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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535612/efficient-whole-cell-biocatalyst-for-2-3-butanediol-acetoin-production-with-nadh-nad-regeneration-system-in-engineered-serratia-marcescens
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Rao Ben, Truong Ngoc Tu, Fan Ji Ying, Sun Jian An, Yaling Shen
Serratia marcescens is reported to possess the potential for industrial 2,3-butanediol or acetoin production by fermentation. But 2,3-butanediol or acetoin are always co-produced and this may make purification process difficult. So biocatalytic technologies may be the appropriate production methods. In this study, we developed an auto-inducing expression system based on pET system and swr quorum sensing system by using S. marcescens. By using this system, S. marcescens could be engineered as whole-cell biocatalyst to obtain 2,3-butanediol or acetoin...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535562/isocentric-navigation-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-transforaminal-discectomy-at-the-l5-s1-level-in-difficult-puncture-cases-a-technical-note
#2
Guoxin Fan, Teng Wang, Shuo Hu, Xiaofei Guan, Xin Gu, Shisheng He
BACKGROUND: Accurate puncture during percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy at the L5/S1 level in cases with high iliac crest and narrow foramen were difficult, even though the difficulties of foraminoplasty could be overcome by advanced instruments like reamers. OBJECTIVES: The report aimed to describe an isocentric navigation technique with a definite pathway in difficult puncture cases at the L5/S1 level. STUDY DESIGN: Technical note...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535522/restenosis-in-hemodialytic-fistulas-and-chronic-kidney-disease-associated-vascular-disease-two-pathologies-driven-by-metakaryotic-stem-cells
#3
Gianandrea Pasquinelli, William G Thilly, Elena V Gostjeva, Paola Todeschini, Giuseppe Cianciolo, Claudio Ronco, Gaetano La Manna
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) exacerbating vascular disease poses a major challenge to nephrology. Surgically placed vascular fistulas, as an aid to hemodialysis prior to kidney transplant, have extended many lives, while post-surgical restenosis closure of the fistula by smooth muscle cells affects many lives. When post-surgical restenosis is developed, palliative measures are almost always surgical: there are no effective drug treatments. In this study, we offer a testable hypothesis that effects of CKD on widely distributed vascular diseases and the phenomenon of fistula restenosis are both driven by the pathologic creation of non-dividing smooth muscle cells via asymmetric division of exponentially increasing metakaryotic stem cells...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534984/ccl21-ccr7-interaction-promotes-cellular-migration-and-invasion-via-modulation-of-the-mek-erk1-2-signaling-pathway-and-correlates-with-lymphatic-metastatic-spread-and-poor-prognosis-in-urinary-bladder-cancer
#4
Yang Xiong, Fang Huang, Xiaozhou Li, Zhi Chen, Deyun Feng, Haiying Jiang, Wei Chen, Xiangyang Zhang
Lymph node metastasis in patients with urinary bladder cancer (UBC) is always associated with poor prognosis and is the determinant for tumor staging and the development of treatment regimens; however, its underlying mechanisms remain to be studied. Immunohistochemical staining of tumor sections from 62 UBC patients was performed using CCR7, D2-40 and CD34 antibodies. We showed that increased CCR7 expression was significantly associated with positive lymph node status (P=0.008), pT3-T4 tumor stage (P=0.015), tumor grade (P=0...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534888/hepatitis-a-outbreaks-in-european-homosexual-men
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Pablo Barreiro, Vicente Soriano
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a small RNA, non-enveloped agent predominantly transmitted via the fecal/oral route through person-to-person contact or contaminated food and water. The mean incubation period is 28 days (range: 15-50). Acute hepatitis A is always self-limited and very rarely fatal. Moreover, it never progresses to chronicity. Acutely infected persons are most likely to transmit HAV before the onset of jaundice, when viral particle concentration in stool is highest.
May 23, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534803/consensus-tracking-of-heterogeneous-discrete-time-networked-multiagent-systems-based-on-the-networked-predictive-control-scheme
#6
Yuxin Wei, Guo-Ping Liu
This paper studies the problem of consensus tracking for heterogeneous discrete-time networked multiagent systems (NMASs) with network-induced communication delay. By introducing the networked predictive control scheme, novel consensus tracking protocols are designed to ensure that states of the NMASs follow the external reference signal. One of the agents is defined as the leader agent, all the other agents are defined as the followers, and the external reference signal is always known by the leader agent, both cases where the external reference signal is available and unavailable to the follower agents are discussed in this paper...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534774/a-fast-ellipse-detector-using-projective-invariant-pruning
#7
Qi Jia, Xin Fan, Zhongxuan Luo, Lianbo Song, Tie Qiu
Detecting elliptical objects from an image is a central task in robot navigation and industrial diagnosis where the detection time is always a critical issue. Existing methods are hardly applicable to these real-time scenarios of limited hardware resource due to the huge number of fragment candidates (edges or arcs) for fitting ellipse equations. In this paper, we present a fast algorithm detecting ellipses with high accuracy. The algorithm leverages a newly developed projective invariant to significantly prune the undesired candidates and to pick out elliptical ones...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534303/revising-recognition-judgments-during-noisy-recognition-evidence-accumulation-the-dynamics-of-losses-versus-gains
#8
Antonio Jaeger, Ian G Dobbins
Outside the laboratory, we sometimes revise our recognition judgments of others-realizing, for example, that we have accidentally failed to greet an acquaintance we just passed in the hallway. These recognition reversals have rarely been studied. Here, using a basic noisy-accumulation framework, we simulated recognition response reversals in which initial speeded recognition judgments were followed by an opportunity to revise the initial judgment. The simulation predictions were compared to empirical data from two experiments in which we gave participants the opportunity to revise each of their initial speeded recognition judgments...
