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Meltem Çobanoğulları Direk, Veli Yıldırım, Serkan Güneş, Gülçin Bozlu, Çetin Okuyaz
Serotonin syndrome (SS) is a potentially life-threatening condition associated with increased serotonergic activity in central nervous system and may occur during the use of serotonergic drugs. Although increasing frequency of serotonergic drug use in children, pediatricians, emergency medicine and pediatric intensive care specialists have not enough knowledge and experience about SS that is a potentially life-threatening condition. A 12-year-old girl patient was admitted to our emergency room with the history of involuntary contractions on her extremities and alteration of consciousness...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Xia Song, Yuting Wen, Jing-Ling Zhu, Feng Zhao, Zhongxing Zhang, Jun Li
Paclitaxel (PTX), a hydrophobic anticancer drug, is facing several clinical limitations such as low bioavailability and drug resistance. To solve the problems, a well-defined b-cyclodextrin-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) star polymer was synthesized and used as a nanocarrier to improve the water solubility and aim to thermoresponsive delivery of PTX to cancer cells. The star polymer was able to form supramolecular self-assembled inclusion complex with PTX via host-guest interaction at room temperature, which is below the low critical solution temperature (LCST) of the star polymer, significantly improving the solubilization of PTX...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Christine Gross, Veit Wiesmann, Sebastian Millen, Martina Kalmer, Thomas Wittenberg, Jan Gettemans, Andrea K Thoma-Kress
The delta-retrovirus Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) preferentially infects CD4+ T-cells via cell-to-cell transmission. Viruses are transmitted by polarized budding and by transfer of viral biofilms at the virological synapse (VS). Formation of the VS requires the viral Tax protein and polarization of the host cytoskeleton, however, molecular mechanisms of HTLV-1 cell-to-cell transmission remain incompletely understood. Recently, we could show Tax-dependent upregulation of the actin-bundling protein Fascin (FSCN-1) in HTLV-1-infected T-cells...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Brian E Lacy, Michael D Crowell, Carole Mathis, David Bauer, Leslie J Heinberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Gastroparesis (GP) patients suffer from recurrent symptoms of nausea, vomiting, early satiety, and abdominal pain. The impact of GP on quality of life (QoL), health care utilization and daily activities is not well understood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Part 1: 398 adult patients (≥18 y) with documented GP (symptoms >6 mo) were surveyed to assess QoL and pain using the Short Form 36 and McGill pain questionnaires. Part 2: 491 adult GP patients were surveyed to evaluate employment status, work and daily activities, medication use, physician visits, diagnostic testing, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations related to their GP symptoms...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Julia L Monteiro, Paula F Carneiro, Petteri Elsner, Dominique Roberge, Peter G M Wuts, Kathrin Kurjan, Bernhard Gutmann, C Oliver Kappe
Herein, we report an operationally simple and rapid continuous flow radical C─C bond formation under Minisci-type reaction conditions. The transformations are performed at or below room temperature employing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as reagents in the presence of an Fe(II) catalyst. For electron rich aromatic and heteroaromatic substrates C─C bond formation proceeds satisfactorily with electrophilic radicals including ∙CF3, ∙C4F9, ∙CH2CN and ∙CH2CO2Et. In contrast, electron poor substrates exhibit minimal reactivity...
October 24, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Stefano R Del Giacco, Arzu Bakirtas, Elizabeth Bel, Adnan Custovic, Zuzana Diamant, Eckard Hamelmann, Enrico Heffler, Ömer Kalayci, Sejal Saglani, Svetlana Sergejeva, Sven Seys, Angela Simpson, Leif Bjermer
It is well recognized that atopic sensitisation is an important risk factor for asthma, both in adults and in children. However, the role of allergy in severe asthma is still under debate. The term "Severe Asthma" encompasses a highly heterogeneous group of patients who require treatment on steps 4-5 of GINA guidelines to prevent their asthma from becoming "uncontrolled", or whose disease remains "uncontrolled" despite this therapy. Epidemiological studies on emergency room visits and hospital admissions for asthma suggest the important role of allergy in asthma exacerbations...
