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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319659/improving-computational-predictions-of-single-stranded-rna-tetramers-with-revised-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-torsional-parameters-for-the-amber-force-field
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David J Wales, Ilyas Yildirim
With current advancements in RNA based therapeutics, it is becoming crucial to utilize theoretical and computational methods to describe properly the physical properties of RNA molecules. NMR and X-ray crystallography are two powerful techniques for investigating structural properties. However, if the RNA molecules are complex or dynamic, these methods might not be adequate. For computational approaches, the quality of the force field will determine accuracy of our predictions. In this contribution, we revise the α/γ torsional parameters of RNA for amber force field using a model system representing an RNA dimer backbone...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319519/process-improvement-initiative-for-the-perioperative-management-of-patients-with-a-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device
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Margaret K Menzel Ellis, Miriam M Treggiari, Jamie M Robertson, Marc A Rozner, Peter F Graven, Michael F Aziz, Matthias J Merkel, Edward A Kahl, Norman A Cohen, Eric C Stecker, Peter M Schulman
BACKGROUND: Economic, personnel, and procedural challenges often complicate and interfere with efficient and safe perioperative care of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). In the context of a process improvement initiative, we created and implemented a comprehensive anesthesiologist-run perioperative CIED service to respond to all routine requests for perioperative CIED consultations at a large academic medical center. This study was designed to determine whether this new care model was associated with improved operating room efficiency, reduced institutional cost, and adequate patient safety...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319150/high-throughput-transformation-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-using-liquid-handling-robots
#3
Guangbo Liu, Clayton Lanham, J Ross Buchan, Matthew E Kaplan
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) is a powerful eukaryotic model organism ideally suited to high-throughput genetic analyses, which time and again has yielded insights that further our understanding of cell biology processes conserved in humans. Lithium Acetate (LiAc) transformation of yeast with DNA for the purposes of exogenous protein expression (e.g., plasmids) or genome mutation (e.g., gene mutation, deletion, epitope tagging) is a useful and long established method. However, a reliable and optimized high throughput transformation protocol that runs almost no risk of human error has not been described in the literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319019/recycling-of-metals-from-pretreated-waste-printed-circuit-boards-effectively-in-stirred-tank-reactor-by-a-moderately-thermophilic-culture
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Ming-Chen Xia, Ya-Ping Wang, Tang-Jian Peng, Li Shen, Run-Lan Yu, Yuan-Dong Liu, Miao Chen, Jiao-Kun Li, Xue-Ling Wu, Wei-Min Zeng
To seek a feasible technique for processing waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), pretreatment of PCBs by table separation and further bioleached by moderate thermophiles in a stirred tank reactor were investigated. The shaking table separation, conducted after grinding and sieving of PCBs, produced two fractions: metal-rich parts (RPCBs), which is more suitable for pyrometallurgy process than untreated PCBs, and metal-poor parts (PPCBs) with only 8.83% metals was then bioleached by a mixed culture of moderate thermophiles effectively...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318931/recent-bremsstrahlung-based-assays-of-210-pb-in-lead-and-comments-on-current-availability-of-low-background-lead-in-north-america
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Martin E Keillor, C E Aalseth, I J Arnquist, T A Eggemeyer, E S Fuller, B D Glasgow, E W Hoppe, S M Morley, A W Myers, J L Orrell, C T Overman, A Seifert, S M Shaff, K S Thommasson
Low-background lead for radiation measurement shielding is often assayed for (210)Pb to ensure acceptable backgrounds. Samples of lead assayed with a germanium spectrometer calibrated for bremsstrahlung-based assay of (210)Pb provide a view into the (210)Pb content of commercial lead in the U.S. (other than stockpiled Doe Run lead). Results suggest that the loss of lead smelting in the U.S. has eliminated the traditional supply of "low background" lead (~30Bqkg(-1)), and indicate current commercial supplies contain roughly an order of magnitude higher (210)Pb levels...
