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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334612/tempo-oxidized-bacterial-cellulose-pellicle-with-silver-nanoparticles-for-wound-dressing
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Chun-Nan Wu, Shih-Chang Fuh, Shin-Ping Lin, Yen-Yi Lin, Hung-Yueh Chen, Jui-Ming Liu, Kuan-Chen Cheng
Biocompatible bacterial cellulose pellicle (BCP) is a candidate for biomedical material such as wound dressing. However, due to lack of antibacterial activity, to grant BCP with the property is crucial for its biomedical application. In the present study, BCP was modified by 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-mediated oxidation using TEMPO/NaClO/NaBr system at pH 10 to form TEMPO-oxidized BCP (TOBCP) with anionic C6 carboxylate groups. The TOBCP was subsequently ion-exchanged in AgNO3 solution and silver nanoparticles (AgNP) with diameter of ~16...
January 15, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334552/effect-of-hiv-self-testing-on-the-number-of-sexual-partners-among-female-sex-workers-in-zambia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Catherine Oldenburg, Michael M Chanda, Katrina F Ortblad, Magdalene Mwale, Steven Chongo, Nyambe Kamungoma, Catherine Kanchele, Andrew Fullem, Caitlin Moe, Leah G Barresi, Guy D Harling, Till Bärnighausen
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of two health systems approaches to distribute HIV self-tests on the number of female sex workers' client and non-client sexual partners in a randomized controlled trial of HIV self-testing among female sex workers (FSW) in Zambia. DESIGN: Cluster randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Peer educators recruited 965 participants. Peer educator-participant groups were randomized 1:1:1 to one of three arms: 1) delivery of HIV self-tests directly from a peer educator, 2) free facility-based delivery of HIV-self tests in exchange for coupons, or 3) referral to standard HIV testing (standard of care)...
January 13, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334461/enhanced-proton-loss-from-neutral-free-radicals-towards-carbon-centered-superacids
#3
John C Walton
Radical centers close to protons are known to enhance their dissociation. Investigation of the generality of this Radical Enhanced Deprotonation (RED-shift) phenomenon and the kinds of structures in which it operates are reported. The pKas for sulfinic, sulfonic, pentan-2,4-dione and Meldrum's acid species, with adjacent radicals centered on C-, N- and O-atoms, were computed by a DFT method from free energies of deprotonation. All series showed significant RED-shifts that increased with the electronegativity of the radical center...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334455/modulating-the-molybdenum-coordination-sphere-of-escherichia-coli-trimethylamine-n-oxide-reductase
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Paul Kaufmann, Benjamin R Duffus, Biljana Mitrova, Chantal Iobbi-Nivol, Christian Teutloff, Manfred Nimtz, Lothar Jänsch, Ulla Wollenberger, Silke Leimkühler
The well-studied enterobacterium Escherichia coli present in the human gut is able to reduce TMAO to trimethylamine (TMA) during anaerobic respiration. The TMAO reductase TorA is a monomeric, bis-molybdopterin guanine dinucleotide (bis-MGD) cofactor-containing enzyme belonging to the dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) reductase family of molybdoenzymes. We report on a system for the in vitro reconstitution of TorA with molybdenum cofactors (Moco) from different sources. Higher TMAO reductase activities for TorA were obtained when using Moco-sources containing a sulfido ligand at the molybdenum atom...