October 24, 2016: Allergy
Mauro Zaninelli, Veronica Redaelli, Erica Tirloni, Cristian Bernardi, Vittorio Dell'Orto, Giovanni Savoini
The development of a monitoring system to identify the presence of laying hens, in a closed room of a free-range commercial organic egg production farm, was the aim of this study. This monitoring system was based on the infrared (IR) technology and had, as final target, a possible reduction of atmospheric ammonia levels and bacterial load. Tests were carried out for three weeks and involved 7 ISA (Institut de Sélection Animale) brown laying hens. The first 5 days was used to set up the detection sensor, while the other 15 days were used to evaluate the accuracy of the resulting monitoring system, in terms of sensitivity and specificity...
October 21, 2016: Sensors
Han Yang, Amir Sheikhi, Theo G M van de Ven
A novel biopolymer-based aerogel was developed by freeze-drying a hydrogel, synthesized from crosslinking bifunctional hairy nanocrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylated chitosan through a Schiff base reaction. The nanocelluloses, bearing aldehyde and carboxylic acid groups, facilitated the crosslinking with chitosan through imine bond formation while providing negatively-charged functional groups, and chitosan was modified to accommodate carboxylic acid. The potential of this bio-aerogel in environmental remediation was examined in a model system comprising methylene blue, a cationic dye...
October 24, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Antonia G Zogka, Abdelwahid Mellouki, Manolis N Romanias, Yuri Bedjanian, Mahmoud Idir, Benoit Grosselin, Veronique Daele
The rate coefficients for the reactions of OH and Cl with 1-methoxy 2-propyl acetate (MPA) in the gas phase were measured using absolute and relative methods. The kinetic study on the OH-reaction was conducted in the temperature (263-373) K and pressure (1-760) Torr ranges using the pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence technique, a low pressure fast flow tube reactor-quadrupole mass spectrometer and an atmospheric simulation chamber-GC/FID. The derived Arrhenius expression is kMPA+OH(T)=(2.01±0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Norihiko L Okamoto, Shu Fujimoto, Yuki Kambara, Marino Kawamura, Zhenghao M T Chen, Hirotaka Matsunoshita, Katsushi Tanaka, Haruyuki Inui, Easo P George
High-entropy alloys (HEAs) comprise a novel class of scientifically and technologically interesting materials. Among these, equatomic CrMnFeCoNi with the face-centered cubic (FCC) structure is noteworthy because its ductility and strength increase with decreasing temperature while maintaining outstanding fracture toughness at cryogenic temperatures. Here we report for the first time by single-crystal micropillar compression that its bulk room temperature critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) is ~33-43 MPa, ~10 times higher than that of pure nickel...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ying Zhao, Xiangxing Xu, Xiaozeng You
Organic-inorganic perovskite materials, typically methylammonium lead trihalide (MAPbX3: MA = methylammonium; X = Br, I), are recently attract enormous attention for their distinguished photo-electronic properties. The control of morphology, composition and dispersability of MAPbX3 perovskite nanocrystals is crucial for the property tailoring and still a major challenge. Here we report the synthesis of colloidal MAPbBrxI3-x(0 ≤ x ≤ 3) nanocrystals at room temperature by using alkyl carboxylate as capping ligands...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nancy M Dunbar, Nicholas J Olson, Zbigniew M Szczepiorkowski, Eric D Martin, Ryan M Tysarcyk, Darrell J Triulzi, Louis H Alarcon, Mark H Yazer
BACKGROUND: The purpose of massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) is to provide large quantities of blood products rapidly to exsanguinating patients. The expected rates of blood product transfusion and wastage in this setting have not been defined. This study was undertaken to assess the transfusion and wastage rates for bleeding patients requiring emergency issue of blood components at three American Level I trauma centers. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Three hospitals participated, all of which are Level I trauma centers that have MTPs in place where uncrossmatched red blood cells (RBCs) can be ordered with or without platelets (PLTs), plasma, and cryoprecipitate...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
Bentian Zhang, Gao Cheng, Wenjin Ye, Xiaoying Zheng, Hengfa Liu, Ming Sun, Lin Yu, Yuying Zheng, Xiaoling Cheng
Hierarchically structured materials have special properties and possess potential in applications in the catalytic and electrochemical fields. Herein, two kinds of hierarchical core-shell nanostructures, lavender-like α-MnO2@α-MnO2 and balsam pear-like α-MnO2@γ-MnO2, were prepared by a facile room-temperature method using α-MnO2 nanowires as a backbone under acidic and alkaline conditions, respectively. When being used as a catalyst for dimethyl ether combustion, α-MnO2@γ-MnO2 exhibited a better performance than α-MnO2@α-MnO2 (T10 = 171 vs...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Jayeeta Bhattacharjee, Suman Das, Ravi K Kottalanka, Tarun K Panda