March 3, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318860/a-prospective-randomized-trial-comparing-liposomal-bupivacaine-vs-fascia-iliaca-compartment-block-for-postoperative-pain-control-in-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Molly A McGraw-Tatum, Michael T Groover, Nicole E George, John S Urse, Victor Heh
BACKGROUND: Increasing demand for total hip arthroplasty (THA) in a climate of increasing focus on clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost has created a need for better acute postoperative pain control for patients. An ideal pain control method would have few side effects, decreased opioid consumption, improved pain control, early ambulation, and decreased hospital length of stay (LOS). METHODS: We performed a prospective randomized, controlled study involving 79 patients undergoing elective THA between June 2015 and February 2016...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318758/-patient-safety-culture-in-directors-and-managers-of-a-health-service
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Teresa Giménez-Júlvez, Ignacio Hernández-García, Carlos Aibar-Remón, Isabel Gutiérrez-Cía, Mercedes Febrel-Bordejé
OBJECTIVE: To assess patient safety culture in directors/managers. METHODS: Cross-sectional descriptive study carried out from February to June 2011 among the executive/managing staff of the Aragón Health Service through semi-structured interviews. RESULTS: A total of 12 interviews were carried out. All the respondents admitted that there were many patient safety problems and agreed that patient safety was a priority from a theoretical rather than practical perspective...
March 16, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318224/defects-mediated-corrosion-in-graphene-coating-layer
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Jincheng Lei, Yaowu Hu, Zishun Liu, Gary J Cheng, Kejie Zhao
Mixed results were reported on the anticorrosion of graphene coated metal surfaces - while graphene serves as an effective short-term barrier against corrosion and oxidation due to its low permeability to gases, the galvanic cell between graphene and metal substrate facilitates extensive corrosion in the long run. Defects in the graphene layer provide pathways for the permeation of oxidizing species. We study the role of defects in graphene in the anticorrosion using first-principles theoretical modeling. Experiments in the highly reactive environment indicate that the oxidized products primarily distribute along the grain boundaries of graphene...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318135/effect-of-coronary-dominance-on-2-year-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#9
Chen He, Yuan-Liang Ma, Chuang-Shi Wang, Ying Song, Xiao-Fang Tang, Xue-Yan Zhao, Run-Lin Gao, Yue-Jin Yang, Bo Xu, Jin-Qing Yuan
OBJECTIVES: This retrospective, single-center, observational analysis from prospectively collected database evaluated whether left dominance affected the long-term outcomes of acute coronary syndrome patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, and whether the effect was independent of SYNTAX score. BACKGROUND: Left dominance is believed to be associated with worse prognoses. The anatomical SYNTAX score is a scoring system based on the complexity and severity of coronary lesions and is thought to be a prognostic tool to predict short- and long-term outcomes...
March 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317966/ethylene-polymerization-catalyzed-by-bridging-ni-zn-heterobimetallics
#10
Hsin-Chun Chiu, Arijit Koley, Peter L Dunn, Ryan J Hue, Ian A Tonks
The effect of proximal Zn halides on Ni-catalyzed ethylene polymerization is reported in this work. A series of (NON)NiLX (NON = 2,6-bis-((2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imino)methyl phenoxide; LX = methallyl or L = py, X = tolyl, 2-4) ethylene polymerization precatalysts have been synthesized, as well as a heterobimetallic Ni/Zn complex, (NON)Ni(C4H7)ZnBr2 (5). Each precatalyst could be activated (or promoted) by ZnX2 (X = Cl, Br, Et) to polymerize ethylene. In situ recruitment of ZnX2 by the free imine binding pocket of the NON complexes results in the generation of heterobimetallic active species that produce lower Mn polyethylene than monometallic controls...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317702/rapid-determination-of-flavonoids-and-phenolic-acids-in-grape-juices-and-wines-by-rp-hplc-dad-method-validation-and-characterization-of-commercial-products-of-the-new-brazilian-varieties-of-grape
