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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339554/efficacy-and-safety-of-antazoline-in-the-rapid-cardioversion-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-the-anpaf-study
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Aleksander Maciag, Michal M Farkowski, Tomasz Chwyczko, Maciej Beckowski, Pawel Syska, Ilona Kowalik, Mariusz Pytkowski, Jacek Wozniak, Rafal Dabrowski, Hanna Szwed
Aims: The aim of the study was to assess the clinical efficacy of antazoline, a first-generation anti-histaminic agent, in the rapid conversion of paroxysmal non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm in patients without heart failure. Methods and results: This study was a single center, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, superiority clinical trial. We enrolled patients with an AF episode lasting less than 43 h, in stable cardiopulmonary condition...
December 22, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338071/phase-transition-nanodroplets-for-real-time-photoacoustic-ultrasound-dual-modality-imaging-and-photothermal-therapy-of-sentinel-lymph-node-in-breast-cancer
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Lu Yang, Juan Cheng, Yuli Chen, Shengjie Yu, Fengqiu Liu, Yang Sun, Yu Chen, Haitao Ran
Pathological status of lymph nodes (LNs) plays a critical role in staging and treatment for the patients with breast cancer. Sentinel lymph node biopsy has become the standard method in determining pathological status of axillary LNs. Therefore, the determination of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) and therapy of metastatic LNs are highly desirable in clinic. Herein, an unprecedented carbon nanoparticles (CNs)-incorporated liquid-gas phase-transition nanodroplets (CNPs) with strong near-infrared (NIR) absorption, good biocompatibility, excellent photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound (US) contrast, and high photothermal-conversion efficiency are reported in this study...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337913/selective-conversion-from-p-type-to-n-type-of-printed-bottom-gate-carbon-nanotube-thin-film-transistors-and-application-in-cmos-inverters
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Qiqi Xu, Jianwen Zhao, Vincenzo Pecunia, Wenya Xu, Chunshan Zhou, Junyan Dou, Weibing Gu, Jian Lin, Lixin Mo, Yanfei Zhao, Zheng Cui
The fabrication of printed high-performance and environmentally stable n-type single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) transistors and their integration into complementary (i.e. CMOS) circuits are widely recognized as key to achieving the full potential of carbon nanotube electronics. Here, we report a simple, efficient, and robust method to convert the polarity of SWCNT thin-film transistors (TFTs) using cheap and readily available ethanolamine as electron doping agent. Printed p-type bottom-gate SWCNT TFTs can be selectively converted into n-type by deposition of ethanolamine inks on the transistor active region via aerosol jet printing...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336257/a-novel-pyrazole-containing-indolizine-derivative-suppresses-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-protects-against-tnbs-induced-colitis-via-a-ppar-%C3%AE-dependent-pathway
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Yong Fu, Junting Ma, Xiafei Shi, Xiang-Yun Song, Yaping Yang, Shuke Xiao, Jiahuang Li, Wei-Jin Gu, Zhen Huang, Junfeng Zhang, Jiangning Chen
The nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)-mediated activation of macrophages plays a key role in mucosal immune responses in Crohn's disease (CD). Moreover, increasing evidence shows that the activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) exerts satisfactory anti-inflammatory effects in experimental colitis models, mostly by suppressing NF-κB-mediated macrophage activation. Therefore, exploring therapeutic strategies to activate PPAR-γ and inhibit the NF-κB pathway in colonic macrophages holds great promise for the treatment of CD...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334857/co-cultures-with-stem-cell-derived-human-sensory-neurons-reveal-regulators-of-peripheral-myelination
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Alex J Clark, Malte S Kaller, Jorge Galino, Hugh J Willison, Simon Rinaldi, David L H Bennett
Effective bidirectional signalling between axons and Schwann cells is essential for both the development and maintenance of peripheral nerve function. We have established conditions by which human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons can be cultured with rat Schwann cells, and have produced for the first time long-term and stable myelinating co-cultures with human neurons. These cultures contain the specialized domains formed by axonal interaction with myelinating Schwann cells, such as clustered voltage-gated sodium channels at the node of Ranvier and Shaker-type potassium channel (Kv1...
