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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343258/variation-of-antibiotic-consumption-and-its-correlated-factors-in-turkey
#1
Ayfer Sahin, Ahmet Akici, Volkan Aydin, Bahar Melik, Mesil Aksoy, Ali Alkan
BACKGROUND: Presentation of antibiotic utilization data by reliable and comparable analyses constitutes an important way of ensuring rational use of antibiotics. This study aimed to evaluate antibiotic consumption (AC) of Turkey by each city/region and to investigate any association of such consumption with socio-economic factors. METHOD: For 81 provinces and 12 regions in Turkey, AC data from IMS (Intercontinental Medical Statistics) in 2011 was analyzed in accordance with "ATC/DDD, DID" (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical/Defined Daily Doses, DID = DDD/1000 inhabitants/day) methodology supported by World Health Organization...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343133/single-crystal-cr2o3-nanoplates-with-differing-crystalinities-derived-from-trinuclear-complexes-and-embedded-in-a-carbon-matrix-as-an-electrode-material-for-supercapacitors
#2
Jikui Zhu, Yuqian Jiang, Zhiyong Lu, Chenglan Zhao, Li Xie, Lingyun Chen, Jingui Duan
As one kind of important p-type semiconductors, Cr2O3 has been widely used for optical and electronic devices due to its high electrical conductivity and special optoelectronic characteristics, as well as high chemical and thermal stability. In this paper, single-crystalline Cr2O3 nanoplates embedded in carbon matrix were successfully synthesized through direct thermal decomposition of a trinuclear cluster complex of [Cr3O(CH3CO2)6(H2O)3]NO3·CH3COOH ([Cr3O]) in Ar atmosphere. The synergetic effect of the plate-like structure and embedding in carbon matrix contributes to the enhanced electrochemical performance of the Cr2O3-C nanoplates...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342700/nicotine-replacement-therapy-in-patients-with-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-survey-of-canadian-practice
#3
REVIEW
Ricky D Turgeon, Stephano J Chang, Charlotte Dandurand, Peter A Gooderham, Camille Hunt
Tobacco smoke increases the risk of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), as well as complications such as vasospasm. Most patients presenting with aneurysmal SAH smoke, and many survivors continue to smoke after discharge. Neurosurgeons often hesitate to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) during hospitalization of patients with SAH due to concerns of inducing vasospasm. We aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy, and patterns of use of NRT in smokers hospitalized for SAH. We performed a systematic review of MEDLINE, CENTRAL, Embase, and unpublished sources of literature to October 2016 for randomized and observational studies comparing exposure to non-exposure of smoking cessation products in the acute phase of aneurysmal SAH...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342597/bacteria-bacteriophage-coevolution-in-the-human-gut-implications-for-microbial-diversity-and-functionality
#4
REVIEW
Pauline D Scanlan
Antagonistic coevolution (AC) between bacteria and bacteriophages plays a key role in driving and maintaining microbial diversity. Consequently, AC is predicted to affect all levels of biological organisation, from the individual to ecosystem scales. Nonetheless, we know nothing about bacteria-bacteriophage AC in perhaps the most important and clinically relevant microbial ecosystem known to humankind - the human gut microbiome. In this opinion piece I review current research on bacteria-phage AC in in vitro and natural populations of microbes...
March 22, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342572/exploring-the-atomic-structure-of-1-8nm-monolayer-protected-gold-clusters-with-aberration-corrected-stem
#5
Jian Liu, Nan Jian, Isabel Ornelas, Alexander J Pattison, Tanja Lahtinen, Kirsi Salorinne, Hannu Häkkinen, Richard E Palmer
Monolayer-protected (MP) Au clusters present attractive quantum systems with a range of potential applications e.g. in catalysis. Knowledge of the atomic structure is needed to obtain a full understanding of their intriguing physical and chemical properties. Here we employed aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (ac-STEM), combined with multislice simulations, to make a round-robin investigation of the atomic structure of chemically synthesised clusters with nominal composition Au144(SCH2CH2Ph)60 provided by two different research groups...
