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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220699/quantum-mechanical-study-on-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-alkaline-phosphatases
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Gabriela L Borosky
Alkaline phosphatases (APs) catalyze the hydrolysis and transphosphorylation of phosphate monoesters. The catalytic mechanism was examined by quantum-mechanical calculations using an active-site model based on the X-ray crystal structure of the human placental AP. Free energies of activation and of reaction for the catalytic steps were evaluated for a series of aryl and alkyl phosphate esters, and the computational results were compared with experimental values available in the literature. Mechanistic observations previously reported in experimental works were rationalized by the present theoretical study, particularly regarding the difference in the rate-determining step between aryl and alkyl phosphates...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217139/characterizing-particle-size-distributions-of-crystalline-silica-in-gold-mine-dust
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Lauren G Chubb, Emanuele G Cauda
Dust containing crystalline silica is common in mining environments in the U.S. and around the world. The exposure to respirable crystalline silica remains an important occupational issue and it can lead to the development of silicosis and other respiratory diseases. Little has been done with regard to the characterization of the crystalline silica content of specific particle sizes of mine-generated dust. Such characterization could improve monitoring techniques and control technologies for crystalline silica, decreasing worker exposure to silica and preventing future incidence of silicosis...
January 2017: Aerosol and Air Quality Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216071/antiphospholipid-antibodies-disappearance-in-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome-thrombosis-recurrence
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Gabriela Medina, Eduardo Briones-García, María Pilar Cruz-Domínguez, Oscar I Flórez-Durante, Luis J Jara
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome after aPL (antiphospholipid antibodies) disappearance in primary APS patients. METHODS: From a cohort of 70 patients with primary APS, we selected patients with positive aPL determinations at onset and ≥2 subsequent negative aPL determinations during the last 5years. To corroborate the immunologic profile, we determined IgG/IgM aCL antibodies, IgG/IgM antiβ2GPl, anti-annexin A5 antibodies and lupus anticoagulant (LA)...
February 13, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215272/sleep-related-cognitive-processes-arousal-and-emotion-dysregulation-in-insomnia-disorder-the-role-of-insomnia-specific-rumination
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Laura Palagini, Umberto Moretto, Liliana Dell'Osso, Colleen Carney
OBJECTIVE: Insomnia-specific rumination has presented in subjects with insomnia. Research has identified hyperarousal as a key factor, with both trait and state components. It has been shown that emotion dysregulation also plays a role in insomnia. Hence, the aim was to investigate how insomnia rumination is associated with both trait- and state-dependent arousal and emotion dysregulation in insomnia. METHODS: Sixty-eight subjects with insomnia disorder (DSM-5) and 36 good sleepers were evaluated using: Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), Daytime Insomnia Symptom Response Scale (DISRS), Arousal Predisposition Scale (APS), Pre-sleep Arousal Scale (PSAS), and Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS)...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215033/anti-mutated-citrullinated-vimentin-antibodies-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-diagnostic-value-and-relationship-with-clinical-features
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Cristiano Alessandri, Nancy Agmon-Levin, Fabrizio Conti, Carlo Perricone, Elena Ortona, Monica Pendolino, Antonella Capozzi, Federica Delunardo, Riccardo Mancini, Simona Truglia, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Maurizio Sorice, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Guido Valesini
: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) are a heterogeneous group of autoantibodies essential for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) but do not predict clinical manifestations or disease progression. Hence, the co-presence of other antibodies may prove useful. Autoimmunity directed toward vimentin and other citrullinated peptides was established in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in other autoimmune conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have previously described the presence of autoantibodies directed against vimentin/cardiolipin complex in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), but there are no data on the role of citrullinated vimentin in APS...
February 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214746/a-magnetite-pmaa-nanospheres-targeting-sers-aptasensor-for-tetracycline-sensing-using-mercapto-molecules-embedded-core-shell-nanoparticles-for-signal-amplification
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Huanhuan Li, Quansheng Chen, Md Mehedi Hassan, Xiaoxing Chen, Qin Ouyang, Zhiming Guo, Jiewen Zhao
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) biosensors have promising potential in the field of antibiotics detection because of their ultrahigh detection sensitivity. This paper reports a rapid and sensitive SERS-based magnetic nanospheres-targeting strategy for sensing tetracycline (TTC) using aptamer-conjugated magnetite colloid nanocrystal clusters (MCNCs)-polymethacrylic acid (PMAA) magnetic nanospheres (MNs) as the recognition and the Au/PATP/SiO2 (APS) as the labels. Initially, MNs were fabricated and conjugated with the aptamers through condensation reaction...
