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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441664/protection-against-legionnaire-s-disease-recombinant-flagellin-a-of-legionella-pneumophila-can-induce-protective-immunity-against-bacteremia-in-a-balb-c-murine-model
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Ashraf Mohabati Mobarez, Roya Ahmadrajabi, Nima Khoramabadi, Ali-Hatef Salmanian
To investigate the immunoprotective effects of the recombinant type A flagellin (FLA), the flaA gene of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 strain Paris was cloned into pET28a(+). Recombinant FLA (rFLA) was overexpressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified by Ni2+ exchange chromatography. Female BALB/c aged 6-8 weeks were immunized with 20 μg of rFLA. Nonimmunized mice along with mice inoculated with a sublethal dose of live L. pneumophila intravenously were considered as negative and positive controls, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441439/hemodynamics-and-gas-exchange-during-chest-compressions-in-neonatal-resuscitation
#2
Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, Bobby Mathew, Sara Berkelhamer, Jayasree Nair, Myra Wyckoff, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
PURPOSE: Current knowledge about pulmonary/systemic hemodynamics and gas exchange during neonatal resuscitation in a model of transitioning fetal circulation with fetal shunts and fluid-filled alveoli is limited. Using a fetal lamb asphyxia model, we sought to determine whether hemodynamic or gas-exchange parameters predicted successful return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). METHODS: The umbilical cord was occluded in 22 lambs to induce asphyxial cardiac arrest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441046/characterization-of-long-term-elution-of-platinum-from-carboplatin-impregnated-calcium-sulfate-hemihydrate-beads-in-vitro-by-two-distinct-sample-collection-methods
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Rachel J Tulipan, Heidi Phillips, Laura D Garrett, Levent Dirikolu, Mark A Mitchell
OBJECTIVE To characterize long-term elution of platinum from carboplatin-impregnated calcium sulfate hemihydrate (CI-CSH) beads in vitro by comparing 2 distinct sample collection methods designed to mimic 2 in vivo environments. SAMPLES 162 CI-CSH beads containing 4.6 mg of carboplatin (2.4 mg of platinum/bead). PROCEDURES For method 1, which mimicked an in vivo environment with rapid and complete fluid exchange, each of 3 plastic 10-mL conical tubes contained 3 CI-CSH beads and 5 mL of PBS solution. Eluent samples were obtained by evacuation of all fluid at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 12 hours and 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, and 30 days...
May 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441028/application-of-gc-ms-soft-ionization-for-isomeric-biological-compound-analysis
#4
Takeshi Furuhashi, Koji Okuda
Isomers are compounds with the same molecular formula. Many different types of isomers are ubiquitous and play important roles in living organisms. Despite their early discovery, the actual analysis of isomers has been tricky and has confounded researchers. Using mass spectrometry (MS) to distinguish or identify isomers is an emergent topic and challenge for analytical chemists. We review some techniques for analyzing isomers with emphasis on MS, e.g., the roles of ion reaction, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, ion mobility mass spectrometry, ion spectroscopy and energy change in producing isomer-specific fragments...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440836/controllable-hydrothermal-synthesis-of-ni-h-bea-with-a-hierarchical-core-shell-structure-and-highly-enhanced-biomass-hydrodeoxygenation-performance
#5
Bing Ma, Huimei Cui, Darui Wang, Peng Wu, Chen Zhao
Ni based catalysts are wildly used in catalytic industrial processes due to their low costs and high activities. The design of highly hierarchical core-shell structured Ni/HBEA is achieved using a sustainable, simple, and easy-tunable hydrothermal synthesis approach using combined NH4Cl and NH3·H2O as a co-precipitation agent at 120 °C. Starting from a single-crystalline hierarchical H(+)-exchanged beta polymorph zeolite (HBEA), the adjustment of the precipitate conditions shows that mixed NH4Cl and NH3·H2O precipitates with proper concentrations are vital in the hydrothermal synthesis for preserving a good crystalline morphology of HBEA and generating abundant highly-dispersed Ni nanoparticles (loading: 41 wt%, 5...
April 25, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440800/the-trichodesmium-consortium-conserved-heterotrophic-co-occurrence-and-genomic-signatures-of-potential-interactions
#6
Michael D Lee, Nathan G Walworth, Erin L McParland, Fei-Xue Fu, Tracy J Mincer, Naomi M Levine, David A Hutchins, Eric A Webb
The nitrogen (N)-fixing cyanobacterium Trichodesmium is globally distributed in warm, oligotrophic oceans, where it contributes a substantial proportion of new N and fuels primary production. These photoautotrophs form macroscopic colonies that serve as relatively nutrient-rich substrates that are colonized by many other organisms. The nature of these associations may modulate ocean N and carbon (C) cycling, and can offer insights into marine co-evolutionary mechanisms. Here we integrate multiple omics-based and experimental approaches to investigate Trichodesmium-associated bacterial consortia in both laboratory cultures and natural environmental samples...