November 22, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339225/effects-of-quantum-spin-1-2-impurities-on-the-magnetic-properties-of-zigzag-spin-chains
#6
Koushik Karmakar, Markos Skoulatos, Giacomo Prando, Bertran Roessli, Uwe Stuhr, Franziska Hammerath, Christian Rüegg, Surjeet Singh
We investigate the effect of Co^{2+} (spin-1/2) impurities on the magnetic ground state and low-lying spin excitations of the quasione-dimensional spin-1/2 antiferromagnet SrCuO_{2} by means of neutron scattering, muon spin spectroscopy, and bulk (ac and dc) magnetic susceptibilities. We found that dilute Co doping induces an Ising-like anisotropy and enhances the magnetic ordering temperature rather significantly, but preserves the gapless nature of the spin excitations. These results are in apparent contradiction with the recent studies of Ni (spin-1) doped SrCuO_{2}...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338440/a-study-of-cognitive-function-in-treatment-refractory-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-treated-with-capsulotomy
#7
Feilong Gong, Peng Li, Bin Li, Shizhen Zhang, Xinjie Zhang, Sen Yang, Hongbin Liu, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE Anterior capsulotomy (AC) is sometimes used as a last resort for treatment-refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Previous studies assessing neuropsychological outcomes in patients with OCD have identified several forms of cognitive dysfunction that are associated with the disease, but few have focused on changes in cognitive function in OCD patients who have undergone surgery. In the present study, the authors investigated the effects of AC on the cognitive function of patients with treatment-refractory OCD...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337485/safety-and-efficacy-of-minimal-biliary-sphincterotomy-with-papillary-balloon-dilation-m-ebs-epbd-in-patients-using-clopidogrel-or-anticoagulation
#8
Shaffer R S Mok, Murtaza Arif, David L Diehl, Harshit S Khara, Henry C Ho, Adam B Elfant
Background and study aims Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with endoscopic biliary sphincterotomy (EBS) or endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EPBD) are common techniques of biliary decompression. Potential risks include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, which can be increased by antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants (AC) and/or novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) (ie. apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban). The study aim is to evaluate the safety/efficacy of an alternative technique, minimal-EBS plus EPBD (m-EBS + EPBD), in individuals for whom clopidogrel, AC, and/or NOACs cannot be interrupted due to high cardiovascular or thromboembolic risk...
March 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337253/hepatoprotective-effects-of-antrodia-cinnamomea-the-modulation-of-oxidative-stress-signaling-in-a-mouse-model-of-alcohol-induced-acute-liver-injury
#9
Yange Liu, Juan Wang, Lanzhou Li, Wenji Hu, Yidi Qu, Yipei Ding, Lina Meng, Lirong Teng, Di Wang
In the present study, the components of A. cinnamomea (AC) mycelia were systematically analyzed. Subsequently, its hepatoprotective effects and the underlying mechanisms were explored using a mouse model of acute alcohol-induced liver injury. AC contained 25 types of fatty acid, 16 types of amino acid, 3 types of nucleotide, and 8 types of mineral. The hepatoprotective effects were observed after 2 weeks of AC treatment at doses of 75 mg/kg, 225 mg/kg, and 675 mg/kg in the mouse model. These effects were indicated by the changes in the levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, several oxidation-related factors, and inflammatory cytokines in serum and/or liver samples...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336405/photoactivation-mechanism-of-a-bacterial-light-regulated-adenylyl-cyclase
#10
Robert Lindner, Elisabeth Hartmann, Miroslaw Tarnawski, Andreas Winkler, Daniel Frey, Jochen Reinstein, Anton Meinhart, Ilme Schlichting
