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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320119/giant-cell-arteritis-following-varicella-zoster-vaccination
#1
Itay Lotan, Israel Steiner
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a form of large-vessel vasculitis affecting patients older than 50years old. Recent reports have suggested that the condition is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). If that is indeed the case, a vaccine that prevents VZV reactivation should reduce the incidence of GCA. To further test that hypothesis, we assessed the incidence of GCA among patients older than 50years of age who were vaccinated against VZV and compared it to GCA incidence in the general population...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320103/paeoniflorin-ameliorates-ages-induced-mesangial-cell-injury-through-inhibiting-rage-mtor-autophagy-pathway
#2
Juan Chen, Di Zhao, Maomao Zhu, Minghua Zhang, Xuefeng Hou, Wenbo Ding, Shuai Sun, Weiquan Bu, Liang Feng, Shiping Ma, Xiaobin Jia
Glomerular mesangial cell plays a vital role in diabetic nephropathy (DN). Recent research has demonstrated that autophagy involved in the development of DN. Paeoniflorin (PF), a monoterpene glucoside, has been proved to attenuate advanced glycation end products (AGEs)-induced mesangial cell injury. However, the regulatory mechanism of PF on autophagy in mesangial cell remains unclear. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of PF on autophagy in AGEs-induced mesangial cell dysfunction. In this study, the leakage of the lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) into the extracellular medium was measured by LDH kit...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319939/radical-scavenging-activity-of-a-sunscreen-enriched-by-antioxidants-providing-protection-in-the-whole-solar-spectral-range
#3
Carla Souza, Patrícia Maia Campos, Sabine Schanzer, Stephanie Albrecht, Silke B Lohan, Jürgen Lademann, Maxim E Darvin, Martina C Meinke
BACKGROUND/AIM: The main reason for extrinsic skin aging is the negative action of free radicals. The formation of free radicals in the skin has been associated with ultraviolet (UV) exposure and also to visible (VIS) and near-infrared (NIR) irradiations. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of a sunscreen in the whole solar range. METHODS: The radical-scavenging activity of a sunscreen in the UV, VIS, and NIR ranges was evaluated using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy...
March 21, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319904/sensitivity-enhancement-of-graphene-zinc-oxide-nanocomposite-based-electrochemical-impedance-genosensor-for-single-stranded-rna-detection
#4
Sze Shin Low, Hwei-San Loh, Jian Sheng Boey, Poi Sim Khiew, Wee Siong Chiu, Michelle T T Tan
An efficient electrochemical impedance genosensing platform has been constructed based on graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite produced via a facile and green approach. Highly pristine graphene was synthesised from graphite through liquid phase sonication and then mixed with zinc acetate hexahydrate for the synthesis of graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite by solvothermal growth. The as-synthesised graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite was characterised with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) to evaluate its morphology, crystallinity, composition and purity...
February 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319869/biofilm-inhibition-formation-of-clinical-strains-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-mutans-photocatalytic-activity-of-azo-dye-and-gc-ms-analysis-of-leaves-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa
#5
V Sai Saraswathi, Neethu Kamarudheen, K V Bhaskara Rao, K Santhakumar
The investigation was conducted to analyse the bioactive compounds from the leaf extracts of L. speciosa by GC-MS. The extracts were screened for antibacterial and antibiofilm activities against potential clinical strains. The bioactive compounds from the leaves of L. speciosa were extracted by soxhlet continuous extraction method and their chemical composition was analysed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS). The antibacterial activity was evaluated against clinical strain like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, P...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319838/graphene-oxide-quantum-dot-sensitized-porous-titanium-dioxide-microsphere-visible-light-driven-photocatalyst-based-on-energy-band-engineering
#6
Yu Zhang, Fuyuan Qi, Ying Li, Xin Zhou, Hongfeng Sun, Wei Zhang, Daliang Liu, Xi-Ming Song
We report a novel graphene oxide quantum dot (GOQD)-sensitized porous TiO2 microsphere for efficient photoelectric conversion. Electro-chemical analysis along with the Mott-Schottky equation reveals conductivity type and energy band structure of the two semiconductors. Based on their energy band structures, visible light-induced electrons can transfer from the p-type GOQD to the n-type TiO2. Enhanced photocurrent and photocatalytic activity in visible light further confirm the enhanced separation of electrons and holes in the nanocomposite...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319816/dna-polyplexes-with-dendritic-glycopolymer-entrapped-gold-nanoparticles
#7
Jens Rumschöttel, Sabine Kosmella, Claudia Prietzel, Dietmar Appelhans, Joachim Koetz
Polyplexes, composed of Salmon DNA and very small gold nanoparticles embedded into a dendritic glycopolymer architecture of sugar-modified poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI-Mal) with a molar mass of about 25,000g/mol, were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), zeta potential measurements, micro differential scanning calorimetry (μ-DSC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The PEI-Mal-entrapped gold nanoparticles of about 2nm in diameter influence the polyplex formation of the hyperbranched PEI containing bulky maltose, and in consequence the DNA is more compactized in the inner part of spherical polyplex particles of about 150nm in diameter...
