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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342354/a-highly-dynamic-loop-of-the-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pa14-type-iv-pilin-is-essential-for-pilus-assembly
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Ylan Nguyen, Stephen Boulton, E Tyler McNicholl, Madoka Akimoto, Hanjeong Harvey, Francisca Aidoo, Giuseppe Melacini, Lori L Burrows
Type IVa pili (T4aP) are long, thin surface filaments involved in attachment, motility, biofilm formation, and DNA uptake. They are important virulence factors for many bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen and common cause of hospital-acquired infections. Each helical filament contains thousands of monomers of the major pilin subunit, PilA. Each P. aeruginosa strain expresses one of five phylogenetically distinct major pilins, which vary in sequence and the nature of their associated accessory protein(s)...
January 17, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342326/mixed-fluorotryptophan-substitutions-at-the-same-residue-expand-the-versatility-of-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-f-protein-nmr-spectroscopy
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Calem Kenward, Kyungsoo Shin, Jan Rainey
The strategy of applying fluorine NMR to characterize ligand binding to a membrane protein prepared with mixtures of tryptophans substituted with F at different positions on the indole ring was tested. The ¹⁹F NMR behavior of 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-fluorotryptophan were directly compared as a function of both micellar environment and fragment size for two overlapping apelin receptor (AR/APJ) segments - one with a single transmembrane (TM) helix and two tryptophan residues, the other with three TM helices and two additional tryptophan residues...
January 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342289/recent-advances-in-kidney-transplantation-a-viewpoint-from-the-descartes-advisory-board
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Daniel Abramowicz, Rainer Oberbauer, Uwe Heemann, Ondrej Viklicky, Licia Peruzzi, Christophe Mariat, Marta Crespo, Klemens Budde, Gabriel C Oniscu
Transplantation medicine is a rapidly evolving field. Keeping afloat of the published literature to offer the best clinical care to our patients is a daunting task. As part of its educational mission, the Descartes advisory board identified seven topics in kidney transplantation where there has been substantial progresses over the last years: kidney allocation within Eurotransplant; kidney exchange strategies; kidney machine perfusion strategies; the changing landscape of anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies; the new immunosuppressive drugs in the pipeline; strategies for immunosuppression minimization; and the continuous enigma of focal segmental glomerular sclerosis recurrence after transplantation...
January 12, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342192/white-matter-tract-specific-quantitative-analysis-in-multiple-sclerosis-comparison-of-optic-radiation-reconstruction-techniques
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Chenyu Wang, Alexander Klistorner, Linda Ly, Michael H Barnett
The posterior visual pathway is commonly affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology that results in measurable clinical and electrophysiological impairment. Due to its highly structured retinotopic mapping, the visual pathway represents an ideal substrate for investigating patho-mechanisms in MS. Therefore, a reliable and robust imaging segmentation method for in-vivo delineation of the optic radiations (OR) is needed. However, diffusion-based tractography approaches, which are typically used for OR segmentation are confounded by the presence of focal white matter lesions...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342131/survey-of-plasma-proteins-in-children-with-progeria-pre-therapy-and-on-therapy-with-lonafarnib
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Leslie B Gordon, Susan E Campbell, Joseph M Massaro, Ralph B D'Agostino, Monica E Kleinman, Mark W Kieran, Marsha A Moses
BACKGROUND: Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is an ultra-rare, fatal, segmental premature aging syndrome caused by the aberrant lamin A protein, progerin. The protein farnesyltransferase inhibitor, lonafarnib, ameliorates some aspects of cardiovascular and bone disease. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a prospective longitudinal survey of plasma proteins in 24 children with HGPS (an estimated 10% of the world's population at the time) at baseline and on lonafarnib therapy, compared to age and gender-matched controls using a multi-analyte, microsphere-based immune-fluorescent assay...
January 17, 2018: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342122/synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-heterometallic-extended-architecture-based-on-a-manganese-ii-substituted-sandwich-type-polyoxotungstate
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Masooma Ibrahim, Eufemio Moreno-Pineda, Thomas Bergfeldt, Christopher E Anson, Annie K Powell
The reaction of [α-P₂W15O56]12- with MnII and DyIII in an aqueous basic solution led to the isolation of an all inorganic heterometallic aggregate Na10(OH₂)42[{Dy(H₂O)₆}₂Mn₄P₄W30O112(H₂O)₂]·17H₂O (Dy₂Mn₄-P₂W15). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that Dy₂Mn₄-P₂W15 crystallizes in the triclinic system with space group P 1 ¯ , and consists of a tetranuclear manganese(II)-substituted sandwich-type phosphotungstate [Mn₄(H₂O)₂(P₂W15O56)₂]16- (Mn₄-P₂W15), Na, and DyIII cations...
