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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343137/synthesis-of-novel-muramic-acid-derivatives-and-their-interaction-with-lysozyme-action-of-lysozyme-revisited
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Manas Jana, Anirban Ghosh, Abhishek Santra, Rajiv Kumar Kar, Anup Kumar Misra, Anirban Bhunia
HYPOTHESIS: The interaction of lysozyme with the N-acetylmuramic acid (NAM) and N-acetylglucosamine (NAG) unit of peptidoglycan (PGN) polymer of the bacterial cell wall is of immense importance to understand the mechanism of lysozyme on PGN. EXPERIMENTS: The synthesis of three novel NAM derivatives containing fused oxazinone ring to the NAM moiety has been achieved. The synthesized compounds were evaluated for their potential as a glycomimetic acceptor of lysozyme using different biophysical and computational methods such as (1)H NMR, STD NMR, DOSY and Molecular docking...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338952/physiological-and-morphological-responses-to-permanent-and-intermittent-waterlogging-in-seedlings-of-four-evergreen-trees-of-temperate-swamp-forests
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Alejandra Zúñiga-Feest, Angela Bustos-Salazar, Fernanda Alves, Vanessa Martinez, Cecilia Smith-Ramírez, Joào Pereira
Waterlogging decreases a plant's metabolism, stomatal conductance (gs) and photosynthetic rate (A); however, some evergreen species show acclimation to waterlogging. By studying both the physiological and morphological responses to waterlogging, the objective of this study was to assess the acclimation capacity of four swamp forest species that reside in different microhabitats. We proposed that species (Luma apiculata [D.C.] Burret. and Drimys winteri J.R. et G. Forster.) abundant in seasonally and intermittently waterlogged areas (SIWA) would have a higher acclimation capacity than species abundant in the inner swamp (Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii [H et A...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335538/precise-orbit-solution-for-swarm-using-space-borne-gps-data-and-optimized-pseudo-stochastic-pulses
#3
Bingbing Zhang, Zhengtao Wang, Lv Zhou, Jiandi Feng, Yaodong Qiu, Fupeng Li
Swarm is a European Space Agency (ESA) project that was launched on 22 November 2013, which consists of three Swarm satellites. Swarm precise orbits are essential to the success of the above project. This study investigates how well Swarm zero-differenced (ZD) reduced-dynamic orbit solutions can be determined using space-borne GPS data and optimized pseudo-stochastic pulses under high ionospheric activity. We choose Swarm space-borne GPS data from 1-25 October 2014, and Swarm reduced-dynamic orbits are obtained...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331801/anatomical-brain-difference-of-subthreshold-depression-in-young-and-middle-aged-individuals
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Jing Li, Zengjian Wang, JiWon Hwang, Bingcong Zhao, Xinjing Yang, Suicheng Xin, Yu Wang, Huili Jiang, Peng Shi, Ye Zhang, Xu Wang, Courtney Lang, Joel Park, Tuya Bao, Jian Kong
BACKGROUND: Subthreshold depression (StD) is associated with substantial functional impairments due to depressive symptoms that do not fully meet the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Its high incidence in the general population and debilitating symptoms has recently put it at the forefront of mood disorder research. AIM: In this study we investigated common volumetric brain changes in both young and middle-aged StD patients. METHODS: Two cohorts of StD patients, young and middle-aged, (n = 57) and matched controls (n = 76) underwent voxel-based morphometry (VBM)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329941/-genital-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-and-associated-risk-factors-in-male-clients-attending-sexually-transmitted-disease-clinics-in-9-cities-in-guangdong-province
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H C Shen, S J Huang, X L Qin, P Z Zhao, Y Y Lan, H C Zou, J L Ou, L Chen, X M Luo, H P Zheng, Y Li, B Yang
Objective: To investigate the prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis (GCT) infection and associated risk factors in male clients attending sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in Guangdong and provide integrated intervention strategy for this group. Methods: Convenient sampling was used to recruit participants from April to June in 2015 in Guangdong province. The information about their socio-demographic characteristics and sexual behaviors were collected by using a questionnaire, and blood samples were taken from them to test the antibodies against HIV, syphilis and HCV...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327799/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-syphilis-in-a-reference-center
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Natália Carolina Rodrigues Colombo Gomes, Denise Andrade Pereira Meier, Flávia Meneguetti Pieri, Elaine Alves, Silvia Paulino Ribeiro Albanese, Edvilson Cristiano Lentine, Ricardo Alexandre Arcêncio, Elma Mathias Dessunti
INTRODUCTION: The implementation of the rapid test (RT) for syphilis increases access of vulnerable populations to early diagnosis and treatment, impacting the outcomes of infection. We aimed to assess the prevalence of and factors associated with syphilis in a Center for Testing and Counseling (CTC). METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study at a Reference Center for sexually transmitted disease (STD) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome in Londrina, Northern Paraná State, Southern Brazil...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326297/coronary-artery-calcium-score-and-bone-metabolism-a-pilot-study-in-postmenopausal-women
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Pooneh Salari, Abbasali Keshtkar, Shapour Shirani, Leila Mounesan
BACKGROUND: Since 1991 many studies evaluated the link between cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis, two age-related conditions, but the main common pathologic pathway has not been determined yet. The histological similarity between arterial calcified plaque and bone matrix and involvement of similar cells and mediators provide a special field of research. Therefore in the present study, we aimed to evaluate the relationship between coronary artery calcium score (CACS) as a surrogate marker of atherosclerosis and bone mediators and parameters in postmenopausal women...
