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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458195/human-dorsal-root-ganglion-pulsed-radiofrequency-treatment-modulates-cerebrospinal-fluid-lymphocytes-and-neuroinflammatory-markers-in-chronic-radicular-pain
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Basabjit Das, Melissa Conroy, David Moore, Joanne Lysaght, Connail McCrory
Radicular pain is a common cause of disability. Traditionally treatment has been either epidural steroid injection providing short-term relief or surgery with associated complications. Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) applied to the Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) is a minimally invasive day-care treatment, which is gaining significant clinical acceptance in a selective group of patients with pure radicular pain. Greater insights into the immunomodulatory effects of this procedure may help to further optimise its application and find alternative treatment options...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458166/statistical-approach-for-selection-of-biologically-informative-genes
#2
Samarendra Das, Anil Rai, D C Mishra, S N Rai
Selection of informative genes from high dimensional gene expression data has emerged as an important research area in genomics. Many gene selection techniques have been proposed so far are either based on relevancy or redundancy measure. Further, the performance of these techniques has been adjudged through post selection classification accuracy computed through a classifier using the selected genes. This performance metric may be statistically sound but may not be biologically relevant. A statistical approach, i...
February 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458165/a-microbial-identification-framework-for-risk-assessment
#3
Stéphane Bernatchez, Valar Anoop, Zeina Saikali, Marie Breton
Micro-organisms are increasingly used in a variety of products for commercial uses, including cleaning products. Such microbial-based cleaning products (MBCP) are represented as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to chemically based cleaning products. The identity of the micro-organisms formulated into these products is often considered confidential business information and is not revealed or it is only partly revealed (i.e., identification to the genus, not to the species). That paucity of information complicates the evaluation of the risk associated with their use...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458105/preparation-and-characterization-of-antibacterial-eco-friendly-edible-nanocomposite-films-containing-salvia-macrosiphon-and-nanoclay
#4
Seyed Mohammad Davachi, Azadeh Sadat Shekarabi
Nowadays, food security is a vital issue and antimicrobial packaging could play an important role in this matter. In this regard, Salvia macrosiphon seed mucilage (SSM) and nanoclay, as new sources for the production of food-grade edible films were investigated. These edible films were prepared by incorporation of SSM with glycerol and different percentage of nanoclay. Upon addition of nanoclay up to 2% physical, mechanical and thermal properties were considerably improved and the composite films showed the lowest water vapor permeability (WVP), as well as highest elongation at break and tensile strength...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458074/subthalamic-nucleus-stimulation-dopaminergic-treatment-and-impulsivity-in-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Frédérique Fluchère, Borís Burle, Franck Vidal, Wery van den Wildenberg, Tatiana Witjas, Alexandre Eusebio, Jean-Philippe Azulay, Thierry Hasbroucq
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN DBS) is known to increase response speed and lower response accuracy in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. It has been proposed that this speed-accuracy tradeoff is due to enhanced sensitivity of the motor system to sensory information. An alternative possibility is that this effect is due to weakened suppressive processes. The two alternative interpretations can be tested by analyzing the electromyographic activity (EMG) of the response agonists when the patients perform conflict reaction time tasks...
February 16, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458034/fluorescence-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-detection-of-phenanthrene-and-its-homolog
#6
Yu Sun, Yansong Li, Xingyu Meng, Bin Qiao, Pan Hu, Xianmei Meng, Shiying Lu, Honglin Ren, Zengshan Liu, Yu Zhou
A competitive fluorescence-linked immunosorbent assay (FLISA) was developed using rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RBITC) as the model fluorescent dye conjugate monoclonal antibody (McAb) for detection of Phe and its homolog (acenaphthene, fluorene, fluoranthene, pyrene and indeno [1,2,3-cd] pyrene) in water samples. The detection range of the assay for Phe was from 2.10 to 91.95 ng/mL. The limit of detection was 1.05 ng/mL, which was approximately 2-fold lower than that of traditional ic-ELISA. Compared with traditional ic-ELISA, more than 70 min was saved because of only one immunoreaction step was needed to accomplish the assay...
February 16, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457971/visible-light-photocatalysis-does-it-make-a-difference-in-organic-synthesis
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Leyre Marzo, Santhosh K Pagire, Oliver Reiser, Burkhard König
Visible light photocatalysis has evolved over the last decade into a widely used method in organic synthesis. For many important transformations, such as cross-coupling reactions, alpha-amino functionalizations, cycloadditions, ATRA reactions, or fluorinations, photocatalytic variants have been reported. In this review, we try to compare classical and photocatalytic procedures for selected classes of reactions and highlight their advantages and limitations. In many cases, the photocatalytic reactions proceed at milder reaction conditions, typically at room temperature, and stoichiometric reagents are replaced by simple oxidants or reductants, like air oxygen or amines...