January 17, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342037/preservation-of-cells-of-the-organ-of-corti-and-innervating-dendritic-processes-following-cochlear-implantation-in-the-human-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Takefumi Kamakura, Jennifer T O'Malley, Joseph B Nadol
HYPOTHESIS: This study evaluates the degree of preservation of hair cells, supporting cells, and innervating dendritic processes after cochlear implantation in the human using immunohistochemical methods. BACKGROUND: Surgical insertion of a cochlear implant electrode induces various pathologic changes within the cochlea including insertional trauma, foreign body response, inflammation, fibrosis, and neo-osteogenesis. These changes may result in loss of residual acoustic hearing, adversely affecting the use of hybrid implants, and may result in loss of putative precursor cells, limiting the success of future regenerative protocols...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342009/how-academic-health-systems-can-achieve-population-health-in-vulnerable-populations-through-value-based-care-the-critical-importance-of-establishing-trusted-agency
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Donald E Wesson, Heather E Kitzman
Improving population health may require health systems to proactively engage patient populations as partners in the implementation of healthy behaviors as a shared value using strategies that incentivize healthy outcomes for the population as a whole. The current reactive health care model, which focuses on restoring the health of individuals after it has been lost, will not achieve the goal of improved population health. To achieve this goal, health systems must proactively engage in partnerships with the populations they serve...
January 16, 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341920/effect-of-structural-factors-on-release-profiles-of-camptothecin-from-block-copolymer-conjugates-with-high-load-of-drug
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Andrzej Plichta, Sebastian Kowalczyk, Ewa Olędzka, Marcin Sobczak, Marcin Strawski
The aim of the present work was the synthesis and study the kinetics and profiles of camptothecin (CPT) release form block co- and ter-polymer conjugates comprising polylactide (PLA) segments and CPT moieties, structurally diverse by degrees of branching, content of D-PLA units and poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA). Six PLA, non-toxic macroinitiators (MIs), terminated with α-bromoester were synthesized. MIs were subjected to polymerization of CPT methacrylic derivative (CPTMA) with PEGMA at various ratios...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341887/molecular-basis-of-substrate-polyspecificity-of-the-candida-albicans-mdr1p-multidrug-h-antiporter
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Archana Kumari Redhu, Atanu Banerjee, Abdul Haseeb Shah, Alexis Moreno, Manpreet Kaur Rawal, Remya Nair, Pierre Falson, Rajendra Prasad
The molecular basis of polyspecificity of Mdr1p, a major drug/H+ antiporter of Candida albicans, is not elucidated. We have probed the nature of the drug-binding pocket by performing systematic mutagenesis of the 12 transmembrane segments. Replacement of the 252 amino acid residues with alanine or glycine yielded 2/3 neutral mutations while 1/3 led to the complete or selective lost of resistance to drugs or substrates transported by the pump. Using the GlpT-based 3D-model of Mdr1p, we roughly categorized these critical residues depending on their type and localization 1°/ main structural impact ("S" group), 2°/ exposure to the lipid interface ("L" group), 3°/ buried but not facing the main central pocket, inferred as critical for the overall H+/drug antiport mechanism ("M" group) and finally 4°/ buried and facing the main central pocket ("B" group)...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341876/probing-and-characterizing-the-high-specific-sequences-of-ssdna-aptamer-against-sgiv-infected-cells
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Pengfei Li, Qing Yu, Lingli Zhou, Dexin Dong, Shina Wei, Hanzheng Ya, Bo Chen, Qiwei Qin
As the major viral pathogen of grouper aquaculture, Singapore grouper iridovirus (SGIV) has caused great economic losses in China and Southeast Asia. In the previous study, we have generated highly specific ssDNA aptamers against SGIV-infected grouper spleen cells (GS) by Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment technology (SELEX), in which Q2 had the highest binding affinity of 16.43 nM. In this study, we would try to identify the specific sequences in the aptamer Q2 that exhibited the high binding affinity to SGIV-infected cells by truncating the original Q2 into some different specific segments...
January 13, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341730/polymer-chain-conformation-and-dynamical-confinement-in-a-model-one-component-nanocomposite
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C Mark, O Holderer, J Allgaier, E Hübner, W Pyckhout-Hintzen, M Zamponi, A Radulescu, A Feoktystov, M Monkenbusch, N Jalarvo, D Richter
We report a neutron-scattering investigation on the structure and dynamics of a single-component nanocomposite based on SiO_{2} particles that were grafted with polyisoprene chains at the entanglement limit. By skillful labeling, we access both the monomer density in the corona as well as the conformation of the grafted chains. While the corona profile follows a r^{-1} power law, the conformation of a grafted chain is identical to that of a chain in a reference melt, implying a high mutual penetration of the coronas from different particles...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341471/the-impact-of-a-dose-of-the-angiotensin-receptor-blocker-valsartan-on-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-remodelling
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Kyungil Park, Young-Dae Kim, Ki-Sik Kim, Su-Hoon Lee, Tae-Ho Park, Sang-Gon Lee, Byung-Soo Kim, Seung-Ho Hur, Tae-Hyun Yang, Joo-Hyun Oh, Taek-Jong Hong, Jong-Sun Park, Jin-Yong Hwang, Byungcheon Jeong, Woo-Hyung Bae
AIMS: Although clinical guidelines advocate the use of the highest tolerated dose of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers after acute myocardial infarction (MI), the optimal dosing or the risk-benefit profile of different doses have not been fully identified. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this multicentre trial, 495 Korean patients with acute ST segment elevation MI and subnormal left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (<50%) were randomly allocated (2:1) to receive maximal tolerated dose of valsartan (titrated up to 320 mg/day, n = 333) or low-dose valsartan (80 mg/day, n = 162) treatment...
