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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426834/acceptability-of-an-open-label-wait-listed-trial-design-experiences-from-the-proud-prep-study
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Mitzy Gafos, Elizabeth Brodnicki, Monica Desai, Sheena McCormack, Will Nutland, Sonali Wayal, Ellen White, Gemma Wood, Tristan Barber, Gill Bell, Amanda Clarke, David Dolling, David Dunn, Julie Fox, Lewis Haddow, Charles Lacey, Anthony Nardone, Killian Quinn, Caroline Rae, Iain Reeves, Michael Rayment, David White, Vanessa Apea, Wilbert Ayap, Claire Dewsnap, Yolanda Collaco-Moraes, Gabriel Schembri, Yinka Sowunmi, Rob Horne
BACKGROUND: PROUD participants were randomly assigned to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) immediately or after a deferred period of one-year. We report on the acceptability of this open-label wait-listed trial design. METHODS: Participants completed an acceptability questionnaire, which included categorical study acceptability data and free-text data on most and least liked aspects of the study. We also conducted in-depth interviews (IDI) with a purposely selected sub-sample of participants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425630/earth-abundant-chalcogenide-photovoltaic-devices-with-over-5-efficiency-based-on-a-cu2-basn-s-se-4-absorber
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Donghyeop Shin, Tong Zhu, Xuan Huang, Oki Gunawan, Volker Blum, David B Mitzi
In recent years, Cu2 ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) materials have enabled important progress in associated thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology, while avoiding scarce and/or toxic metals; however, cationic disorder and associated band tailing fundamentally limit device performance. Cu2 BaSnS4 (CBTS) has recently been proposed as a prospective alternative large bandgap (~2 eV), environmentally friendly PV material, with ~2% power conversion efficiency (PCE) already demonstrated in corresponding devices. In this study, a two-step process (i...
April 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420237/intrinsic-instability-of-cs2in-i-m-iii-x6-m-bi-sb-x-halogen-double-perovskites-a-combined-density-functional-theory-and-experimental-study
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Zewen Xiao, Ke-Zhao Du, Weiwei Meng, Jianbo Wang, David B Mitzi, Yanfa Yan
Recently, there has been substantial interest in developing double-B-cation halide perovskites, which hold the potential to overcome the toxicity and instability issues inherent within emerging lead halide-based solar absorber materials. Among all double perovskites investigated, In(I)-based Cs2InBiCl6 and Cs2InSbCl6 have been proposed as promising thin-film photovoltaic absorber candidates, with computational examination predicting suitable materials properties, including direct bandgap and small effective masses for both electrons and holes...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358615/semen-collection-and-spermatozoa-characteristics-in-the-kea-parrot-nestor-notabilis
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Andrea Dogliero, Ada Rota, Renato Lofiego, Mitzy Mauthe von Degerfeld, Giuseppe Quaranta
We describe the seminal characteristics of the kea parrot (Nestor notabilis), an endangered species endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. Semen was collected in the full breeding season from 6 birds in the collection of an amateur aviculturist. The manual massage technique was used. A total of 25 ejaculates was collected and evaluated for volume, degree of contamination, and spermatozoa concentration; motility and kinetic parameters were assessed on diluted samples (modified Tyrode's Albumin Lactate Pyruvate, pH 8...
March 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355358/breast-conserving-surgery-in-locally-advanced-breast-cancer-submitted-to-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-safety-and-effectiveness-based-on-ipsilateral-breast-tumor-recurrence-and-long-term-follow-up
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Guilherme Freire Angotti Carrara, Cristovam Scapulatempo-Neto, Lucas Faria Abrahão-Machado, Maria Mitzi Brentani, João Soares Nunes, Maria Aparecida Azevedo Koike Folgueira, René Aloisio da Costa Vieira
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence after breast-conserving surgery for locally advanced breast cancer. METHODS: A retrospective observational cohort study was performed in patients with locally advanced breast cancer submitted to breast-conserving surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy based on an adriamycin-cyclophosphamide-paclitaxel regimen. We evaluated the clinical, pathologic, immunohistochemistry, and surgical factors that contribute to ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence and locoregional recurrence...
