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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643011/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-cardiac-arrest-and-myocardial-infarction-after-pelvic-reconstructive-surgery-a-national-multi-institutional-surgical-database-study
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David Sheyn, Sangeeta Mahajan, Sherif El-Nashar, Adonis Hijaz, Xiao-Yu Wang, Jeff Mangel
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: There is limited data available regarding the risk for perioperative cardiac morbidity following pelvic reconstructive surgery (PRS). We sought to determine the incidence of cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction within 30 days of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery and determine which factors may contribute to an increased risk of these complications. METHODS: Using the American College of Surgeons National Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, we identified patients who underwent PRS procedures between 2010 to 2015 using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes...
June 22, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642502/quasi-stabilized-hydration-layers-on-muscovite-mica-under-a-thin-water-film-grown-from-humid-air
#2
Toyoko Arai, Kohei Sato, Asuka Iida, Masahiko Tomitori
The interfaces between solids and water films in air play fundamental roles in physicochemical phenomena, biological functions, and nano-fabrication. Though the properties of the interfaces have been considered to be irrelevant to the water film thickness, we found distinctive mechanical features of the interface between a cleaved muscovite mica surface and a thin water film grown in humid air, dissimilar to those in bulk water, using frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy. The thin water film grew with quasi-stabilized hydration networks of water molecules, tightly bound each other at the interface, to a thickness of ~2 nm at near-saturating humidity...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632159/better-than-membranes-at-the-origin-of-life
#3
Helen Greenwood Hansma
Organelles without membranes are found in all types of cells and typically contain RNA and protein. RNA and protein are the constituents of ribosomes, one of the most ancient cellular structures. It is reasonable to propose that organelles without membranes preceded protocells and other membrane-bound structures at the origins of life. Such membraneless organelles would be well sheltered in the spaces between mica sheets, which have many advantages as a site for the origins of life.
June 20, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630922/flexible-ferroelectric-element-based-on-van-der-waals-heteroepitaxy
#4
Jie Jiang, Yugandhar Bitla, Chun-Wei Huang, Thi Hien Do, Heng-Jui Liu, Ying-Hui Hsieh, Chun-Hao Ma, Chi-Yuan Jang, Yu-Hong Lai, Po-Wen Chiu, Wen-Wei Wu, Yi-Chun Chen, Yi-Chun Zhou, Ying-Hao Chu
We present a promising technology for nonvolatile flexible electronic devices: A direct fabrication of epitaxial lead zirconium titanate (PZT) on flexible mica substrate via van der Waals epitaxy. These single-crystalline flexible ferroelectric PZT films not only retain their performance, reliability, and thermal stability comparable to those on rigid counterparts in tests of nonvolatile memory elements but also exhibit remarkable mechanical properties with robust operation in bent states (bending radii down to 2...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629029/chitosan-coated-amyloid-fibrils-increase-adipogenesis-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Jay Gilbert, Nicholas P Reynolds, Sarah M Russell, David Haylock, Sally McArthur, Mirren Charnley, Owen G Jones
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the potential to revolutionize medicine due to their ability to differentiate into specific lineages for targeted tissue repair. Development of materials and cell culture platforms that improve differentiation of either autologous or allogenic stem cell sources into specific lineages would enhance clinical utilization of MCSs. In this study, nanoscale amyloid fibrils were evaluated as substrate materials to encourage viability, proliferation, multipotency, and differentiation of MSCs...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626773/hla-epitopes-the-targets-of-monoclonal-and-alloantibodies-defined
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Nadim El-Awar, Vadim Jucaud, Anh Nguyen
Sensitization to human leukocyte antigens (HLA) in organ transplant patients causes graft rejection, according to the humoral theory of transplantation. Sensitization is almost ubiquitous as anti-HLA antibodies are found in almost all sera of transplant recipients. Advances in testing assays and amino acid sequencing of HLA along with computer software contributed further to the understanding of antibody-antigen reactivity. It is commonly understood that antibodies bind to HLA antigens. With current knowledge of epitopes, it is more accurate to describe that antibodies bind to their target epitopes on the surface of HLA molecular chains...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623696/optimizing-purification-process-of-mim-i-bar-domain-by-introducing-atomic-force-microscope-and-dynamics-simulations
#7
Yue Zhang, Zhichao Lou, Xubo Lin, Qiwei Wang, Meng Cao, Ning Gu
MIM (missing in metastasis) is a member of I-BAR (inverse BAR) domain protein family, which functions as a putative metastasis suppressor. However, methods of gaining high purity MIM-I-BAR protein are barely reported. Here, by optimizing the purification process including changing the conditions of cell lysate and protein elution, we successfully purified MIM protein. The purity of the obtained protein was up to ∼90%. High-resolution atomic force microscope (AFM) provides more visual images, ensuring that we can observe the microenvironment around the target protein, as well as the conformations of the purification products following each purification process...
