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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334696/mast-cells-participate-in-chronic-low-grade-inflammation-within-adipose-tissue
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P Żelechowska, J Agier, E Kozłowska, E Brzezińska-Błaszczyk
Obesity is reckoned as one of the civilization diseases, posing a considerable global health issue. Evidence points towards a contribution of multitude immune cell populations in obesity pathomechanism and the development of chronic low-grade inflammation in the expanded adipose tissue. Notably, adipose tissue is a reservoir of mast cells which number in individuals with obesity particularly increased. Some of them tend to degranulation what generate secretion of strong pro-inflammatory and regulatory mediators, as well as cytokines/chemokines...
January 15, 2018: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334576/cheek-volumization-and-nasolabial-folds
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Donald S Mowlds, Val Lambros
The impression that cheek filling results in longitudinal shortening ("lift") of the skin and elevation of the nasolabial crease(NLC) or nasolabial fold (NLF) has become common within the facial injection community, but remains unsubstantiated. In this study, seventy-seven patients were evaluated pre and post-injection injection of the cheeks with an Hyaluronic Acid filler using a 3-dimensional camera system. A constant pattern of skin expansion away from the center of the injection and perpendicular to the surface of the skin was observed...
January 10, 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334465/design-of-mini-nucleic-acid-probe-for-cooperative-binding-of-rna-repeated-transcript-associated-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Wei-Che Hsieh, Raman Bahal, Shivaji Thadke, Kirti Bhatt, Krzysztof Sobczak, Charles A Thornton, Danith H Ly
Toxic RNAs containing expanded trinucleotide repeats are the cause of many neuromuscular disorders, one being myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). DM1 is triggered by CTG-repeat expansion in the 3'-UTR of the DMPK gene, resulting in toxic-gain of RNA function through sequestration of MBNL1 protein, among others. Herein we report the development of a relatively short MPPNA probe, two triplet-repeats in length, containing terminal pyrene moieties, that is capable of binding rCUG-repeats in a sequence-specific and selective manner...
January 15, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334462/pot-economy-autooxidative-condensation-of-2-aryl-2-lithio-1-3-dithianes
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João R Vale, Tatu Rimpiläinen, Elina Sievanen, Kari Rissanen, Carlos A M Afonso, Nuno R Candeias
The autooxidative condensation of 2-aryl-2-lithio-1,3-dithianes is here reported. Treatment of 2-aryl-1,3-dithianes with n-BuLi in the absence of any electrophile leads to condensation of three molecules of 1,3-dithianes and formation of highly functionalized α-thioether ketones orthothioesters in 51-89% yields upon air exposure. The method was further expanded to benzaldehyde dithioacetals, affording corresponding orthothioesters and α-thioether ketones in 48-97% yields. The experimental results combined with density functional theory studies support a mechanism triggered by the autooxidation of 2-aryl-2-lithio-1,3-dithianes to yield a highly reactive thioester that undergoes condensation with two other molecules of 2-aryl-2-lithio-1,3-dithiane...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334448/quality-focus-expanding-quality-improvement-to-achieve-positive-health-outcomes
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Stephan Schroeder, Stacie Fredenburg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334417/combining-allele-frequency-and-tree-based-approaches-improves-phylogeographic-inference-from-natural-history-collections
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M Ruffley, M L Smith, A Espíndola, B C Carstens, J Sullivan, D C Tank
Model selection approaches in phylogeography have allowed researchers to evaluate the support for competing demographic histories, which provides a mode of inference and a measure of uncertainty in understanding climatic and spatial influences on intraspecific diversity. Here, to rank all models in the comparison set, and determine what proportion of the total support the top-ranked model garners, we conduct model selection using two analytical approaches -allele frequency-based, implemented in fastsimcoal2, and gene tree-based, implemented in PHRAPL...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334380/light-activated-chemical-probing-of-nucleobase-solvent-accessibility-inside-cells
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Chao Feng, Dalen Chan, Jojo Joseph, Mikko Muuronen, William H Coldren, Nan Dai, Ivan R Corrêa, Filipp Furche, Christopher M Hadad, Robert C Spitale
The discovery of functional RNAs that are critical for normal and disease physiology continues to expand at a breakneck pace. Many RNA functions are controlled by the formation of specific structures, and an understanding of each structural component is necessary to elucidate its function. Measuring solvent accessibility intracellularly with experimental ease is an unmet need in the field. Here, we present a novel method for probing nucleobase solvent accessibility, Light Activated Structural Examination of RNA (LASER)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334263/new-cytotoxic-natural-products-from-the-mangrove-biome-covering-the-period-2007-2015
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Boris Pejin, Miodrag Glumac
Nowadays, the mangrove biome is considered to be a profound resource of natural products usually possessing cytotoxicity of a broader range. Covering the period 2007-2015, a total of 21 new naturally occurring compounds has stood out. For example, xylogranin B and swietephragmin C were found to exhibit very potent cytotoxic activity against the colon HCT-116 cells reaching IC50 values of 0.05 and 0.06 μM, respectively. Bearing in mind the efficacy of the majority compounds in the preliminary in vitro screens, these studies should be expanded to both ex vivo and in vivo screens including the evaluation of the relevant toxicological profiles...
