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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906521/modeling-the-human-scarred-heart-in-vitro-toward-new-tissue-engineered-models
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Janine C Deddens, Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Jesper Hjortnaes, Linda W van Laake, Marc Buijsrogge, Pieter A Doevendans, Ali Khademhosseini, Joost P G Sluijter
Cardiac remodeling is critical for effective tissue healing, however, excessive production and deposition of extracellular matrix components contribute to scarring and failing of the heart. Despite the fact that novel therapies have emerged, there are still no lifelong solutions for this problem. An urgent need exists to improve the understanding of adverse cardiac remodeling in order to develop new therapeutic interventions that will prevent, reverse, or regenerate the fibrotic changes in the failing heart...
December 1, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906500/phylogenetic-studies-gene-cluster-analysis-and-enzymatic-reaction-support-anthrahydroquinone-reduction-as-the-physiological-function-of-fungal-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase
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Leon Fürtges, David Conradt, Michael A Schätzle, Shailesh Kumar Singh, Nada Kraševec, Tea Lanišnik Rižner, Michael Müller, Syed Masood Husain
17β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSDcl) from the filamentous fungus Curvularia lunata (teleomorph Cochliobolus lunatus) catalyzes NADP(H)-dependent oxidoreductions of androgens and estrogens. Despite detailed biochemical and structural characterization of 17β-HSDcl, its physiological function remains unknown. On the basis of amino acid sequence alignment, phylogenetic studies, and the recent identification of the physiological substrates of the homologous MdpC from Aspergillus nidulans and AflM from Aspergillus parasiticus, we propose an anthrahydroquinone as the physiological substrate of 17β-HSDcl...
December 1, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906492/taming-metal-fluorine-carbenoids
#3
Sebastian Molitor, Kai-Stephan Feichtner, Viktoria H Gessner
While Li/Cl carbenoids are versatile reagents in organic synthesis, the controlled handling of the extremely reactive and labile M/F carbenoids remains a challenge. We now show that even these compounds can be stabilized and isolated in solid state as well as in solution. Particularly the sodium and potassium com¬pounds exhibit a remarkable stability, thus allowing the first isolation of a room temperature stable fluorine carbenoid. Spectro¬scopic as well as DFT studies confirm the pronounced carbenoid character, showing M-F-C interactions with elongated C-F bonds...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906484/a-ligand-free-pt3-cluster-catalyses-the-markovnikov-hydrosilylation-of-alkynes-with-up-to-106-turnover-frequencies
#4
Avelino Corma, Antonio Leyva, Miguel Angel Rivero
The Pt-catalysed hydrosilylation of alkynes is the procedure of choice to obtain vinylsilanes, and this is claimed to be the most relevant application of Pt in organic synthesis. More than half a century after its discovery, only -vinylsilanes (anti-Markovnikov addition) are obtained with simple Pt catalysts, while -vinylsilanes (Markovnikov addition) remain elusive compounds. Here we report that Pt3 clusters, in part-per-million (ppm) amounts, catalyse the Markovnikov hydrosilylation of terminal alkynes to give a wide variety of -vinylsilanes in reasonable isolated yields and with turnover frequencies that can reach up to one million per hour...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906483/electrochemical-oxidation-and-radical-cations-of-structurally-non-rigid-hypervalent-silatranes-theoretical-and-experimental-studies
#5
Valery Fedorovich Sidorkin, Elena Fedorovna Belogolova, Yu Wang, Viatcheslav Jouikov, Evgeniya Pavlovna Doronina
Using 18 silatranes XSi(OCH2CH2)3N (1) as an example, the potentials of electrochemical oxidation E0 of the hypervalent compounds of Si were calculated for the first time at the ab initio and DFT levels. The experimental peak potentials Ep show an excellent agreement (MAE = 0.03) with the MP2//B3PW91 calculated E0 (C-PCM). Radical cations of 1 reveal a "stretch isomerism" of the NSi dative bond. Localization of the spin density (SD) on the substituent X and the short (s) coordination contact Si…N (dSiN < 2...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906477/blood-pressure-measurements-in-780-apparently-healthy-cats
#6
J R Payne, D C Brodbelt, V Luis Fuentes
BACKGROUND: Mean systolic blood pressure in apparently healthy cats has been reported as approximately 125 mmHg using direct assessment, but there is greater variability in reported values using indirect assessment. Increasing age and the white-coat effect are associated with increased systolic blood pressure. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To report Doppler-derived blood pressure measurements from a large population of apparently healthy cats and to assess epidemiologic factors associated with recorded blood pressures...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906476/alkyl-side-chain-engineering-in-wide-bandgap-copolymers-leading-to-power-conversion-efficiencies-over-10
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Tao Liu, Xuexue Pan, Xiangyi Meng, Yu Liu, Donghui Wei, Wei Ma, Lijun Huo, Xiaobo Sun, Tack Ho Lee, Minjuan Huang, Hyosung Choi, Jin Young Kim, Wallace C H Choy, Yanming Sun
A series of wide-bandgap (WBG) copolymers with different alkyl side chains are synthesized. Among them, copolymer PBT1-EH with moderatly bulky side chains on the acceptor unit shows the best photovoltaic performance with power conversion efficiency over 10%. The results suggest that the alkyl side-chain engineering is an effective strategy to further tuning the optoelectronic properties of WBG copolymers.
