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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549036/the-role-of-molecular-techniques-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-paraffin-embedded-biopsies
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Zaira Moure, Josep Castellví, Adrián Sánchez-Montalvá, Tomás Pumarola, M Teresa Tórtola
INTRODUCTION: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is increasingly frequent in developed countries. When it is not clinically suspected, samples are not collected for culture and the only material available is a tissue paraffin block. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate FluoroType MTB (FT-MTB) and GenoType MTBDRplus methods for the detection of Mycobaterium tuberculosis complex in paraffin-embedded biopsies comparing the results to tuberculosis diagnosis...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548591/test-retest-reliability-of-cortical-language-mapping-in-a-patient-with-refractory-focal-epilepsy-11-years-later
#2
Kirsty E Bortnik, Guy M McKhann, Marla J Hamberger
Electrical stimulation mapping (ESM) is considered the gold standard for identification of essential language cortex and is especially important in patients for whom classic language landmarks are less useful because of reorganization in response to epileptogenic or neoplastic cortex. However, little is known regarding the reliability of the procedure, particularly over extended time intervals. The authors present the case of a young man with refractory left temporal lobe epilepsy in the setting of a low-grade left temporal tumor who had undergone intraoperative language mapping at age 14 years and repeat mapping at age 25...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548103/an-aavp-based-solid-phase-transducing-matrix-for-transgene-delivery-potential-for-translational-applications
#3
T L Smith, G R Souza, R L Sidman, W Arap, R Pasqualini
A hybrid vector of adeno-associated virus and phage (termed AAVP) has been introduced as a platform for systemic ligand-directed delivery of transgenes to tumors over the past decade. A series of studies have evaluated the AAVP platform for potential theranostic or purely therapeutic applications in several tumor models. Sufficient ligand-directed tumor targeting consistently resulted in specific molecular-genetic imaging and/or anti-tumor responses to 'suicide' transgene delivery. However, efforts to optimize transduction efficiency are still ongoing...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544231/dual-responsive-molecular-switches-based-on-dithienylethene-ru-ii-organometallics-in-self-assembled-monolayers-operating-at-low-voltage
#4
Andrea Mulas, Xiaoyan He, Yves-Marie Hervault, Lucie Norel, Stéphane Rigaut, Corinne Lagrost
Two carbon-rich ruthenium complexes bearing a dithienylethene (DTE) unit and a hexylthiol spacer were designed to be attached on gold surfaces. Both compounds display photochemically-driven switching properties, allowing reversible conversion from open to closed forms of the DTE units upon irradiation in solution. In contrast, only the bimetallic complex undergoes an efficient electrochemical ring closure at low potential, (0.5 V vs SCE), whereas the monometallic complex show a simple one electron reversible redox event...
May 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543804/au-i-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-au-i-interaction-assisted-host-guest-interactions-and-stimuli-responsive-self-assembly-in-tetranuclear-alkynylgold-i-calix-4-arene-based-isocyanide-complexes
#5
Anlea Chu, Franky Ka-Wah Hau, Vivian W W Yam
Multi-stimuli-responsive tetranuclear gold(I) complexes have been prepared based on a tetra(alkynyl)calix[4]arene framework, with incorporation of a series of isocyanide ligands of tunable hydrophilicity. This class of complexes is found to exhibit high sensitivity towards group IIIA metal ions especially indium(III) ions. Drastic electronic absorption and emission changes have been observed, which could be attributed to the formation of Au(I)···Au(I) interactions during the binding event. Solvent-induced self-aggregation has also been observed upon changing the solvent environment to a more polar medium, with the formation of nanoaggregates and the turning on of the aurophilic interactions, leading to interesting luminescence and morphological changes...