January 15, 2018: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334236/wb-mri-and-oncology-recent-major-advances
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Vassiliki Pasoglou, Nicolas Michoux, Ahmed Larbi, Van Nieuwenhove Sandy, Frédéric Lecouvet
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a very attractive approach for tumor detection and oncological staging with its absence of ionizing radiation, high soft tissue contrast and spatial resolution. Less than ten years ago the use of Whole Body MRI (WB-MRI) protocols was uncommon due to many limitations, such as the long acquisition times and limited availability. This decade has marked substantial progress in WB-MRI protocols. This very promising technique is rapidly arising from the research world and is becoming a commonly used exam for tumor detection, due to recent technological developments and validation of WB-MRI by multiple studies and consensus papers...
January 15, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334220/computational-design-synthesis-and-structure-property-evaluation-of-1-3-thiazole-based-colour-tunable-multiheterocyclic-small-organic-fluorophores-as-multifunctional-molecular-materials
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Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Kumaran G Sreejalekshmi
Probing chemical space of luminescent organic materials built on novel cores is highly imperative for its potential to expand the horizons of advanced functional materials. Small organic fluorophores possessing therapeutic traits can contribute to theranostics. We coupled computational and classical synthetic chemistry strategies for the rational design of 5-(hetero-2-yl)-1,3-thiazoles as colour tunable fluorophore core. With the aid of DFT and TD-DFT, we prove multiheterocyclic system built on thiazole-het core with three inherent tunable sites on thiazole (C2, C4 and C5) capable of accommodating panoply of substituents, as a multifunctional molecular materials' platform...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334186/natural-humic-acid-based-phototheranostic-agent
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Zhao-Hua Miao, Kai Li, Pei-Ying Liu, Zhenglin Li, Huanjie Yang, Qingliang Zhao, Manli Chang, Qingzhu Yang, Liang Zhen, Cheng-Yan Xu
Humic acids, a major constituent of natural organic carbon resources, are naturally formed through the microbial biodegradation of animal and plant residues. Due to numerous physiologically active groups (phenol, carboxyl, and quinone), the biomedical applications of humic acid have been already investigated across different cultures for several centuries or even longer. In this work, sodium humate, the sodium salt of humic acid, is explored as phototheranostic agent for light-induced photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy based on intrinsic absorption in the near-infrared region...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334181/donor-variability-in-growth-kinetics-of-healthy-hmscs-using-manual-processing-considerations-for-manufacture-of-cell-therapies
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Giulia Detela, Owen W Bain, Hae-Won Kim, David J Williams, Chris Mason, Anthony Mathur, Ivan B Wall
Human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) are excellent candidates for cell therapy but their expansion to desired clinical quantities can be compromised by ex vivo processing, due to differences between donor material and process variation. The aim of this article was to characterize growth kinetics of healthy baseline "reference" hMSCs using typical manual processing. Bone-marrow derived hMSCs from ten donors were isolated based on plastic adherence, expanded and analyzed for their growth kinetics until passage 4...
January 15, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334127/non-enzymatic-cross-linking-of-collagen-type-ii-fibrils-is-tuned-via-osmolality-switch
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Behdad Pouran, Parisa R Moshtagh, Vahid Arbabi, Jessica Snabel, Reinout Stoop, Jeffrey Ruberti, Jos Malda, Amir A Zadpoor, Harrie Weinans
An important aspect in cartilage ageing is accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) after exposure to sugars. Advanced glycation results in crosslinks formation between the collagen fibrils in articular cartilage, hampering their flexibility and making cartilage more brittle. In the current study, we investigate whether collagen crosslinking after exposure to sugars depends on the stretching condition of the collagen fibrils. Healthy equine cartilage specimens were exposed to L-threose sugar and placed in hypo-, iso- or hyper-osmolal conditions that expanded or shrank the tissue and changed the 3D conformation of collagen fibrils...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333939/parents-attitude-awareness-and-behaviour-towards-influenza-vaccination-in-pakistan
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Allah Bukhsh, Habib-Ur Rehman, Inayat Ur Rehman, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Tauqeer Hussain Mallhi
National immunization program of Pakistan does not include Influenza vaccines. The low rate of immunization might be attributed to the poor knowledge of influenza vaccination in Pakistan. Current study was aimed to assess the knowledge and attitude of influenza vaccination among parents. A questionnaire-based cross sectional study was conducted among randomly selected parents with at least one child aged >6 months. The responses were recorded against 27 items questionnaire assessing knowledge, perception, attitude and behaviours of parents...
