-Fleur van Rootselaar, Daniëlle C Cath, Rob J de Haan, Johannes H T M Koelman, Marina A J Tijssen
OBJECTIVE: Functional or psychogenic movement disorders (FMD) present a diagnostic challenge. To diagnose FMD, clinicians must have experience with signs typical of FMD and distinguishing features from other hyperkinetic disorders. The aim of this study was to clarify the decision-making process of expert clinicians while diagnosing FMD, myoclonus, and tics. METHODS: Thirty-nine movement disorders experts rated 60 patients using a standardized web-based survey resembling clinical practice...
December 2, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913659/formative-research-using-a-community-based-participatory-research-approach-to-develop-an-oral-health-intervention-for-migrant-mexican-families
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Tracy L Finlayson, Padideh Asgari, Lisa Hoffman, Ana Palomo-Zerfas, Martha Gonzalez, Nannette Stamm, Maria-Isabel Rocha, Arcela Nunez-Alvarez
Oral health is a leading unmet health need among migrant families. This article describes the 1-year, community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach employed to plan and develop a Líder Communitario (lay community health worker)-led educational intervention for Mexican migrant adult caregivers and their families in three underserved, remote communities in North San Diego County, California. Four partner organizations collaborated, reviewed existing oral health curricula, and sought extensive input on educational topics and research design from key informants, migrant caregivers, and Líderes Communitarios...
December 1, 2016: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913586/local-circuits-of-v1-layer-4b-neurons-projecting-to-v2-thick-stripes-define-distinct-cell-classes-and-avoid-cytochrome-oxidase-blobs
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Jeff Yarch, Frederick Federer, Alessandra Angelucci
: Decades of anatomical studies on the primate primary visual cortex (V1) have led to a detailed diagram of V1 intrinsic circuitry, but this diagram lacks information about the output targets of V1 cells. Understanding how V1 local processing relates to downstream processing requires identification of neuronal populations defined by their output targets. In primates, V1 layers (L)2/3 and 4B send segregated projections to distinct cytochrome oxidase (CO) stripes in area V2: neurons in CO blob-columns project to thin stripes, and those outside blob columns to thick and pale stripes, suggesting functional specialization of V1-to-V2 CO streams...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913563/-you-can-t-be-a-person-and-a-doctor-the-work-life-balance-of-doctors-in-training-a-qualitative-study
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Antonia Rich, Rowena Viney, Sarah Needleman, Ann Griffin, Katherine Woolf
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the work-life balance of doctors in training in the UK from the perspectives of trainers and trainees. DESIGN: Qualitative semistructured focus groups and interviews with trainees and trainers. SETTING: Postgraduate medical training in London, Yorkshire and Humber, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and Wales during the junior doctor contract dispute at the end of 2015. Part of a larger General Medical Council study about the fairness of postgraduate medical training...
December 2, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913542/new-therapies-for-hemophilia
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Steven W Pipe
Individuals with severe hemophilia have benefitted from 5 decades of advances that have led to widespread availability of safe and efficacious factors VIII and IX, a multidisciplinary integrated care model through a network of specialized hemophilia treatment centers, and aggressive introduction of prophylactic replacement therapy to prevent bleeding and preserve joint health. Yet, there are remaining challenges and treatment gaps which have prevented complete abrogation of all joint bleeding, and progressive joint deterioration may continue in some affected individuals over the course of a lifetime...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913524/cellular-and-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-multiple-myeloma
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Alfred L Garfall, Edward A Stadtmauer
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and donor lymphocyte infusion for multiple myeloma (MM) can induce graft-versus-myeloma immunity and long-term survivorship, but limited efficacy and associated toxicities have prevented its widespread use. Cellular immunotherapies and vaccines seek to induce more specific, reliable, and potent antimyeloma immune responses with less treatment-related risk than is possible with allogeneic transplantation. Advances in molecular biology, and basic and applied immunology, have led to promising approaches such as genetically engineered T cells with chimeric antigen receptors and T-cell receptors targeting myeloma-specific epitopes, vaccine primed ex vivo expanded autologous T cells, expanded marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes, and plasma cell/dendritic cell fusion vaccines...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913501/mutations-in-aml-prognostic-and-therapeutic-implications
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Courtney D DiNardo, Jorge E Cortes