January 15, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334389/effect-of-coordination-geometry-on-the-magnetic-properties-of-a-series-of-ln2-and-ln4-hydroxo-clusters
#5
Amaleswari Rasamsetty, Chinmoy Das, E Carolina Sañudo, Maheswaran Shanmugam, Viswanathan Baskar
A series of three isostructural tetranuclear complexes with the general molecular formula [Ln4(μ3-OH)4(L)4(μ2-piv)4(MeOH)4] (Ln = Gd 1, Dy 2 and Ho 3; LH = [1,3-bis(o-methoxyphenyl)-propane-1,3-dione]) were isolated and unambiguously characterized by single crystal XRD. Under similar reaction conditions, simply changing the co-ligand from pivalate to 2,6-bis(hydroxymethyl)-p-cresol (LH'3) led to the isolation of dinuclear Ln(iii) complexes with the general molecular formula [Ln2(L)4(μ2-LH'2)2]·4DMF (Ln = Gd 4, Dy 5 and Ho 6)...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334384/micrometer-sized-dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated-layered-double-hydroxides-synthesis-selective-infrared-absorption-properties-and-applications-as-agricultural-films
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Yixuan Guo, Jing Wang, Dianqing Li, Pinggui Tang, Fabrice Leroux, Yongjun Feng
High-performance heat-retention agents for multifunctional green agricultural films are today largely suitable to increase the production yield as well as to save energy. Here, an adapted ammonia releasing hydrothermal method was used to produce a series of micrometer-sized carbonate-layered double hydroxide (CO3-LDH) precursors of sizes ranging from 1.32 μm to 8.64 μm by simply adjusting the feeding Mg2+ concentration from 0.80 mol L-1 to 0.20 mol L-1. From these pristine LDH materials, μm-sized dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated LDHs (H2PO4-LDHs) were prepared by an anion-exchange method...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334359/electronic-and-optical-properties-of-spinel-zinc-ferrite-i-ab-initio-i-hybrid-functional-calculations
#7
Daniel Fritsch
Spinel ferrites in general show a rich interplay of structural, electronic, and magnetic properties. Here, we particularly focus on zinc ferrite (ZFO), which has been observed experimentally to crystallise in the cubic <i>normal</i> spinel structure. However, its magnetic ground state is still under dispute. In addition, some unusual magnetic properties in ZFO thin films or nanostructures have been explained by a possible partial cation inversion and a different magnetic interaction between the two cation sublattices of the spinel structure compared to the crystalline bulk material...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334177/polypropylene-nonwoven-fabric-poly-ionic-liquid-s-for-switchable-oil-water-separation-dye-absorption-and-antibacterial-applications
#8
Yongyuan Ren, Jiangna Guo, Dan Xu, Jing Qin, Qian Lu, Feng Yan
Pollutants in wastewater include oils, dyes, and bacteria, making wastewater cleanup difficult. Here, we propose the preparation of multifunctional wastewater treatment media, poly(ionic liquid) grafted polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabrics (PP@PIL), prepared via a simple and scalable surface grafting process. The fabricated PP@PIL fabrics exhibited superior switchable oil/water separation (η > 99%) and dye absorption performance (q = 410 mg/g), as well as high antibacterial properties. The oil/water separation could be easily switched via anion-exchanging of PIL segments...
January 15, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334167/cross-linking-mass-spectrometry-for-studying-protein-structures-and-protein-protein-interactions-where-are-we-now-and-where-should-we-go-from-here
#9
Andrea Sinz
Structural mass spectrometry (MS) is gaining increasing importance in deriving valuable three-dimensional structural information on proteins and protein complexes and complements existing techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. Structural MS unites different MS-based techniques, i.e, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, native MS, ion-mobility MS, protein footprinting, and chemical cross-linking/MS, and allows fundamental questions in structural biology to be addressed. In this article, I will focus on the cross-linking/MS strategy...
January 15, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334136/a-bayesian-network-meta-analysis-efficacy-of-air-insufflation-co2-insufflation-water-exchange-and-water-immersion-in-colonoscopy
#10
REVIEW
Zhen Zhang, Yifeng Wu, Guangge Sun, Jing Zhang, Jiaxin Li, Chongyang Qiu, Xin Zheng, Botao Wang, Lei Yang, Ximo Wang
BACKGROUND: Colonoscopy is one of the excellent tools for screening colorectal cancer. There were four colonoscopy techniques containing air insufflation, CO2 insufflation, water exchange, and water immersion. Some studies reported that these methods are better than the criterion standard (air insufflation), while some studies showed not. In order to evaluate the efficacy of four colonoscopy techniques, a network meta-analysis was performed in present study. METHODS: We searched randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published up to September 2017 from PubMed, Embase, Cochrane library, and Web of Science...