January 15, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333910/soft-contact-lenses-to-optimize-vision-in-adults-with-idiopathic-infantile-nystagmus-a-pilot-parallel-randomized-controlled-trial
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Maria Theodorou, Ana Quartilho, Wen Xing, Catey Bunce, Gary Rubin, Gillian Adams, Annegret Dahlmann-Noor
PURPOSE: The optimal management of infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS) is still unclear. Contact lenses (CL) may be superior to glasses in improving visual function in INS but it is not known whether their beneficial effects are due to optical correction alone, or to an additional proprioceptive effect, and whether soft CLs would be as effective as rigid CLs. There is little data on feasibility and and the present study aimed to provide this information. METHODS: We completed a pilot Randomized Control Trial (RCT) at a single tertiary referral centre in London, UK...
January 15, 2018: Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333748/near-infrared-light-sensitive-polyvinyl-alcohol-hydrogel-photoresist-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-cell-instructive-3d-microenvironments
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Xiao-Hua Qin, Xiaopu Wang, Markus Rottmar, Bradley J Nelson, Katharina Maniura-Weber
Advanced hydrogel systems that allow precise control of cells and their 3D microenvironments are needed in tissue engineering, disease modeling, and drug screening. Multiphoton lithography (MPL) allows true 3D microfabrication of complex objects, but its biological application requires a cell-compatible hydrogel resist that is sufficiently photosensitive, cell-degradable, and permissive to support 3D cell growth. Here, an extremely photosensitive cell-responsive hydrogel composed of peptide-crosslinked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is designed to expand the biological applications of MPL...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333672/controlled-pattern-imputation-for-sensitivity-analysis-of-longitudinal-binary-and-ordinal-outcomes-with-nonignorable-dropout
#17
Yongqiang Tang
The controlled imputation method refers to a class of pattern mixture models that have been commonly used as sensitivity analyses of longitudinal clinical trials with nonignorable dropout in recent years. These pattern mixture models assume that participants in the experimental arm after dropout have similar response profiles to the control participants or have worse outcomes than otherwise similar participants who remain on the experimental treatment. In spite of its popularity, the controlled imputation has not been formally developed for longitudinal binary and ordinal outcomes partially due to the lack of a natural multivariate distribution for such endpoints...
January 15, 2018: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333638/rapid-profiling-of-polymeric-phenolic-acids-in-salvia-miltiorrhiza-by-hybrid-data-dependent-targeted-multistage-mass-spectrometry-acquisition-based-on-expected-compounds-prediction-and-fragment-ion-searching
#18
Yao Shen, Zijin Feng, Min Yang, Zhe Zhou, Sumei Han, Jinjun Hou, Zhenwei Li, Wanying Wu, De-An Guo
Phenolic acids are the major water-soluble components in Salvia miltiorrhiza (> 5%). According to previous studies, many of them contribute to the cardiovascular effects and antioxidant effects of S. miltiorrhiza. Polymeric phenolic acids can be considered as the tanshinol derived metabolites, e.g., dimmers, trimers and tetramers. A strategy combined with tanshinol-based expected compounds prediction, total ion chromatogram filtering, Fragment Ion Searching and parent list-based multistage mass spectrometry acquisition by Linear Trap Quadropole-orbitrap Velos Mass Spectrometry was proposed to rapid profile polymeric phenolic acids in S...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333589/new-species-and-new-record-of-the-genus-cheloniodiplostomum-trematoda-proterodiplostomidae-polycotylinae-parasites-of-freshwater-turtles-from-argentina
#19
Ezequiel Palumbo, Julia Inés Diaz
The aim of the present paper is to describe a new species of the genus Cheloniodiplostomum (Digenea, Proterodiplostomidae) in the Hilaire's toadhead turtle Phrynops hilarii from Argentina and to expand the geographic and host distribution of Cheloniodiplostomum testudinis. Additionally, we present a diagnostic key for Cheloniodiplostomum.
January 15, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333484/approaching-the-third-decade-of-paediatric-palliative-oncology-investigation-historical-progress-and-future-directions
#20
Abby R Rosenberg, Joanne Wolfe
Paediatric palliative care (PPC) endeavours to alleviate the suffering and improve the quality of life of children with serious illnesses and their families. In the past two decades since WHO defined PPC and called for its inclusion in paediatric oncology care, rigorous investigation has provided important insights. For example, the first decade of research focused on end-of-life experiences of the child and the family, underscoring the high prevalence of symptom burden, the barriers to parent-provider concordance with regards to prognosis, as well as the need for bereavement supports...
September 2017: Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
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