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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454212/adsorption-of-sulfamethoxazole-by-magnetic-biochar-effects-of-ph-ionic-strength-natural-organic-matter-and-17%C3%AE-ethinylestradiol
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Febelyn Reguyal, Ajit K Sarmah
Recent studies have shown the widespread occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment leading to increasing global concern on their potential adverse effects in the environment and public health. In this study, we evaluated the use of magnetic biochar derived from pine sawdust, one of New Zealand's major wood wastes, to remove an emerging contaminant, sulfamethoxazole (SMX), at different pH, ionic strength, natural organic matter (NOM) and a competing compound, 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2). In single-solute system, the sorption of SMX onto magnetic biochar was found to be highly pH-dependent and slightly increased with increase in ionic strength...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454069/recipient-characteristics-and-morbidity-and-mortality-after-liver-transplantation
#2
Sumeet K Asrani, Giovanna Saracino, Jacqueline G O'Leary, Stevan Gonzales, Peter Kim, Greg McKenna, Goran Klintmalm, James Trotter
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, liver transplantation of sicker, older non-hepatitis C cirrhotics with multiple co-morbidities has increased in the United States. METHODS: We sought to identify a parsimonious set of recipient factors among HCV negative adult transplant recipients associated with significant morbidity and mortality within 5 years after liver transplantation using national (n=31,829, 2002-2015) and center specific data. Coefficients of relevant recipient factors were converted to weighted points and scaled from 0-5...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453429/human-neutrophils-can-mimic-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-pmn-mdsc-and-suppress-microbead-or-lectin-induced-t-cell-proliferation-through-artefactual-mechanisms
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Dmitri Negorev, Ulf H Beier, Tianyi Zhang, Jon G Quatromoni, Pratik Bhojnagarwala, Steven M Albelda, Sunil Singhal, Evgeniy Eruslanov, Falk W Lohoff, Matthew H Levine, Joshua M Diamond, Jason D Christie, Wayne W Hancock, Tatiana Akimova
We report that human conventional CD15 + neutrophils can be isolated in the peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) layer during Ficoll gradient separation, and that they can impair T cell proliferation in vitro without concomitant neutrophil activation and killing. This effect was observed in a total of 92 patients with organ transplants, lung cancer or anxiety/depression, and in 18 healthy donors. Although such features are typically associated in the literature with the presence of certain myeloid-derived suppressor cell (PMN-MDSC) populations, we found that commercial centrifuge tubes that contained membranes or gels for PBMC isolation led to up to 70% PBMC contamination by CD15 + neutrophils, with subsequent suppressive effects in certain cellular assays...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452978/the-management-of-antibodies-in-heart-transplantation-an-ishlt-consensus-document
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Jon Kobashigawa, Monica Colvin, Luciano Potena, Duska Dragun, Maria G Crespo-Leiro, Juan F Delgado, Michael Olymbios, Jayan Parameshwar, Jignesh Patel, Elaine Reed, Nancy Reinsmoen, E Rene Rodriguez, Heather Ross, Randall C Starling, Dolly Tyan, Simon Urschel, Andreas Zuckermann
Despite the successes from refined peri-operative management techniques and immunosuppressive therapies, antibodies remain a serious cause of morbidity and mortality for patients both before and after heart transplantation. Patients awaiting transplant who possess antibodies against human leukocyte antigen are disadvantaged by having to wait longer to receive an organ from a suitably matched donor. The number of pre-sensitized patients has been increasing, a trend that is likely due to the increased use of mechanical circulatory support devices...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452248/mercaptopyruvate-acts-as-endogenous-vasodilator-independently-of-3-mercaptopyruvate-sulfurtransferase-activity
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Emma Mitidieri, Teresa Tramontano, Danila Gurgone, Valentina Citi, Vincenzo Calderone, Vincenzo Brancaleone, Antonia Katsouda, Noriyuki Nagahara, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Giuseppe Cirino, Roberta d'Emmanuele di Villa Bianca, Raffaella Sorrentino
Hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) is produced by the action of cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS), cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) or 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST). 3-MST converts 3-mercaptopyruvate (MPT) to H 2 S and pyruvate. H 2 S is recognized as an endogenous gaseous mediator with multiple regulatory roles in mammalian cells and organisms. In the present study we demonstrate that MPT, the endogenous substrate of 3-MST, acts also as endogenous H 2 S donor. Colorimetric, amperometric and fluorescence based assays demonstrated that MPT releases H 2 S in vitro in an enzyme-independent manner...
