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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088608/gene-analysis-of-six-cases-of-congenital-protein-s-deficiency-and-functional-analysis-of-protein-s-mutations-a139v-c449f-r451q-c475f-a525v-and-d599tfster13
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Fumina Taniguchi, Eriko Morishita, Akiko Sekiya, Haruka Nomoto, Shiori Katsu, Shounosuke Kaneko, Hidesaku Asakura, Shigeki Ohtake
Congenital deficiency of protein S (PS), an anticoagulant factor, leads to venous thrombosis, with onset predominantly beginning in adolescence. In the present study, gene analysis of six unrelated Japanese families diagnosed with congenital PS deficiency identified five missense mutations in the PROS1 gene - c.757C>T (Ala139Val; A139V), c.1346 G>T (Cys449Phe; C449F), c.1352G>A (Arg451Gln; R451Q), c.1424G>T (Cys475Phe; C475F) and c.1574C>T (Ala525Val; A525V) - and one frameshift mutation, c.2135delA (Asp599ThrfsTer13; D599TfsTer13)...
December 24, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088319/ercc1-and-ercc2-as-predictive-biomarkers-to-oxaliplatin-based-chemotherapy-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-from-egypt
#2
Amira B Kassem, Salem EidSalem, Mohamed E Abdelrahim, Amira S A Said, Ahmad Salahuddin, Marwa Mahmoud Hussein, Abeer A Bahnassy
BACKGROUND: The impact of Excision repair cross-complementation group 1 (ERCC1) and group 2 (ERCC2) expression levels on the efficacy of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy is still controversial. The present study was conducted to determine the predictive value of these molecular biomarkers in stage III and IV colorectal cancer (CRC) patients receiving oxaliplatin (OX) - based chemotherapy as first-line treatment. METHODS: The study included 80 CRC patients who received first line oxaliplatin based chemotherapy The expression levels of ERCC1 and ERCC2-mRNA and proteins were determined in the primary tumors by quantitative real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction(RT-qPCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC); respectively...
January 11, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088150/optimal-orientation-of-an-asymmetric-top-molecule-with-terahertz-pulses
#3
L H Coudert
Terahertz pulses effects are investigated in an asymmetric top C2v molecule using numerical simulations. The average value of the direction cosine ΦZx is computed solving the time dependent Schrödinger equation for several types of pulses. The H2S molecule taken as a test case is first subject to two short terahertz pulses with a duration smaller than 5 ps, an identical maximum value of the electric field of 2 MV/cm, but a different shape. The thermal average ⟨⟨ΦZx⟩⟩ is calculated for several temperatures, and non-periodic time variations are found even for the lowest temperature...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088020/sulphur-alters-chromium-vi-toxicity-in-solanum-melongena-seedlings-role-of-sulphur-assimilation-and-sulphur-containing-antioxidants
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Madhulika Singh, Bishwajit Kumar Kushwaha, Samiksha Singh, Vipin Kumar, Vijay Pratap Singh, Sheo Mohan Prasad
The present study investigates modulation in hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI) 25 μM] toxicity by sulphur (S; 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mM S as low (LS), medium (MS) and high sulphur (HS), respectively) in Solanum melongena (eggplant) seedlings. Biomass accumulation (fresh and dry weights), photosynthetic pigments, photosynthetic oxygen evolution and S content were declined by Cr(VI) toxicity. Furthermore, fluorescence characteristics (JIP-test) were also affected by Cr(VI), but Cr(VI) toxicity on photosystem II photochemistry was ameliorated by HS treatment via reducing damaging effect on PS II reaction centre and its reduction side...
December 27, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087991/an-exceptionally-selective-dna-cooperatively-binding-two-ca2-ions
#5
Wenhu Zhou, Runjhun Saran, Po-Jung Jimmy Huang, Jinsong Ding, Juewen Liu
Ca2+ is a highly important metal ion in biology and in the environment, leading to extensive work in developing sensors for Ca2+ detection. While many Ca2+ binding proteins are known, few nucleic acids can selectively bind Ca2+. DNA-based biosensors are attractive for its high stability and excellent programmability. Herein, we report a RNA-cleaving DNAzyme named EtNa cooperatively binding two Ca2+ ions but only one Mg2+. Four DNAzymes with known Ca2+-dependent activity were compared, and the EtNa has the best selectivity...
