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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633141/interaction-of-soluble-cxc-ligand-16-and-cardiac-injury-markers-in-hemodialysis-patients
#1
Wenjin Liu, Lulu Wang, Yongyue Wei, Xiurong Li, Chaoqing Gao, Jianmei Zhou, Liang Wang, Zhuxing Sun, Hong Chu, Youwei Bai, Junwei Yang
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that there is a pathogenic role for CXC ligand 16 (CXCL16) in cardiovascular diseases. Little is known about circulating CXCL16 in patients with kidney dysfunction. We explored the relationships of plasma CXCL16 with cardiac injury markers in a group of dialysis patients. METHODS: Plasma CXCL16 and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in 366 patients who were on maintenance hemodialysis. Cardiac injury was evaluated via measurements of the circulating B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT proBNP), Troponin I (TnI), and Troponin T (TnT)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625240/-dynamic-changes-of-complement-level-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-its-relationships-with-myocardial-injury
#2
Aihong Shao, Xin Qi, Qi Li, Wenjun Jia, Liping Wei, Wenguang Hou, Yanfang Qi, Yue Liu
OBJECTIVE: To study relationships between myocardial injury and the levels of serum complement C3, C4 and C5b-9 in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: A retrospectively analysis was conducted. 170 ACS patients [including 110 cases of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 60 cases of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS)] with ischemic chest pain or chest discomfort onset within the prior 12 hours admitted to the cardiology department of Tianjin Union Medicine Center from January 2014 to July 2016 were enrolled...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618276/common-explosives-tnt-rdx-hmx-and-their-fate-in-the-environment-emphasizing-bioremediation
#3
REVIEW
Soumya Chatterjee, Utsab Deb, Sibnarayan Datta, Clemens Walther, Dharmendra K Gupta
Explosive materials are energetic substances, when released into the environment, contaminate by posing toxic hazards to environment and biota. Throughout the world, soils are contaminated by such contaminants either due to manufacturing operations, military activities, conflicts of different levels, open burning/open detonation (OB/OD), dumping of munitions etc. Among different forms of chemical explosives, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), and octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro- 1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) are most common...
June 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610200/a-new-species-of-i-cicadatra-i-kolenati-1857-from-china-with-primary-phylogenetic-analyses-of-the-tribe-cicadatrini-hemiptera-cicadidae
#4
X U Wang, Zhiqiang He, Cong Wei
A new species of the genus Cicadatra Kolenati, 1857, C. hei sp. nov., from Sichuan Province, China is described. A key to the species of Cicadatra from China is provided. Morphological characters for 9 taxa of the tribe Cicadatrini and for 3 outgroup taxa are examined to present the first phylogenetic reconstruction within the Cicadatrini. The monophyly of Cicadatrini is supported, and Cicadatrini is more allied to the outgroup Cicadetta of the subfamily Cicadettinae (= Tibicininae auct.) from TNT and WinClada analyses...
March 9, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598144/use-of-mass-spectrometric-vapor-analysis-to-improve-canine-explosive-detection-efficiency
#5
Ta-Hsuan Ong, Ted Mendum, Geoff Geurtsen, Jude Kelley, Alla Ostrinskaya, Roderick Kunz
Canines remain the gold standard for explosives detection in many situations, and there is an ongoing desire for them to perform at the highest level. This goal requires canine training to be approached similarly to scientific sensor design. Developing a canine training regimen is made challenging by a lack of understanding of the canine's odor environment, which is dynamic and typically contains multiple odorants. Existing methodology assumes that the handler's intention is an adequate surrogate for actual knowledge of the odors cuing the canine, but canines are easily exposed to unintentional explosive odors through training material cross-contamination...