April 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440739/featured-article-pharmacological-postconditioning-with-delta-opioid-attenuates-myocardial-reperfusion-injury-in-isolated-porcine-hearts
#7
Maria Seewald, James A Coles, Daniel C Sigg, Paul A Iaizzo
Ischemic preconditioning has been utilized to protect the heart from ischemia prior to ischemia onset, whereas postconditioning is employed to minimize the consequences of ischemia at the onset of reperfusion. The underlying mechanisms and pathways of ischemic pre- and postconditioning continue to be investigated as therapeutic targets. We evaluated the administration of a delta opioid agonist or cariporide on various parameters associated with myocardial reperfusion injury upon reperfusion of isolated porcine hearts...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440645/structural-electronic-and-magnetic-properties-of-iron-disulfide-fens2-0-%C3%A2-n-1-6-clusters
#8
Slimane Tazibt, Aziz Chikhaoui, Said Bouarab, Andres Vega
The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of neutral and charged FenS2(0/±), n=1-6 clusters have been calculated in the framework of the density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange and correlation. The calculated adiabatic electron affinity and the vertical detachment energy are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental data. The impact of disulfide doping of the small iron clusters on the atomic structure, stability, magnetic moment and reactivity is determined through the analysis of the binding energy per atom, electronic charge transfer, spin-polarized electronic density of states and global reactivity indicators like the electronegativity and chemical hardness...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440616/discovery-and-characterization-of-a-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-4a-3-selective-inhibitor-that-suppresses-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay
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Misa Iwatani-Yoshihara, Masahiro Ito, Yoshihiro Ishibashi, Hideyuki Oki, Toshio Tanaka, Daisuke Morishita, Takashi Ito, Hiromichi Kimura, Yasuhiro Imaeda, Samuel A Aparicio, Atsushi Nakanishi, Tomohiro Kawamoto
Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A-3 (eIF4A3) is an Asp-Glu-Ala-Asp (DEAD) box-family adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent RNA helicase. Subtypes eIF4A1 and eIF4A2 are required for translation initiation, but eIF4A3 participates in the exon junction complex (EJC) and functions in RNA metabolism including nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD). No small molecules for NMD inhibition via selective inhibition of eIF4A3 have been discovered. Here we identified allosteric eIF4A3 inhibitors from a high-throughput screening campaign...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
#10
Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440394/g-protein-coupled-receptor-30-mediates-the-effects-of-estrogen-on-endothelial-cell-tube-formation-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Liyuan Zhou, Hong Chen, Xun Mao, Hongbo Qi, Philip N Baker, Hua Zhang
The placenta is the exchange organ between the mother and the fetus. The inadequate function of this organ is associated with a number of pregnancy disorders. Hypoxia and oxidative stress during placental development may induce endothelial dysfunction, resulting in the reduction in the perfusion of the placenta. During pregnancy, the levels of estrogen are increased. Decreased estrogen levels have been reported in women with preeclampsia. However, whether estrogen is involved in placental angiogenesis remains unclear...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440382/ph-dependent-structural-diversity-of-a-2-pyridinemethanol-cu-complex-and-its-relatively-strong-magnetic-exchange-coupling-via-hydrogen-bonding
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Tomohiko Hamaguchi, Tomoko Nagata, Shinya Hayami, Satoshi Kawata, Isao Ando
The diversity of the self-assembled structures of a Cu complex via hydrogen bonding, including a square planar unit, is reported. The Cu complex forms two self-assembled structures by hydrogen bonding, depending on the acidity of the recrystallization conditions. A linear chain structure can be produced under acidic conditions, and a three-dimensional network structure is observed under basic conditions. The linear chain structure is constructed from intermolecular sharing of a hydrogen atom between two 2-pyridinemethanolate units, with an OO distance of 2...
April 25, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440340/comparative-genomics-and-metabolomics-analyses-of-the-adaptation-mechanism-in-ketogulonicigenium-vulgare-bacillus-thuringiensis-consortium
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Nan Jia, Ming-Zhu Ding, Yang Zou, Feng Gao, Ying-Jin Yuan
Adaptive evolution by serial subcultivation of co-cultured Bacillus thuringiensis and Ketogulonicigenium vulgare significantly enhanced the productivity of 2-keto-L-gulonic acid in two-step vitamin C production. The adaptation mechanism in K. vulgare-B. thuringiensis consortium was investigated in this study based on comparative genomics and metabolomics studies. It was found that the growth, anti-oxidation, transcription and regulation were significantly enhanced in the adapted consortium. The mutation of the genes, which encode amidohydrolase in adapted K...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440287/sorption-of-nickel-ii-on-a-calcareous-aridisol-soil-china-batch-xps-and-exafs-spectroscopic-investigations
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Shirong Qiang, Bin Han, Xiaolan Zhao, Yunbo Yang, Dadong Shao, Ping Li, Jianjun Liang, Qiaohui Fan
The sorption of Ni(II) on a calcareous aridisol (CA) soil, one of the major soil types in northwestern China, was investigated using batch and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) approaches in a 0.01 mol/L NaClO4 solution at different pH values (6.0-10.0), temperatures (25-60 °C) and contact times (2-15 days). Under alkaline conditions, EXAFS analysis showed that the interatomic distances between Ni and O atoms (RNi-O) were approximately 2.04 Å with a typical coordination number (CN) of ~6...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440201/investigation-of-the-ph-dependent-cytotoxicity-of-paclitaxel-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles
#15
Zahrah Alhalili, Nur Hikmatul Auliya, Barbara Sandersonb, J G Shapter
Breast cancer, apart from skin cancer, is the most common cancer among women accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women after lung cancer. Finding new approaches to treat such cancers is critically important. OBJECTIVE: This work investigated the ability of a simple system based on paclitaxel conjugated gold nanoparticles (AuNP) to induce efficient cytotoxicity against T47D breast cancerous cells at different pH values. METHOD: The synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles using two approaches is presented...