January 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087315/assessing-light-independent-effects-of-hypericin-on-cell-viability-ultrastructure-and-metabolism-in-human-glioma-and-endothelial-cells
#6
Veronika Huntosova, Marta Novotova, Zuzana Nichtova, Lucia Balogova, Maria Maslanakova, Dana Petrovajova, Katarina Stroffekova
Cell exposure to light-independent effects of photosensitizers (PS) used in PDT is clinically relevant when PS affect the pro-apoptotic cascade.In many malignant cells, Hypericin (Hyp) has PS displayed light-dependent anti-proliferative and cytotoxic effects with no cytotoxicity in the dark. Recent studies have shown that Hyp also exhibited light-independent cytotoxic effects in a wide range of concentrations. The molecular mechanisms underlying Hyp light-independent (dark) toxicity may be due to its interaction with different molecules at the Hyp accumulation sites including mitochondria, and these mechanisms are not understood in detail...
January 10, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087148/immunogenicity-differences-of-a-15-valent-pneumococcal-polysaccharide-conjugate-vaccine-pcv15-based-on-vaccine-dose-route-of-immunization-and-mouse-strain
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Ivette Caro-Aguilar, Lani Indrawati, Robin M Kaufhold, Christine Gaunt, Yuhua Zhang, Denise K Nawrocki, Cecilia Giovarelli, Michael A Winters, William J Smith, Jon Heinrichs, Julie M Skinner
Pneumococcal disease continues to be a medical need even with very effective vaccines on the market. Globally, there are extensive research efforts to improve serotype coverage with novel vaccines; therefore, conducting preclinical studies in different animal models becomes essential. The work presented herein focuses on evaluating a 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV15) in mice. Initially we evaluated several doses of PCV15 in Balb/c mice. The optimal vaccine dose was determined to be 0.4μg per pneumococcal polysaccharide (PS) (0...
January 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086842/socioeconomic-inequality-of-overweight-and-obesity-of-the-elderly-in-iran-bushehr-elderly-health-beh-program
#8
Alireza Raeisi, Mohammadbagher Mehboudi, Hossein Darabi, Iraj Nabipour, Bagher Larijani, Neda Mehrdad, Ramin Heshmat, Gita Shafiee, Farshad Sharifi, Afshin Ostovar
BACKGROUND: The objective of this population-based, large sample size study was to investigate the socioeconomic inequality of overweight and obesity among the elderly in Iran. METHODS: Baseline data of 3000 persons aged ≥60 years who participated in the Bushehr Elderly Health (BEH) program was analyzed. Overweight and obesity were defined as a body mass index (BMI) equal to or higher than 25 and 30, respectively. Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured by an asset index, constructed using principal component analysis, income, education level, and employment status...
January 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081525/effect-of-free-nitrous-acid-pre-treatment-on-primary-sludge-at-low-exposure-times
#9
S Zahedi, P Icaran, Z Yuan, M Pijuan
The present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of different free nitrous acid (FNA) concentrations at low pre-treatment times (PTs) (1, 2 and 5h) and without pH control with mild agitation on primary sludge (PS) biodegradability and methane production (MP). Increasing PTs resulted in an increase in the solubility of the organic matter (around 25%), but not on cell-mortality (>75% in all the cases with FNA) and neither on methane generation. FNA pre-treatment at low PTs improve MP (around 16% at PT of 1h and 650mg N-NO2(-)/L)...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081098/generation-of-terahertz-optical-beating-from-a-simultaneously-self-mode-locked-nd-yag-laser-at-1064-and-1123%C3%A2-%C3%A2-nm
#10
C L Sung, C Y Lee, C C Chang, H C Liang, Y F Chen