June 9, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595746/ratio-of-high-sensitivity-troponin-to-creatine-kinase-mb-in-takotsubo-syndrome
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Charles Pirlet, Luc Pierard, Victor Legrand, Olivier Gach
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome (TT) and myocardial infarction (MI) share numerous similarities in clinical presentation, ECG modifications and biomarker elevation. We sought to determine whether the ratio of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-TnT) to the myocardial fraction of creatine kinase (CKMB) could be a potent discriminator between TT and MI patients. METHODS: We separately present analysis of data from retrospective files and prospectively recruited patients presenting with TT (35 retrospective and 42 prospective), NSTEMI (48 retrospective and 75 prospective) and STEMI (20 retrospective and 39 prospective)...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591683/a-quantitative-risk-assessment-system-qr-as-evaluating-operation-safety-of-organic-rankine-cycle-using-flammable-mixture-working-fluid
#7
Hua Tian, Xueying Wang, Gequn Shu, Mingqiang Wu, Nanhua Yan, Xiaonan Ma
Mixture of hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide shows excellent cycle performance in Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) used for engine waste heat recovery, but the unavoidable leakage in practical application is a threat for safety due to its flammability. In this work, a quantitative risk assessment system (QR-AS) is established aiming at providing a general method of risk assessment for flammable working fluid leakage. The QR-AS covers three main aspects: analysis of concentration distribution based on CFD simulations, explosive risk assessment based on the TNT equivalent method and risk mitigation based on evaluation results...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578371/oral-health-and-systemic-inflammatory-cardiac-and-nitroxid-biomarkers-in-hemodialysis-patients
#8
J Cotič, M Ferran, J Karišik, A Jerin, P-J Pussinen, A Nemec, Z Pavlica, J Buturović-Ponikvar, M Petelin
BACKGROUND: Periodontal diseases have systemic inflammatory effects and have been adversely associated with cardiovascular diseases, which are also the most frequent cause of death in the end-stage renal disease. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the oral health and serum biomarkers among the hemodialysis (HD) patients in Slovenia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 111 HD patients were periodontally examined and their sera were assayed for C reactive protein (CRP), cardiac troponin T (TnT), nitrite/nitrate (NOx) and antibody levels to A...
June 4, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576074/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-anti-cancer-activity-shape-dependent-properties-of-tio2-nanostructures
#9
T Sree Latha, Madhava C Reddy, Shankar V Muthukonda, Vadali V S S Srikanth, Dakshayani Lomada
Cancer is a complex and widespread disease, and it is going to be the first cause of death in the world. Chemotherapy has been used to treat cancer, but it is detrimental to immune cells and known to induce numerous side effects. Therefore it is imperative to develop new drugs for the treatment of cancer without any side effects and toxicity. TiO2 nanomaterials are human safe, cost effective, chemically stable and have numerous biomedical applications. Spherical TiO2 fine particles (TFP), TiO2 nanosquares (TNS) and TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) were developed and evaluated for anti-cancer activity in vitro and in vivo...
September 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575986/co-culturing-epidermal-keratinocytes-and-dermal-fibroblasts-on-nano-structured-titanium-surfaces
#10
Jing Tan, Chanjuan Zhao, Jie Zhou, Ke Duan, Jianxin Wang, Xiong Lu, Jie Weng, Bo Feng
Long-term success of percutaneous implants depends mostly on the stable connection between the soft tissue and implant surface because bacterial invasion and infection can be prevented by a proper seal between the skin and implant. The percutaneous seal is affected by responses of keratinocytes and/or fibroblasts to the implant. Herein, the in vitro functionality of fibroblasts and keratinocytes on titania nanotubes (TNT) and polished titanium (pTi) surfaces was investigated by different culture methods. Adhesion, proliferation, morphology, and differentiation were evaluated by cell viability assay, fluorescence microscopy, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and indirect immunofluorescence...