February 13, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451946/first-experience-in-switzerland-in-phe508del-homozygous-cystic-fibrosis-patients-with-end-stage-pulmonary-disease-enrolled-in-a-lumacaftor-ivacaftor-therapy-trial-preliminary-results
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Christian Murer, Lars Christian Huber, Thomas Kurowski, Astrid Hirt, Cécile A Robinson, Urs Bürgi, Christian Benden
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disorder in Caucasians. The combination of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) corrector lumacaftor / potentiator ivacaftor (LUM/IVA) has been shown to increase forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) moderately, but predominantly reduce acute exacerbation rate (AER) in Phe508del homozygous cystic fibrosis patients; however, patients with FEV1 <40% predicted were excluded from studies. We used LUM/IVA on a "compassionate use" basis in cystic fibrosis patients with end-stage pulmonary disease...
February 16, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451350/an-economic-assessment-of-contemporary-kidney-transplant-practice
#7
David Axelrod, Mark A Schnitzler, Huiling Xiao, William Irish, Elizabeth Tuttle-Newhall, Su-Hsin Chang, Bertram L Kasiske, Tarek Alhamad, Krista L Lentine
Kidney transplant is the optimal therapy for end stage renal disease, prolonging survival and reducing healthcare spending. Prior economic analyses of kidney transplant using Markov models, have generally assumed compatible, low risk, donors. The economic implications of using deceased donor kidneys with high kidney donor profile index (KPDI) scores, ABO incompatible or HLA incompatible living donors has not been assessed. The costs of transplant and dialysis were compared using discrete event simulation over a 10-year period, using data from the United States Renal Data System, Vizient ™ (Irving, Texas), and literature review...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449907/electrospun-conjugated-polymer-fullerene-hybrid-fibers-photoactive-blends-conductivity-through-tunneling-afm-light-scattering-and-perspective-for-their-use-in-bulk-heterojunction-organic-solar-cells
#8
Zhenhua Yang, Maria Moffa, Ying Liu, Hongfei Li, Luana Persano, Andrea Camposeo, Rosalba Saija, Maria Antonia Iatì, Onofrio M Maragò, Dario Pisignano, Chang-Yong Nam, Eyal Zussman, Miriam Rafailovich
Hybrid conjugated polymer/fullerene filaments based on MEH-PPV/PVP/PCBM were prepared by electrospinning, and their properties were assessed by scanning electron, atomic and lateral-force, tunneling, and confocal microscopies, as well as by attenuated-total-reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence quantum yield, and spatially resolved fluorescence. Highlighted features include the ribbon shape of the realized fibers and the persistence of a network serving as a template for heterogeneous active layers in solar cell devices...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446696/expression-profiles-of-stress-related-genes-in-islets-from-donors-with-progressively-impaired-glucose-metabolism
#9
Marcus Lundberg, Anton Stenwall, Angie Tegehall, Olle Korsgren, Oskar Skog
It is currently unknown how the islet transcriptional pattern changes as glucose metabolism deteriorates and progresses to fulminant type 2 diabetes (T2D). In this study, we hypothesized that islets from donors with elevated HbA1c levels, but not yet diagnosed with T2D, would show signs of cell stress on a transcriptional level. Laser capture microdissection and qPCR arrays including 330 genes related to mitochondria, oxidative stress, or the unfolded protein response were used to extract and analyze islets from organ donors with HbA1c <5...
February 15, 2018: Islets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446614/interpenetrated-and-polythreaded-coii-organic-framework-as-a-supercapacitor-electrode-material-with-ultrahigh-capacity-and-excellent-energy-delivery-efficiency
#10
Kuaibing Wang, Xiaoran Cao, Saier Wang, Wenjia Zhao, Jiangyan Xu, Zikai Wang, Hua Wu
Synthesizing kinetically stable coordination polymers (CPs) through ligand functionalization can effectively improve their supercapacitive performances. Herein, we have successfully synthesized three novel and topological Co-CPs by variation of flexible N-donor ligand and inorganic anions, namely interpenetrated [Co(HTATB)(o-bib)]•H2O, extended 2D layered Co(HTATB)(m-bib)•2H2O and 3D Co(HTATB)(m-bib), where bib is the flexibly N-donor bis((1H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl)benzene linker (o- and m- means ortha- and metra- separately) and HTATB is the deprotonation mode from 4,4',4''-s-triazine-2,4,6-triyl-tribenzoicacid (H3TATB)...