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous hematologic malignancy characterized by the proliferation and aberrant differentiation of immature clonal myeloid cells. The prognosis of AML is variable, based on clinical features such as patient age, performance status, and comorbidities, as well as leukemia-specific genetic features including cytogenetics and molecular classification. The modern application of next-generation sequencing technology has uncovered marked heterogeneity and genomic complexity within AML, based on the presence or absence of cooperating mutations within functional categories such as epigenetic regulators, cell signaling and proliferation pathways, and master hematopoietic transcription factors...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913493/novel-agents-in-follicular-lymphoma-choosing-the-best-target
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Laurie H Sehn
Outcomes in patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) have improved dramatically over the last decade. However, novel agents are greatly needed for those who exhibit treatment resistance, in order to minimize lifelong toxicity and to enable combinations that may allow us to achieve the elusive goal of cure. Biological advances have led to the discovery of a large number of potential therapeutic targets and the development of a plethora of novel agents designed to exploit these processes. Possible targets include tumor cell surface markers, key components of intracellular pathways and epigenetic mechanisms, and reactive cells of the microenvironment...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913431/pro-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-probdnf-mediated-p75ntr-activation-promotes-depolarizing-actions-of-gaba-and-increases-susceptibility-to-epileptic-seizures
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Baptiste Riffault, Nazim Kourdougli, Camille Dumon, Nadine Ferrand, Emmanuelle Buhler, Fabienne Schaller, Caroline Chambon, Claudio Rivera, Jean-Luc Gaiarsa, Christophe Porcher
The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is synthesized as a precursor, namely proBDNF, which can be processed into mature BDNF (mBDNF). Evidences suggest that proBDNF signaling through p75(NTR) may account for the emergence of neurological disorders. These findings support the view that the relative availability of mBDNF and proBDNF forms is an important mechanism underlying brain circuit formation and cognitive functions. Here we describe novel insights into the proBDNF/p75(NTR) mechanisms and function in vivo in modulating neuronal circuit and synaptic plasticity during the first postnatal weeks in rats...
December 1, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913430/cortical-circuit-for-binding-object-identity-and-location-during-multiple-object-tracking
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Lauri Nummenmaa, Lauri Oksama, Erico Glerean, Jukka Hyönä
Sustained multifocal attention for moving targets requires binding object identities with their locations. The brain mechanisms of identity-location binding during attentive tracking have remained unresolved. In 2 functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments, we measured participants' hemodynamic activity during attentive tracking of multiple objects with equivalent (multiple-object tracking) versus distinct (multiple identity tracking, MIT) identities. Task load was manipulated parametrically. Both tasks activated large frontoparietal circuits...
December 1, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913420/multiple-evolutionary-trajectories-have-led-to-the-emergence-of-races-in-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lycopersici
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Biju V Chellappan, Like Fokkens, Petra M Houterman, Martijn Rep, Ben J C Cornelissen
: Race 1 isolates of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (Fol) are characterized by the presence of AVR1 in their genome. The product of this gene, Avr1, triggers resistance in tomato cultivars carrying resistance gene I In Fol race 2 and race 3 isolates, AVR1 is absent and hence they are virulent on tomato cultivars carrying I In this study, we analyze an approximately 100 kb genomic fragment containing the AVR1 locus of race 1 isolate Fol004, and compare it to the sequenced genome of Fol race 2 isolate 4287 (Fol4287)...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913417/development-of-an-improved-system-for-the-generation-of-knock-out-mutants-of-amycolatopsis-sp-atcc-39116
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Florian Meyer, Hilke Pupkes, Alexander Steinbüchel
The Gram-positive actinomycete Amycolatopsis sp. ATCC 39116 is used for the industrial production of natural vanillin. Previously, the only gene deletion performed in this strain targeted the gene vdh coding for a vanillin dehydrogenase. The generation of this mutant suffered from a high number of illegitimate recombinations and the low rate of homologous recombination. To alleviate this, we constructed an optimized deletion system based on a modified suicide vector. Thereby, we were able to enhance the rate of homologous integration from less than 1% of the analyzed clones to 20% or 50% depending on the targeted gene...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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