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Carla Valéria da Silva Padilha, Gabriela Aquino Miskinis, Marcelo Eduardo Alves Olinda de Souza, Giuliano Elias Pereira, Débora de Oliveira, Marilde Terezinha Bordignon-Luiz, Marcos Dos Santos Lima
A method for rapid determination of phenolic compounds by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC), using a new column of faster resolution was validated and used to characterize commercial products produced with new grape Brazilian varieties of Northeast of Brazil. The in vitro antioxidant activity was also measured. The method showed linearity (R>0.9995), good precision (CV%<2.78), recovery (91.8-105.1%) and limits of detection (0.04-0.85mgL(-1)) and quantification (0.04-1.41mgL(-1)) according to other methods previously published with the difference of a run time of only 25min...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317144/uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-the-determination-of-omarigliptin-in-rat-plasma-and-its-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
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Meng-Fang Li, Xiao-Xia Hu, Ai-Qun Ma
Omarigliptin is a novel long-acting DPP-4 inhibitor used for the treatment of T2DM. In this work, a sensitive and selective UHPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for determination of omarigliptin in rat plasma. Sample preparation was performed by protein precipitation with acetonitrile. Chromatographic separation of analytes was achieved on a RRHD Eclipse Plus C18 column (2.1 × 50 mm, 1.8 µ), using gradient mobile phase (0.1% formic acid-acetonitrile) at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min. Detection was performed in multiple reaction monitoring mode, with target fragment ions m/z 399...
March 19, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316207/-a-preliminary-discussion-on-the-contents-and-value-of-shi-er-mai-twelve-channels-and-bie-mai-allo-channels-the-medical-bamboo-slips-unearthed-from-han-tomb-in-laoguanshan-of-chengdu
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Y L Ren, F R Liang, J M Li, Z H Chen, Y T Wang, M X Yang, Z Z He
The 52 medical bamboo slips entitled Si er ma (Twelve Channels) and Bie mai (Allo-channels) , unearthed from Han tomb in Laoguanshan, are the exclusive medical books concerning channels. Shi er mai is the first work bearing the term " heart dominating channel" , and the running pathways and manifestations of 12 channels. This book could be the major original sources of the 12-channel theories described in the Chapter of Jing mai (Channels) of Ling shu (Miraculous Pivot) . While Bie mai suggests the coexistence of the multi-channel systems at the time when the book was compiled and, together with the 12 "channel" , and 3 "branched collaterals" , these 2 books represent the original condition before the establishment of the mode of channel circulation in Ling shu, and is significant to explore the nature and origin of channel...
January 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315976/tfoi-produced-by-tepidimonas-fonticaldi-pl17-a-moderate-thermophilic-bacterium-is-an-isoschizomer-of-msei
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Ravinder Kumar, Anil Kumar Pinnaka, Beena Krishnan
A moderately thermophilic Gram-negative bacterium isolated from the Polok hot spring, Sikkim, India, was identified as a strain (PL17) of Tepidimonas fonticaldi by 16S rDNA sequencing. T. fonticaldi PL17 produces a Type IIP restriction endonuclease; named TfoI. Restriction mapping, run-off sequencing of TfoI-digests of dsDNA fragments, and end compatibility of TfoI with NdeI confirmed that the enzyme recognizes and cleaves the sequence 5'-T^TAA-3', and is thus an isoschizomer of MseI. The TfoI restriction-modification genes in the T...
March 18, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315969/time-takes-space-selective-effects-of-multitasking-on-concurrent-spatial-processing
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Timo Mäntylä, Valentina Coni, Veit Kubik, Ivo Todorov, Fabio Del Missier
Many everyday activities require coordination and monitoring of complex relations of future goals and deadlines. Cognitive offloading may provide an efficient strategy for reducing control demands by representing future goals and deadlines as a pattern of spatial relations. We tested the hypothesis that multiple-task monitoring involves time-to-space transformational processes, and that these spatial effects are selective with greater demands on coordinate (metric) than categorical (nonmetric) spatial relation processing...