February 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446208/study-rationale-design-and-pre-transplant-alloantibody-status-a-first-report-of-clinical-trials-in-organ-transplantation-in-children-04-ctotc-04-in-pediatric-heart-transplantation
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Warren A Zuckerman, Adriana Zeevi, Kristen L Mason, Brian Feingold, Carol Bentlejewski, Linda J Addonizio, Elizabeth D Blume, Charles E Canter, Anne I Dipchand, Daphne T Hsu, Robert E Shaddy, William T Mahle, Anthony J Demetris, David M Briscoe, Thalachallour Mohanakumar, Joseph M Ahearn, David N Iklé, Brian D Armstrong, Yvonne Morrison, Helena Diop, Jonah Odim, Steven A Webber
Anti-HLA donor-specific antibodies are associated with worse outcomes following organ transplantation. Among sensitized pediatric heart candidates, requirement for negative donor-specific cytotoxicity crossmatch increases wait times and mortality. However, transplantation with positive crossmatch may increase post-transplant morbidity and mortality. We address this clinical challenge in a prospective, multi-center, observational cohort study of children listed for heart transplantation (CTOTC-04). Outcomes were compared among sensitized recipients who underwent transplant with positive crossmatch, non-sensitized recipients, and sensitized recipients without positive crossmatch...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445519/highly-efficient-generation-of-knock-in-transgenic-medaka-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-engineering
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Ikuko Watakabe, Hisashi Hashimoto, Yukiko Kimura, Saori Yokoi, Kiyoshi Naruse, Shin-Ichi Higashijima
Background: Medaka ( Oryzias latipes ) is a popular animal model used in vertebrate genetic analysis. Recently, an efficient (~ 30%) knock-in system via non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) was established in zebrafish using the CRISPR/Cas9 system. If the same technique were applicable in medaka, it would greatly expand the usefulness of this model organism. The question of the applicability of CRISPR/Cas9 in medaka, however, has yet to be addressed. Results: We report the highly efficient generation of knock-in transgenic medaka via non-homologous end joining (NHEJ)...
2018: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444836/evaluation-of-the-elecsys%C3%A2-chagas-assay-for-the-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-specific-antibodies-in-a-multicenter-study-in-europe-and-latin-america
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Maria Delmans Flores-Chavez, Vittorio Sambri, Volkmar Schottstedt, Fernando Aparicio Higuera-Escalante, Dieter Roessler, Monica Chaves, Tina Laengin, Alfredo Martinez, Bernhard Fleischer
Serology is the preferred method to confirm Chagas disease diagnosis and to screen blood donors. A battery of assays is often required due to the limited accuracy of single assays. The Elecsys® Chagas assay is a newly developed, double-antigen sandwich assay for use on the Elecsys® and cobas® e immunoassay analyzers, intended to identify individuals infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, for diagnosis and screening. The performance of the Elecsys® Chagas assay was evaluated in comparison with other widely used T...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443455/isomeric-n-annulated-perylene-diimide-dimers-for-organic-solar-cells
#14
Zetong Ma, Huiting Fu, Dong Meng, Wei Jiang, Yanming Sun, Zhaohui Wang
Two isomeric N-annulated perylene diimide dimers, namely p-BDNP and m-BDNP were designed and synthesized via geometric tuning. Distinct molecular geometry and packing arrangements of isomers with almost identical optical and electrochemical properities rendered us an in-depth understanding of molecular structure-aggregation state-photovoltaic performance. Blended with commercially available donor PCE-10, p-BDNP and m-BDNP showed distinct differences in photovoltaic performance with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 5...