May 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542311/18f-fdg-pet-ct-based-early-treatment-response-evaluation-of-nanoparticle-assisted-photothermal-cancer-therapy
#6
Kamilla Norregaard, Jesper T Jørgensen, Marina Simón, Fredrik Melander, Lotte K Kristensen, Pól M Bendix, Thomas L Andresen, Lene B Oddershede, Andreas Kjaer
Within the field of nanoparticle-assisted photothermal cancer therapy, focus has mostly been on developing novel heat-generating nanoparticles with the right optical and dimensional properties. Comparison and evaluation of their performance in tumor-bearing animals are commonly assessed by changes in tumor volume; however, this is usually a late-occurring event. This study implements 2-deoxy-2-[F-18]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography imaging to perform early evaluation of the treatment outcome of photothermal therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541651/channel-crack-designed-gold-pu-sponge-for-highly-elastic-piezoresistive-sensor-with-excellent-detectability
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Yun-Hui Wu, Hai-Zhou Liu, Song Chen, Xuchu Dong, Ping-Ping Wang, Shuqi Liu, Yong Lin, Yong Wei, Lan Liu
It is a great challenge to fabricate piezoresistive sensors that possess high elasticity, large-area compliance and excellent detectability to satisfy both extremely tiny and large human activities monitoring. Herein, a novel and facile strategy is reported to manufacture highly elastic channel crack-based gold@PU sponge piezoresistive material. The elastic 3D conductive network is successfully prepared by gold ion sputtering, and channel cracks are skillfully designed on the 3D sponge skeletons. Such novel structure makes these fabricated sensors are capable of monitoring both tiny and large human motions, which originate from the nano-crack joint sensing mechanism and physical contact of conductive interconnected network...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540259/conceptual-models-of-social-determinants-of-health-a-narrative-review
#8
REVIEW
Sayyed Morteza Hosseini Shokouh, Mohammad Arab, Sara Emamgholipour, Arash Rashidian, Ali Montazeri, Rouhollah Zaboli
BACKGROUND: There are several conflicting conceptual models to explain social determinants of health (SDH) as responsible for most health inequalities. This study aimed to present these models in historical perspective and provide main component of SDH models as an SES indicators. METHODS: This was a narrative study using international databases to retrieve literature dealing with conceptual models of SDH. All publication in English language until Mar 2015 was included...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538779/sweat-test-and-cystic-fibrosis-overview-of-test-performance-at-public-and-private-centers-in-the-state-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#9
Maria Fátima Servidoni, Carla Cristina Souza Gomez, Fernando Augusto Lima Marson, Adyléia Aparecida Dalbo Contrera Toro, Maria Ângela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro
Objective: The sweat test (ST) measures chloride levels in sweat and is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF). However, the reliability of a ST depends on their being performed by experienced technicians and in accordance with strict guidelines. Our aim was to evaluate how sweat stimulation, sweat collection, and chloride measurement are performed at 14 centers (9 public centers and 5 private centers) that routinely perform STs in the state of São Paulo, which has the highest frequency of CF in Brazil...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538202/development-of-nanobiocatalysts-through-the-immobilization-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-lipase-for-applications-in-efficient-kinetic-resolution-of-racemic-compounds
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Bharat P Dwivedee, Jayeeta Bhaumik, Shushil K Rai, Joydev K Laha, Uttam C Banerjee
The present work reports covalent immobilization of Pseudomonas fluorescens lipase (PFL) on functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a nanobiocatalyst (NBC). This nanobiocatalyst facilitates efficient kinetic resolution of (RS)-1-phenylethanol into (S)-1-phenylethanol [C=49.7%, eep=99.5%, ees=98.1% and E value=191.4]. The immobilized preparation (MWCNTs-PFL) showed ten-fold increase in activity, thermal stability upto 80 °C and recyclability (8 cycles). MWCNTs-PFL nanobioconjugate demonstrated better stability and enhanced activity compared to covalently immobilized PFL on other matrices (silver nanoparticles, gold nanoparticles and chitosan beads) used for the study...