The reflectivity of the output coupler is designed to achieve the synchronously self-mode-locked operation at 1064 and 1123 nm in a diode-end-pumped Nd:YAG laser. Numerical analyses are performed to confirm that the designed output coupler can lead the emission lines to be predominant at 1064 and 1123 nm. Moreover, the crossover of the threshold pump powers for the 1064 and 1123 nm emission lines can be exploited to obtain the single central wavelength of 1064 nm or the single central wavelength of 1123 nm or, simultaneously, dual-central-wavelength self-mode-locked operation by finely adjusting the cavity alignment...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081096/pump-probe-micro-spectroscopy-by-means-of-an-ultra-fast-acousto-optics-delay-line
#11
Xavier Audier, Naveen Balla, Hervé Rigneault
We demonstrate femtosecond pump-probe transient absorption spectroscopy using a programmable dispersive filter as an ultra-fast delay line. Combined with fast synchronous detection, this delay line allows for recording of 6 ps decay traces at 34 kHz. With such acquisition speed, we perform single point pump-probe spectroscopy on bulk samples in 80 μs and hyperspectral pump-probe imaging over a field of view of 100 μm in less than a second. The usability of the method is illustrated in a showcase experiment to image and discriminate between two pigments in a mixture...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081082/seedless-velocimetry-at-100%C3%A2-%C3%A2-khz-with-picosecond-laser-electronic-excitation-tagging
#12
Naibo Jiang, Jason G Mance, Mikhail N Slipchenko, Josef J Felver, Hans U Stauffer, Tongxun Yi, Paul M Danehy, Sukesh Roy
Picosecond-laser electronic-excitation tagging (PLEET), a seedless picosecond-laser-based velocimetry technique, is demonstrated in non-reactive flows at a repetition rate of 100 kHz with a 1064 nm, 100 ps burst-mode laser. The fluorescence lifetime of the PLEET signal was measured in nitrogen, and the laser heating effects were analyzed. PLEET experiments with a free jet of nitrogen show the ability to measure multi-point flow velocity fluctuations at a 100 kHz detection rate or higher. Both spectral and dynamic mode decomposition analyses of velocity on a Ma=0...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081044/evaluation-of-the-condom-barriers-scale-for-young-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men-reliability-and-validity-of-3-subscales
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Richard A Crosby, Stephanie A Sanders, Cynthia A Graham, Robin Milhausen, William L Yarber, Leandro Mena
BACKGROUND: Reliable and valid scale measures of barriers to condom use are not available for young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Condom Barriers Scales for application with YBMSM. METHODS: A clinic-based sample of 600 YBMSM completed a computer-assisted self-interview. The primary measure was a 14-item abbreviated version of the Condom Barriers Scale. Reliability and criterion validity were assessed. RESULTS: All 3 subscales were reliable: partner-related barriers (Cronbach α=0...
February 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080261/performance-of-hispanics-and-non-hispanic-whites-on-the-nih-toolbox-cognition-battery-the-roles-of-ethnicity-and-language-backgrounds
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Ilse Flores, Kaitlin B Casaletto, Maria J Marquine, Anya Umlauf, David J Moore, Dan Mungas, Richard C Gershon, Jennifer L Beaumont, Robert K Heaton
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the influence of Hispanic ethnicity and language/cultural background on performance on the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery (NIHTB-CB). METHOD: Participants included healthy, primarily English-speaking Hispanic (n = 93; Hispanic-English), primarily Spanish-speaking Hispanic (n = 93; Hispanic-Spanish), and English speaking Non-Hispanic white (n = 93; NH white) adults matched on age, sex, and education levels. All participants were in the NIH Toolbox national norming project and completed the Fluid and Crystallized components of the NIHTB-CB...