May 22, 2017: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534274/exploring-the-validity-of-proposed-transgenic-animal-models-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
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REVIEW
June Bryan de la Peña, Irene Joy Dela Peña, Raly James Custodio, Chrislean Jun Botanas, Hee Jin Kim, Jae Hoon Cheong
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, behavioral, and heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Symptoms of this disorder are managed by treatment with methylphenidate, amphetamine, and/or atomoxetine. The cause of ADHD is unknown, but substantial evidence indicates that this disorder has a significant genetic component. Transgenic animals have become an essential tool in uncovering the genetic factors underlying ADHD. Although they cannot accurately reflect the human condition, they can provide insights into the disorder that cannot be obtained from human studies due to various limitations...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534204/-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-ion-channel-diseases
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REVIEW
Christian Wolpert, Mara Vogel, Christian Nagel, Claudia Herrera-Siklody, Norman Rüb
In patients with ion channel disease the predominant arrhythmias are polymorphic ventricular tachycardias (VT), torsade de pointes tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation (VF). In only extremely rare cases is very rapid monomorphic ventricular tachycardia observed. This is why implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) should always be programmed for treatment of VF only with high detection rates to avoid inappropriate discharges. In idiopathic VF and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), no baseline electrocardiographic abnormalities can be detected, whereas in Brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome, early repolarisation syndrome and Anderson-Tawil syndrome alterations of the baseline ECG are very important to identify patients at risk...
May 22, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534179/spines-vs-microspines-an-overview-of-the-sculpture-exine-in-selected-basal-and-derived-asteraceae-with-focus-on-asteroideae
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María C Tellería
This study presents a detailed examination of the echinate and microechinate sculpturing in relation to the size of pollen grains in 31 selected species of Asteraceae belonging to the subfamilies Barnadesioideae, Mutisioideae, Carduoideae and Asteroideae. The aims were to recognize sculpturing patterns, under LM and SEM, within large and small pollen of both basal and derived species and to explore the features that could have taxonomic value to apply in palynological disciplines. The detailed examination of the exine surface showed both the relevance and limits of sculptural patterns for taxonomy...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533984/predictive-ability-of-the-mini-nutritional-assessment-short-form-mna-sf-in-a-free-living-elderly-population-a-cross-sectional-study
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Raimunda Montejano Lozoya, Nieves Martínez-Alzamora, Gonzalo Clemente Marín, Silamani J A Guirao-Goris, Rosa María Ferrer-Diego
BACKGROUND: Various scales have been used to perform a quick and first level nutritional assessment, and the MNA is one of the most used and recommended by experts in the elderly in all areas. This scale has a short form, the MNA-SF, revised and validated in 2009, which has two versions: the BMI-MNA-SF contains the first six items of the full scale including Body Mass Index while the CC-MNA-SF includes Calf Circumference instead of BMI. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the predictive ability for nutritional status of the two versions of the MNA-SF against the MNA in free-living elderly in the province of Valencia...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533901/allergic-respiratory-disease-ard-setting-forth-the-basics-proposals-of-an-expert-consensus-report
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Ana M Navarro, Julio Delgado, Rosa M Muñoz-Cano, M Teresa Dordal, Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce
BACKGROUND: The variability of symptoms observed in patients with respiratory allergy often hampers classification based on the criteria proposed in guidelines on rhinitis and asthma. OBJECTIVES: We assessed specific aspects of allergic respiratory disease (ARD) that are not explicitly addressed in the guidelines in order to issue specific recommendations and thus optimize clinical practice. METHODS: Using the Delphi technique, 40 Spanish allergists were surveyed to reach consensus on 71 items related to ARD...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533808/how-one-institution-overcame-the-challenges-to-start-an-mri-based-brachytherapy-program-for-cervical-cancer
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REVIEW
Matthew M Harkenrider, Steven M Shea, Abbie M Wood, Bonnie Chinsky, Amishi Bajaj, Michael Mysz, Joseph H Yacoub, Ari Goldberg, Margaret Liotta, Ronald Potkul, Murat Surucu, John Roeske, William Small
PURPOSE: Adaptive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based brachytherapy results in improved local control and decreased high-grade toxicities compared to historical controls. Incorporating MRI into the workflow of a department can be a major challenge when initiating an MRI-based brachytherapy program. This project aims to describe the goals, challenges, and solutions when initiating an MRI-based cervical cancer brachytherapy program at our institution. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe the 6-month multi-disciplinary planning phase to initiate an MRI-based brachytherapy program...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533657/esophagitis-and-its-causes-who-is-guilty-when-acid-is-found-not-guilty
