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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931235/monoclonal-antibody-protects-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-infection-by-enhancing-bacterial-clearance-and-evading-sepsis
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Travis B Nielsen, Paul Pantapalangkoor, Brian M Luna, Kevin W Bruhn, Jun Yan, Ken Dekitani, Sarah Hsieh, Brandon Yeshoua, Bryan Pascual, Evgeny Vinogradov, Kristine M Hujer, T Nicholas Domitrovic, Robert A Bonomo, Thomas A Russo, Magda Lesczcyniecka, Thomas Schneider, Brad Spellberg
Background: Extremely drug-resistant (XDR) Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the most commonly encountered, highly resistant pathogens requiring novel therapeutic interventions. Methods: We developed C8, a monoclonal antibody (mAb), by immunizing mice with sublethal inocula of a hypervirulent XDR clinical isolate. Results: C8 targets capsular carbohydrate on the bacterial surface, enhancing opsonophagocytosis. Treating with a single dose of C8 as low as 0...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930982/development-of-a-human-preclinical-model-of-osteoclastogenesis-from-peripheral-blood-monocytes-co-cultured-with-breast-cancer-cell-lines
#2
Laura Mercatali, Chiara Spadazzi, Giacomo Miserocchi, Chiara Liverani, Alessandro De Vita, Alberto Bongiovanni, Federica Recine, Dino Amadori, Toni Ibrahim
The crosstalk between tumor cells and bone cells in the bone microenvironment is crucial to understanding the mechanism of bone metastasis formation. We developed an in vitro fully human preclinical model of a co-culture of breast cancer cells and monocytes undergoing differentiation towards osteoclasts. We optimized a model of osteoclastogenesis starting from a sample of peripheral blood collected from healthy donors. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were first separated by density gradient centrifugation, seeded at a high density and induced to differentiate by adding two growth factors (GFs): receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) and macrophage colony-stimulating factor (MCSF)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930855/distal-adding-on-phenomenon-in-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-patients-with-thoracolumbar-vertebra-fusion-a-case-control-study
#3
Wei Xu, Chao Chen, Yifan Li, Changwei Yang, Ming Li, Zhikun Li, Xiaodong Zhu
The adding-on phenomenon is a common complication in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients after correction surgery. However, the risk factors of previous studies and the optimal treatment strategies remain controversial. The aim of this study was to identify new risk factors for the adding-on phenomenon after posterior correction surgery in AIS patients and compare different treatment strategies to guide the selection of the lowest instrumented vertebra (LIV).All types of Lenke AIS patients who received correction surgery at our center from January 2009 to July 2014 were analyzed...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930823/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-was-associated-with-asymptomatic-gallstones-in-a-chinese-population
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Qiao-Hua Qiao, Wen-Hua Zhu, Yun-Xian Yu, Fei-Fei Huang, Li-Ying Chen
The aim of this study was to determine the association between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and asymptomatic gallstones in a Chinese population.The study had a cross-sectional design and enrolled 7583 subjects who visited the physical check-up center at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital between 2009 and 2011. Colorimetric methods were used to measure the levels of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), whereas fasting plasma glucose (FPG) level was measured using a dextrose-oxidizing enzyme method...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930596/modified-low-density-lipoproteins-as-biomarkers-in-diabetes-and-metabolic-syndrome
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Andrea Rivas-Urbina, Sonia Benitez, Antonio Perez, Jose Luis Sanchez-Quesada
Cardiovascular disease of atherosclerotic origin is the main cause of death in diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. One of the mechanisms involved in such increased risk is the high incidence of lipoprotein modification in these pathologies. Increased glycosylation, oxidative stress or high non-esterified fatty acid levels in blood, among other factors, promote the modification and subsequent alteration of the properties of lipoproteins. Since the modification of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the triggering factor in the development of atherosclerosis, considerable research has been focused on the quantification of modified LDLs in blood to be used as biomarkers of cardiovascular risk...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930587/prenylcysteine-oxidase-1-a-pro-oxidant-enzyme-of-low-density-lipoproteins
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Luis V Herrera-Marcos, Jose M Lou-Bonafonte, Maria V Martinez-Gracia, Carmen Arnal, María A Navarro, Jesus Osada
Elevated levels of low density lipoproteins (LDLs) cause atherosclerotic disease, and proteomic analyses have found that these lipoproteins are endowed with prenylcysteine lyase. This systematic review summarizes current understanding of this enzyme, now known as prenylcysteine oxidase 1 (PCYOX1), which hydrolyzes the thioether bond of prenylcysteines in the final step in the degradation of prenylated proteins, releasing hydrogen peroxide, cysteine and the isoprenoid aldehyde. Despite the high variability of the PCYOX1 gene, no polymorphism has yet been associated with any disease...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930457/a-computational-investigation-of-the-geometrical-and-electronic-structures-of-vgen-0-n-1-4-clusters-by-density-functional-theory-and-multiconfigurational-casscf-caspt2-method
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Van Tan Tran, Minh Thao Nguyen, Quoc Tri Tran
Density functional theory and multiconfigurational CASSCF/CASPT2 method have been employed to study the low-lying states of VGen-/0 (n = 1 - 4) clusters. For VGe-/0 and VGe2-/0 clusters, the relative energies and geometrical structures of the low-lying states are reported at the CASSCF/CASPT2 level. For the VGe3-/0 and VGe4-/0 clusters, the computational results show that due to the large contribution of the Hartree-Fock exact exchange, the hybrid B3LYP, B3PW91, and PBE0 functionals overestimate the energies of the high-spin states as compared to the pure GGA BP86 and PBE functionals and the CASPT2 method...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930430/novel-strategies-for-the-production-of-fuels-lubricants-and-chemicals-from-biomass
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Sankaranarayanapillai Shylesh, Amit A Gokhale, Christopher R Ho, Alexis T Bell
Growing concern with the environmental impact of CO2 emissions produced by combustion of fuels derived from fossil-based carbon resources has stimulated the search for renewable sources of carbon. Much of this focus has been on the development of methods for producing transportation fuels, the major source of CO2 emissions today, and to a lesser extent on the production of lubricants and chemicals. First-generation biofuels such as bioethanol, produced by the fermentation of sugar cane- or corn-based sugars, and biodiesel, produced by the transesterification reaction of triglycerides with alcohols to form a mixture of long-chain fatty esters, can be blended with traditional fuels in limited amounts and also arise in food versus fuel debates...