February 14, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443056/primordial-germ-cell-transplantation-for-crispr-cas9-based-leapfrogging-in-xenopus
#15
Ira L Blitz
The creation of mutant lines by genome editing is accelerating genetic analysis in many organisms. CRISPR/Cas9 methods have been adapted for use in the African clawed frog, Xenopus, a longstanding model organism for biomedical research. Traditional breeding schemes for creating homozygous mutant lines with CRISPR/Cas9-targeted mutagenesis have several time-consuming and laborious steps. To facilitate the creation of mutant embryos, particularly to overcome the obstacles associated with knocking out genes that are essential for embryogenesis, a new method called leapfrogging was developed...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442686/effects-of-the-trifluoromethyl-group-on-the-emission-efficiency-of-red-phosphorescent-iridium-iii-complexes
#16
Seo Yun Lee, Dong Myung Shin
In this work, three novel phosphorescent iridium(III) complexes, namely (PT-TFP)2Ir(tmd), (PT-P)2Ir(tmd), and (MN-TFP)2Ir(tmd), were synthesized. All three complexes were phosphorescent red-emitting diode materials. The main ligands were synthesized by the Suzuki coupling reaction, and comprised an electron donor and an electron acceptor group. Subsequently, the iridium(III) complexes were synthesized by the Nonoyama reaction and their photochemical luminescence properties were investigated by ultraviolet-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy...
July 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442469/brain-death-associated-pathological-events-and-therapeutic-options
#17
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Paweł Chudoba, Wojciech Krajewski, Joanna Wojciechowska, Dorota Kamińska
BACKGROUND: At present, organ transplantation is the most efficient treatment of end-stage failure of various organs, including the heart, lungs, pancreas, intestines, kidney, and liver. Despite the efforts to use organs from living donors or from donors after circulatory death, most of the organs are recovered from brain dead (BD) donors. METHODS: The Medline and Web of Science databases were searched without time limit on November 2015 using the terms "brain dead donor" and "deceased donor" in conjunction with "transplantation", "graft", "organ", "hemodynamic", "hormonal", or "management"...
December 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442424/incidence-characterization-and-impact-of-newly-detected-donor-specific-anti-hla-antibody-in-the-first-year-after-pediatric-heart-transplantation-a-report-from-the-ctotc-04-study
#18
A I Dipchand, S Webber, K Mason, B Feingold, C Bentlejewski, W T Mahle, R Shaddy, C Canter, E D Blume, J Lamour, W Zuckerman, H Diop, Y Morrison, B Armstrong, D Ikle, J Odim, A Zeevi
Data on the clinical importance of newly detected donor specific antibodies (ndDSA) following pediatric heart transplantation is lacking despite mounting evidence of the detrimental effect of de novo DSA in solid organ transplantation. We prospectively tested 237 pediatric heart transplant recipients for ndDSA in the first year post-transplant in order to determine their incidence, pattern and clinical impact. One third of patients developed ndDSA; when present, these were mostly detected within the first 6 weeks after transplant suggesting that memory responses may predominate over true de novo DSA production in this population...
February 14, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442420/a-liver-for-a-kidney-ethics-of-trans-organ-paired-exchange
#19
Benjamin Samstein, Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Sandip Kapur, Lloyd Ratner, Jean Emond
Living donation provides important access to organ transplantation, which is the optimal therapy for patients with end-stage liver or kidney failure. Paired exchanges have facilitated thousands of kidney transplants and enable transplantation when the donor and recipient are incompatible. However, frequently willing and otherwise healthy donors have contraindications to donation of the organ that their recipient needs. Trans-organ paired exchanges would enable a donor associated with a kidney recipient to donate a lobe of liver and a donor associated with a liver recipient to donate a kidney...
February 14, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441823/electron-donation-characteristics-and-interplays-of-major-volatile-fatty-acids-from-anaerobically-fermented-organic-matters-in-bioelectrochemical-systems
#20
Zhiqiang Zhang, Jiamiao Li, Xiaoxuan Hao, Zaoli Gu, Siqing Xia
Anaerobic fermentation liquid of waste organic matters (WOMs) is rich in volatile fatty acids (VFAs), which can be treated with bioelectrochemical systems for both electrical energy recovery and organics removal. In this work, four major VFAs in the fermented WOMs supernatant were selected to examine their electron donation characteristics for power output and their complicated interplays in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Results indicated a priority sequence of acetate, propionate, n-butyrate and i-valerate when served as the sole electron donor for electricity generation...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Technology
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