January 17, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341445/automated-detection-of-preserved-photoreceptor-on-optical-coherence-tomography-in-choroideremia-based-on-machine-learning
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Zhuo Wang, Acner Camino, Ahmed M Hagag, Jie Wang, Richard G Weleber, Paul Yang, Mark E Pennesi, David Huang, Dengwang Li, Yali Jia
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can demonstrate early deterioration of the photoreceptor integrity caused by inherited retinal degeneration diseases (IRD). A machine learning method based on random forests was developed to automatically detect continuous areas of preserved ellipsoid zone structure (an easily recognizable part of the photoreceptors on OCT) in sixteen eyes of patients with choroideremia (a type of IRD). Pseudopodial extensions protruding from the preserved ellipsoid zone areas are detected separately by a local active contour routine...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341344/the-medial-temporal-lobe-functional-connectivity-patterns-associated-with-forming-different-mental-representations
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Signy Sheldon, Brian Levine
The medial temporal lobes (MTL), and more specifically the hippocampus, are critical for forming mental representations of past experiences - autobiographical memories - and for forming other 'non-experienced' types of mental representations, such as imagined scenarios. How the MTL coordinate with other brain areas to create these different types of representations is not well understood. To address this issue, we performed a task-based functional connectivity analysis on a previously published dataset in which fMRI data were collected as participants created different types of mental representations under three conditions...
January 17, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341325/characterization-of-adrenal-lesions-on-unenhanced-mri-using-texture-analysis-a-machine-learning-approach
#16
Valeria Romeo, Simone Maurea, Renato Cuocolo, Mario Petretta, Pier Paolo Mainenti, Francesco Verde, Milena Coppola, Serena Dell'Aversana, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Adrenal adenomas (AA) are the most common benign adrenal lesions, often characterized based on intralesional fat content as either lipid-rich (LRA) or lipid-poor (LPA). The differentiation of AA, particularly LPA, from nonadenoma adrenal lesions (NAL) may be challenging. Texture analysis (TA) can extract quantitative parameters from MR images. Machine learning is a technique for recognizing patterns that can be applied to medical images by identifying the best combination of TA features to create a predictive model for the diagnosis of interest...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341323/test-retest-reliability-and-longitudinal-analysis-of-automated-hippocampal-subregion-volumes-in-healthy-ageing-and-alzheimer-s-disease-populations
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Amanda Worker, Danai Dima, Anna Combes, William R Crum, Johannes Streffer, Steven Einstein, Mitul A Mehta, Gareth J Barker, Steve C R Williams, Owen O'daly
The hippocampal formation is a complex brain structure that is important in cognitive processes such as memory, mood, reward processing and other executive functions. Histological and neuroimaging studies have implicated the hippocampal region in neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in neurodegenerative diseases. This highly plastic limbic region is made up of several subregions that are believed to have different functional roles. Therefore, there is a growing interest in imaging the subregions of the hippocampal formation rather than modelling the hippocampus as a homogenous structure, driving the development of new automated analysis tools...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341213/detection-of-subclinical-left-ventricular-dysfunction-by-tissue-doppler-imaging-in-horses-with-aortic-regurgitation
#18
S Ven, A Decloedt, D De Clercq, L Vera, F Rademakers, G van Loon
BACKGROUND: Aortic regurgitation (AR) can have an important clinical impact and in some cases leads to left ventricular (LV) failure. Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is an echocardiographic technique that has been used in horses to detect LV dysfunction. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether TDI detects changes in radial myocardial wall motion in horses with AR compared to control horses. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in 30 healthy Warmblood horses and 34 Warmblood horses with AR, subdivided in groups with mild, moderate or severe AR...
January 17, 2018: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341106/the-effect-of-surgery-on-subsequent-pregnancy-outcomes-among-patients-with-cesarean-scar-diverticulum
#19
Xian-Ying Cheng, Li Cheng, Wen-Juan Li, Ling-Hua Qian, Yong-Qin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether surgical treatment of cesarean scar diverticulum (CSD) reduced adverse outcomes during the subsequent pregnancy. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted using the medical records of pregnant women with CSD who attended a single hospital in Hangzhou, China, between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016. Baseline characteristics and pregnancy outcomes were compared between the surgery group and the no surgery group...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341060/rationale-of-decreasing-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-below-70-mg-dl-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-a-retrospective-virtual-histology-intravascular-ultrasound-study
#20
Young Hoon Seo, Duck-Jun Seo, In Geol Song, Ki-Hong Kim, Taek-Geun Kwon, Jang-Ho Bae
BACKGROUND: The associations between statin and coronary plaque compositional changes were reported according to the use of high dose or not. An evaluation of the impact of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) < 70 mg/dL by using real world dosages of statin on coronary plaque composition was undertaken. METHODS: The study subjects consisted of 61 patients (mean 59.9 years old, 45 males) who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention, baseline and follow-up (F/U; mean 8...
January 17, 2018: Cardiology Journal
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