February 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212986/correlating-the-effects-of-antimicrobial-preservatives-on-conformational-stability-aggregation-propensity-and-backbone-flexibility-of-an-igg1-monoclonal-antibody
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Jayant Arora, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David D Weis, David B Volkin
Multi-dose formulations of biotherapeutics, which offer better dosage management and reduced production costs, require the addition of antimicrobial preservatives (APs). APs have been shown, however, to decrease protein stability in solution and cause protein aggregation. In this report, the effect of four APs, m-cresol, phenol, phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol, on conformational stability, aggregation propensity and backbone flexibility of an IgG1 monoclonal antibody, mAb-4, is investigated. Compared to no preservative control, each of the APs decreased the conformational stability of mAb-4 as measured by DSC and extrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212505/long-term-validity-of-the-at-risk-mental-state-arms-for-predicting-psychotic-and-non-psychotic-mental-disorders
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P Fusar-Poli, G Rutigliano, D Stahl, C Davies, A De Micheli, V Ramella-Cravaro, I Bonoldi, P McGuire
BACKGROUND: The long-term clinical validity of the At Risk Mental State (ARMS) for the prediction of non-psychotic mental disorders is unknown. METHODS: Clinical register-based cohort study including all non-psychotic individuals assessed by the Outreach And Support in South London (OASIS) service (2002-2015). The primary outcome was risk of developing any mental disorder (psychotic or non-psychotic). Analyses included Cox proportional hazard models, Kaplan-Meier survival/failure function and C statistics...
December 6, 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212300/amorphous-amorphous-phase-separation-in-api-polymer-formulations
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Christian Luebbert, Fabian Huxoll, Gabriele Sadowski
The long-term stability of pharmaceutical formulations of poorly-soluble drugs in polymers determines their bioavailability and therapeutic applicability. However, these formulations do not only often tend to crystallize during storage, but also tend to undergo unwanted amorphous-amorphous phase separations (APS). Whereas the crystallization behavior of APIs in polymers has been measured and modeled during the last years, the APS phenomenon is still poorly understood. In this study, the crystallization behavior, APS, and glass-transition temperatures formulations of ibuprofen and felodipine in polymeric PLGA excipients exhibiting different ratios of lactic acid and glycolic acid monomers in the PLGA chain were investigated by means of hot-stage microscopy and DSC...
February 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211733/editorial-from-the-aps-editor-in-chief
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Pierre Meystre
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210201/therapeutic-effect-of-astragalus-polysaccharides-on-hepatocellular-carcinoma-h22-bearing-mice
#11
Xiaoyu Lai, Weibiao Xia, Jing Wei, Xinghong Ding
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of astragalus polysaccharides (APSs), active constituents of astragalus, in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and their potential as a promising candidate for future anticancer drug development. Astragalus polysaccharide was administered at different doses to HCC H22-bearing mice to investigate their antitumor effects. Results revealed that APS inhibited the growth of H22 cells with a tumor inhibition rate in the APS 400 mg·kg(-1) group of 59...
January 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196381/direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-thromboprophylaxis-in-patients-with-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Hannah Cohen, Maria Efthymiou, Carolyn Gates, David Isenberg
The current mainstay of the treatment and secondary thromboprophylaxis of thrombotic antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is anticoagulation with warfarin or other vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). In addition to their well-known limitations, VKAs are often problematic in APS patients because of the variable sensitivity of thromboplastins to lupus anticoagulant. As a result, the international normalized ratio may not accurately reflect the intensity of anticoagulation. Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are established as therapeutic alternatives to VKAs for a wide range of indications, including the treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism...
February 14, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195622/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-of-paracentral-acute-middle-maculopathy-associated-with-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Matthew G J Trese, Aristomenis Thanos, Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Sandeep Randhawa
The authors present the first case of paracentral acute middle maculopathy as a manifestation of primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) with multimodal imaging, including optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). The association between APS and ophthalmic sequela is well-known. Recent advances in multimodal imaging, specifically OCTA, allow for better characterization of the mechanism and extent by which retinal arterial thrombosis can cause vision loss. Using advanced imaging modalities, the authors provide a comprehensive assessment of retinal ischemia, which showed not only localized capillary occlusion, but also ischemia of the deep retinal capillary plexus...