March 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319797/non-enolisable-knoevenagel-condensate-appended-schiff-bases-metal-ii-complexes-spectral-characteristics-dna-binding-and-nuclease-activities
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Ammavasi Gubendran, Mookkandi Palsamy Kesavan, Srinivasan Ayyanaar, Liviu Mitu, Periyakaruppan Athappan, Jegathalaprathaban Rajesh
New Schiff base complexes [Cu(L(1))Cl] (1), [Ni(L(1))Cl] (2), [Zn(L(1))Cl] (3), and [Fe(L(2))H2OCl] (4) {L(1)=(4E)-3-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)-4-(2-hydroxyphenylimino)pentan-2-one, L(2)=2,2'-(1E,1'E)-(3-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)-pentane-2,4-diylidene)bis(azan-1-yl-1 idene)diphenol} have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, UV-Vis, IR, FAB-mass, EPR, spectral studies and electrochemical studies, the ligands L(1) &L(2) were characterized by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra. Complex 1 show a visible spectral d-d band near 600nm and display cyclic voltammetric quasireversible response for the Cu(II)/Cu(I) couple vs Ag/AgCl in DMSO...
March 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319795/theoretical-study-of-thieno-thiophene-based-low-band-gap-copolymers-and-substituent-effect-on-the-optoelectronic-properties-of-them
#9
Mehri Javan Khoshkholgh, Mohammad Reza Abolhassani, Farah Marsusi
This paper studies donor-acceptor systems which incorporate benzodithiophene (BDT), benzodifuran (BDF) and benzodipyrrole (BDP) units as the electron-rich monomer with TT unit representing the electron-deficient monomer. This research is based on employing density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT). The highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMO), HOMO-LUMO gaps and dihedral-angles of these copolymers were calculated using oligomer extrapolation technique and periodic boundary condition (PBC) method...
March 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319742/biochar-provides-a-safe-and-value-added-solution-for-hyperaccumulating-plant-disposal-a-case-study-of-phytolacca-acinosa-roxb-phytolaccaceae
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Shengsen Wang, Bin Gao, Yuncong Li, Yong Sik Ok, Chaofeng Shen, Shengguo Xue
In this work, an innovative approach using biochar technology for hyperaccumulator disposal was developed and evaluated. The heavy metal enriched P. acinosa biomass (PBM) was pyrolyzed to produce biochar (PBC). Both PBM and PBC were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) for crystal phases, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for surface topography, and analyzed for elemental composition and mobility. The results revealed that whewellite, a dominant crystal form in biomass, was decomposed to calcite after pyrolysis...
February 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319668/tuning-the-magnitude-and-the-polarity-of-the-piezoresistive-response-of-polyaniline-through-structural-control
#11
Melda Sezen-Edmonds, Petr P Khlyabich, Yueh-Lin Loo
We demonstrate the tunability of both the polarity and the magnitude of the piezoresistive response of polyaniline that is template-synthesized on poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid), PANI-PAAMPSA, by altering the template molecular weight. Piezoresistivity is quantified by gauge factor, a unitless parameter that relates changes in electrical resistance to applied strain. The gauge factor of PANI-PAAMPSA decreases linearly and becomes negative with decreasing PAAMPSA molecular weight. The polarity of PANI-PAAMPSA's gauge factor is determined by macroscopic connectivity across thin films...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319662/optimizing-charge-injection-across-transition-metal-dichalcogenide-heterojunctions-theory-and-experiment
#12
Jie Guan, Hsun-Jen Chuang, Zhixian Zhou, David Tomanek
In search of an improved strategy to form low-resistance contacts to semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides, we combine ab initio density functional electronic structure calculations for an NbSe2/WSe2 interface with quantum transport measurements of the corresponding heterojunction between a few-layer WSe2 semiconductor and a metallic NbSe2 layer. Our theoretical results suggest that, besides a rigid band shift associated with charge transfer, the presence of NbSe2 does not modify the electronic structure of WSe2...