September 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930321/a-new-insight-for-ohmic-contacts-to-mos2-by-tuning-mos2-affinity-energies-but-not-metal-work-functions
#9
Qian Wang, Bei Deng, Xingqiang Shi
Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have recently attracted tremendous interest for fundamental studies and applications. High contact resistances between the metal electrodes and the 2D TMDCs, usually composed of a tunneling barrier (TB) and a Schottky barrier (SB), are the key bottleneck to the realization of high performance devices based on such systems. Here, from van der Waals density functional theory calculations, we demonstrate that strain can provide a feasible means to reduce the contact resistances between, for example, 2D semiconductor MoS2 and metal surfaces, in both strong and weak coupling regimes...
September 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930192/nanocrystalline-al7075-1-wt-zr-alloy-prepared-using-mechanical-milling-and-spark-plasma-sintering
#10
Orsolya Molnárová, Přemysl Málek, Jozef Veselý, Michaela Šlapáková, Peter Minárik, František Lukáč, Tomáš Chráska, Pavel Novák, Filip Průša
The microstructure, phase composition, and microhardness of both gas-atomized and mechanically milled powders of the Al7075 + 1 wt % Zr alloy were investigated. The gas-atomized powder exhibited a cellular microstructure (grain size of a few µm) with layers of intermetallic phases along the cell boundaries. Mechanical milling (400 revolutions per minute (RPM)/8 h) resulted in a grain size reduction to the nanocrystalline range (20 to 100 nm) along with the dissolution of the intermetallic phases. Milling led to an increase in the powder's microhardness from 97 to 343 HV...
September 20, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930175/sensitive-genotyping-of-foodborne-associated-human-noroviruses-and-hepatitis-a-virus-using-an-array-based-platform
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Beatriz Quiñones, Bertram G Lee, Todd J Martinsky, Jaszemyn C Yambao, Paul K Haje, Mark Schena
Human noroviruses (NoV) are the leading cause of human gastroenteritis in populations of all ages and are linked to most of the foodborne outbreaks worldwide. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is another important foodborne enteric virus and is considered the most common agent causing acute liver disease worldwide. In the present study, a focused, low-density DNA microarray was developed and validated for the simultaneous identification of foodborne-associated genotypes of NoV and HAV. By employing a novel algorithm, capture probes were designed to target variable genomic regions commonly used for typing these foodborne viruses...
September 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930174/capsaicin-supplementation-improved-risk-factors-of-coronary-heart-disease-in-individuals-with-low-hdl-c-levels
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Yu Qin, Li Ran, Jing Wang, Li Yu, He-Dong Lang, Xiao-Lan Wang, Man-Tian Mi, Jun-Dong Zhu
Low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of capsaicin intervention on the serum lipid profile in adults with low HDL-C. In a randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial, 42 eligible subjects were randomly assigned to the capsaicin (n = 21, 4 mg of capsaicin daily) or to the control group (n = 21, 0.05 mg of capsaicin daily) and consumed two capsaicin or control capsules, which contained the powder of the skin of different peppers, twice daily for three months...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930153/selective-hdl-raising-human-apo-a-i-gene-therapy-counteracts-cardiac-hypertrophy-reduces-myocardial-fibrosis-and-improves-cardiac-function-in-mice-with-chronic-pressure-overload
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Ruhul Amin, Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Mudit Mishra, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
Epidemiological studies support an independent inverse association between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and heart failure incidence. The effect of selective HDL-raising adeno-associated viral serotype 8-human apolipoprotein (apo) A-I (AAV8-A-I) gene transfer on cardiac remodeling induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was evaluated in C57BL/6 low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice. Septal wall thickness and cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area were reduced by 16.5% (p < 0...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930100/the-joule-heating-problem-in-silver-nanowire-transparent-electrodes
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H H Khaligh, L Xu, A Khosropour, A Madeira, M Romano, C Pradére, M Tréguer-Delapierre, L Servant, M A Pope, I A Goldthorpe
Silver nanowire transparent electrodes have shown considerable potential to replace conventional transparent conductive materials. However, in this report we show that Joule heating is a unique and serious problem with these electrodes. When conducting current densities encountered in organic solar cells, the average surface temperature of indium tin oxide (ITO) and silver nanowire electrodes, both with sheet resistances of 60 ohms/square, remains below 35 °C. However, in contrast to ITO, the temperature in the nanowire electrode is very non-uniform, with some localized points reaching temperatures above 250 °C...
