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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719619/diagnostic-utility-of-corneal-confocal-microscopy-and-intra-epidermal-nerve-fibre-density-in-diabetic-neuropathy
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Uazman Alam, Maria Jeziorska, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Omar Asghar, Hassan Fadavi, Georgios Ponirakis, Andrew Marshall, Mitra Tavakoli, Andrew J M Boulton, Nathan Efron, Rayaz A Malik
OBJECTIVES: Corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) is a rapid, non-invasive, reproducible technique that quantifies small nerve fibres. We have compared the diagnostic capability of CCM against a range of established measures of nerve damage in patients with diabetic neuropathy. METHODS: In this cross sectional study, thirty subjects with Type 1 diabetes without neuropathy (T1DM), thirty one T1DM subjects with neuropathy (DSPN) and twenty seven non-diabetic healthy control subjects underwent detailed assessment of neuropathic symptoms and neurologic deficits, quantitative sensory testing (QST), electrophysiology, skin biopsy and corneal confocal microscopy (CCM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717013/mechanisms-of-carbon-dioxide-acquisition-and-co2-sensing-in-marine-diatoms-a-gateway-to-carbon-metabolism
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REVIEW
Yusuke Matsuda, Brian M Hopkinson, Kensuke Nakajima, Christopher L Dupont, Yoshinori Tsuji
Diatoms are one of the most successful marine eukaryotic algal groups, responsible for up to 20% of the annual global CO2 fixation. The evolution of a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM) allowed diatoms to overcome a number of serious constraints on photosynthesis in the marine environment, particularly low [CO2]aq in seawater relative to concentrations required by the CO2 fixing enzyme, ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RubisCO), which is partly due to the slow diffusion rate of CO2 in water and a limited CO2 formation rate from [Formula: see text] in seawater...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714841/bifidobacterium-apri-sp-nov-a-thermophilic-actinobacterium-isolated-from-the-digestive-tract-of-wild-pigs-sus-scrofa
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R Pechar, J Killer, H Salmonová, M Geigerová, R Švejstil, P Švec, I Sedláček, V Rada, O Benada
Fresh samples of intestinal contents of three wild pigs originating from the Central Bohemia region were examined for the presence of bifidobacterial strains. During the study, we isolated many fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolase-positive, strictly anaerobic, irregular rod-shaped bacterial isolates. Three of them were preliminarily identified as representing a novel species of the genus Bifidobacterium because their 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with the closest relatives of thermophilic bifidobacteria (Bifidobacterium boum DSM 20432T, Bifidobacterium thermophilum DSM 20210T, Bifidobacterium thermacidophilumsubsp...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709651/modeling-and-analysis-of-fractional-order-dc-dc-converter
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Ahmed G Radwan, Ahmed A Emira, Amr M AbdelAty, Ahmed T Azar
Due to the non-idealities of commercial inductors, the demand for a better model that accurately describe their dynamic response is elevated. So, the fractional order models of Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost DC-DC converters are presented in this paper. The detailed analysis is made for the two most common modes of converter operation: Continuous Conduction Mode (CCM) and Discontinuous Conduction Mode (DCM). Closed form time domain expressions are derived for inductor currents, voltage gain, average current, conduction time and power efficiency where the effect of the fractional order inductor is found to be strongly present...