March 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319657/risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-children-born-to-mothers-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-literature-review
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Sophie Wojcik, Sasha Bernatsky, Robert W Platt, Christian A Pineau, Ann E Clarke, Éric Fombonne, Anick Bérard, Évelyne Vinet
OBJECTIVE: Recent evidence suggests in utero exposure to maternal antibodies and cytokines as important risk factors for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We aimed to systematically review the risk of ASD in children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to children born to mothers without RA. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of original articles using electronic databases: PubMed, EMBase, and Web of Science. RESULTS: Our literature search identified a total of 70 articles...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319647/cancer-specific-intracellular-reductive-activation-of-anticancer-pt-iv-prodrugs
#14
Andriy Mokhir, Viktor Reshetnikov, Steffen Daum
Since cellular uptake of anticancer Pt(II)- and Pt(IV)-drugs occurs via different mechanisms, the latter ones can exhibit substantial activity towards cells, which have either intrinsic or acquired resistance towards Pt(II)-drugs. However, this positive effect is diminished due to reductive activation of Pt(IV)-drugs in extracellular space that can be one of the reasons why they were not yet approved for clinical use despite over 60 clinical trials conducted worldwide. Herein we suggest a solution to this problem by achieving highly specific intracellular versus extracellular prodrug reduction...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319640/the-corneal-epithelial-barrier-and-its-developmental-role-in-isolating-corneal-epithelial-and-conjunctival-cells-from-one-another
#15
James K Kubilus, Carolina Zapater I Morales, Thomas F Linsenmayer
Purpose: During development, the corneal epithelium (CE) and the conjunctiva are derived from the surface ectoderm. Here we have examined how, during development, the cells of these two issues become isolated from each other. Methods: Epithelia from the anterior eyes of chicken embryos were labeled with the fluorescent, lipophilic dye, 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI). DiI was placed on the epithelial surface of the developing anterior eye and its diffusion was monitored by fluorescence microscopy...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319611/functional-electronic-inversion-layers-at-ferroelectric-domain-walls
#16
J A Mundy, J Schaab, Y Kumagai, A Cano, M Stengel, I P Krug, D M Gottlob, H Dog Anay, M E Holtz, R Held, Z Yan, E Bourret, C M Schneider, D G Schlom, D A Muller, R Ramesh, N A Spaldin, D Meier
Ferroelectric domain walls hold great promise as functional two-dimensional materials because of their unusual electronic properties. Particularly intriguing are the so-called charged walls where a polarity mismatch causes local, diverging electrostatic potentials requiring charge compensation and hence a change in the electronic structure. These walls can exhibit significantly enhanced conductivity and serve as a circuit path. The development of all-domain-wall devices, however, also requires walls with controllable output to emulate electronic nano-components such as diodes and transistors...
March 20, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319596/medium-term-effects-of-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-on-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Ammar W Ashor, Jose Lara, Mario Siervo
OBJECTIVES: Dietary nitrate supplementation has been shown to lower blood pressure (BP) particularly in short-term clinical trials. Whether these effects are sustained in the long-term remains to be established. The objective was to conduct a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials that examined whether dietary nitrate supplementation for more than 1 week has beneficial effects on SBP and DBP. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched from inception until May 2016...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319581/can-claims-data-algorithms-identify-the-physician-of-record
#18
Eva H DuGoff, Emily Walden, Katie Ronk, Mari Palta, Maureen Smith
BACKGROUND: Claims-based algorithms based on administrative claims data are frequently used to identify an individual's primary care physician (PCP). The validity of these algorithms in the US Medicare population has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To determine the agreement of the PCP identified by claims algorithms with the PCP of record in electronic health record data. DATA: Electronic health record and Medicare claims data from older adults with diabetes...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319574/melf-pattern-for-predicting-lymph-node-involvement-and-survival-in-grade-i-ii-endometrioid-type-endometrium-cancer
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Muzaffer Sanci, Kemal Güngördük, Varol Gülseren, Tuğba Karadeniz, Mustafa Kocaer, Ozgu Gungorduk, İsa A Özdemir
The aim of this study was to examine the associations between microcystic, elongated, and fragmented (MELF) pattern and other prognostic factors and lymph node involvement, disease-free survival, and overall survival (OS) using a case-control group consisting of grade I-II endometrioid endometrial carcinoma (EEC) patients with/without lymph node involvement. The files of the patients were searched electronically for all hysterectomy specimens with a diagnosis of grade I-II EEC of the uterine body from January 1, 2008 to July 31, 2014...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319548/tanshinone-iia-attenuates-sevoflurane-neurotoxicity-in-neonatal-mice
#20
Yimeng Xia, Heng Xu, Chenfei Jia, Xiaodong Hu, Yu Kang, Xiaoxuan Yang, Qingsheng Xue, Guorong Tao, Buwei Yu
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane is the most widely used inhalational anesthetic in pediatric medicine. Despite this, sevoflurane has been reported to exert potentially neurotoxic effects on the developing brain. Clinical interventions and treatments for these effects are limited. Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA), extracted from Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen), has been documented to alleviate cognitive decline in traditional applications. Therefore, we hypothesized that preadministration of Tan IIA may attenuate sevoflurane-induced neurotoxicity, suggesting that Tan IIA is a new and promising drug capable of counteracting the effects of cognitive dysfunction produced by general anesthetics...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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