May 26, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620696/tuning-ubiquinone-position-in-biomimetic-monolayer-membranes
#8
Javier Hoyo, Ester Guaus, Juan Torrent-Burgués
Artificial lipid bilayers have been extensively studied as models that mimic natural membranes (biomimetic membranes). Several attempts of biomimetic membranes inserting ubiquinone (UQ) have been performed to enlighten which the position of UQ in the lipid layer is, although obtaining contradictory results. In this work, pure components (DPPC and UQ) and DPPC:UQ mixtures have been studied using surface pressure-area isotherms and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the same compounds have been transferred onto solid substrates being topographically characterized on mica using atomic force microscopy and electrochemically on indium tin oxide slides...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617847/the-association-between-38-previously-reported-polymorphisms-and-psoriasis-in-a-polish-population-high-predicative-accuracy-of-a-genetic-risk-score-combining-16-loci
#9
Bartłomiej Kisiel, Katarzyna Kisiel, Konrad Szymański, Wojciech Mackiewicz, Ewelina Biało-Wójcicka, Sebastian Uczniak, Anna Fogtman, Roksana Iwanicka-Nowicka, Marta Koblowska, Helena Kossowska, Grzegorz Placha, Maciej Sykulski, Artur Bachta, Witold Tłustochowicz, Rafał Płoski, Andrzej Kaszuba
OBJECTIVES: To confirm the association of previously discovered psoriasis (Ps) risk loci with the disease in a Polish population and to create predictive models based on the combination of these single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-eight SNPs were genotyped in 480 Ps patients and 490 controls. Alleles distributions were compared between patients and controls, as well as between different Ps sub-phenotypes. The genetic risk score (GRS) was calculated to assess the cumulative risk conferred by multiple loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615524/interleukin-15-stimulates-natural-killer-cell-mediated-killing-of-both-human-pancreatic-cancer-and-stellate-cells
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Jonas R M Van Audenaerde, Jorrit De Waele, Elly Marcq, Jinthe Van Loenhout, Eva Lion, Johan M J Van den Bergh, Ralf Jesenofsky, Atsushi Masamune, Geert Roeyen, Patrick Pauwels, Filip Lardon, Marc Peeters, Evelien L J Smits
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in Western countries with a 5-year survival rate below 5%. One of the hallmarks of this cancer is the strong desmoplastic reaction within the tumor microenvironment (TME), orchestrated by activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSC). This results in a functional and mechanical shield which causes resistance to conventional therapies. Aiming to overcome this resistance by tackling the stromal shield, we assessed for the first time the capacity of IL-15 stimulated natural killer (NK) cells to kill PSC and pancreatic cancer cells (PCC)...