May 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537276/magnetic-field-induced-multiple-topological-phases-in-pyrochlore-iridates-with-mott-criticality
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Kentaro Ueda, Taekoo Oh, Bohm-Jung Yang, Ryoma Kaneko, Jun Fujioka, Naoto Nagaosa, Yoshinori Tokura
The interplay between electron correlation and spin-orbit coupling in solids has been proven to be an abundant gold mine for emergent topological phases. Here we report the results of systematic magnetotransport study on bandwidth-controlled pyrochlore iridates R2Ir2O7 near quantum metal-insulator transition (MIT). The application of a magnetic field along [001] crystallographic direction (H//[001]) significantly decreases resistivity while producing a unique Hall response, which indicates the emergence of the novel semi-metallic state in the course of the magnetic transformation from all-in all-out (AIAO, 4/0) to 2-in 2-out (2/2) spin configuration...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536207/impaired-cerebral-autoregulation-measurement-and-application-to-stroke
#12
REVIEW
Li Xiong, Xiuyun Liu, Ty Shang, Peter Smielewski, Joseph Donnelly, Zhen-Ni Guo, Yi Yang, Thomas Leung, Marek Czosnyka, Rong Zhang, Jia Liu, Ka Sing Wong
Cerebral autoregulation (CA) is a protective mechanism that maintains cerebral blood flow at a relatively constant level despite fluctuations of cerebral perfusion pressure or arterial blood pressure. It is a universal physiological mechanism that may involve myogenic, neural control as well as metabolic regulations of cerebral vasculature in response to changes in pressure or cerebral blood flow. Traditionally, CA has been represented by a sigmoid curve with a wide plateau between about 50 mm Hg and 170 mm Hg of steady-state changes in mean arterial pressure, defined as static CA...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535789/a-multi-target-therapeutic-potential-of-prunus-domestica-gum-stabilized-nanoparticles-exhibited-prospective-anticancer-antibacterial-urease-inhibition-anti-inflammatory-and-analgesic-properties
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Nazar Ul Islam, Raza Amin, Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Amin, Sumera Zaib, Jamshed Iqbal
BACKGROUND: Phytotherapeutics exhibit diverse pharmacological effects that are based on the combined action of a mixture of phytoconstituents. In this study, Prunus domestica gum-loaded, stabilized gold and silver nanoparticles (Au/Ag-NPs) were evaluated for their prospective anticancer, antibacterial, urease-inhibition, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. METHODS: Au/Ag-NPs were biosynthesized and characterized with UV-Vis, FTIR, SEM, EDX, and XRD techniques...
May 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535044/mechano-responsive-luminescence-via-crystal-to-crystal-phase-transitions-between-chiral-and-non-chiral-space-groups
#14
Mingoo Jin, Tomohiro Seki, Hajime Ito
Herein, a novel mechano-responsive luminescent (MRL) material based on crystal-to-crystal phase transitions between crystals of a chiral and those of a centrosymmetric space group, accompanied by a change of emission properties, is described. Initially, a gold complex containing a biphenyl moiety, which exhibits an achiral structure in solution, afforded an orange-emitting amorphous phase together with a viscous isotropic oil after evaporation of the solvent. Upon pricking, the orange-emitting oil spontaneously crystallized either in a centrosymmetric or in a chiral space group while simultaneously changing the emission properties...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535031/tunichrome-inspired-gold-enrichment-dispersion-matrix-and-its-application-in-water-treatment-a-proof-of-concept-investigation
#15
Amarendra Dhar Dwivedi, Rega Permana, Jitendra Pal Singh, Hakwon Yoon, Keun Hwa Chae, Yoon-Seok Chang, Dong Soo Hwang
Tunicate, a filter-feeder in seawater, is able to accumulate high amount of metals using intracellular polymer matrices. The woven pyrogallol structures of tunichrome, a small peptide contained in tunicate's blood cells, is believed to be responsible for selective metal sequestration in tunicates from seawater. However, the intriguing tunichrome matrix is difficult to harvest from the tunicate nor to synthesize massively due to the extreme oxidation sensitivity of the pyrogallol moiety which limits the study scope...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534621/spectral-response-of-plasmonic-gold-nanoparticles-to-capacitive-charging-morphology-effects
#16