February 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332846/me3sicf2br-self-assisted-domino-reaction-catalytic-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-difluorocyclopentanones-from-methylvinylketones
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Jian Chang, Cong Xu, Jie Gao, Fengyun Gao, Dongsheng Zhu, Mang Wang
A complete self-assistance strategy based on Me3SiCF2Br was used in the domino conversion of methylvinylketones into α,α-difluorinated cyclopentanones. Initiated by 5 mol % of nBu4NBr, the multistep reaction occurred in one pot under mild conditions via the in situ formation of silyl dienol ethers, difluorocyclopropanation, thermal vinylcyclopropane-cyclopentene rearrangement, and desilylation. The process takes advantage of the multitasking capability of Me3SiCF2Br as the difluorocarbene source, a silicon-based transfer agent, and a bromine anion releaser...
March 23, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330915/co-evolution-of-cooperation-and-cognition-the-impact-of-imperfect-deliberation-and-context-sensitive-intuition
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Adam Bear, Ari Kagan, David G Rand
How does cognitive sophistication impact cooperation? We explore this question using a model of the co-evolution of cooperation and cognition. In our model, agents confront social dilemmas and coordination games, and make decisions using intuition or deliberation. Intuition is automatic and effortless, but relatively (although not necessarily completely) insensitive to context. Deliberation, conversely, is costly but relatively (although not necessarily perfectly) sensitive to context. We find that regardless of the sensitivity of intuition and imperfection of deliberation, deliberating undermines cooperation in social dilemmas, whereas deliberating can increase cooperation in coordination games if intuition is sufficiently sensitive...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330171/purification-and-characterization-of-endo-%C3%AE-1-4-d-glucanase-from-trichoderma-harzianum-strain-hzn11-and-its-application-in-production-of-bioethanol-from-sweet-sorghum-bagasse
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Zabin K Bagewadi, Sikandar I Mulla, Harichandra Z Ninnekar
An acidophilic-solvent-thermostable endo β-1,4-D-glucanase produced from a potential Trichoderma harzianum strain HZN11 was purified to homogeneity by DEAE-Sepharose and Sephadex G-100 chromatography with 33.12 fold purification with specific activity of 66.25 U/mg and molecular mass of ~55 kDa. The optimum temperature and pH were 60 °C and 5.5 retaining 76 and 85 % of activity after 3 h, respectively. It showed stability between pH 4.5-6.0 and temperature between 50-70 °C indicating thermostability...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330066/endolymphatic-hydrops-imaging-why-oving-from-semi-quantitative-to-anatomical-based-evaluation
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Michael Eliezer, Irène Tropres, Alexandre Krainik, Arnaud Attye
INTRODUCTION: Recently, the semi-quantitative ratio grading for endolymphatic hydrops (EH) was found as none specific of MD because all healthy subjects referred with at least one hydrops location with this grading method and 3D-FLAIR sequence. The objectives of this study were to assess the EH prevalence in MD using both the semi-quantitative ratio method of grading and the Saccule to Utricle Ration Inversion (SURI) technique with two 3D-FLAIR sequences, closely similar except for the inversion time of the sequence...
March 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328316/a-high-throughput-screening-assay-using-a-photoconvertable-protein-for-identifying-inhibitors-of-transcription-translation-or-proteasomal-degradation
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David K Heidary, Ashley Fox, Chris I Richards, Edith C Glazer
Dysregulated transcription, translation, and protein degradation are common features of cancer cells, regardless of specific genetic profiles. Several clinical anticancer agents take advantage of this characteristic vulnerability and interfere with the processes of transcription and translation or inhibit protein degradation. However, traditional assays that follow the process of protein production and removal require multistep processing and are not easily amenable to high-throughput screening. The use of recombinant fluorescent proteins provides a convenient solution to this problem, and moreover, photoconvertable fluorescent proteins allow for ratiometric detection of both new protein production and removal of existing proteins...
