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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345853/single-crystal-like-perovskite-for-high-performance-solar-cells-using-effective-merged-annealing-method
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Yanliang Liu, Insoo Shin, In-Wook Hwang, Seungmin Kim, Jihoon Lee, Mi-Sun Yang, Yun Kyung Jung, Jae-Won Jang, Jung Hyun Jeong, Sung Heum Park, Kwang Ho Kim
We report a simple, low cost, and quite effective method for achieving single-crystal-like CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite leading to a significant enhancement in the performance and stability of inverted planar perovskite solar cells (IPSCs). By employing a merged annealing method during the fabrication of an IPSC for preparing the perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film, we remarkably increase the crystallinity of the CH3NH3PbI3 film and enhance the device performance and stability. An IPSC with the indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate)/CH3NH3PbI3 (active layer)/ [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester/Al structure was fabricated using the merged annealing method and exhibited significantly enhanced performance with a high power conversion efficiency of 18...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345637/rattusin-structure-reveals-a-novel-defensin-scaffold-formed-by-intermolecular-disulfide-exchanges
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Hye Jung Min, Hyosuk Yun, Sehyeon Ji, Ganesan Rajasekaran, Jae Il Kim, Jeong-Sun Kim, Song Yub Shin, Chul Won Lee
Defensin peptides are essential for innate immunity in humans and other living systems, as they provide protection against infectious pathogens and regulate the immune response. Here, we report the solution structure of rattusin (RTSN), an α-defensin-related peptide, which revealed a novel C2-symmetric disulfide-linked dimeric structure. RTSN was synthesized by solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) and refolded by air oxidation in vitro. Dimerization of the refolded RTSN (r-RTSN) resulted from five intermolecular disulfide (SS) bond exchanges formed by ten cysteines within two protomer chains...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344200/new-onset-diabetes-mellitus-after-heart-transplantation%C3%A3-incidence-risk-factors-and-impact-on-clinical-outcome
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Ho Jin Kim, Sung-Ho Jung, Jae-Joong Kim, Tae-Jin Yun, Joon Bum Kim, Suk Jung Choo, Cheol Hyun Chung, Jae Won Lee
BACKGROUND: New-onset diabetes mellitus (DM) can occur as a serious complication after heart transplantation, but the comparative data on its clinical impact on survival and on transplant-related adverse events are limited.Methods and Results:We reviewed a total of consecutive 391 patients aged ≥17 years undergoing isolated orthotopic heart transplantation at the present institution from 1992 to 2013. The entire cohort was divided into 3 groups: (1) no diabetes (n=257); (2) pre-existing DM (n=46); and (3) new-onset DM (n=88)...
March 24, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342654/the-role-of-the-signal-intensity-ratio-on-fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-in-stroke-patients-achieving-successful-recanalization-with-endovascular-treatment
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Taehoon Kim, Jong-Won Chung, Myung Suk Jang, Mi Hwa Yang, Sang-Hwa Lee, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Jae Hyoung Kim, Cheolkyu Jung, Jae-Sung Lim, Hee-Joon Bae
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate whether fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) imaging hyperintensity can be used as a surrogate marker for the severity of ischemic insult and predict lesion growth. METHODS: Based on a prospective stroke registry database, we identified patients with ischemic stroke who were treated with endovascular treatment (EVT) within 8 hours of onset and achieved successful recanalization (modified thrombolysis in cerebral infarction ≥2B)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342128/efficacy-and-safety-of-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-in-elderly-patients-with-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Byeong Geun Song, Yang Won Min, Jun Haeng Lee, Hyuk Lee, Byung-Hoon Min, Poong-Lyul Rhee, Jae J Kim
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has been widely applied in superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SESCC) as a minimally invasive treatment, which has advantages over surgery, especially in the elderly who have high risk of surgery. This study elucidated the efficacy and safety of ESD for SESCC in the elderly. METHODS: Between April 2007 and June 2016, a total of 176 patients with SESCC treated with ESD were analyzed. Clinical outcomes including En bloc, complete, and curative resection rates, procedure-related complication rates, and cumulative recurrence rates were compared between the elderly (n = 46, ≥70 years of age) and the non-elderly groups (n = 130, <70 years of age)...