July 11, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702086/transcriptome-and-key-genes-expression-related-to-carbon-fixation-pathways-in-chlorella-py-zu1-cells-and-their-growth-under-high-concentrations-of-co2
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Yun Huang, Jun Cheng, Hongxiang Lu, Yong He, Junhu Zhou, Kefa Cen
BACKGROUND: The biomass yield of Chlorella PY-ZU1 drastically increased when cultivated under high CO2 condition compared with that cultivated under air condition. However, less attention has been given to the microalgae photosynthetic mechanisms response to different CO2 concentrations. The genetic reasons for the higher growth rate, CO2 fixation rate, and photosynthetic efficiency of microalgal cells under higher CO2 concentration have not been clearly defined yet. RESULTS: In this study, the Illumina sequencing and de novo transcriptome assembly of Chlorella PY-ZU1 cells cultivated under 15% CO2 were performed and compared with those of cells grown under air...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698152/novel-functions-of-ccm1-delimit-the-relationship-of-ptb-ph-domains
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Jun Zhang, Pallavi Dubey, Akhil Padarti, Aileen Zhang, Rinkal Patel, Vipulkumar Patel, David Cistola, Ahmed Badr
BACKGROUND: Three NPXY motifs and one FERM domain in CCM1 makes it a versatile scaffold protein for tethering the signaling components together within the CCM signaling complex (CSC). The cellular role of CCM1 protein remains inadequately expounded. Both phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) and pleckstrin homology (pH) domains were recognized as structurally related but functionally distinct domains. METHODS: By utilizing molecular cloning, protein binding assays and RT-qPCR to identify novel cellular partners of CCM1 and its cellular expression patterns; by screening candidate PTB/PH proteins and subsequently structurally simulation in combining with current X-ray crystallography and NMR data to defined the essential structure of PTB/PH domain for NPXY-binding and the relationship among PTB, pH and FERM domain(s)...
July 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695583/quantitative-13-c-isotope-labelling-based-analysis-to-elucidate-the-influence-of-environmental-parameters-on-the-production-of-fermentative-aromas-during-wine-fermentation
#7
Stéphanie Rollero, Jean-Roch Mouret, Audrey Bloem, Isabelle Sanchez, Anne Ortiz-Julien, Jean-Marie Sablayrolles, Sylvie Dequin, Carole Camarasa
Nitrogen and lipids are key nutrients of grape must that influence the production of fermentative aromas by wine yeast, and we have previously shown that a strong interaction exists between these two nutrients. However, more than 90% of the acids and higher alcohols (and their acetate ester derivatives) were derived from intermediates produced by the carbon central metabolism (CCM). The objective of this study was to determine how variations in nitrogen and lipid resources can modulate the contribution of nitrogen and carbon metabolisms for the production of fermentative aromas...
July 11, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689035/causative-impact-of-air-pollution-on-evapotranspiration-in-the-north-china-plain
#8
Ling Yao
Atmospheric dispersion conditions strongly impact air pollution under identical surface emissions. The degree of air pollution in the Jing-Jin-Ji region is so severe that it may impose feedback on local climate. Reference evapotranspiration (ET0) plays a significant role in the estimation of crop water requirements, as well as in studies on climate variation and change. Since the traditional correlation analysis cannot capture the causality, we apply the convergent cross mapping method (CCM) in this study to observationally investigate whether the air pollution impacts ET0...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685207/clinical-effects-of-long-term-cardiac-contractility-modulation-ccm-in-subjects-with-heart-failure-caused-by-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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D Müller, A Remppis, P Schauerte, S Schmidt-Schweda, D Burkhoff, B Rousso, D Gutterman, J Senges, G Hindricks, K-H Kuck
INTRODUCTION: Heart failure is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Despite advances in therapy, nearly half of patients receiving guideline-directed medical therapy remain limited by symptoms. Cardiac contractility modulation (CCM) can improve symptoms in this population, but efficacy and safety in prospective studies has been limited to 12 months of follow-up. We report on the first 2 year multi-site evaluation of CCM in patients with heart failure. METHODS: One hundred and forty-three subjects with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction were followed via clinical registry for 24 months recording NYHA class, MLWHFQ score, 6 min walk distance, LVEF, and peak VO2 at baseline and 6 month intervals as clinically indicated...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680293/molecular-progression-in-unusual-recurrent-non-pediatric-intracranial-clear-cell-meningioma
#10
B Domingo-Arrué, R Gil-Benso, J Megías, L Navarro, T San-Miguel, L Muñoz-Hidalgo, C López-Ginés, M Cerdá-Nicolás
We report a case of a recurrent clear cell meningioma (ccm) in the frontal lobe of the brain of a 67-year-old man. The patient developed three recurrences: at 3, 10, and 12 years after his initial surgery. Histopathology observations revealed a grade 2 ccm with positivity for vimentin and epithelial membrane antigen. Expression of E-cadherin was positive only in the primary tumour and in the first available recurrence. Fluorescence in situ hybridization analyses demonstrated 1p and 14q deletions within the last recurrence...
