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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346965/point-of-care-coagulation-tests-monitoring-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-and-their-reversal-therapy-state-of-the-art
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Giacomo E Iapichino, Paolo Bianchi, Marco Ranucci, Ekaterina Baryshnikova
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) exert similar anticoagulant effects to vitamin K antagonists and are increasingly used worldwide. Nevertheless, an evidence-based approach to patients receiving DOACs when any unplanned urgent surgery or bleeding (either spontaneous or traumatic) occurs is still missing. In this review, we investigate the role of point-of-care coagulation tests when other, more specific tests are not available. Indeed, thromboelastography and activated clotting time can detect dabigatran-induced coagulopathy, while their accuracy is limited for apixaban and rivaroxaban, mostly in cases of low drug plasma concentrations...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346962/response-to-comment-on-state-of-the-art-imaging-in-pulmonary-embolism-ventilation-perfusion-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-versus-computed-tomography-angiography-controversies-results-and-recommendations-from-a-systematic-review
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346953/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-a-state-of-the-art-review
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Mario Mastrangelo
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe age-dependent epileptic encephalopathy usually with onset between 1 and 8 years of age. Functional neuroimaging studies recently introduced the concept of Lennox-Gastaut as "secondary network epilepsy" resulting from dysfunctions of a complex system involving both cortical and subcortical structures (default-mode network, corticoreticular connections, and thalamus). These dysfunctions are produced by different disorders including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathies, meningoencephalitis, cortical malformations, neurocutaneous disorders, or tumors...
March 27, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346904/single-particle-mass-spectral-signatures-from-vehicle-exhaust-particles-and-the-source-apportionment-of-on-line-pm2-5-by-single-particle-aerosol-mass-spectrometry
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Jian Yang, Shexia Ma, Bo Gao, Xiaoying Li, Yanjun Zhang, Jing Cai, Mei Li, Ling'ai Yao, Bo Huang, Mei Zheng
In order to accurately apportion the many distinct types of individual particles observed, it is necessary to characterize fingerprints of individual particles emitted directly from known sources. In this study, single particle mass spectral signatures from vehicle exhaust particles in a tunnel were performed. These data were used to evaluate particle signatures in a real-world PM2.5 apportionment study. The dominant chemical type originating from average positive and negative mass spectra for vehicle exhaust particles are EC species...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346783/dicarbonyls-of-carbon-and-methylidyne-cations
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Jiaye Jin, Lili Zhao, Xiaonan Wu, Wei Li, Yuhong Liu, Diego M Andrada, Mingfei Zhou, Gernot Frenking
The carbon suboxide cation C3O2+ and the protonated carbon suboxide HC3O2+/DC3O2+ were produced in the gas phase. The vibrational spectra were measured via infrared photodissociation spectroscopy of their argon- or CO-tagged complexes. Spectroscopic evidence combined with state-of-the-art quantum chemical calculations indicate that both cations have a bent C2v symmetry and can be designated as dicarbonyls of carbon cation and methylidyne cation, respectively.
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346744/radiopaque-uhmwpe-sublaminar-cables-for-spinal-deformity-correction-preclinical-mechanical-and-radiopacifier-leaching-assessment
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Alex K Roth, Karlien Boon-Ceelen, Harold Smelt, Bert van Rietbergen, Paul C Willems, Lodewijk W van Rhijn, Jacobus J Arts
Polymeric sublaminar cables have a number of advantages over metal cables in the field of spinal deformity surgery, with decreased risk of neurological injury and potential for higher correction forces as the two most predominant. However, currently available polymer cables are radiolucent, precluding postoperative radiological assessment of instrumentation stability and integrity. This study provides a preclinical assessment of a woven UHMWPE cable made with radiopaque UHMWPE fibers. Our primary goal was to determine if the addition of a radiopacifier negatively affects the mechanical properties of UHMWPE woven cables...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346490/effect-of-hiv-and-malaria-parasites-co-infection-on-immune-hematological-profiles-among-patients-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-art-clinic-in-infectious-disease-hospital-kano-nigeria
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Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Tinuade Ibijoke Oyeyi, Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Henry Akwen Mbah, Titilope Badru, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Oluwasanmi Adedokun
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and malaria co-infection may present worse health outcomes in the tropics. Information on HIV/malaria co-infection effect on immune-hematological profiles is critical for patient care and there is a paucity of such data in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate immune-hematological profiles among HIV infected patients compared to HIV/malaria co-infected for ART management improvement. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at Infectious Disease Hospital, Kano...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346389/artesunate-enhances-the-cytotoxicity-of-5-aminolevulinic-acid-based-sonodynamic-therapy-against-mouse-mammary-tumor-cells-in-vitro