September 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573499/effectiveness-of-lipid-lowering-statin-therapy-in-patients-with-and-without-psoriasis
#11
William C Ports, Rana Fayyad, David A DeMicco, Rachel Laskey, Robert Wolk
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is associated with dyslipidemia and metabolic syndrome, and has been linked to an increased cardiovascular risk. The aim of this study was to compare baseline characteristics and effects of statin therapy on lipid levels and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with and without psoriasis. METHODS: This post-hoc analysis assessed patients from one primary cardiovascular prevention statin trial (Collaborative AtoRvastatin Diabetes Study [CARDS]) and two secondary cardiovascular prevention statin trials (Treating to New Targets [TNT] and Incremental Decrease in End Points Through Aggressive Lipid Lowering [IDEAL])...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573043/a-safety-evaluation-of-profound-hypothermia-induced-suspended-animation-for-delayed-resuscitation-at-90-or-120%C3%A2-min
#12
Yu Liu, Shu Li, Zhi Li, Jian Zhang, Jin-Song Han, Yong Zhang, Zong-Tao Yin, Hui-Shan Wang
BACKGROUND: The successful treatment of military combat casualties with penetrating injuries is significantly dependent on the time needed to get the patient to an adequate treatment facility. Profound hypothermia-induced suspended animation for delayed resuscitation (SADR) is a novel approach for inducing cardiac arrest and buying additional time for such injuries. However, the time used to safely administer circulatory arrest (CA) is controversial. The goal of this study was to evaluate the safety of hypothermia-induced SADR over 90 and 120 min time intervals...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561275/screening-for-biosurfactant-production-by-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene-transforming-bacteria
#13
H Avila-Arias, H Avellaneda, V Garzón, G Rodríguez, Z Arbeli, E Garcia-Bonilla, S Villegas-Plazas, F Roldan
AIMS: Isolate and identify TNT-transforming cultures from explosive-contaminated soils with the ability to produce biosurfactants. METHODS AND RESULTS: Bacteria (pure and mixed cultures) were selected based on their ability to transform TNT in minimum media with TNT as the sole nitrogen source and an additional carbon source. TNT-transforming bacteria were identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. TNT transformation rates were significantly lower when no additional carbon or nitrogen source were added...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560563/mobility-peak-tailing-reduction-in-a-differential-mobility-analyzer-dma-coupled-with-a-mass-spectrometer-and-several-ionization-sources
#14
Mario Amo-Gonzalez, Juan Fernandez de la Mora
The differential mobility analyzer (DMA) is a narrow-band linear ion mobility filter operating at atmospheric pressure. It combines in series with a quadrupole mass spectrometer (Q-MS) for mobility/mass analysis, greatly reducing chemical noise in selected ion monitoring. However, the large flow rate of drift gas (~1000 L/min) required by DMAs complicates the achievement of high gas purity. Additionally, the symmetry of the drying counterflow gas at the interface of many commercial MS instruments, is degraded by the lateral motion of the drift gas at the DMA entrance slit...
May 30, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551993/highly-chemiluminescent-magnetic-beads-for-label-free-sensing-of-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene
#15
Weijun Kong, Xiaoning Zhao, Qiuju Zhu, Lingfeng Gao, Hua Cui
Until now, despite the great success acquired in scientific research and commercial applications, magnetic beads (MBs) have been used for nothing more than a carrier in most cases in bioassays. In this work, highly chemiluminescent magnetic beads containing N-(4-aminobutyl)-N-ethyl isoluminol (ABEI) and Co(2+) (Co(2+)/ABEI/MBs) were first synthesized via a facile strategy. ABEI and Co(2+) were grafted onto the surface of carboxylated MBs by virtue of a carboxyl group and electrostatic interaction. The as-prepared Co(2+)/ABEI/MBs exhibited good paramagnetic properties, satisfactory stability, and intense chemiluminescence (CL) emission when reacted with H2O2, which was more than 150 times that of ABEI functionalized MBs...