January 15, 2018: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334092/synthetic-cells-produce-a-quorum-sensing-chemical-signal-perceived-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Giordano Rampioni, Francesca D'Angelo, Marco Messina, Alessandro Zennaro, Yutetsu Kuruma, Daniela Tofani, Livia Leoni, Pasquale Stano
Recent developments in bottom-up synthetic biology (e.g., lipid vesicle technology integrated with cell-free protein expression systems) allow the generation of semi-synthetic minimal cells (in short, synthetic cells, SCs) endowed with some distinctive capacities of natural cells. In particular, such approaches provide technological tools and conceptual frameworks for the design and engineering of programmable SCs capable of communicating with natural cells by exchanging chemical signals. Here we describe the generation of giant vesicle-based SCs which, via gene expression, synthesize in their aqueous lumen an enzyme that in turn produces a chemical signal...
January 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333590/advantages-and-disadvantages-in-image-processing-with-free-software-in-radiology
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Katrin Muradas Mujika, Juan Antonio Juanes Méndez, Andrés Framiñan de Miguel
Currently, there are sophisticated applications that make it possible to visualize medical images and even to manipulate them. These software applications are of great interest, both from a teaching and a radiological perspective. In addition, some of these applications are known as Free Open Source Software because they are free and the source code is freely available, and therefore it can be easily obtained even on personal computers. Two examples of free open source software are Osirix Lite® and 3D Slicer®...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333419/evaluation-of-a-polyurethane-foam-dressing-impregnated-with-3-povidone-iodine-betafoam-in-a-rat-wound-model
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Jin Won Lee, Kyo Young Song
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Betafoam in terms of wound healing and safety. Methods: Fifty-four male adult Sprague-Dawley rats (weight, 200-250 g) were used in the study. Full-thickness skin defects were created on the back of each rats. The rats were assigned to 6 groups according to the type of wound dressing used (n = 9 for each group): Betafoam, Allevyn-Ag, Mepilex-Ag, Medifoam silver, Polymem-Ag, and gauze. The wound size, histological findings, and amount of DNA on the changed dressings for each group were analyzed and compared...
January 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333363/creating-a-multi-center-rare-disease-consortium-the-consortium-of-eosinophilic-gastrointestinal-disease-researchers-cegir
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Katherine Cheng, Sandeep K Gupta, Susanna Kantor, Jonathan T Kuhl, Seema S Aceves, Peter A Bonis, Kelley E Capocelli, Christina Carpenter, Mirna Chehade, Margaret H Collins, Evan S Dellon, Gary W Falk, Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, Nirmala Gonsalves, Ikuo Hirano, Eileen C King, John Leung, Jeffrey P Krischer, Vincent A Mukkada, Alain Schoepfer, Jonathan M Spergel, Alex Straumann, Guang-Yu Yang, Glenn T Furuta, Marc E Rothenberg
 Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) affect various segments of the gastrointestinal tract. Since these disorders are rare, collaboration is essential to enroll subjects in clinical studies and study the broader population. The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN), a program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), funded the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR) in 2014 to advance the field of EGIDs. CEGIR facilitates collaboration among various centers, subspecialties, patients, professional organizations and patient-advocacy groups and includes 14 clinical sites...