December 1, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906471/negotiated-safety-components-context-and-use-an-integrative-literature-review
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REVIEW
NataIie M Leblanc, Jason W Mitchell, Joseph P De Santis
AIM: To examine the components and use of negotiated safety in the context of HIV prevention and to identify reported factors associated with the concept. BACKGROUND: There is an emerging interest in dyadic approaches to address HIV transmission. Although there are theoretical foundations for how interpersonal relationships influence individual behaviour, how these dyadic processes influence on health is still not wholly understood. DESIGN: Integrative review of empirical and theoretical literature...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906468/optimal-timing-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-for-patients-on-the-liver-transplant-waiting-list
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Jagpreet Chhatwal, Sumeyye Samur, Brian Kues, Turgay Ayer, Mark S Roberts, Fasiha Kanwal, Chin Hur, Drew Michael S Donnell, Raymond T Chung
: The availability of oral direct-acting antiviral (DAAs) has altered the hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment paradigm for both pre- and post-liver transplant (LT) patients. There is a perceived trade-off between pre- versus post-LT treatment of HCV-treatment may improve liver function but potentially decrease the likelihood of a necessary LT. Our objective was to identify LT-eligible patients with decompensated cirrhosis who would benefit (and not benefit) from pre-LT treatment based on their MELD scores...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906466/duodenitis-proximal-jejunitis-in-horses-after-experimental-administration-of-clostridium-difficile-toxins
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L G Arroyo, M C Costa, B B Guest, B L Plattner, B N Lillie, J S Weese
BACKGROUND: Duodenitis-proximal jejunitis (DPJ) is an acute sporadic gastrointestinal disorder of horses of unknown cause. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that Clostridium difficile toxins are involved in the pathogenesis of DPJ in horses. The objective of this study was to determine whether experimentally delivered C. difficile toxins cause clinical signs and histologic lesions similar to those of naturally occurring DPJ. ANIMALS: Six healthy mature mixed breed horses...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906461/measurement-of-intestinal-and-peripheral-cholesterol-fluxes-by-a-dual-tracer-balance-method
#11
Onne A H O Ronda, Theo H van Dijk, H J Verkade, Albert K Groen
Long-term elevated plasma cholesterol levels put individuals at risk for developing atherosclerosis. Plasma cholesterol levels are determined by the balance between cholesterol input and output fluxes. Here we describe in detail the methodology to determine the different cholesterol fluxes in mice. The percentage of absorbed cholesterol is calculated from a stable isotope-based double-label method. Cholesterol synthesis is calculated from MIDA after (13) C-acetate enrichment. Cholesterol is removed from the body via the feces...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906459/integrative-genomic-analysis-identifies-ancestry-related-expression-quantitative-trait-loci-on-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-and-supports-the-association-of-genetic-ancestry-with-survival-disparities-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Meganathan P Ramakodi, Karthik Devarajan, Elizabeth Blackman, Denise Gibbs, Danièle Luce, Jacqueline Deloumeaux, Suzy Duflo, Jeffrey C Liu, Ranee Mehra, Rob J Kulathinal, Camille C Ragin
BACKGROUND: African Americans with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) have a lower survival rate than whites. This study investigated the functional importance of ancestry-informative single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HNSCC and also examined the effect of functionally important genetic elements on racial disparities in HNSCC survival. METHODS: Ancestry-informative SNPs, RNA sequencing, methylation, and copy number variation data for 316 oral cavity and laryngeal cancer patients were analyzed across 178 DNA repair genes...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906455/insights-from-the-plco-trial-about-prostate-cancer-screening
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EDITORIAL
Roman Gulati, Peter C Albertsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906453/syk-inhibition-blocks-airway-constriction-and-protects-from-th2-induced-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-in-mice
#14
Christoph Tabeling, Julia Herbert, Andreas C Hocke, David Lamb, Lutz Wollin, Klaus Erb, Ekaterina Boiarina, Hesam Movassagh, Jörg Scheffel, Jan M Doehn, Stefan Hippenstiel, Marcus Maurer, Abdelilah S Gounni, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath
BACKGROUND: Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is an intracellular non-receptor tyrosine kinase, which has been implicated as central immune modulator promoting allergic airway inflammation. Syk inhibition has been proposed as a new therapeutic approach in asthma. However, the direct effects of Syk inhibition on airway constriction independent of allergen sensitization remain elusive. METHODS: Spectral confocal microscopy of human and murine lung tissue was performed to localize Syk expression...