January 12, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079731/midterm-radiographic-and-functional-outcomes-of-the-anterior-internal-pelvic-fixator-infix
#15
Rahul Vaidya, Adam Jonathan Martin, Matthew Roth, Frederick Tonnos, Bryant Oliphant, Jon Carlson
OBJECTIVE: To describe our experience using the anterior internal pelvic fixator (INIFX) for treating pelvic ring injuries. DESIGN: Case Series SETTING:: Level 1 Trauma Center PATIENTS:: Eighty-three patients with pelvic ring injuries treated with INFIX. Follow up avg. 35 months (range 12-80.33) INTERVENTION:: Surgical treatment of pelvic ring injuries included reduction, appropriate posterior fixation, and INFIX placement. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: Reduction using the pelvic deformity index (PDI) and pubic symphysis(PS) widening, Majeed functional scores, complications; infection, implant failure, heterotopic ossification (HO), nerve injury, and pain...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079428/the-first-6-weeks-of-recovery-after-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty-with-fast-track
#16
Lisette C M Klapwijk, Nina M C Mathijssen, Jeroen C Van Egmond, Bianca M Verbeek, Stephan B W Vehmeijer
Background and purpose - Fast-track protocols have been introduced worldwide to improve the recovery after total hip arthroplasty (THA). These protocols have reduced the length of hospital stay (LOS), and THA in an outpatient setting is also feasible. However, less is known regarding the first weeks after THA with fast track. We examined patients' experiences of the first 6 weeks after hospital discharge following inpatient and outpatient THA with fast track. Patients and methods - In a prospective cohort study, 100 consecutive patients who underwent THA surgery in a fast-track setting between February 2015 and October 2015 received a diary for 6 weeks...
January 12, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079223/ultrafast-energy-and-electron-transfers-in-structurally-well-addressable-bodipy-porphyrin-fullerene-polyads
#17
Di Gao, Shawkat M Aly, Paul-Ludovic Karsenti, Gessie Brisard, Pierre D Harvey
Two electron transfer polyads built upon [C60]-[ZnP]-[BODIPY] (1) and [ZnP]-[ZnP](-[BODIPY])(-[C60]) (2), where [C60] = N-methyl-2-phenyl-3,4-fulleropyrrolidine, [BODIPY] = boron dipyrromethane, and [ZnP] = zinc(ii) porphyrin, were synthesized along with their corresponding energy transfer polyads [ZnP]-[BODIPY] (1a) and [ZnP]-[ZnP]-[BODIPY] (2a) as well as relevant models. These polyads were studied using cyclic voltammetry, DFT computations, steady state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, and fs transient absorption spectroscopy...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079196/ultra-fast-charge-migration-competes-with-proton-transfer-in-the-early-chemistry-of-h2o%C3%AB
#18
Furong Wang, Uli Schmidhammer, Aurélien de La Lande, Mehran Mostafavi
Oxidation by the ultra-short lived radical cation of water, H2O˙(+), can potentially take place at the interface of water and numerous heterogeneous systems involved in radiation therapy, energy and environmental industries. The oxidation processes induced by H2O˙(+) can be mimicked in highly concentrated solutions where the nearest neighbors of H2O˙(+) may be molecules other than water. The reactivity of H2O˙(+) and D2O˙(+) is probed in hydrogenated and deuterated sulfuric acid solutions of various concentrations...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079142/the-prognostic-role-of-egfr-tkis-for-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#19
Dan Zhao, Xuejing Chen, Na Qin, Dan Su, Lijuan Zhou, Quan Zhang, Xi Li, Xinyong Zhang, Mulan Jin, Jinghui Wang
Clinical trials have shown that epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) did not improve the survival of patients with EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) because of the high crossover of treatments. Realistically, the role of EGFR-TKIs in NSCLC with mutated EGFR is not well known. We retrospectively analysed data from patients with recurrent or metastatic NSCLC. Clinical prognostic factors were identified by Cox proportional hazards modelling. Among 503 patients, the median overall survival (OS) for all of patients was 11...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078603/a-comparison-of-the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-cis-9-trans-11-conjugated-linoleic-acid-to-celecoxib-in-the-collagen-induced-arthritis-model
#20
Jake M Olson, Alexander W Haas, Jennifer Lor, Holly S McKee, Mark E Cook
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, such as celecoxib, for chronic inflammatory disease are associated with adverse health events, while cis-9, trans-11 (c9t11) conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is anti-inflammatory without adverse events attributed to pure intake. Mechanistically, celecoxib and c9t11 disrupt the arachidonic acid cascade; however, the equivalency of anti-inflammatory effects between these compounds is unknown. Therefore, to test the hypothesis that 0.5% dietary c9t11 reduces inflammation equivalently to a celecoxib dose intended to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA; 5 mg/kg bw), arthritic mice received diets containing one of the following supplements: 1% corn oil (CO, w/w), 0...
January 11, 2017: Lipids
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