December 18, 2017: Translational Science of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332818/a-novel-dual-labeling-approach-enables-converting-fluorescence-labeling-reagents-into-fluorogenic-ones-via-introduction-of-purification-tags-application-to-determination-of-glyoxylic-acid-in-serum
#15
Mahmoud El-Maghrabey, Masaki Mine, Naoya Kishikawa, Kaname Ohyama, Naotaka Kuroda
Pre-column derivatization with fluorescence labeling reagents involves many problems including crowded chromatograms, possibility of the introduction of analytical errors, and poor selectivity. Herein we report a novel purification tag/fluorophore dual labeling approach based on a multi-component reaction to solve this major problem. Glyoxylic acid was recently identified as an early biomarker for diabetes, thus it was selected as a model analyte for our new dual labeling approach. Using the multi-component Petasis reaction, we could introduce a fluorophore (1-pyreneboronic acid, 1-PyBA) and a purification tag (taurine) to our target analyte (glyoxylic acid) in one step reaction...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332400/multiscale-kinetic-modeling-reveals-ensemble-of-cl-h-exchange-pathways-in-clc-ec1-antiporter
#16
Heather B Mayes, Sangyun Lee, Andrew D White, Gregory A Voth, Jessica M J Swanson
Despite several years of research, the ion exchange mechanisms in chloride/proton antiporters and many other coupled transporters are not yet understood at the molecular level. Here, we present a novel approach to kinetic modeling and apply it to ion exchange in ClC-ec1. Our multiscale kinetic model (MKM) is developed by 1) calculating the state-to-state rate coefficients with reactive and polarizable molecular dynamics simulations, 2) optimizing these rates in a global kinetic network, and 3) predicting new electrophysiological results...
January 14, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332280/hydrogeochemical-processes-and-influence-of-seawater-intrusion-in-coastal-aquifers-south-of-chennai-tamil-nadu-india
#17
G Kanagaraj, L Elango, S G D Sridhar, G Gowrisankar
Seawater intrusion promotes the salinity of groundwater, and it poses a great environmental impact on a global scale. The present study was carried out to determine the hydrogeochemical processes and influence of seawater intrusion in the coastal aquifers using geophysical, geochemical, and stable isotope techniques. The true resistivity value ranges from 0.5 to 8008.5 Ω-m which has been measured using vertical electrical sounding (VES) based on the Schlumberger method. About 33 groundwater samples were collected during post-monsoon (POM) (January 2012) and pre-monsoon (PRM) (June 2012) seasons from open and bore wells and were analyzed for major ions and stable isotopes...
January 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332219/desensitisation-strategies-in-high-risk-children-before-kidney-transplantation
#18
Ankit Sharma, Anne M Durkan
BACKGROUND: Transplantation is the preferred modality for renal replacement therapy in children. With increasing rates of re-transplantation within the paediatric population, there are more sensitised children on waiting lists. One issue with developing strategies to treat these children is the number of different definitions of sensitisation. and we would therefore recommend an immunological risk stratification approach. METHODS: We discuss methods of sensitisation prevention, assessment and management, including paired exchange programmes and desensitisation protocols...
January 13, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332103/proteomic-effects-of-wet-cupping-al-hijamah
#19
Amer A Almaiman
Wet cupping (Al-hijamah) is a therapeutic technique practiced worldwide as a part of the Unani system of medicine. It involves bloodletting from acupoints on a patient's skin to produce a therapeutic outcome. A thorough review of research articles on wet cupping with relevance to proteomics field that are indexed by Google Scholar, PubMed, and/or Science Direct databases was performed. Eight original research articles were summarized in this paper. Overall, wet cupping did not have a significant effect on C-reactive protein, Hsp-27, sister chromatid exchanges, and cell replication index...
January 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332061/design-and-implementation-of-an-advanced-telemedicine-model-for-the-rural-people-of-bangladesh
#20
Uzzal Kumar Prodhan, Mohammad Zahidur Rahman, Israt Jahan
OBJECTIVES: Telemedicine based healthcare service faces different difficulties especially in the remote people of Bangladesh. The objective of this study was to implement an advanced telemedicine model in order to provide the healthcare services for the rural people of Bangladesh. METHODS: We developed the telemedicine model using an ardunio based low cost portable telemedicine tool kit by interfacing android application. Then we collected ECG, blood pressure, temperature, concentration of glucose in blood, SPO2, body position, airflow, height and weight through our developed model...
January 5, 2018: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
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