April 24, 2017: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440073/antiparallel-dynamic-covalent-chemistries
#16
Bartosz Mateusz Matysiak, Piotr Nowak, Ivica Cvrtila, Charalampos Pappas, Bin Liu, David Komaromy, Sijbren Otto
The ability to design reaction networks with high, but addressable complexity is a necessary prerequisite to make advanced functional chemical systems. Dynamic combinatorial chemistry has proven to be a useful tool in achieving complexity, however with some limitations in controlling it. Herein we introduce the concept of antiparallel chemistries, in which the same functional group can be channeled into one of two reversible chemistries depending on a controllable parameter. Such systems allow both for achieving complexity, by combinatorial chemistry, and addressing it, by switching from one chemistry to another by controlling an external parameter...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440031/production-characterization-and-assessment-of-a-stable-analog-of-the-response-regulator-chey-phosphate-from-thermotoga-maritima
#17
Matthew S Beyersdorf, Ria Sircar, Daniel B Lookadoo, Cory Bottone, Michael J Lynch, Brian R Crane, Christopher J Halkides
Phosphorylation of CheY promotes association with the flagellar motor and ultimately controls the directional bias of the motor. However, biochemical studies of activated CheY-phosphate have been challenging due to the rapid hydrolysis of the aspartyl-phosphate in vitro. An inert analog of Tm CheY-phosphate, phosphono-CheY, was synthesized by chemical modification and purified by cation-exchange chromatography. Changes in HPLC retention times, chemical assays for phosphate and free thiol, and mass spectrometry experiments demonstrate modification of Cys54 with a phosphonomethyl group...
April 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439983/a-method-for-assessing-the-performance-of-nanofiber-films-coated-on-window-screens-in-reducing-residential-exposures-to-pm2-5-of-outdoor-origin-in-beijing
#18
Shanshan Shi, Ye Bian, Li Zhang, Chun Chen
Recently, many nanofiber films have been developed for air filtration applications. These films exhibit high PM2.5 (particles with aerodynamic diameters less than 2.5 μm) removal efficiency and relatively low air resistance. Thus, coating window screens with nanofiber films may be able to mitigate residential exposure to PM2.5 of outdoor origin. This study developed a method for assessing the performance of nanofiber window screens in reducing residential exposure to PM2.5 of outdoor origin in Beijing. The results show that the use of selected nanofiber window screens all the time throughout the year can reduce the mean value of the annual average indoor PM2...
April 25, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439919/motor-polyradiculopathy-during-pembrolizumab-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma
#19
Maria Sepúlveda, Eugenia Martinez-Hernandez, Lydia Gaba, Ivan Victoria, Nuria Sola-Valls, Neus Falgàs, Jordi Casanova-Molla, Francesc Graus
INTRODUCTION: Pembrolizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the immune checkpoint PD-1 (programmed cell death-1 receptor), has improved survival in patients with advanced melanoma. Neuromuscular immune-mediated side effects have been rarely reported. METHODS: We describe a 44-year-old man with metastatic melanoma who presented with progressive muscle weakness after 23 doses of pembrolizumab. RESULTS: The patient developed asymmetric, proximal muscle weakness and atrophy in all four limbs...
April 25, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439826/surface-acoustic-wave-lysis-and-ion-exchange-membrane-quantification-of-exosomal-microrna
#20
Katherine E Richards, David B Go, Reginald Hill
MicroRNA detection and quantification are commonly explored techniques for diagnostic and prognostic predictions. Typically, microRNAs are extracted and purified from a biological source, converted into complementary DNA (cDNA), and amplified using real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The number of RT-PCR cycles required to reach the threshold of detection provides a relative quantification of the target microRNA when this data is normalized to the quantity of a control microRNA. This methodology has several drawbacks, including the need to artificially amplify the target microRNA for detection as well as quantification errors that can occur due to expression level differences of the control microRNAs for normalization in various sample sources...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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