February 19, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457960/phylogenetic-relationships-and-acaricidal-effects-of-beauveria-bassiana-obtained-from-cattle-farm-soils-against-rhipicephalus-microplus
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Agustin Fernández-Salas, Miguel Angel Alonso Díaz, Rogelio Alejandro Alonso Morales, Roberto Lezama-Gutierrez, José Antonio Cervantes-Chávez
The objectives of the present study were to isolate Beauveria bassiana strains from cattle farms soils, to analyze the phylogenetic relationships among the isolated fungi strains, and to determine the acaricidal effect of B. bassiana isolates on Rhipicephalus microplus engorged ticks, resistant or susceptible to chemical acaricides. Six strains of Beauveria bassiana were obtained and isolated from cattle farms soils by Galleria bait method in Mexican tropics and the acaricidal effect was assessed against 2 populations of R...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457833/a-green-method-to-determine-vuv-185-nm-fluence-rate-based-on-hydrogen-peroxide-production-in-aqueous-solution
#9
Laxiang Yang, Mengkai Li, Wentao Li, James R Bolton, Zhimin Qiang
A mini-fluidic vacuum ultraviolet/ultraviolet (VUV/UV) photoreaction system (MVPS) was developed in our previous study. Based on the MVPS, a green method to determine VUV fluence rate has been developed using the production rate of H2 O2 when water is exposed to 185 nm VUV. The H2 O2 production followed pseudo-zero-order reaction kinetics well over the first 10 min of VUV/UV exposure. This new method was well calibrated with a standard cis-cyclooctene cis-trans photoisomerization actinometer as recommended by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry...
February 19, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457827/percutaneous-transmitral-balloon-commissurotomy-using-a-single-balloon-with-arteriovenous-loop-stabilisation-an-alternative-when-there-is-no-inoue-balloon
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Endale Tefera, Mohamed Leye, Patrick Garceau, Denis Bouchard, Joaquim Miró
BACKGROUND: The Inoue balloon technique is the standard technique for mitral valve balloon commissurotomy at this stage. However, the hardware for this technique is expensive and may not always be available in resource-limited settings. OBJECTIVE: This article reports our experience with percutaneous transmitral balloon commissurotomy using a single balloon (Nucleus) with arteriovenous loop stabilisation. METHOD: Eleven young patients, aged 12-26 years and weighing 23-48 kg, underwent transmitral balloon commissurotomy using the described technique at our centre from April to May 2014...
February 19, 2018: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457792/on-the-design-of-crispr-based-single-cell-molecular-screens
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Andrew J Hill, José L McFaline-Figueroa, Lea M Starita, Molly J Gasperini, Kenneth A Matreyek, Jonathan Packer, Dana Jackson, Jay Shendure, Cole Trapnell
Several groups recently coupled CRISPR perturbations and single-cell RNA-seq for pooled genetic screens. We demonstrate that vector designs of these studies are susceptible to ∼50% swapping of guide RNA-barcode associations because of lentiviral template switching. We optimized a published alternative, CROP-seq, in which the guide RNA also serves as the barcode, and here confirm that this strategy performs robustly and doubled the rate at which guides are assigned to cells to 94%.
February 19, 2018: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457790/cd163-macrophages-promote-angiogenesis-and-vascular-permeability-accompanied-by-inflammation-in-atherosclerosis
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Liang Guo, Hirokuni Akahori, Emanuel Harari, Samantha L Smith, Rohini Polavarapu, Vinit Karmali, Fumiyuki Otsuka, Rachel L Gannon, Ryan E Braumann, Megan H Dickinson, Anuj Gupta, Audrey L Jenkins, Michael J Lipinski, Johoon Kim, Peter Chhour, Paul S de Vries, Hiroyuki Jinnouchi, Robert Kutys, Hiroyoshi Mori, Matthew D Kutyna, Sho Torii, Atsushi Sakamoto, Cheol Ung Choi, Qi Cheng, Megan L Grove, Mariem A Sawan, Yin Zhang, Yihai Cao, Frank D Kolodgie, David P Cormode, Dan E Arking, Eric Boerwinkle, Alanna C Morrison, Jeanette Erdmann, Nona Sotoodehnia, Renu Virmani, Aloke V Finn
Intake of hemoglobin by the hemoglobin-haptoglobin receptor CD163 leads to a distinct alternative non-foam cell antiinflammatory macrophage phenotype that was previously considered atheroprotective. Here, we reveal an unexpected but important pathogenic role for these macrophages in atherosclerosis. Using human atherosclerotic samples, cultured cells, and a mouse model of advanced atherosclerosis, we investigated the role of intraplaque hemorrhage on macrophage function with respect to angiogenesis, vascular permeability, inflammation, and plaque progression...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457787/alternative-macrophages-in-atherosclerosis-not-always-protective
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Benoit Pourcet, Bart Staels
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the vasculature that is initiated by cholesterol deposition into the arterial wall, which triggers the infiltration of immune and inflammatory cells, including monocytes and macrophages. As atherosclerotic plaques progress, localized hypoxia promotes compensatory angiogenesis from the vasa vasorum. Immature neovessels are prone to leakage, thus destabilizing the plaque and leading to intraplaque hemorrhage. Macrophages with different phenotypes, ranging from classical inflammatory subtypes to alternatively activated antiinflammatory macrophages, have been identified in atherosclerotic lesions...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457738/reproducibility-and-feasibility-of-strategies-for-morphologic-assessment-of-renal-biopsies-using-the-nephrotic-syndrome-study-network-digital-pathology-scoring-system
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Jarcy Zee, Jeffrey B Hodgin, Laura H Mariani, Joseph P Gaut, Matthew B Palmer, Serena M Bagnasco, Avi Z Rosenberg, Stephen M Hewitt, Lawrence B Holzman, Brenda W Gillespie, Laura Barisoni
CONTEXT: - Testing reproducibility is critical for the development of methodologies for morphologic assessment. Our previous study using the descriptor-based Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network Digital Pathology Scoring System (NDPSS) on glomerular images revealed variable reproducibility. OBJECTIVE: - To test reproducibility and feasibility of alternative scoring strategies for digital morphologic assessment of glomeruli and explore use of alternative agreement statistics...