May 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611614/functional-and-structural-network-recovery-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-1-year-longitudinal-study
#11
Patrizia Dall'Acqua, Sönke Johannes, Ladislav Mica, Hans-Peter Simmen, Richard Glaab, Javier Fandino, Markus Schwendinger, Christoph Meier, Erika J Ulbrich, Andreas Müller, Hansruedi Baetschmann, Lutz Jäncke, Jürgen Hänggi
Brain connectivity after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has not been investigated longitudinally with respect to both functional and structural networks together within the same patients, crucial to capture the multifaceted neuropathology of the injury and to comprehensively monitor the course of recovery and compensatory reorganizations at macro-level. We performed a prospective study with 49 mTBI patients at an average of 5 days and 1 year post-injury and 49 healthy controls. Neuropsychological assessments as well as resting-state functional and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging were obtained...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608409/neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-of-pancreatic-cancer-induces-a-favorable-immunogenic-tumor-microenvironment-associated-with-increased-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-related-chain-a-b-expression
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Takashi Murakami, Yuki Homma, Ryusei Matsuyama, Ryutaro Mori, Kentaro Miyake, Yusaku Tanaka, Kanechika Den, Yoji Nagashima, Masatoshi Nakazawa, Yukihiko Hiroshima, Michio Ueda, Kuniya Tanaka, Robert M Hoffman, Michael Bouvet, Itaru Endo
BACKGROUND: Damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) are related to immune responses in malignant tumors including tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). The aim of the present study was to determine the relationship between expression of components of DAMPs and TILs in pancreatic cancer patients who underwent neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NACRT) versus those who did not. METHODS: NACRT was administered to 51 patients with borderline-resectable pancreatic cancer and not to 33 patients with resectable pancreatic cancer...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606624/-impact-of-education-program-and-clinical-posting-in-psychiatry-on-medical-students-stigmatizing-attitudes-towards-psychiatry-and-psychiatric-disorders
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N Simon, H Verdoux
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to explore whether a medical student education program and clinical posting in psychiatry had an impact on medical students' stigmatizing attitudes towards psychiatry and psychiatric disorders. METHODS: Medical students from the University of Bordeaux were recruited during their 4-year course at the beginning of the academic education program in psychiatry. Medical students who were concomitantly in a clinical posting in wards of psychiatry or neurology were invited to participate in the study...
June 9, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598621/roughness-in-surface-force-measurements-extension-of-dlvo-theory-to-describe-the-forces-between-hafnia-surfaces
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Namsoon Eom, Drew F Parsons, Vincent S J Craig
The interaction between colloidal particles is commonly viewed through the lens of DLVO theory, whereby the interaction is described as the sum of the electrostatic and dispersion forces. For similar materials acting across a medium at pH values remote from the isoelectric point the theory typically involves an electrostatic repulsion that is overcome by dispersion forces at very small separations. However, the dominance of the dispersion forces at short separations is generally not seen in force measurements, with the exception of the interaction between mica surfaces...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585428/anti-hepatocarcinoma-activity-of-tt-1-an-analog-of-melittin-combined-with-interferon-%C3%AE-via-promoting-the-interaction-of-nkg2d-and-mica
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Lan-Lan Wan, Da-Qi Zhang, Jin-Nan Zhang, Li-Qun Ren
Hepatocarcinoma is one of the malignant cancers with significant morbidity and mortality. Immunotherapy has emerged in clinical treatment, owing to the limitation and severe side effects of chemotherapy. In the immune system, natural killer (NK) cells are important effectors required to eliminate malignant tumor cells without the limitation of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecule issues. Hence, treatment which could stimulate NK cells is of great interest. Here, we investigated the efficacy of the combined therapy of TT-1 (a mutant of melittin) and interferon-α (IFN-α) on NK cells and human liver cancer HepG-2/Huh7 cells in vitro and in vivo, as well as the mechanism involved...