February 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319274/intraoperative-optical-coherence-tomography-for-soft-tissue-sarcoma-differentiation-and-margin-identification
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Kelly J Mesa, Laura E Selmic, Paritosh Pande, Guillermo L Monroy, Jennifer Reagan, Jonathan Samuelson, Elizabeth Driskell, Joanne Li, Marina Marjanovic, Eric J Chaney, Stephen A Boppart
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Sarcomas are rare but highly aggressive tumors, and local recurrence after surgical excision can occur in up to 50% cases. Therefore, there is a strong clinical need for accurate tissue differentiation and margin assessment to reduce incomplete resection and local recurrence. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and a novel image texture-based processing algorithm to differentiate sarcoma from muscle and adipose tissue...
March 20, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317813/association-between-pulmonary-tuberculosis-and-type-2-diabetes-in-sudanese-patients
#9
Mona Ahmed, Ibtihal Omer, Sannaa M A Osman, Eltayib H Ahmed-Abakur
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes mellitus (DM) are both important health issues, and the association between DM and TB may be the next challenge for global TB control worldwide, type 2 DM (T2DM) responsible for 90% of DM cases. Persons with diabetes have a significantly increased risk of active TB, which is two to three times higher than in persons without diabetes. The aim of this study was to determine the association between pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) and T2DM among Sudanese patients and also to determine the association between hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) percentage in diabetic patients and development of PTB and effect of duration of T2DM in developing PTB...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317744/molecular-study-of-mucin-procyanidin-interaction-by-fluorescence-quenching-and-saturation-transfer-difference-std-nmr
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Elsa Brandão, Mafalda Santos Silva, Ignacio García-Estévez, Nuno Mateus, Victor de Freitas, Susana Soares
Astringency is closely related to the interaction between procyanidins and salivary proteins (SP). The aim of this work was to study the interaction between mucin, a SP responsible for saliva lubricating properties, with different procyanidins (B4 dimer, tetramer (TT) and fractions of oligomeric procyanidins), and the influence of several conditions [pH, ionic strength, procyanidins' mean degree of polymerization (mDP) and different solvents (ethanol or dimethylsulfoxide)] on this interaction by fluorescence quenching and Saturation Transfer Difference (STD)-NMR...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306547/synthetic-ct-for-mri-based-liver-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-treatment-planning
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Jeremy S Bredfeldt, Lianli Liu, Mary Feng, Yue Cao, James M Balter
A technique for generating MRI-derived synthetic CT volumes (MRCTs) is demonstrated in support of adaptive liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Under IRB approval, 16 subjects with hepatocellular carcinoma were scanned using a single MR pulse sequence (T1 Dixon). Air-containing voxels were identified by intensity thresholding on T1-weighted, water and fat images. The envelope of the anterior vertebral bodies was segmented from the fat image and fuzzy-C-means (FCM) was used to classify each non-air voxel as mid-density, lower-density, bone, or marrow in the abdomen, with only bone and marrow classified within the vertebral body envelope...
March 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303440/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-high-dose-statins-in-acute-phase-of-ischemic-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-a-systematic-review
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Jing-Xue Fang, Er-Qiang Wang, Wei Wang, Yang Liu, Gang Cheng
Inconsistent findings in the studies have been observed concerning the higher dose of statins use in the acute phase of ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Therefore, we performed a systematic review to assess this issue. A computerized literature search in PubMed, Cochrane Library databases, and EMBASE for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was conducted. The efficacy outcome indicators were National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score, infarct volume, and recurrence of stroke; the safety outcome indicators were intracranial hemorrhage events, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, and all-cause death...