February 19, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457709/hybrid-donor-acceptor-polymer-particles-with-amplified-energy-transfer-for-detection-and-on-demand-treatment-of-breast-cancer
#15
Elizabeth G Graham-Gurysh, Sneha Kelkar, Eleanor McCabe-Lankford, Narayanan Kuthirummal, Theodore Brown, Nancy Kock, Aaron M Mohs, Nicole Levi-Polyachenko
Judicious combination of semiconducting polymers with alternating electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) segments created hybrid nanoparticles with amplified energy transfer and red-shifted emission, while simultaneously providing photothermal capabilities. Hybrid D-A polymer particles (H-DAPPs) passively localized within orthotopic breast tumors, serving as bright fluorescent beacons. Laser stimulation induced heat generation on par with gold nanorods, resulting in selective destruction of the tumor. H-DAPPs can also undergo multiple thermal treatments, with no loss of fluorescence intensity or photothermal potential...
February 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457609/feedback-control-of-photoresponsive-fluid-interfaces
#16
Josua Grawitter, Holger Stark
Photoresponsive surfactants provide a unique microfluidic driving mechanism. Since they switch between two molecular shapes under illumination and thereby affect surface tension of fluid interfaces, Marangoni flow along the interface occurs. To describe the dynamics of the surfactant mixture at a planar interface, we formulate diffusion-advection-reaction equations for both surfactant densities. They also include adsorption from and desorption into the neighboring fluids and photoisomerization by light. We then study how the interface responds when illuminated by spots of light...
February 19, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457583/financial-incentives-to-reduce-hospital-acquired-infections-under-alternative-payment-arrangements
#17
Catherine Crawford Cohen, Jianfang Liu, Bevin Cohen, Elaine L Larson, Sherry Glied
OBJECTIVE The financial incentives for hospitals to improve care may be weaker if higher insurer payments for adverse conditions offset a portion of hospital costs. The purpose of this study was to simulate incentives for reducing hospital-acquired infections under various payment configurations by Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers. DESIGN Matched case-control study. SETTING A large, urban hospital system with 1 community hospital and 2 tertiary-care hospitals. PATIENTS All patients discharged in 2013 and 2014...
February 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457551/alternative-genetics
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February 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457544/mesoscale-organization-of-domains-in-the-plasma-membrane-beyond-the-lipid-raft
#19
Stella M Lu, Gregory D Fairn
The plasma membrane is compartmentalized into several distinct regions or domains, which show a broad diversity in both size and lifetime. The segregation of lipids and membrane proteins is thought to be driven by the lipid composition itself, lipid-protein interactions and diffusional barriers. With regards to the lipid composition, the immiscibility of certain classes of lipids underlies the "lipid raft" concept of plasmalemmal compartmentalization. Historically, lipid rafts have been described as cholesterol and (glyco)sphingolipid-rich regions of the plasma membrane that exist as a liquid-ordered phase that are resistant to extraction with non-ionic detergents...
February 18, 2018: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457375/evidence-for-alternate-modes-of-b-cell-activation-involving-fab-acquired-n-glycosylations-in-antibody-secreting-cells-infiltrating-the-labial-salivary-glands-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients
#20
Kristi A Koelsch, Joshua Cavett, Kenneth Smith, Jacen S Moore, Sylvain D Lehoux, Nan Jia, Tim Mather, Syed M S Quadri, Astrid Rasmussen, C Erick Kaufman, David M Lewis, Lida Radfar, Teresa A Scordino, Christopher J Lessard, Biji T Kurien, Richard D Cummings, Judith A James, Kathy L Sivils, A Darise Farris, R Hal Scofield
OBJECTIVE: To better understand the role of B cells, potential mechanisms for their aberrant activation, and the production of autoantibodies in the pathogenesis of Sjögren's Syndrome (SS), we explored selection pressures and N-glycosylation acquired by somatic mutation (acN-glyc) in the immunoglobulin (Ig) variable regions (V-regions) of antibody secreting cells (ASCs) isolated from the minor salivary glands of SS patients and non-SS controls with sicca symptoms. METHODS: We report a novel method to produce and characterize recombinant monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) from SS patient and control labial salivary gland single-cell sorted ASC infiltrates that can be utilized to concurrently probe any other expressed genes...
February 18, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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