April 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327302/effect-of-monomer-blend-and-chlorhexidine-adding-on-physical-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-experimental-infiltrants
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Luciana Tiemi Inagaki, Roberta Caroline Bruschi Alonso, Giovana Albamonte Spagnolo Araújo, Eduardo José Carvalho de Souza-Junior, Paula Cristina Anibal, José Francisco Höfling, Fernanda Miori Pascon, Regina Maria Puppin-Rontani
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate antimicrobial inhibition zone, degree of conversion (DC) and Knoop hardness (KH) of experimental infiltrants. Experimental low viscosity monomer blends were prepared and chlorhexidine diacetate salt (CHX) (0.1% or 0.2%) was added comprising the groups: G1) TEGDMA; G2) TEGDMA/0.1CHX; G3) TEGDMA/0.2CHX; G4) TEGDMA/UDMA; G5) TEGDMA/UDMA/0.1CHX; G6) TEGDMA/UDMA/0.2CHX; G7) TEGDMA/BISEMA; G8) TEGDMA/BISEMA/0.1CHX; G9) TEGDMA/BISEMA/0.2CHX. Icon(®) was used as control group...
December 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326461/toxicity-and-detoxification-mechanism-of-black-pepper-and-its-major-constituent-in-controlling-rhynchophorus-ferrugineus-olivier-curculionidae-coleoptera
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A Hussain, M Rizwan-Ul-Haq, H Al-Ayedh, A M Aljabr
The survival, feeding response, and detoxification mechanism of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier, a key pest responsible for destruction of date palm, was examined with different extracts of Piper nigrum and its major constituent (piperine) identified by GC-MS. In the present study, toxicity of different extracts of black pepper was evaluated by incorporating diffferent doses of extracts into the artificial diet of red palm weevil larvae. All extracts showed dose-dependent insecticidal activity to the tested eighth-instar red palm weevil larvae...
March 21, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325574/decoy-receptor-3-analogous-supplement-protects-steatotic-rat-liver-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Tzu-Hao Li, Chih-Wei Liu, Pei-Chang Lee, Chia-Chang Huang, Kuei-Chuan Lee, Yun-Cheng Hsieh, Ying-Ying Yang, Shie-Liang Hsieh, Han-Chieh Lin, Chang-Youh Tsai
BACKGROUND: For steatotic livers, pharmacological approaches to minimize the hepatic neutrophil and macrophage infiltration, and cytokine and chemokine release in ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury are still limited. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α superfamily-stimulated pathogenic cascades and M1 macrophage/Kupffer cells (KC) polarization from Th1 cytokines are important in the pathogenesis of IR liver injury with hepatic steatosis (HS). Conversely, anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages produce Th2 cytokine (interleukin-4), which reciprocally enhances M2 polarization...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323405/oxygen-vacancy-enables-markedly-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-photothermal-therapy-of-a-gd-3-doped-contrast-agent
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Dalong Ni, Jiawen Zhang, Jing Wang, Ping Hu, Yingying Jin, Zhongmin Tang, Zhenwei Yao, Wenbo Bu, Jianlin Shi
Gd(3+)-based contrast agents (CAs) are the most prevailing and widely used for enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Numbers of approaches have been developed to regulate the key parameters in order to obtain high-relaxivity CAs, according to the classic Solomon-Bloembergen-Morgen theory. Herein, a method of controlling oxygen vacancies in inorganic nanosized CAs has been developed for largely accelerated proton relaxation to obtain a high r1 value. Such a strategy is verified on oxygen-deficient PEG-NaxGdWO3 nanorods, which exhibit a remarkable r1 value up to 80 mM(-1) s(-1) (at 0...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321815/immune-therapy-for-sarcomas
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Peter M Anderson
Absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) recovery rapidly occurring at 14 days after start of chemotherapy for osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma is a good prognostic factor. Conversely, lymphopenia is associated with significantly decreased sarcoma survival. Clearly, the immune system can contribute towards better survival from sarcoma. This chapter will describe treatment and host factors that influence immune function and how effective local control and systemic interventions of sarcoma therapy can cause inflammation and/or immune suppression but are currently the standard of care...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321682/recent-advances-and-clinical-applications-of-pet-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-system-imaging