March 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350843/high-hiv-prevalence-and-incidence-among-women-in-southern-mozambique-evidence-from-the-mdp-microbicide-feasibility-study
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Sibone Mocumbi, Mitzy Gafos, Khatia Munguambe, Ruth Goodall, Sheena McCormack
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to assess the feasibility of conducting large scale HIV prevention clinical trials in Mozambique by measuring HIV prevalence and incidence among women of reproductive age. This paper describes the baseline socio-demographic characteristics of the Mozambique Microbicides Development Programme (MDP) feasibility cohort, baseline prevalence of HIV and other STIs, and HIV incidence. METHODS: The Mozambique MDP feasibility study was conducted from September 2007 to August 2009 in urban Mavalane and rural Manhiça, in Southern Mozambique...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328972/altered-gut-microbiome-in-a-mouse-model-of-gulf-war-illness-causes-neuroinflammation-and-intestinal-injury-via-leaky-gut-and-tlr4-activation
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Firas Alhasson, Suvarthi Das, Ratanesh Seth, Diptadip Dattaroy, Varun Chandrashekaran, Caitlin N Ryan, Luisa S Chan, Traci Testerman, James Burch, Lorne J Hofseth, Ronnie Horner, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash Nagarkatti, Stephen M Lasley, Saurabh Chatterjee
Many of the symptoms of Gulf War Illness (GWI) that include neurological abnormalities, neuroinflammation, chronic fatigue and gastrointestinal disturbances have been traced to Gulf War chemical exposure. Though the association and subsequent evidences are strong, the mechanisms that connect exposure to intestinal and neurological abnormalities remain unclear. Using an established rodent model of Gulf War Illness, we show that chemical exposure caused significant dysbiosis in the gut that included increased abundance of phylum Firmicutes and Tenericutes, and decreased abundance of Bacteroidetes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296914/evolutionary-and-natural-history-of-the-turtle-frog-myobatrachus-gouldii-a-bizarre-myobatrachid-frog-in-the-southwestern-australian-biodiversity-hotspot
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Samantha Vertucci, Mitzy Pepper, Danielle L Edwards, J Dale Roberts, Nicola Mitchell, J Scott Keogh
Southwest Australia (SWA) is a global biodiversity hotspot and a centre of diversity and endemism for the Australo-Papuan myobatrachid frogs. Myobatrachus gouldii (the turtle frog) has a highly derived morphology associated with its forward burrowing behaviour, largely subterranean habit, and unusual mode of reproduction. Its sister genera Metacrinia and Arenophryne have restricted distributions in Western Australia with significant phylogeographic structure, leading to the recent description of a new species in the latter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294478/the-predictive-value-of-dorsal-cingulate-activity-and-fractional-anisotropy-on-long-term-ptsd-symptom-severity
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Mitzy Kennis PhD, Sanne J H van Rooij PhD, Alieke Reijnen MSc, Elbert Geuze PhD
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be treated with trauma-focused therapy, although only about 50% of the patients recover on the short-term. In order to improve response rates it is important to identify who will and will not recover from trauma-focused therapy. Although previous studies reported dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) activity, as well as dorsal cingulum bundle white matter microstructure integrity as markers for the persistence of PTSD symptoms on the short-term, it remains unclear whether these markers also predict long-term PTSD symptom severity...
March 15, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289286/early-antibody-therapy-can-induce-long-lasting-immunity-to-shiv
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Yoshiaki Nishimura, Rajeev Gautam, Tae-Wook Chun, Reza Sadjadpour, Kathryn E Foulds, Masashi Shingai, Florian Klein, Anna Gazumyan, Jovana Golijanin, Mitzi Donaldson, Olivia K Donau, Ronald J Plishka, Alicia Buckler-White, Michael S Seaman, Jeffrey D Lifson, Richard A Koup, Anthony S Fauci, Michel C Nussenzweig, Malcolm A Martin
Highly potent and broadly neutralizing anti-HIV-1 antibodies (bNAbs) have been used to prevent and treat lentivirus infections in humanized mice, macaques, and humans. In immunotherapy experiments, administration of bNAbs to chronically infected animals transiently suppresses virus replication, which invariably returns to pre-treatment levels and results in progression to clinical disease. Here we show that early administration of bNAbs in a macaque simian/human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) model is associated with very low levels of persistent viraemia, which leads to the establishment of T-cell immunity and resultant long-term infection control...
March 23, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286188/endovascular-repair-of-internal-mammary-artery-aneurysms-in-two-sisters-with-smad3-mutation
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Daiva Nevidomskyte, Sherene Shalhub, Gabriel S Aldea, Peter H Byers, Ulrike Schwarze, Mitzi L Murray, Benjamin Starnes
True aneurysms of the internal mammary artery are rare and have been described in association with vasculitis or connective tissue disorders. Herein we describe two cases of familial internal mammary artery aneurysms in two sisters with SMAD3 mutation. The older sister presented at the age of 54 with an incidental diagnosis of a multilobed right internal mammary artery aneurysm (IMA) and the younger sister presented several years earlier with a ruptured left IMA aneurysm at the age of 49. Both sisters had Debakey type I aortic dissections prior to the IMA aneurysm presentation...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285739/neuropsychiatric-comorbidities-in-adults-with-phenylketonuria-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Deborah A Bilder, Joyce A Kobori, Jessica L Cohen-Pfeffer, Erin M Johnson, Elaina R Jurecki, Mitzie L Grant
Adults with phenylketonuria (PKU) may experience neurologic and psychiatric disorders, including intellectual disability, anxiety, depression, and neurocognitive dysfunction. Identifying the prevalence and prevalence ratios of these conditions will inform clinical treatment. This nested, case-controlled study used International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes from the MarketScan® insurance claims databases from 2006 to 2012 and healthcare claims data for US-based employer and government-sponsored health plans...