March 16, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297355/mr-image-based-synthetic-ct-for-imrt-prostate-treatment-planning-and-cbct-image-guided-localization
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Shupeng Chen, Hong Quan, An Qin, Seonghwan Yee, Di Yan
The purpose of this study was to propose and evaluate a method of creating a synthetic CT (S-CT) from MRI simulation for dose calculation and daily CBCT localization. A pair of MR and CT images was obtained in the same day from each of 10 prostate patients. The pair of MR and CT images was preregistered using the deformable image registration (DIR). Using the corresponding displacement vector field (atlas-DVF), the CT image was deformed to the MR image to create an atlas MR-CT pair. Regions of interest (ROI) on the atlas MR-CT pair were delineated and used to create atlas-ROI masks...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297275/how-dose-sparing-of-cardiac-structures-correlates-with-in-field-heart-volume-and-sternal-displacement
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Taeho Kim, Kelli Reardon, Daniel M Trifiletti, Constance Geesey, Kaitlyn Sukovich, Edwin Crandley, Paul W Read, Krishni Wijesooriya
Cardiac irradiation increases the risk of coronary artery disease in patients with left-sided breast cancer. Techniques exist to reduce cardiac irradiation, but the optimum technique depends on individual patient anatomy and physiology. We investigated the correlation of delta heart volume in field (dHVIF) and sternal excursion with dose sparing in heart and left anterior descending artery (LAD) to develop quantitative predictive models for expected dose to heart and LAD. A treatment planning study was performed on 97 left-breast cancer patients who underwent whole breast radiotherapy (prescription dose = 50 Gy) under deep inspiratory breath hold (DIBH)...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294600/histo-blood-group-antigen-presentation-is-critical-for-norovirus-vlp-binding-to-glycosphingolipids-in-model-membranes
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Waqas Nasir, Martin Frank, Angelika Kunze, Marta Bally, Francisco Parra, Per-Georg Nyholm, Fredrik Höök, Göran Larson
Virus entry depends on biomolecular recognition at the surface of cell membranes. In case of glycolipid receptors, these events are expected to be influenced by how the glycan epitope close to the membrane is presented to the virus. This presentation of membrane associated glycans is more restricted as compared to glycans in solution, particularly because of orientational constraints imposed on the glycolipid through its lateral interactions with other membrane lipids and proteins. We have developed and employed total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) based binding assay and a scheme for molecular dynamics (MD) membrane simulations to investigate the consequences of various glycan presentation effects...
March 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290950/survey-of-sexually-transmitted-disease-laboratory-methods-in-u-s-army-laboratories-2012
#16
Nicole K Leamer, Nikki N Jordan, Laura A Pacha, Nabil H Latif, Eric C Garges, Joel C Gaydos
INTRODUCTION: Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) affect primarily young people (17-24 years). The U.S. Military, with many young people, strives to maintain effective STD treatment and prevention programs using current methods. Laboratory testing technology and capacity are important for appropriate clinical management and to provide data to direct prevention programs. STD laboratory capabilities are assessed in civilian and military laboratories using surveys. An Army laboratory survey was conducted in 2007...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290720/comparison-of-heart-rate-variability-recording-with-smart-phone-photoplethysmographic-polar-h7-chest-strap-and-electrocardiogram-methods
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Daniel J Plews, Ben Scott, Marco Altini, Matt Wood, Andrew E Kilding, Paul B Laursen
PURPOSE: To establish the validity of smartphone photoplethysmography (PPG) and heart rate sensor in the measurement of heart rate variability (HRV). METHODS: 29 healthy subjects were measured at rest during 5 min of guided breathing (GB) and normal breathing (NB) using Smartphone PPG, heart rate chest strap and electrocardiography (ECG). The root mean sum of the squared differences between R-R intervals (rMSSD) was determined from each device. RESULTS: Compared to ECG, the technical error of estimate (TEE) was acceptable for all conditions (average TEE CV% (90% CI) = 6...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287803/benefit-finding-and-effect-on-caregiver-depression-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Sheung-Tak Cheng, Emily P M Mak, Helene H Fung, Timothy Kwok, Diana T F Lee, Linda C W Lam
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of using cognitive reappraisal to find positive gains on caregivers' depressive symptoms, burden, and psychological well-being. METHOD: Ninety-six caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease were randomly assigned to receive a benefit-finding intervention or 1 of 2 treatment-as-usual conditions, namely, simplified psychoeducation (lectures only; SIM-PE) or standard psychoeducation (STD-PE). Each participant received 4 biweekly interventions of 3 hr each, over a 2-month period, at home...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285119/fitness-in-young-adulthood-and-long-term-cardiac-structure-and-function-the-cardia-study
#19
Ambarish Pandey, Norrina B Allen, Colby Ayers, Jared P Reis, Henrique T Moreira, Stephen Sidney, Jamal S Rana, David R Jacobs, Lisa S Chow, James A de Lemos, Mercedes Carnethon, Jarett D Berry
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the association between early-life cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and measures of left ventricular (LV) structure and function in midlife. BACKGROUND: Low CRF in midlife is associated with a higher risk of heart failure. However, the unique contributions of early-life CRF toward measures of LV structure and function in middle age are not known. METHODS: CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) study participants with a baseline maximal treadmill test and an echocardiogram at year 25 were included...
March 5, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281146/influence-of-the-cardiac-cycle-on-pcasl-cardiac-triggering-of-the-end-of-labeling
#20
Jasper Verbree, Matthias J P van Osch
OBJECTIVE: In arterial spin labeling (ASL), the cardiac cycle might adversely influence signal-stability by varying the amount of label created, labeling efficiency and/or transport times. Due to the long labeling duration in pseudo-Continuous ASL (pCASL), the blood labeled last contributes most to the ASLsignal. The present study investigated, using numerical simulations and in vivo experiments, the effect of the cardiac cycle on pCASL, thereby focusing on the end-of-labeling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the in vivo experiments the end-of-labeling was timed to a specific cardiac phase while a long labeling duration of >7 s was used to isolate the influence of the lastly labeled spins on ASL-signal stability...
March 9, 2017: Magma
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