Light-regulated enzymes enable organisms to quickly respond to changing light conditions. We characterize a photoactivatable adenylyl cyclase from Beggiatoa sp. (bPAC) that translates a blue light signal into production of the second messenger cyclic AMP. bPAC contains a BLUF photoreceptor domain that senses blue light using a flavin chromophore, linked to an adenylyl cyclase (AC) domain. We present a dark state crystal structure of bPAC that closely resembles the recently published structure of the homologous OaPAC from Oscillatoria acuminata...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335979/microfluidic-immunosensor-based-on-mesoporous-silica-platform-and-cmk-3-poly-acrylamide-co-methacrylate-of-dihydrolipoic-acid-modified-gold-electrode-for-cancer-biomarker-detection
#11
Matías Regiart, Martin A Fernández-Baldo, Jhonny Villarroel-Rocha, Germán A Messina, Franco A Bertolino, Karim Sapag, Aaron T Timperman, Julio Raba
We report a hybrid glass-poly (dimethylsiloxane) microfluidic immunosensor for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) determination, based on the covalent immobilization of anti-EGFR antibody (anti-EGFR) on amino-functionalized mesoporous silica (AMS) retained in the central channel of a microfluidic device. The synthetized AMS was characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and infrared spectroscopy. The cancer biomarker was quantified in human serum samples by a direct sandwich immunoassay measuring through a horseradish peroxidase-conjugated anti-EGFR...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335794/tumor-motion-changes-in-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-liver-tumors-an-evaluation-based-on-four-dimensional-cone-beam-computed-tomography-and-fiducial-markers
#12
Yoshinobu Shimohigashi, Ryo Toya, Tetsuo Saito, Osamu Ikeda, Masato Maruyama, Keisuke Yonemura, Yuji Nakaguchi, Yudai Kai, Yasuyuki Yamashita, Natsuo Oya, Fujio Araki
BACKGROUND: For stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) of liver tumors, tumor motion induced by respiration must be taken into account in planning and treatment. We evaluated whether liver tumor motion at the planning simulation represents liver tumor motion during SBRT, and estimated inter- and intrafractional tumor motion changes in patients undergoing liver SBRT. METHODS: Ten patients underwent four-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography (4D-CBCT) image-guided liver SBRT with abdominal compression (AC) and fiducial markers...
March 23, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335521/gene-transformation-induced-changes-in-chemical-functional-group-features-and-molecular-structure-conformation-in-alfalfa-plants-co-expressing-lc-bhlh-and-c1-myb-transcriptive-flavanoid-regulatory-genes-effects-of-single-gene-and-two-gene-insertion
#13
Ravindra G Heendeniya, Peiqiang Yu
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) genotypes transformed with Lc-bHLH and Lc transcription genes were developed with the intention of stimulating proanthocyanidin synthesis in the aerial parts of the plant. To our knowledge, there are no studies on the effect of single-gene and two-gene transformation on chemical functional groups and molecular structure changes in these plants. The objective of this study was to use advanced molecular spectroscopy with multivariate chemometrics to determine chemical functional group intensity and molecular structure changes in alfalfa plants when co-expressing Lc-bHLH and C1-MYB transcriptive flavanoid regulatory genes in comparison with non-transgenic (NT) and AC Grazeland (ACGL) genotypes...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335381/computational-prediction-of-the-protonation-sites-of-ac-lys-ala-n-lys-nh2-peptides-through-conceptual-dft-descriptors
#14
Sebastián Sastre, Juan Frau, Daniel Glossman-Mitnik
Six density functionals (M11, M11L, MN12L, MN12SX, N12, and N12SX) in connection with the Def2TZVP basis set and the SMD solvation model (water as a solvent) have been assessed for the calculation of the molecular structure and properties of several peptides with the general formulaAc-Lys-(Ala)n-Lys-NH2,withn=0to5  [...].