March 24, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342102/the-value-of-gadoxetic-acid-enhanced-mri-for-differentiation-between-hepatic-microabscesses-and-metastases-in-patients-with-periampullary-cancer
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Seo-Youn Choi, Young Kon Kim, Ji Hye Min, Dong Ik Cha, Woo Kyoung Jeong, Won Jae Lee
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify features that differentiate hepatic microabscess from hepatic metastasis on gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI in patients with periampullary cancer. METHODS: We included 72 patients (31 patients with 83 hepatic microabscesses and 41 patients with 71 hepatic metastases) who had a history of periampullary cancer and underwent gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI. Image analysis was performed for margin, signal intensity, rim enhancement, perilesional hyperaemia, pattern on DWI and dynamic phases, and size discrepancy between sequences by consensus of two observers...
March 24, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340172/repositioning-disulfiram-as-a-radiosensitizer-against-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor
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Young Eun Lee, Seung Ah Choi, Pil Ae Kwack, Hak Jae Kim, Il Han Kim, Kyu-Chang Wang, Ji Hoon Phi, Ji Yeoun Lee, Sangjoon Chong, Sung-Hye Park, Kyung Duk Park, Do Won Hwang, Kyeung Min Joo, Seung-Ki Kim
Background.: Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is one of the most common malignant brain tumors in infants. Although cancer stem cells of AT/RT express aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), effective chemotherapies against AT/RT have not been established. Here, we examined radiosensitizing effects of disulfiram (DSF), an irreversible inhibitor of ALDH against AT/RT for a novel therapeutic method. Methods.: Patient-derived primary cultured AT/RT cells (SNU.AT/RT-5 and SNU...
March 17, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339441/the-role-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-area-as-a-morphological-parameter-of-lumbar-central-spinal-stenosis
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Young Uk Kim, Jun Young Park, Doo Hwan Kim, Myung-Hwan Karm, Jae-Young Lee, Jee In Yoo, Sung Won Chon, Jeong Hun Suh
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum (LF) has been considered as a major cause of lumbar central spinal stenosis (LCSS). Previous studies have found that ligamentum flavum thickness (LFT) is correlated with aging, disc degeneration, and lumbar spinal stenosis. However, hypertrophy is different from thickness. Thus, to evaluate hypertrophy of the whole LF, we devised a new morphological parameter, called the ligamentum flavum area (LFA). OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that the LFA is a key morphologic parameter in the diagnosis of LCSS...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339364/clinical-and-prognostic-features-of-korean-patients-with-mpo-anca-pr3-anca-and-anca-negative-vasculitis
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Juyoung Yoo, Ho Jae Kim, Sung Soo Ahn, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
OBJECTIVES: We reclassified Korean patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) into 3 categories of AAV including MPO-ANCA, PR3-ANCA and ANCA negative vasculitis, and investigated clinical and prognostic features. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 133 patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA), who had having either myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCA, proteinase 3 (PR3)-ANCA or no ANCA, and who had ever achieved the first remission...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339033/role-of-tropomyosin-in-silkworm-allergy
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Kyoung Yong Jeong, In-Soo Han, June Yong Lee, Kyung Hee Park, Jae-Hyun Lee, Jung-Won Park
Silkworm pupae are widely consumed in Asian countries and allergic reactions following consumption have been described. However, false‑positive responses in skin prick allergy tests or non‑specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) responses to total extract of silkworm pupa make diagnosis difficult. Although improved allergy diagnosis is required, molecular characterization of silkworm allergens has not been performed to date, except for Bomb m 1, an arginine kinase. This study aimed to evaluate the allergenicity of tropomyosin, a well‑established invertebrate pan‑allergen, from silkworm pupa...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338899/work-practices-and-radiation-exposure-among-male-radiologic-technologists-assisting-fluoroscopically-guided-interventional-procedures
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Jae Won Yun, Eun Shil Cha, Seulki Ko, Won Jin Lee
This study investigated occupational characteristics and radiation exposure among radiologic technologists assisting fluoroscopically guided interventional (FGI) procedures. A nationwide survey of radiologic technologists in South Korea was conducted. Among 8058 male respondents, 664 (8.2%) assisted FGI procedures. The survey data were linked with dosimetry data from the National Dose Registry. Most radiologic technologists assisting FGI procedures were 30-40 years old and employed by general hospitals. These technologists worked in closer proximity to patients during procedures, less frequently used shield screens, more commonly utilized protective devices, and less commonly wore badge dosemeters than the ones not assisting FGI procedures...