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Tomohiro Osaki, Yoshihiro Uto, Masahiro Ishizuka, Tohru Tanaka, Nobuyasu Yamanaka, Tsukasa Kurahashi, Kazuo Azuma, Yusuke Murahata, Takeshi Tsuka, Norihiko Itoh, Tomohiro Imagawa, Yoshiharu Okamoto
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) kills tumor cells through the synergistic effects of ultrasound (US) and a sonosensitizer agent. 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has been used as a sonodynamic sensitizer for cancer treatment. However, studies have shown that 5-ALA-based SDT has limited efficacy against malignant tumors. In this study, we examined whether artesunate (ART) could enhance the cytotoxicity of 5-ALA-based SDT against mouse mammary tumor (EMT-6) cells in vitro. In the ART, ART + US, ART + 5-ALA, and ART + 5-ALA + US groups, the cell survival rate correlated with ART concentration, and decreased with increasing concentrations of ART...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346317/the-csf-immune-response-in-hiv-1-associated-cryptococcal-meningitis-macrophage-activation-correlates-of-disease-severity-and-effect-of-antiretroviral-therapy
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James E Scriven, Lisa M Graham, Charlotte Schutz, Thomas J Scriba, Katalin A Wilkinson, Robert J Wilkinson, David R Boulware, Britta C Urban, Graeme Meintjes, David G Lalloo
BACKGROUND: Immune modulation may improve outcome in HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis. Animal studies suggest alternatively activated macrophages are detrimental but human studies are limited. We performed a detailed assessment of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immune response and examined immune correlates of disease severity and poor outcome, and the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODOLOGY: We enrolled persons ≥18 years with first episode of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346234/outstanding-animal-studies-in-allergy-i-from-asthma-to-food-allergy-and-anaphylaxis
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Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Isabella Pali-Schöll, Franziska Roth-Walter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Animal models published within the past 18 months on asthma, food allergy and anaphylaxis, all conditions of rising public health concern, were reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: While domestic animals spontaneously develop asthma, food allergy and anaphylaxis, in animal models, divergent sensitization and challenge routes, dosages, intervals and antigens are used to induce asthmatic, food allergic or anaphylactic phenotypes. This must be considered in the interpretation of results...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346204/restructuring-the-art-of-health-by-pharmacists-formulation-designs-with-oral-vehicles-teaching-pharmacy-students
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Rita Benischek
Compounding pharmacists, responsible for appropriate preparation of medications, coordinate with other professionals to reach optimal therapeutic options for patients. This review summarizes proprietary oral vehicles or suspensions focusing on available information or updated data from suppliers. Research has advanced methods with revised applications, cutting-edge safety considerations, beyond-use dating provisions for technical assistance, and evidence to review and teach pharmacy students the opportunities in the choices of an oral vehicle...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346077/effects-of-brief-messages-about-antiretroviral-therapy-and-condom-use-benefits-among-black-and-latino-msm-in-three-us-cities
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Jeffrey H Herbst, Gordon Mansergh, Nicole Pitts, Damian Denson, Matthew J Mimiaga, Jeremy Holman
This pilot study examined effects of HIV prevention messages about self and partner benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and condom effectiveness on increased intentions for behavior change. Data were from Messages4Men, a study examining prevention messages among 320 HIV-positive and 605 HIV-negative black and Latino MSM. Men completed a computer-based assessment after message exposure, and multivariable models controlled for risky sex and demographics. A majority of HIV-positive men reported increased intentions for ART use; 22% reported partner benefit information was new...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346053/rapid-prototyping-of-a-cyclic-olefin-copolymer-microfluidic-device-for-automated-oocyte-culturing
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Miguel Berenguel-Alonso, Maria Sabés-Alsina, Roser Morató, Oriol Ymbern, Laura Rodríguez-Vázquez, Oriol Talló-Parra, Julián Alonso-Chamarro, Mar Puyol, Manel López-Béjar
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) can benefit from the features of microfluidic technologies, such as the automation of time-consuming labor-intensive procedures, the possibility to mimic in vivo environments, and the miniaturization of the required equipment. To date, most of the proposed approaches are based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as platform substrate material due to its widespread use in academia, despite certain disadvantages, such as the elevated cost of mass production. Herein, we present a rapid fabrication process for a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) monolithic microfluidic device combining hot embossing-using a low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) master-and micromilling...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Technol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345935/targeting-self-binding-peptides-as-a-novel-strategy-to-regulate-protein-activity-and-function-a-case-study-on-the-proto-oncogene-tyrosine-protein-kinase-c-src
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Zhengya Bai, Shasha Hou, Shilei Zhang, Zhongyan Li, Peng Zhou