June 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679345/considerations-for-developing-chronic-care-system-for-traumatic-brain-injury-based-on-comparisons-of-cancer-survivorship-and-diabetes-management-care
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Siobhan M Heiden, Barrett S Caldwell
Experts in traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation recently proposed the framing of TBI as a chronic disease rather than a discrete event. Within the framework of the Chronic Care Model (CCM), a systematic comparison of three diseases - cancer survivorship, diabetes management, and TBI chronic care - was conducted regarding chronic needs and the management of those needs. In addition, comparisons of these conditions require comparative evaluations of disease management characteristics and the survivor concept...
July 6, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671519/acinetobacter-colistiniresistens-sp-nov-formerly-genomic-species-13-sensu-bouvet-and-jeanjean-and-genomic-species-14-sensu-tjernberg-and-ursing-isolated-from-human-infections-and-characterized-by-intrinsic-resistance-to-polymyxins
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Alexandr Nemec, Lenka Radolfova-Krizova, Martina Maixnerova, Ondrej Sedo
Strains of the genusAcinetobacter, classified as genomic species 13BJ/14TU have been previously associated with human infections and resistance to colistin. To clarify the taxonomy of this provisional group, we investigated 24 strains that have been isolated from humans since the 1960s in 10 countries. The genus-wide analysis of the rpoB and gyrB sequences of all strains and whole-genome sequences of strains representing different rpoB/gyrB genotypes showed that the 24 strains formed a distinct monophyletic group within the so-called haemolytic clade of the genus Acinetobacter...
July 3, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669624/reducing-agent-free-synthesis-of-curcumin-loaded-albumin-nanoparticles-by-self-assembly-at-room-temperature
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Maryam Sadat Safavi, Seyed Abbas Shojaosadati, Hye Gyeong Yang, Yejin Kim, Eun Ji Park, Kang Choon Lee, Dong Hee Na
The purpose of this study was to prepare curcumin-loaded bovine serum albumin nanoparticles (CCM-BSA-NPs) by reducing agent-free self-assembly at room temperature. A 2(4) factorial design approach was used to investigate the CCM-BSA-NP preparation process at different pH values, temperatures, dithiothreitol amounts, and CCM/BSA mass ratios. Increasing the ionic strength enabled preparation of CCM-BSA-NPs at 25°C without reducing agent. CCM-BSA-NPs prepared under the optimized conditions at 25°C showed a particle size of 110±6nm, yield of 88...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660373/cervical-laminectomy-of-limited-width-prevents-postoperative-c5-palsy-a-multivariate-analysis-of-263-muscle-preserving-posterior-decompression-cases
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Satoshi Nori, Ryoma Aoyama, Ken Ninomiya, Junichi Yamane, Kazuya Kitamura, Seiji Ueda, Tateru Shiraishi
PURPOSE: Between 2006 and 2010, we performed wide laminectomy (wide LAM) alone, with decompression performed between the bilateral medial margin of the zygapophyseal joints, or double-door laminoplasty (DL) combined with wide LAM for cervical compressive myelopathy (CCM). From 2010, instead of wide LAM and DL, we began to perform narrow LAM, where the laminectomy width was no more than 2-3 mm wider than the spinal cord width (SW). This study aimed to elucidate the risk factors for C5 palsy by reviewing surgical outcomes...