Benjamin S Hoener, Hui Zhang, Thomas S Heiderscheit, Silke R Kirchner, Agampodi Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara, Rashad Baiyasi, Yi-Yu Cai, Peter Nordlander, Stephan Link, Christy F Landes, Wei-Shun Chang
We report a study of the shape-dependent spectral response of the gold nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance at various electron densities to provide mechanistic insight into the role of capacitive charging, a topic of some debate. We demonstrate a morphology dependent spectral response for gold nanoparticles due to capacitive charging using single-particle spectroscopy in an inert electrochemical environment. A decrease in plasmon energy and increase in spectral width for gold nanospheres and nanorods was observed as the electron density was tuned through a potential window of -0...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534584/composition-dependent-electronic-energy-relaxation-dynamics-of-metal-domains-as-revealed-by-bimetallic-au144-xagx-sc8h9-60-monolayer-protected-clusters
#17
Hongjun Zheng, Marcus A Tofanelli, Christopher J Ackerson, Kenneth L Knappenberger
We examined the electronic relaxation dynamics for mono and bimetallic Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 monolayer-protected clusters (MPCs) using femtosecond time-resolved transient extinction spectroscopy. MPCs provide compositionally well-defined model systems for structure-specific determination of nanoscale electronic properties. Based on pulse-energy-dependent transient extinction data, we quantified electron-phonon coupling constants for three distinct Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 MPC samples, where x = 0, 0 < x < 30, and x ∼ 30, as Gx=0 = (1...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534561/dielectrophoretic-assembly-of-liquid-phase-exfoliated-tis3-nanoribbons-for-photodetecting-applications
#18
R Frisenda, E Giovanelli, P Mishra, P Gant, E Flores, C Sánchez, J R Ares, D Perez de Lara, I J Ferrer, E M Pérez, A Castellanos-Gomez
Liquid-phase exfoliation is a technique capable of producing large quantities of two-dimensional materials in suspension. Despite many efforts in the optimization of the exfoliation process itself, not much has been done towards the integration of liquid-phase-exfoliated materials in working solid-state devices. In this article, we use dielectrophoresis to direct the assembly of liquid-phase-exfoliated TiS3 nanoribbons between two gold electrodes to produce photodetectors working in the visible region. Through electrical and optical measurements we characterize the responsivity of the device and we find values as large as 3...
May 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532454/proteomic-profiling-of-peripheral-blood-neutrophils-identifies-two-inflammatory-phenotypes-in-stable-copd-patients
#19
Adèle Lo Tam Loi, Susan Hoonhorst, Corneli van Aalst, Jeroen Langereis, Vera Kamp, Simone Sluis-Eising, Nick Ten Hacken, Jan-Willem Lammers, Leo Koenderman
BACKGROUND: COPD is a heterogeneous chronic inflammatory disease of the airways and it is well accepted that the GOLD classification does not fully represent the complex clinical manifestations of COPD and this classification therefore is not well suited for phenotyping of individual patients with COPD. Besides the chronic inflammation in the lung compartment, there is also a systemic inflammation present in COPD patients. This systemic inflammation is associated with elevated levels of cytokines in the peripheral blood, but the precise composition is unknown...
May 22, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532304/producing-hiv-estimates-from-global-advocacy-to-country-planning-and-impact-measurement
#20
Mary Mahy, Tim Brown, John Stover, Neff Walker, Karen Stanecki, Wilford Kirungi, Txema Garcia-Calleja, Peter D Ghys
BACKGROUND: The development of global HIV estimates has been critical for understanding, advocating for and funding the HIV response. The process of generating HIV estimates has been cited as the gold standard for public health estimates. OBJECTIVE: This paper provides important lessons from an international scientific collaboration and provides a useful model for those producing public health estimates in other fields. DESIGN: Through the compilation and review of published journal articles, United Nations reports, other documents and personal experience we compiled historical information about the estimates and identified potential lessons for other public health estimation efforts...
January 2017: Global Health Action
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