March 6, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284221/uptake-of-hormonal-contraceptives-and-correlates-of-uptake-in-a-phase-iii-clinical-trial-in-rural-south-western-uganda
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Andrew Abaasa, Mitzy Gafos, Zacchaeus Anywaine, Andrew Nunn, Angela Crook, Jonathan Levin, Sheena McCormack, Anatoli Kamali
BACKGROUND: Use of a reliable contraception method has become an inclusion criterion in prevention trials to minimize time off product. We report on hormonal contraceptive prevalence, uptake, sustained use and correlates of use in the Microbicides Development Programme (MDP 301) trial at the Masaka Centre in Uganda. METHODS: HIV negative women in sero-discordant relationships were enrolled and followed-up for 52 to 104 weeks from 2005 to 2009. Contraceptive use data was collected through self-report at baseline and dispensing records during follow-up...
March 11, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252487/investigating-and-prioritizing-educational-opportunities
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Mitzi Grey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168424/characterization-of-dysregulated-mirna-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-ischemic-stroke-patients
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Marpe Bam, Xiaoming Yang, Souvik Sen, Elizabeth E Zumbrun, Lauren Dennis, Jiajia Zhang, Prakash S Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti
Epigenetic modification may play an important role in pathophysiology of ischemic stroke (IS) risk. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), which constitute one of the modes of epigenetic regulation, have been shown to be associated with a number of clinical disorders including IS. The purpose of this study was to investigate the miRNA profile in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of IS patients and compare it with stroke-free controls. Blood samples were obtained from 19 healthy age-gender-race matched individuals who served as controls to 20 IS patients...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075192/loss-of-monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-expression-delays-mammary-tumorigenesis-and-reduces-localized-inflammation-in-the-c3-1-sv40tag-triple-negative-breast-cancer-model
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Taryn L Cranford, Kandy T Velázquez, Reilly T Enos, Jackie E Bader, Meredith S Carson, Ioulia Chatzistamou, Mitzi Nagarkatti, E Angela Murphy
Monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1) has been implicated as a major modulator in the progression of mammary tumorigenesis, largely due to its ability to recruit macrophages to the tumor microenvironment. Macrophages are key mediators in the connection between inflammation and cancer progression and have been shown to play an important role in tumorigenesis. Thus, MCP-1 may be a potential therapeutic target in inflammatory and difficult-to-treat cancers such as triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). We examined the effect of MCP-1 depletion on mammary tumorigenesis in a model of TNBC...
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064188/upset-the-drosophila-homologue-of-set3-is-required-for-viability-and-the-proper-balance-of-active-and-repressive-chromatin-marks
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Kyle A McElroy, Youngsook L Jung, Barry M Zee, Charlotte I Wang, Peter J Park, Mitzi I Kuroda
Chromatin plays a critical role in faithful implementation of gene expression programs. Different post-translational modifications (PTMs) of histone proteins reflect the underlying state of gene activity, and many chromatin proteins write, erase, bind, or are repelled by, these histone marks. One such protein is UpSET, the Drosophila homolog of yeast Set3 and mammalian KMT2E (MLL5). Here, we show that UpSET is necessary for the proper balance between active and repressed states. Using CRISPR/Cas-9 editing, we generated S2 cells that are mutant for upSET We found that loss of UpSET is tolerated in S2 cells, but that heterochromatin is misregulated, as evidenced by a strong decrease in H3K9me2 levels assessed by bulk histone PTM quantification...
February 9, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009459/efficient-generation-of-long-lived-triplet-excitons-in-2d-hybrid-perovskite
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Robert Younts, Hsin-Sheng Duan, Bhoj Gautam, Bayrammurad Saparov, Jie Liu, Cedric Mongin, Felix N Castellano, David B Mitzi, Kenan Gundogdu
Triplet excitons form in quasi-2D hybrid inorganic-organic perovskites and diffuse over 100 nm before radiating with >11% PLQE at low temperatures.
December 23, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003386/a-proposed-model-for-assessing-defendant-competence-to-self-represent
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Mitzi M S White, Thomas G Gutheil
The increasing number of criminal defendants who are choosing to self-represent poses special challenges for legal systems with regard to the types of limits that should be placed on a defendant's basic human right to defend himself without the assistance of counsel. While courts strive to respect the dignity and autonomy of the defendant that are encompassed in this right, they also want to ensure that justice is delivered and the dignity of the courtroom is maintained. The Supreme Court of the United States, in its opinion in Indiana v...
December 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997584/prediction-of-possible-biomarkers-and-novel-pathways-conferring-risk-to-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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Kumaraswamy Naidu Chitrala, Prakash Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti
Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the common mental ailments that is triggered by exposure to traumatic events. Till date, the molecular factors conferring risk to the development of PTSD is not well understood. In this study, we have conducted a meta-analysis followed by hierarchical clustering and functional enrichment, to uncover the potential molecular networks and critical genes which play an important role in PTSD. Two datasets of expression profiles from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from 62 control samples and 63 PTSD samples were included in our study...
2016: PloS One
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