March 3, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338088/functional-solid-additive-modified-pedot-pss-as-an-anode-buffer-layer-for-enhanced-photovoltaic-performance-and-stability-in-polymer-solar-cells
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Binrui Xu, Sai-Anand Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar Gopalan, Nallal Muthuchamy, Kwang-Pill Lee, Jae-Sung Lee, Yu Jiang, Sang-Won Lee, Sae-Wan Kim, Ju-Seong Kim, Hyun-Min Jeong, Jin-Beon Kwon, Jin-Hyuk Bae, Shin-Won Kang
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is most commonly used as an anode buffer layer in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, its hygroscopic and acidic nature contributes to the insufficient electrical conductivity, air stability and restricted photovoltaic (PV) performance for the fabricated PSCs. In this study, a new multifunctional additive, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine (DOH), has been used in the PEDOT: PSS buffer layer to obtain modified properties for PEDOT: PSS@DOH and achieve high PV performances...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337441/pentoxifylline-regulates-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-expression-and-protein-kinase-a-phosphorylation-in-radiation-induced-lung-fibrosis
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Jong-Geol Lee, Sehwan Shim, Min-Jung Kim, Jae Kyung Myung, Won-Suk Jang, Chang-Hwan Bae, Sun-Joo Lee, Kyeong Min Kim, Young-Woo Jin, Seung-Sook Lee, Sunhoo Park
Purpose. Radiation-induced lung fibrosis (RILF) is a serious late complication of radiotherapy. In vitro studies have demonstrated that pentoxifylline (PTX) has suppressing effects in extracellular matrix production in fibroblasts, while the antifibrotic action of PTX alone using clinical dose is yet unexplored. Materials and Methods. We used micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and histopathological analysis to evaluate the antifibrotic effects of PTX in a rat model of RILF. Results. Micro-CT findings showed that lung density, volume loss, and mediastinal shift are significantly increased at 16 weeks after irradiation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337363/epidemiologic-study-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-expression-in-advanced-metastatic-gastric-cancer-an-assessment-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-status-in-tumor-tissue-samples-of-gastric-and-gastro-esophageal-junction-cancer
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Kyung Won Seo, Taeyong Jeon, Sewon Kim, Sung Soo Kim, Kwanghee Kim, Byoung-Jo Suh, Sunhwi Hwang, SeongHee Choi, Seungwan Ryu, Jae Seok Min, Young-Joon Lee, Ye Seob Jee, Hyeondong Chae, Doo Hyun Yang, Sang Ho Lee
PURPOSE: The Trastuzumab for gastric cancer (GC) trial identified human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) as a predictor of successful treatment with trastuzumab (HER2 receptor targeting agent) among patients with advanced/metastatic GC. To date, the prevalence of HER2 overexpression in the Korean population is unknown. The present study aimed to assess the incidence of HER2 positivity among GC and gastroesophageal (GE) junction cancer samples and the relationship between HER2 overexpression and clinicopathological characteristics in Korean patients...
March 2017: Journal of Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336956/preclinical-development-of-a-humanized-neutralizing-antibody-targeting-hgf
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Hyori Kim, Sung Hee Hong, Jung Yong Kim, In-Chull Kim, Young-Whan Park, Song-Jae Lee, Seong-Won Song, Jung Ju Kim, Gunwoo Park, Tae Min Kim, Yun-Hee Kim, Jong Bae Park, Junho Chung, In-Hoo Kim
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and its receptor, cMET, play critical roles in cell proliferation, angiogenesis and invasion in a wide variety of cancers. We therefore examined the anti-tumor activity of the humanized monoclonal anti-HGF antibody, YYB-101, in nude mice bearing human glioblastoma xenografts as a single agent or in combination with temozolomide. HGF neutralization, The extracellular signal-related kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) phosphorylation, and HGF-induced scattering were assessed in HGF-expressing cell lines treated with YYB-101...
March 24, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336842/sers-based-flavonoid-detection-using-ethylenediamine-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-as-a-capturing-ligand
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Jae Min Choi, Eunil Hahm, Kyeonghui Park, Daham Jeong, Won-Yeop Rho, Jaehi Kim, Dae Hong Jeong, Yoon-Sik Lee, Sung Ho Jhang, Hyun Jong Chung, Eunae Cho, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Bong-Hyun Jun, Seunho Jung
Ethylenediamine-modified β-cyclodextrin (Et-β-CD) was immobilized on aggregated silver nanoparticle (NP)-embedded silica NPs (SiO₂@Ag@Et-β-CD NPs) for the effective detection of flavonoids. Silica NPs were used as the template for embedding silver NPs to create hot spots and enhance surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. Et-β-CD was immobilized on Ag NPs to capture flavonoids via host-guest inclusion complex formation, as indicated by enhanced ultraviolet absorption spectra. The resulting SiO₂@Ag@Et-β-CD NPs were used as the SERS substrate for detecting flavonoids, such as hesperetin, naringenin, quercetin, and luteolin...