December 1, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906449/differential-mutation-frequencies-in-metastatic-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinomas-versus-primary-tumors
#15
Ayse Selen Yilmaz, Hatice Gulcin Ozer, Jessica L Gillespie, Dawn C Allain, Madison N Bernhardt, Karina Colossi Furlan, Leticia T F Castro, Sara B Peters, Priyadharsini Nagarajan, Stephen Y Kang, O Hans Iwenofu, Thomas Olencki, Theodoros N Teknos, Amanda Ewart Toland
BACKGROUND: Exome and targeted sequencing studies have identified potential driver mutations for a variety of tumor types. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is one of the most highly mutated cancers but typically is associated with low rates of metastasis and high survival rates. Nevertheless, metastatic cSCC is a significant health threat; up to 8800 individuals die each year of this disease. METHODS: Because it is difficult to predict which cSCCs are more likely to metastasize, and because to the best of the authors' knowledge there are no targeted therapies specifically designated for patients with metastatic cSCC, exome and/or targeted sequencing of 18 metastatic and 10 primary cSCCs was performed to identify mutations that were more frequent in metastatic tumors and might be targeted for therapeutic benefit...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906445/the-expression-research-of-mir-210-in-the-elderly-patients-with-copd-combined-with-ischemic-stroke
#16
L-Q Wang, C-L Wang, L-N Xu, D-F Hua
OBJECTIVE: We conduct this study to investigate the expression level of miR-210 in elderly patients with COPD combined with ischemic stroke and analyzed its application value as a sensitive diagnostic indicator. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 50 cases of elderly patients with COPD combined with ischemic stroke were selected as group A, 50 cases of elderly patients with COPD were selected as group B, 50 cases of elderly patients with ischemic stroke were selected as group C, and 50 cases of healthy volunteers as group D...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906443/letter-to-the-editor-unenhanced-whole-body-mri-versus-pet-ct-for-the-detection-of-prostate-cancer-metastases-after-primary-treatment
#17
C D'Aniello, C Cavaliere, F Fiorica, G Facchini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906440/supramicrosurgical-lymphatico-venular-anastomosis-lva-in-treating-lymphoedema-36-months-preliminary-report
#18
P Gennaro, G Gabriele, M Mihara, K Kikuchi, C Salini, I Aboh, F Cascino, G Chisci, C Ungari
OBJECTIVE: Lymphoedema of the extremities is a widespread pathological condition that mostly occurs as a complication of cancer resections, especially in women. Conventional therapy refers to conservative and physiotherapeutic approaches. Surgical strategies have been widely reported in the literature and are still challenging. Part of this literature focuses on the supra microsurgical lymphaticovenular anastomosis (LVA) technique. LVA is characterized by a high success rate, minimal invasivity and broad indications...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906438/cholinesterase-inhibitors-and-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-as-alzheimer-s-disease-therapies-an-updated-umbrella-review-of-systematic-reviews-and-meta-analyses
#19
C-H Wang, L-S Wang, N Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a major neurological disorder marked by an amyloid-beta plaque and neurofibrillary tau-tangle depositions in the brain. Cognitive dysfunction is the key manifestation of AD. In this study, we conducted an umbrella review of meta-analyses on the risk factors and therapeutics targeting cognitive impairment and AD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed from January 2000-August, 2016, and screened systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies that examined the effects of cholinesterase inhibitors in AD patients...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906435/down-regulation-of-microrna-143-is-associated-with-colorectal-cancer-progression
#20
J-W Bai, H-Z Xue, C Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most prevalent carcinomas worldwide. Tumor metastasis and recurrence are leading causes of CRC-related deaths. Given the role of microRNA (miRNA) in CRC invasion and metastasis, we explored the association between miRNA-143 expression and clinicopathologic characteristics in CRC, as well as the effects of miRNA-143 on CRC cell invasion in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Quantitative real-time PCR was conducted to assess the expression of miR-143 in tissue specimens and cell lines...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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