June 28, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652895/exploring-components-of-the-co2-concentrating-mechanism-in-alkaliphilic-cyanobacteria-through-genome-based-analysis
#15
Amornpan Klanchui, Supapon Cheevadhanarak, Peerada Prommeenate, Asawin Meechai
In cyanobacteria, the CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM) is a vital biological process that provides effective photosynthetic CO2 fixation by elevating the CO2 level near the active site of Rubisco. This process enables the adaptation of cyanobacteria to various habitats, particularly in CO2-limited environments. Although CCM of freshwater and marine cyanobacteria are well studied, there is limited information on the CCM of cyanobacteria living under alkaline environments. Here, we aimed to explore the molecular components of CCM in 12 alkaliphilic cyanobacteria through genome-based analysis...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645800/high-throughput-sequencing-of-the-entire-genomic-regions-of-ccm1-krit1-ccm2-and-ccm3-pdcd10-to-search-for-pathogenic-deep-intronic-splice-mutations-in-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Matthias Rath, Sönke E Jenssen, Konrad Schwefel, Stefanie Spiegler, Dana Kleimeier, Christian Sperling, Lars Kaderali, Ute Felbor
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM) are vascular lesions of the central nervous system that can cause headaches, seizures and hemorrhagic stroke. Disease-associated mutations have been identified in three genes: CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2 and CCM3/PDCD10. The precise proportion of deep-intronic variants in these genes and their clinical relevance is yet unknown. Here, a long-range PCR (LR-PCR) approach for target enrichment of the entire genomic regions of the three genes was combined with next generation sequencing (NGS) to screen for coding and non-coding variants...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645178/ecological-imperatives-for-aquatic-carbon-dioxide-concentrating-mechanisms
#17
Stephen C Maberly, Brigitte Gontero
In aquatic environments, the concentration of inorganic carbon is spatially and temporally variable and CO2 can be substantially oversaturated or depleted. Depletion of CO2 plus low rates of diffusion cause inorganic carbon to be more limiting in aquatic than terrestrial environments, and the frequency of species with a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM), and their contribution to productivity, is correspondingly greater. Aquatic photoautotrophs may have biochemical or biophysical CCMs and exploit CO2 from the sediment or the atmosphere...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645158/the-potential-for-co-evolution-of-co2-concentrating-mechanisms-and-rubisco-in-diatoms
#18
Jodi N Young, Brian M Hopkinson
Diatoms are a diverse group of unicellular algae that contribute significantly to global photosynthetic carbon fixation and export in the modern ocean, and are an important source of microfossils for paleoclimate reconstructions. Because of their importance in the environment, diatoms have been a focus of study on the physiology and ecophysiology of carbon fixation, in particular their CO2-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) and Rubisco characteristics. While carbon fixation in diatoms is not as well understood as in certain model aquatic photoautotrophs, a greater number of species have been examined in diatoms...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643038/prevalence-of-cerebral-cavernous-malformations-associated-with-developmental-venous-anomalies-increases-with-age
#19
Waleed Brinjikji, Ali El-Rida El-Masri, John T Wald, Kelly D Flemming, Giuseppe Lanzino
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that the prevalence of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) associated with developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) increases with age, we studied the age-related prevalence of DVA-associated CCM among patients with DVAs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with DVAs on contrast-enhanced MRI exams performed over a 2-year period were included in this study. A single neuroradiologist reviewed all imaging exams for the presence of CCMs...
June 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634234/the-thioreduction-component-ccmg-confers-efficiency-and-the-heme-ligation-component-ccmh-ensures-stereo-specificity-during-cytochrome-c-maturation
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Andreia F Verisssimo, Bahia Khalfaoui-Hassani, Josephine Hwang, Stefan Steimle, Nur Selamoglu, Carsten Sanders, Camilo Khatchikian, Fevzi Daldal
In many Gram-negative bacteria, including Rhodobacter capsulatus, cytochrome c maturation (Ccm) is carried out by a membrane-integral machinery composed of nine proteins (CcmA to I). During this process, the periplasmic thiol-disulfide oxidoreductase DsbA is thought to catalyze the formation of a disulfide bond between the Cys residues at the apocytochrome c heme binding site (CXXCH). Subsequently, a Ccm-specific thioreductive pathway involving CcmG and CcmH reduces this disulfide bond to allow covalent heme ligation...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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