March 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335297/rotation-of-magnetization-derived-from-brownian-relaxation-in-magnetic-fluids-of-different-viscosity-evaluated-by-dynamic-hysteresis-measurements-over-a-wide-frequency-range
#15
Satoshi Ota, Ryoichi Kitaguchi, Ryoji Takeda, Tsutomu Yamada, Yasushi Takemura
The dependence of magnetic relaxation on particle parameters, such as the size and anisotropy, has been conventionally discussed. In addition, the influences of external conditions, such as the intensity and frequency of the applied field, the surrounding viscosity, and the temperature on the magnetic relaxation have been researched. According to one of the basic theories regarding magnetic relaxation, the faster type of relaxation dominates the process. However, in this study, we reveal that Brownian and Néel relaxations coexist and that Brownian relaxation can occur after Néel relaxation despite having a longer relaxation time...
September 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334395/pore-guis-for-parallel-and-real-time-processing-of-minion-sequence-data
#16
Robert Stewart, Mick Watson
Motivation: Oxford Nanopore's MinION device has matured rapidly and is now capable of producing over one million reads and several gigabases of sequence data per run. The nature of the MinION output requires new tools that are easy to use by scientists with a range of computational skills and which enable quick and simple QC and data extraction from MinION runs. Results: We have developed two GUIs for the R package poRe that allow parallel and real-time processing of MinION datasets...
March 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334295/metccs-predictor-a-web-server-for-predicting-collision-cross-section-values-of-metabolites-in-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry-based-metabolomics
#17
Zhiwei Zhou, Xin Xiong, Zheng-Jiang Zhu
Summary: In metabolomics, rigorous structural identification of metabolites presents a challenge for bioinformatics. The use of collision cross-section (CCS) values of metabolites derived from ion mobility-mass spectrometry effectively increases the confidence of metabolite identification, but this technique suffers from the limit number of available CCS values. Currently, there is no software available for rapidly generating the metabolites' CCS values. Here, we developed the first web server, namely, MetCCS Predictor, for predicting CCS values...
March 11, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334266/phenopolis-an-open-platform-for-harmonization-and-analysis-of-genetic-and-phenotypic-data
#18
Nikolas Pontikos, Jing Yu, Ismail Moghul, Lucy Withington, Fiona Blanco-Kelly, Tom Vulliamy, Tsz Lun Wong, Cian Murphy, Valentina Cipriani, Alessia Fiorentino, Gavin Arno, Daniel Greene, Julius Ob Jacobsen, Tristan Clark, David S Gregory, Andrea Nemeth, Stephanie Halford, Chris F Inglehearn, Susan Downes, Graeme C Black, Andrew R Webster, Alison J Hardcastle, Vincent Plagnol
Summary: Phenopolis is an open-source web server providing an intuitive interface to genetic and phenotypic databases. It integrates analysis tools such as variant filtering and gene prioritisation based on phenotype. The Phenopolis platform will accelerate clinical diagnosis, gene discovery and encourage wider adoption of the Human Phenotype Ontology in the study of rare genetic diseases. Availability and Implementation: A demo of the website is available at https://phenopolis...
March 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334262/discriminating-the-reaction-types-of-plant-type-iii-polyketide-synthases
#19
Yugo Shimizu, Hiroyuki Ogata, Susumu Goto
Motivation: Functional prediction of paralogs is challenging in bioinformatics because of rapid functional diversification after gene duplication events combined with parallel acquisitions of similar functions by different paralogs. Plant type III polyketide synthases (PKSs), producing various secondary metabolites, represent a paralogous family that has undergone gene duplication and functional alteration. Currently, there is no computational method available for the functional prediction of type III PKSs...
March 6, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334231/protvista-visualization-of-protein-sequence-annotations
#20
Xavier Watkins, Leyla J Garcia, Sangya Pundir, Maria J Martin, The UniProt Consortium
Summary: ProtVista is a comprehensive visualization tool for the graphical representation of protein sequence features in the UniProt Knowledgebase, experimental proteomics and variation public datasets. The complexity and relationships in this wealth of data pose a challenge in interpretation. Integrative visualization approaches such as provided by ProtVista are thus essential for researchers to understand the data and, for instance, discover patterns affecting function and disease associations...
March 7, 2017: Bioinformatics
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