June 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534038/analysis-of-mitochondrial-transfer-in-direct-co-cultures-of-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages-mdm-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-msc
#16
Megan V Jackson, Anna D Krasnodembskaya
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are adult stem cells which have been shown to improve survival, enhance bacterial clearance and alleviate inflammation in pre-clinical models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled inflammation often underpinned by bacterial infection. The mechanisms of MSC immunomodulatory effects are not fully understood yet. We sought to investigate MSC cell contact-dependent communication with alveolar macrophages (AM), professional phagocytes which play an important role in the lung inflammatory responses and anti-bacterial defence...
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533475/first-line-palliative-her2-targeted-therapy-in-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-is-less-effective-after-previous-adjuvant-trastuzumab-based-therapy
#17
Hánah N Rier, Mark-David Levin, Joost van Rosmalen, Monique M E M Bos, Jan C Drooger, Paul de Jong, Johanneke E A Portielje, Elisabeth M P Elsten, Albert-Jan Ten Tije, Stefan Sleijfer, Agnes Jager
BACKGROUND: Survival of patients with human epidermal growth receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC) has improved dramatically since trastuzumab has become available, although the disease eventually progresses in most patients. This study investigates the outcome (overall survival [OS] and time to next treatment [TNT]) in MBC patients pretreated with trastuzumab in the adjuvant setting (TP-group) compared with trastuzumab-naïve patients (TN-group) in order to investigate the possibility of trastuzumab resistance...
May 22, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530094/troponin-c-mutations-partially-stabilize-the-active-state-of-regulated-actin-and-fully-stabilize-the-active-state-when-paired-with-%C3%AE-14-tnt
#18
Tamatha Baxley, Dylan Johnson, Jose R Pinto, Joseph M Chalovich
Striated muscle contraction is regulated by the actin-associated proteins tropomyosin and troponin. The extent of activation of myosin ATPase activity is lowest in the absence of both Ca(2+) and activating cross-bridges (i.e., S1-ADP or rigor S1). Binding of activating species of myosin to actin at a saturating Ca(2+) concentration stabilizes the most active state (M state) of the actin-tropomyosin-troponin complex (regulated actin). Ca(2+) binding alone produces partial stabilization of the active state. The extent of stabilization at a saturating Ca(2+) concentration depends on the isoform of the troponin subunits, the phosphorylation state of troponin, and, in the case of cardiac muscle, the presence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-producing mutants of troponin T and troponin I...
May 31, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527615/a-multicenter-randomized-trial-comparing-the-use-of-touch-versus-no-touch-guidewire-technique-for-deep-biliary-cannulation-the-tnt-study
#19
Marco Bassi, Carmelo Luigiano, Stefania Ghersi, Carlo Fabbri, Giulia Gibiino, Lucio Balzani, Giuseppe Iabichino, Alberto Tringali, Raffaele Manta, Massimiliano Mutignani, Vincenzo Cennamo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There are 2 techniques described for selective bile duct guidewire cannulation, the touch (T) technique (engaging the papilla with a sphincterotome and then advancing the guidewire) and the no-touch (NT) technique (engaging the papilla only with the guidewire). The aim of this prospective, multicenter randomized study was to compare the outcomes of the 2 guidewire cannulation techniques. METHODS: 300 consecutive patients with naive papillae were enrolled in 2 groups (150 to T group and 150 to NT group)...
May 17, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525735/structure-based-rational-design-of-self-inhibitory-peptides-to-disrupt-the-intermolecular-interaction-between-the-troponin-subunits-c-and-i-in-neuropathic-pain
#20
Junmin Yu, Shilei Wang, Junjie Yu, Chuansheng Liu, Fenghe Xu, Shijie Wang, Yusheng Yi, Yanwei Yin
The troponin (Tn) is a ternary complex consisting of three subunits TnC, TnI and TnT; molecular disruption of the Tn complex has been recognized as an attractive strategy against neuropathic pain. Here, a self-inhibitory peptide is stripped from the switch region of TnI interaction interface with TnC, which is considered as a lead molecular entity and then used to generate potential peptide disruptors of TnC-TnI interaction based on a rational molecular design protocol. The region is a helical peptide segment capped by N- and C-terminal disorders...
May 3, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
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