June 2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583712/structural-influences-on-the-activity-of-bismuth-iii-indole-carboxylato-complexes-towards-helicobacter-pylori-and-leishmania
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Amita Pathak, Victoria L Blair, Richard L Ferrero, Lukasz Kedzierski, Philip C Andrews
Seven new bismuth(III) complexes derived from indole-carboxylic acids have been synthesised: five are homoleptic; [Bi(IAA)3] B1, [Bi(IPA)3] B2, [Bi(IBA)3] B3, [Bi(MICA)3] B4, [Bi(IGA)3] B6, and two are heteroleptic [BiPh(MICA)2] B5 (where IAA-H=2-(1H-indol-3-yl)acetic acid, IPA-H=3-(1H-indol-3-yl)propanoic acid, IBA-H=4-(1H-indol-3-yl)butanoic acid, IGA-H=2-(1H-indol-3-yl)-2-oxoacetic acid, and MICA-H=1-methyl-1H-indole-3-carboxylic acid). All complexes were fully characterised by elemental analysis, infrared and mass-spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H, (13)C) spectroscopy...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579780/aggregation-is-a-critical-cause-of-poor-transfer-into-the-brain-tissue-of-intravenously-administered-cationic-pamam-dendrimer-nanoparticles
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Yoshika Kurokawa, Hideko Sone, Tin-Tin Win-Shwe, Yang Zeng, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yosuke Koyama, Yusuke Yagi, Yasuto Matsui, Masashi Yamazaki, Seishiro Hirano
Dendrimers have been expected as excellent nanodevices for brain medication. An amine-terminated polyamidoamine dendrimer (PD), an unmodified plain type of PD, has the obvious disadvantage of cytotoxicity, but still serves as an attractive molecule because it easily adheres to the cell surface, facilitating easy cellular uptake. Single-photon emission computed tomographic imaging of a mouse following intravenous injection of a radiolabeled PD failed to reveal any signal in the intracranial region. Furthermore, examination of the permeability of PD particles across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in vitro using a commercially available kit revealed poor permeability of the nanoparticles, which was suppressed by an inhibitor of caveolae-mediated endocytosis, but not by an inhibitor of macropinocytosis...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578917/stat3-inhibition-by-sta21-increases-cell-surface-expression-of-micb-and-the-release-of-soluble-micb-by-gastric-adenocarcinoma-cells
#18
Macarena Garrido-Tapia, Carolina J Hernández, Gabriel Ascui, Karina Kramm, Marcela Morales, Valentina Ga Rate, Roberto Zúñiga, Marco Bustamante, Juan Carlos Aguillón, Diego Catala N, Carolina H Ribeiro, Mari A Carmen Molina
NKG2D is an activating receptor expressed on NK cells that binds to a variety of ligands, including MICA and MICB. These cell surface glycoproteins are overexpressed under cellular transformation, thus playing an important role in cell-mediated immune response to tumors. STAT3 is a transcription factor that is constitutively active in cancer. It negatively regulates MICA expression on target cells, while its inhibition enhances NK cell cytotoxicity against tumors. In this work, we aimed to describe the effect of STAT3 signaling inhibition by STA21 on the regulation of MICB expression in gastric adenocarcinoma cells and its effect on the cytotoxic function of NK cells...
May 23, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576831/shifting-the-balance-of-activating-and-inhibitory-natural-killer-receptor-ligands-on-braf-v600e-melanoma-lines-with-vemurafenib
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Alexandra Frazao, Marina Colombo, Emmanuelle Fourmentraux-Neves, Meriem Messaoudene, Sylvie Rusakiewicz, Laurence Zitvogel, Eric Vivier, Frederic Vely, Florence Faure, Brigitte Dreno, Houssem Benlalam, Fanny Bouquet, Ariel Savina, Eric Pasmant, Antoine Toubert, Marie Francoise Avril, Anne Caignard
Over 60% of human melanoma tumors bear a mutation in the BRAF gene. The most frequent mutation is a substitution at codon 600 (V600E), leading to a constitutively active BRAF and overactivation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Patients harboring mutated BRAF respond to kinase inhibitors such as vemurafenib. However, these responses are transient and relapses are frequent. Melanoma cells are efficiently lysed by activated natural killer (NK) cells. Melanoma cells express several stress-induced ligands that are recognized by activating NK cell receptors...
June 2, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574708/packing-defects-in-fatty-amine-self-assembled-monolayers-on-mica-as-revealed-from-afm-techniques
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José J Benítez, José A Heredia-Guerrero, Miguel A San-Miguel, Heather C Galloway
Self-assembled monolayers of n-octadecylamine (ODA-SAMs) on mica have been prepared and studied by contact and jumping mode atomic force microscopy (AFM). Adhesion and friction data show that the compactness of the monolayers spontaneously increases as they are allowed to ripen. Molecular packing can also be induced by the controlled mechanical perturbation exerted by the probe when getting into and out of contact intermittently. Under these conditions, defects and vacancies aggregate giving rise to detectable pinholes uniformly distributed in AFM images...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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