March 18, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315957/right-sided-dominance-of-the-bilateral-vestibular-system-in-the-upper-brainstem-and-thalamus
#16
Marianne Dieterich, V Kirsch, T Brandt
MRI diffusion tensor imaging tractography was performed on the bilateral vestibular brainstem pathways, which run from the vestibular nuclei via the paramedian and posterolateral thalamic subnuclei to the parieto-insular vestibular cortex. Twenty-one right-handed healthy subjects participated. Quantitative analysis revealed a rope-ladder-like system of vestibular pathways in the brainstem with crossings at pontine and mesencephalic levels. Three structural types of right-left fiber distributions could be delineated: (1) evenly distributed pathways at the lower pontine level from the vestibular nuclei to the pontine crossing, (2) a moderate, pontomesencephalic right-sided lateralization between the pontine and mesencephalic crossings, and (3) a further increase of the right-sided lateralization above the mesencephalic crossing leading to the thalamic vestibular subnuclei...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315871/effects-of-glycyrrhizin-in-a-mouse-model-of-lung-adenocarcinoma
#17
Qing-Ping Deng, Mao-Jie Wang, Xing Zeng, George Gong Chen, Run-Yue Huang
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is a global attempt to identify potential anti-cancer agents with low toxicity. Previous studies have found that glycyrrhizin exerts anti-cancer action with low toxicity through suppressing thromboxane A2 (TxA2) in lung cancer cell lines. However, these effects have not yet been determined in animal models of lung cancer. METHODS: Human lung adenocarcinoma xenografts were established in nude mice by the introduction of A549 cells with stable transfection of the TxA2 receptor (TPα)...
March 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315787/the-synergistic-influence-of-ischemic-time-and-surgical-precision-on-acute-kidney-injury-after-robotic-partial-nephrectomy
#18
Julien Dagenais, Matt Maurice, Pascal Mouracade, Onder Kara, Ryan Nelson, Ercan Malkoc, Jihad Kaouk
OBJECTIVES: To examine the dynamic and potentially synergistic influence of warm ischemia time (WIT) and excisional volume loss (EVL) on predicted rates of post-partial acute kidney injury (AKI) across a range of tumor complexities. To investigate whether these modifiable variables sensitize the kidney to the other's damaging influence. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 1,245 patients between 2006 and 2016 with bilateral kidneys and enhancing renal masses in our single-institution robotic partial nephrectomy (PN) database...
March 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315651/what-goes-around-can-come-around-an-unexpected-deleterious-effect-of-using-mouse-running-wheels-for-environmental-enrichment
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Renee Y M Leduc, Gail Rauw, Glen B Baker, Heather E McDermid
Environmental enrichment items such as running wheels can promote the wellbeing of laboratory mice. Growing evidence suggests that wheel running simulates exercise effects in many mouse models of human conditions, but this activity also might change other aspects of mouse behavior. In this case study, we show that the presence of running wheels leads to pronounced and permanent circling behavior with route-tracing in a proportion of the male mice of a genetically distinct cohort. The genetic background of this cohort includes a mutation in Arhgap19, but genetic crosses showed that an unknown second-site mutation likely caused the induced circling behavior...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315455/7-8-dihydroxyflavone-facilitates-the-action-exercise-to-restore-plasticity-and-functionality-implications-for-early-brain-trauma-recovery
#20
Gokul Krishna, Rahul Agrawal, Yumei Zhuang, Zhe Ying, Afshin Paydar, Neil G Harris, Luiz Fernando F Royes, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
Metabolic dysfunction accompanying traumatic brain injury (TBI) severely impairs the ability of injured neurons to comply with functional demands. This limits the success of rehabilitative strategies by compromising brain plasticity and function, and highlights the need for early interventions to promote energy homeostasis. We sought to examine whether the TrkB agonist, 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) normalizes brain energy deficits and restablishes more normal patterns of functional connectivity, while enhancing the effects of exercise during post-TBI period...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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