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REVIEW
Nabil E Boutagy, Albert J Sinusas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to summarize current advances in positron emission tomography (PET) cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) imaging, with a specific focus on clinical applications of novel and established tracers. RECENT FINDINGS: [(11)C]-Meta-hydroxyephedrine (HED) has provided useful information in evaluation of normal and pathological cardiovascular function. Recently, [(11)C]-HED PET imaging was able to predict lethal arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death (SCD), and all-cause mortality in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317242/chemical-screening-identifies-rock-as-a-target-for-recovering-mitochondrial-function-in-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
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Hyun Tae Kang, Joon Tae Park, Kobong Choi, Hyo Jei Claudia Choi, Chul Won Jung, Gyu Ree Kim, Young-Sam Lee, Sang Chul Park
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) constitutes a genetic disease wherein an aging phenotype manifests in childhood. Recent studies indicate that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in HGPS phenotype progression. Thus, pharmacological reduction in ROS levels has been proposed as a potentially effective treatment for patient with this disorder. In this study, we performed high-throughput screening to find compounds that could reduce ROS levels in HGPS fibroblasts and identified rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor (Y-27632) as an effective agent...
March 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301720/terrylenediimide-based-intrinsic-theranostic-nanomedicines-with-high-photothermal-conversion-efficiency-for-photoacoustic-imaging-guided-cancer-therapy
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Shaobo Zhang, Weisheng Guo, Jie Wei, Chan Li, Xing-Jie Liang, Meizhen Yin
Activatable theranostic nanomedicines involved in photothermal therapy (PTT) have received constant attention as promising alternatives to traditional therapies in clinic. However, the theranostic nanomedicines widely suffer from instability and complicated nanostructures, which hamper potential clinical applications. Herein, we demonstrated a terrylenediimide-poly(acrylic acid) (TPA)-based nanomedicine (TNM) platform used as an intrinsic theranostic agent. As an exploratory paradigm in seeking biomedical applications, terrylenediimide (TDI) was modified with poly(acrylic acid)s (PAAs), resulting in eight-armed, star-like TPAs composed of an outside hydrophilic PAA corona and an inner hydrophobic TDI core...
March 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300829/cystatin-sn-inhibits-auranofin-induced-cell-death-by-autophagic-induction-and-ros-regulation-via-glutathione-reductase-activity-in-colorectal-cancer
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Byung Moo Oh, Seon-Jin Lee, Hee Jun Cho, Yun Sun Park, Jong-Tae Kim, Suk Ran Yoon, Sang Chul Lee, Jong-Seok Lim, Bo-Yeon Kim, Yong-Kyung Choe, Hee Gu Lee
Cystatin SN (CST1) is a specific inhibitor belonging to the cystatin superfamily that controls the proteolytic activities of cysteine proteases such as cathepsins. Our previous study showed that high CST1 expression enhances tumor metastasis and invasiveness in colorectal cancer. Recently, auranofin (AF), a gold(I)-containing thioredoxin reductase 1 (TrxR1) inhibitor, has been used clinically to treat rheumatoid arthritis. AF is a proteasome-associated deubiquitinase inhibitor and can act as an anti-tumor agent...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297625/genomics-of-hairy-cell-leukemia
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Enrico Tiacci, Valentina Pettirossi, Gianluca Schiavoni, Brunangelo Falini
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a chronic mature B-cell neoplasm with unique clinicopathologic features and an initial exquisite sensitivity to chemotherapy with purine analogs; however, the disease relapses, often repeatedly. The enigmatic pathogenesis of HCL was recently clarified by the discovery of its underlying genetic cause, the BRAF-V600E kinase-activating mutation, which is somatically and clonally present in almost all patients through the entire disease spectrum and clinical course. By aberrantly activating the RAF-MEK-ERK signaling pathway, BRAF-V600E shapes key biologic features of HCL, including its specific expression signature, hairy morphology, and antiapoptotic behavior...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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