September 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930099/optical-properties-of-graphene-nanocones-under-electric-and-magnetic-fields
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Pable Ulloa, Monica Pacheco, Andrea Latge
Here we present a theoretical study of the optical properties of graphene nanocones tuned by external electric and magnetic fields. We investigate the effects of the size and topology of the carbon nanostructures on the density of states and on the electro- and magneto-absorption of linearly polarized electromagnetic radiation in different nanocone geometries. We find that the electric field induces changes in the electric charge distribution mainly at the cone edges. In the infrared range the absorption coefficient shows a peculiar dependence on the electric field (magnitude and direction) and on the photon polarization for all investigated structures...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929970/bayesian-unidimensional-scaling-for-visualizing-uncertainty-in-high-dimensional-datasets-with-latent-ordering-of-observations
#16
Lan Huong Nguyen, Susan Holmes
BACKGROUND: Detecting patterns in high-dimensional multivariate datasets is non-trivial. Clustering and dimensionality reduction techniques often help in discerning inherent structures. In biological datasets such as microbial community composition or gene expression data, observations can be generated from a continuous process, often unknown. Estimating data points' 'natural ordering' and their corresponding uncertainties can help researchers draw insights about the mechanisms involved...
September 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929951/the-fate-of-inhaled-nanoparticles-detection-and-measurement-by-enhanced-dark-field-microscopy
#17
Robert R Mercer, James F Scabilloni, Liying Wang, Lori A Battelli, James M Antonini, Jenny R Roberts, Yong Qian, Jennifer D Sisler, Vincent Castranova, Dale W Porter, Ann F Hubbs
Assessing the potential health risks for newly developed nanoparticles poses a significant challenge. Nanometer-sized particles are not generally detectable with the light microscope. Electron microscopy typically requires high-level doses, above the physiologic range, for particle examination in tissues. Enhanced dark-field microscopy (EDM) is an adaption of the light microscope that images scattered light. Nanoparticles scatter light with high efficiency while normal tissues do not. EDM has the potential to identify the critical target sites for nanoparticle deposition and injury in the lungs and other organs...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929733/energy-level-alignment-of-n-doping-fullerenes-and-fullerene-derivatives-using-air-stable-dopant
#18
Qinye Bao, Xianjie Liu, Slawomir Braun, Yanqing Li, Jian-Xin Tang, Chun-Gang Duan, Mats Fahlman
Doping has been proved to be one of the powerful technologies to achieve significant improvement in organic electronic device performance. Herein, we systematically map out the interface properties of solution processed air stable n-type 4-(1,3-dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-benzoimidazol-2-yl)phenyl (DMBI) doping fullerenes and fullerene derivatives, and establish an universal energy level alignment scheme for this class of n-doped system. At low doping levels where the charge transfer doping induces mainly bound charges, the energy level alignment of the n-doping organic semiconductor can be described by combining integer charger transfer (ICT)-induced shifts with a so-called double dipole step...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929732/highly-durable-self-standing-solid-state-supercapacitor-based-on-an-ionic-liquid-rich-ionogel-and-porous-carbon-nanofiber-electrodes
#19
Silas K Simotwo, Parameswara Rao Chinnam, Stephanie L Wunder, Vibha Kalra
A high-performance, self-standing solid-state supercapacitor is prepared by incorporating an ionic liquid (IL)-rich ionogel made with 95 wt % IL (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) and 5 wt % methyl cellulose, a polymer matrix, into highly interconnected 3-D activated carbon nanofiber (CNF) electrodes. The ionogel exhibits strong mechanical properties with a storage modulus of 5 MPa and a high ionic conductivity of 5.7 mS cm(-1) at 25 °C. The high-surface-area CNF-based electrode (2282 m(2) g(-1)), obtained via an electrospinning technique, exhibits hierarchical porosity generated both in situ during pyrolysis and ex situ via KOH activation...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929570/impacts-of-human-induced-environmental-change-in-wetlands-on-aquatic-animals
#20
Michael Sievers, Robin Hale, Kirsten M Parris, Stephen E Swearer
Many wetlands harbour highly diverse biological communities and provide extensive ecosystem services; however, these important ecological features are being altered, degraded and destroyed around the world. Despite a wealth of research on how animals respond to anthropogenic changes to natural wetlands and how they use created wetlands, we lack a broad synthesis of these data. While some altered wetlands may provide vital habitat, others could pose a considerable risk to wildlife. This risk will be heightened if such wetlands are ecological traps - preferred habitats that confer lower fitness than another available habitat...
September 19, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
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