The hydroamination of heterocumulenes such as carbodiimides, isocyanates, and isothiocyanates by a bis(phosphinoselenoic amide) supported titanium(iv) complex as a precatalyst is reported here. The titanium(iv) complex [{Ph2P(Se)NCH2CH2NPPh2(Se)}Ti(NMe2)2] (1) was synthesised by the reaction of tetrakis-(dimethylamido)titanium(iv) [Ti(NMe2)4] with [{Ph2P(Se)NHCH2CH2NHPPh2(Se)}] in toluene at ambient temperature. Titanium complex 1 proved to be a competent pre-catalyst for the addition of an amine N-H bond to carbodiimides, isocyanates, and isothiocyanates...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Monique L Smith, Caroline M Hostetler, Mary M Heinricher, Andrey E Ryabinin
A complex relationship exists between the psychosocial environment and the perception and experience of pain, and the mechanisms of the social communication of pain have yet to be elucidated. The present study examined the social communication of pain and demonstrates that "bystander" mice housed and tested in the same room as mice subjected to inflammatory pain or withdrawal from morphine or alcohol develop corresponding hyperalgesia. Olfactory cues mediate the transfer of hyperalgesia to the bystander mice, which can be measured using mechanical, thermal, and chemical tests...
October 2016: Science Advances
Hao Zhang, Xintao Wu
Metal-organic complexes (MOCs) as promising candidates for directly visual X-ray detection at room temperature are rare and discovered unexpectedly, even though every crystalline material needs X-ray diffraction studies. Here, we report a rational strategy of mimicking host-guest system for developing high-sensitive X-ray-induced photochromic materials. Two resulting calix-like metal-organic complexes (cMOC-1 and cMOC-2) were prepared by encapsulating the electron-capturing "guest" into the cavity of calix-like electron-donating "host...
April 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Feng Wu, Nan Chen, Renjie Chen, Qizhen Zhu, Guoqiang Tan, Li Li
The lack of suitable nonflammable electrolytes has delayed battery application in electric vehicles. A new approach to improve the safety performance for lithium battery is proposed here. This technology is based on a nanogelator-based solid electrolyte made of porous oxides and an ionic liquid. The electrolyte is fabricated using an in situ method and the porous oxides serve as a nonflammable "nanogelator" that spontaneously immobilizes the ionic liquid. The electrolyte exhibits a high liquid-like apparent ionic conductivity of 2...
January 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Michelle Maclean, John G Anderson, Scott J MacGregor, Tracy White, Chintamani D Atreya
Bacterial contamination of injectable stored biological fluids such as blood plasma and platelet concentrates preserved in plasma at room temperature is a major health risk. Current pathogen reduction technologies (PRT) rely on the use of chemicals and/or ultraviolet light, which affects product quality and can be associated with adverse events in recipients. 405 nm violet-blue light is antibacterial without the use of photosensitizers and can be applied at levels safe for human exposure, making it of potential interest for decontamination of biological fluids such as plasma...
2016: Journal of Blood Transfusion
Rayan Yousefzai, Setu Trivedi, Renuka Jain, Omar M Cheema, John D Crouch, Vinay Thohan, Bijoy K Khandheria
We present a 71-year-old male, who had had a heart transplantation 24 years prior, who came to our clinic with a low-grade fever and a new II/VI holosystolic murmur. Echocardiography showed a large mass in the right atrium with attachment near the junction of the right atrium and superior vena cava. The patient was taken to the operating room for resection of the mass. Microscopic evaluation was consistent with thrombus. Differential diagnosis of cardiac masses after cardiac transplant includes tumour, thrombus, and vegetation...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Nahid Punjani, Jennifer Winick-Ng, Blayne Welk
OBJECTIVE: To determine if post-operative urinary retention and urinary tract infections (UTI) were predictors of future mesh complications requiring surgical intervention after midurethral sling (MUS). METHODS: Administrative data in Ontario, Canada between 2002 and 2013 was used to identify all women who underwent a mesh-based MUS. The primary outcome was revision of the transvaginal mesh sling (including mesh erosion/removal, fistula or urethrolysis). Two potential risk factors were analyzed: post-operative retention (within 30 days of procedure) and number of post-operative emergency room visits or hospital admissions for UTI symptoms...
October 20, 2016: Urology
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