Previously, we have reported a new biomolecular phenomenon spanning between protein folding and binding, termed as self-binding peptides (SBPs), where a short peptide segment in monomeric protein functions as molecular switch by dynamically binding to/unbinding from its cognate domain in the monomer (Yang C, Zhang S, He P, Wang C, Huang J, Zhou P. Self-binding peptides: folding or binding? J. Chem. Inf. MODEL: 2015, 55: 329-342). Here, we attempt to raise the SBP as a new class of druggable targets to regulate the biological activity and function of proteins...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345907/simulating-protein-mediated-hydrolysis-of-atp-and-other-nucleoside-triphosphates-by-combining-qm-mm-molecular-dynamics-with-advances-in-metadynamics
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Rui Sun, Olaseni Sode, James F Dama, Gregory A Voth
The protein mediated hydrolysis of nucleoside triphosphates such as ATP or GTP is one of the most important and challenging biochemical reactions in nature. The chemical environment (water structure, catalytic metal, and amino acid residues) adjacent to the hydrolysis site contains hundreds of atoms, usually greatly limiting the amount of the free energy sampling that one can achieve from computationally demanding electronic structure calculations such as QM/MM simulations. Therefore, the combination of QM/MM molecular dynamics with the recently developed Transition-tempered Metadynamics (TTMetaD), an enhanced sampling method that can provide a high-quality free energy estimate at an early stage in a simulation, is an ideal approach to address the biomolecular nucleoside triphosphate hydrolysis problem...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345687/recent-advances-in-high-performance-fluorescent-and-bioluminescent-rna-imaging-probes
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REVIEW
Yuqiong Xia, Ruili Zhang, Zhongliang Wang, Jie Tian, Xiaoyuan Chen
RNA plays an important role in life processes. Imaging of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and micro-RNAs (miRNAs) not only allows us to learn the formation and transcription of mRNAs and the biogenesis of miRNAs involved in various life processes, but also helps in detecting cancer. High-performance RNA imaging probes greatly expand our view of life processes and enhance the cancer detection accuracy. In this review, we summarize the state-of-the-art high-performance RNA imaging probes, including exogenous probes that can image RNA sequences with special modification and endogeneous probes that can directly image endogenous RNAs without special treatment...
March 27, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345645/influence-of-anthropogenic-climate-change-on-planetary-wave-resonance-and-extreme-weather-events
#17
Michael E Mann, Stefan Rahmstorf, Kai Kornhuber, Byron A Steinman, Sonya K Miller, Dim Coumou
Persistent episodes of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere summer have been shown to be associated with the presence of high-amplitude quasi-stationary atmospheric Rossby waves within a particular wavelength range (zonal wavenumber 6-8). The underlying mechanistic relationship involves the phenomenon of quasi-resonant amplification (QRA) of synoptic-scale waves with that wavenumber range becoming trapped within an effective mid-latitude atmospheric waveguide. Recent work suggests an increase in recent decades in the occurrence of QRA-favorable conditions and associated extreme weather, possibly linked to amplified Arctic warming and thus a climate change influence...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345431/collaterals-2016-translating-the-collaterome-around-the-globe
#18
David S Liebeskind, Graham W Woolf, Ashfaq Shuaib
Collaterals 2016 (third International Symposium on Collaterals to the Brain) was a multidisciplinary scientific conference focused on collateral circulation in acute ischemic stroke. Decisive challenges include generalizability of optimal triage and selection paradigms based on collateral status for definitive treatment of acute ischemic stroke, rapid dissemination of expert methods, and the urgent need to leverage networking opportunities for stroke science related to the hemodynamics of collaterals. The collaterome, or individual capacity to offset ischemia in the brain, and determination of a favorable collateral profile have become pivotal factors in consideration of the precision medicine of stroke decision-making...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345369/pulmonary-fibrosis-part-ii-state-of-the-art-patient-management
#19
Keith C Meyer
While many pharmacologic therapies for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have been evaluated via randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials (RCTs) conducted over the past two decades, most therapies have been shown to be ineffective or even potentially harmful. However, a number of recently completed RCTs have shown significant efficacy for pirfenidone and nintedanib for the treatment of IPF. Areas Covered: This manuscript reviews recent advances in the management of IPF and other forms of fibrosing interstitial lung disease (ILD) with an emphasis on IPF...
March 26, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345220/boosting-the-performance-of-the-nickel-anode-in-the-oxygen-evolution-reaction-by-simple-electrochemical-activation
#20
Tatsuya Shinagawa, Marcus Tze-Kiat Ng, Kazuhiro Takanabe
The development of cost-effective and active water-splitting electrocatalysts that work at mild pH is an essential step towards the realization of sustainable energy and material circulation in our society. Its success requires a drastic improvement in the kinetics of the anodic half-reaction of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), which determines the overall system efficiency to a large extent. A simple electrochemical protocol has been developed to activate Ni electrodes, by which a stable NiOOH phase was formed, which could weakly bind to alkali-metal cations...
March 27, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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