February 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195455/hydrolytic-stability-of-3-aminopropylsilane-coupling-agent-on-silica-and-silicate-surfaces-at-elevated-temperatures
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Denis V Okhrimenko, Akin Budi, Marcel Ceccato, Marite Cardenas, Dorte B Johansson, Dorthe Lybye, Klaus Bechgaard, Martin Peter Andersson, Susan L S Stipp
3-Aminopropylsilane (APS) coupling agent is widely used in industrial, biomaterial and medical applications to improve adhesion of polymers to inorganic materials. However, during exposure to elevated humidity and temperature, the deposited APS layers can decompose, leading to reduction in coupling efficiency and thus decreasing the product quality and the mechanical strength of the polymer-inorganic material interface. Therefore, a better understanding of the chemical state and stability of APS on inorganic surfaces is needed...
February 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194050/the-laboratory-diagnosis-of-the-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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REVIEW
Jasmina Ahluwalia, Sreejesh Sreedharanunni
The Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) is classified based on the presence of both clinical and laboratory criteria. Both sets of criteria are subject to much review and intense research as it is becoming increasingly clear that no single test is specific for defining this autoimmune disorder. A number of leading international bodies have released guidelines in an attempt to improve the laboratory testing and reporting. The current review is an appraisal of some of the literature pertaining to the laboratory testing...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193831/%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-recognition-drives-th1-inflammation-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-patients-with-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Marisa Benagiano, Maria Gerosa, Jacopo Romagnoli, Michael Mahler, Maria O Borghi, Alessia Grassi, Chiara Della Bella, Giacomo Emmi, Amedeo Amedei, Elena Silvestri, Lorenzo Emmi, Domenico Prisco, Pier Luigi Meroni, Mario M D'Elios
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by recurrent arterial/venous thrombosis and miscarriages in the persistent presence of autoantibodies against phospholipid-binding proteins (aPLs), such as β2 glycoprotein I (β2GPI). In addition to the aPL thrombophilic effect, arterial thrombosis was related to accelerated atherosclerosis in animal models; however, contrasting findings were reported in primary APS patients with regard to the increased number of plaques or abnormal arterial wall thickness. We investigated the cytokine production induced by β2GPI in activated T cells that infiltrate in vivo atherosclerotic lesions of primary APS patients with atherothrombosis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193794/alcohol-policies-and-alcohol-related-motor-vehicle-crash-fatalities-among-young-people-in-the-us
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Scott E Hadland, Ziming Xuan, Vishnudas Sarda, Jason Blanchette, Monica H Swahn, Timothy C Heeren, Robert B Voas, Timothy S Naimi
BACKGROUND: Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are a leading cause of death among young people in the United States. We examined the relationship between states' alcohol policy environments and alcohol-related MVC fatalities among children, adolescents, and young adults under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years. METHODS: We used the Alcohol Policy Scale (APS), an assessment of 29 alcohol policies across 50 states and Washington, DC, developed with the assistance of an interdisciplinary Delphi panel...
February 13, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191962/one-step-synthesis-of-hollow-dimpled-polystyrene-microparticles-by-dispersion-polymerization
#18
Sung Hwan Park, Jinwoo Kim, Wang-Eun Lee, Doo-Jin Byun, Mun Ho Kim
The design and preparation of hollow nonspherical microparticles are of great significance for their potential applications, but the development of a facile synthetic method using only one production step remains a great challenge. In the current work, a new template-free method based on dispersion polymerization was successfully developed to produce anisotropic hollow polystyrene (PS) microparticles in a single step. In the synthesis, ammonium persulfate (APS) played a critical role in the formation and growth of highly uniform and stable hollow PS microparticles...
February 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188801/astragalus-polysaccharides-protect-against-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-colitis-by-inhibiting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BA%C3%B0-activation
#19
Jun Lv, Yahong Zhang, Zhiqiang Tian, Fang Liu, Ying Shi, Yao Liu, Peiyuan Xia
Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) is a bioactive extract of Astragalus membranaceus (AM), which possess a wide range of medicinal benefits, including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-tumor and anti-diabetic effects. The present work evaluated the therapeutic effect of APS and its potential mechanisms in a mouse model of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. The APS treatment led to significant improvements in colitis disease activity index (DAI) and histological scores, as well as significantly increased weight and colon length in mice as compared to the control group...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188217/hebbian-spike-timing-dependent-plasticity-at-the-cerebellar-input-stage
#20
M Sgritta, F Locatelli, T Soda, F Prestori, E D'Angelo
Spike-timing dependent plasticity (STDP) is a form of long-term synaptic plasticity exploiting the time relationship between postsynaptic action potentials (AP) and EPSPs. Surprisingly enough, very little was known about STDP in the cerebellum, although it is thought to play a critical role for learning appropriate timing of actions. We speculated that low-frequency oscillations observed in the granular layer may provide a reference for repetitive EPSP/AP phase coupling. Here we show that EPSP-spike pairing at 6Hz can optimally induce STDP at the mossy fiber - granule cell synapse in rats...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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