January 6, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332366/soluble-cd93-in-serum-as-a-marker-of-allergic-inflammation
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Hye Jung Park, Heejae Han, Sang Chul Lee, Young Woong Son, Da Woon Sim, Kyung Hee Park, Yoon Hee Park, Kyoung Yong Jeong, Jung Won Park, Jae Hyun Lee
PURPOSE: CD93 is receiving renewed attention as a biomarker of inflammation. We aimed to evaluate the potential for serum sCD93 to serve as a novel biomarker for allergic inflammation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 348 subjects with an allergic disease [allergic rhinitis (AR), chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), or bronchial asthma (BA)], including 14 steroid-naïve BA patients who were serially followed-up. RESULTS: The serum sCD93 levels (ng/mL) in patients with exacerbated AR (mean±standard deviation, 153...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332314/the-mitochondrial-hinge-protein-uqcrh-is-a-novel-prognostic-factor-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Eun-Ran Park, Sang-Bum Kim, Jee-San Lee, Yang-Hyun Kim, Dong-Hyoung Lee, Eung-Ho Cho, Sun-Hoo Park, Chul Ju Han, Bu-Yeo Kim, Dong Wook Choi, Young Do Yoo, Ami Yu, Jae Won Lee, Ja June Jang, Young Nyun Park, Kyung-Suk Suh, Kee-Ho Lee
Alterations in mitochondrial respiration contribute to the development and progression of cancer via abnormal biogenesis, including generation of reactive oxygen species. Ubiquinol-cytochrome c reductase hinge protein (UQCRH) consists of the cytochrome bc1 complex serving respiration in mitochondria. In the present study, we analyzed UQCRH abnormalities in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its association with clinical outcomes of patients. UQCRH expression in HCC was determined via semiquantitative and quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction of 96 surgically resected HCC tissues positive for hepatitis B virus surface antigen...
March 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331080/evaluation-of-the-immune-responses-to-and-cross-protective-efficacy-of-eurasian-h7-avian-influenza-viruses
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Hyeok-Il Kwon, Young-Il Kim, Su-Jin Park, Min-Suk Song, Eun-Ha Kim, Se Mi Kim, Young-Jae Si, In-Won Lee, Byung-Min Song, Youn-Jeong Lee, Seok Joong Yun, Wun-Jae Kim, Young Ki Choi
Due to increasing concerns of human infection by various H7 viruses, including recent H7N9 viruses, we evaluated the genetic relationships and the cross-protective efficacies of three different Eurasian H7 avian influenza viruses. Phylogenic and molecular analysis revealed that recent Eurasian H7 viruses can be separated into two different lineages with relatively high amino acid identity within groups (94.8 to 98.8%), and low amino acid identity (90.3 to 92.6 %) between the groups. In vivo immunization with representatives of each group revealed that while group-specific cross-reactivity was induced, cross-reactive HI titers were approximately fourfold lower against heterologous group viruses compared to homologous group viruses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329914/ginsenoside-rg3-restores-hepatitis-c-virus-induced-aberrant-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-inhibits-virus-propagation
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Seong-Jun Kim, Jae Young Jang, Eun-Jung Kim, Eun Kyung Cho, Dae Gyun Ahn, Chonsaeng Kim, Han Seul Park, Soung Won Jeong, Sae Hwan Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Young Seok Kim, Hong Soo Kim, Boo Sung Kim, Ji-Hyung Lee, Aleem Siddiqui
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) alters mitochondrial dynamics associated with persistent viral infection and suppression of innate immunity. Mitochondrial dysfunction is also a pathologic feature of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment. Despite the high efficacy of DAAs, their treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C in interferon-sparing regimens occasionally produces undesirable side effects such as fatigue, migraine and other conditions, which may be linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. Here we show that clinically prescribed DAAs, including Sofosbuvir, affect mitochondrial dynamics...
March 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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