#15
EDITORIAL
Laurino Grossi, Antonio Francesco Ciccaglione, Leonardo Marzio
Esophagitis is mainly a consequence of gastroesophageal reflux disease, one of the most common diseases affecting the upper digestive tract. However the esophageal mucosa can also be targeted by some infectious, systemic or chemical conditions. Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease, characterized by eosinophilic infiltration in the mucosa. Esophageal localization of Crohn's disease is not very common, but it should always be considered in patients with inflammatory bowel disease complaining of upper digestive tract symptoms...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533413/confined-catalysis-under-two-dimensional-materials
#16
Haobo Li, Jianping Xiao, Qiang Fu, Xinhe Bao
Confined microenvironments formed in heterogeneous catalysts have recently been recognized as equally important as catalytically active sites. Understanding the fundamentals of confined catalysis has become an important topic in heterogeneous catalysis. Well-defined 2D space between a catalyst surface and a 2D material overlayer provides an ideal microenvironment to explore the confined catalysis experimentally and theoretically. Using density functional theory calculations, we reveal that adsorption of atoms and molecules on a Pt(111) surface always has been weakened under monolayer graphene, which is attributed to the geometric constraint and confinement field in the 2D space between the graphene overlayer and the Pt(111) surface...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533182/biased-visceral-perception-through-fear-learning-biased-intensity-judgements-of-visceral-sensations-after-learning-to-fear-visceral-stimuli-a-drift-diffusion-approach
#17
Jonas Zaman, Victoria J Madden, Julie Iven, Katja Wiech, Nathalie Weltens, Huynh Giao Ly, Johan W S Vlaeyen, Lukas Van Oudenhove, Ilse Van Diest
A growing body of research has identified fear of visceral sensations as a potential mechanism in the development and maintenance of visceral pain disorders. However, the extent to which such learned fear affects visceroception remains unclear. To address this question, we used a differential fear conditioning paradigm with non-painful esophageal balloon distensions of two different intensities as conditioning stimuli (CSs). The experiment comprised pre-acquisition, acquisition and post-acquisition phases during which participants categorized the CSs with respect to their intensity...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533097/distal-anastomosis-support-for-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-new-surgical-technique-and-current-outcomes
#18
Junfeng Yang, Liangshan Wang, Haitao Li, Changcheng Liu, Bo Li, Hui Li, Rui Liu, Chengxiong Gu
BACKGROUND: Saphenous vein graft (SVG) failure remains the Achilles' heel of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and grafts performed on the right coronary artery (RCA) system always have the worst patency compared with those performed on the left coronary system. The aim of this study was to introduce the distal anastomoses support (DAS) procedure and investigate the effect of DAS on the mid-term graft patency of SVG-PDA. METHODS: Between May and September 2013, 100 patients with an RCA severe lesion who underwent isolated OPCABG (CABG alone group, n=50) or CABG with DAS for anastomoses of SVG-PDA (CABG plus DAS group, n=50) were evaluated retrospectively...
November 30, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532976/microbiological-problems-and-biofilms-associated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-used-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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REVIEW
J Walker, G Moore, S Collins, S Parks, M I Garvey, T Lamagni, G Smith, L Dawkin, S Goldenberg, M Chand
The role of heater-cooler units (HCUs) in the transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera during open heart surgery has been recognized since 2013. Subsequent investigations uncovered a remarkable global outbreak reflecting the wide distribution of implicated devices. HCUs are an essential component of cardiopulmonary bypass operations and their withdrawal would severely affect capacity for life-saving cardiac surgery. However, studies have demonstrated that many HCUs are contaminated with a wide range of micro-organisms, including M...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532912/gamma-knife-radiosurgery-for-idiopathic-trigeminal-neuralgia-does-the-status-of-offending-vessels-influence-on-pain-control-or-side-effects
#20
Hyun Ho Jung, Chang Kyu Park, Na Young Jung, Minsoo Kim, Won Seok Chang, Jin Woo Chang
OBJECTIVE: To determine pain control and side effects after gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) for classical idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia (TN) with or without neurovascular compression (NVC). METHODS: This study included 47 patients with type 1 idiopathic TN and Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) pain class IV or V that were treated with GKRS, with maximal dose of 85 Gy targeting root entry zone, as a first-treatment modality between January 2005 and March 2015...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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