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Dat T Vo, George F Cravens, Robert E Germann
BACKGROUND: Intramedullary abscess is a rare neurosurgical condition that usually arises in the setting of penetrating trauma to the spinal cord, infected congenital dural sinuses, or tuberculosis. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of a 35-year-old African American male who presented with sepsis and a clinical picture of meningitis. The patient continued to have declining neurological status with decreasing sensation and worsening motor strength in all four extremities...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Evan J Anderson, Xavier Carbonell-Estrany, Maarten Blanken, Marcello Lanari, Margaret Sheridan-Pereira, Barry Rodgers-Gray, John Fullarton, Elisabeth Rouffiac, Pamela Vo, Gerard Notario, Fiona Campbell, Bosco Paes
BACKGROUND: Moderate-late preterm infants, 33-35 weeks' gestational age (wGA), are at increased risk for respiratory syncytial virus hospitalization (RSVH). OBJECTIVE: To quantify the burden of RSVH in moderate-late preterm infants. METHODS: A pooled analysis was conducted on RSVH from 7 prospective, observational studies in the Northern Hemisphere from 2000-2014. Infants' 33 -35 wGA without comorbidity born during the RSV season who did not receive RSV immunoprophylaxis were enrolled...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Ewa Kober, Zofia Janas, Julia Jezierska
A series of oxidovanadium(V) complexes [VO(L-κ(4)O,N,N,O)(OR)] (1a, R = Et, L = L(1); 1b, R = Me, L = L(1); 2, R = Me, L = L(2); 3, R = Me, L = L(3)) were synthesized by the σ-bond metathesis reaction between [VO(OR)3] and the linear diaminebis(phenol) derivatives H2L (salans) containing different para-substituents on the phenoxo group [CMe3CH2CMe2, L(1); Me, L(2); Cl, L(3)]. As shown by X-ray crystallography complexes 1a, 1b, and 2 exhibit cis-α geometry, do have a stereogenic vanadium center, and exist as a racemic mixture of the Δ cis-α and Λ cis-α enantiomers...
October 18, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Bhupinder Singh, Huy Vo, Shelby L Francis, Kathleen F Janz, John H Yack
PURPOSE: This study assessed the biomechanical gait changes in obese and normal weight female adult subjects following a commonly recommended 30-minute walking session. Hip and knee adduction and extensor moments, which are the primary modulators of frontal and sagittal plane load distribution were hypothesized to increase in obese females following a 30-minute walking period, resulting in more stress across the hip and knee joint. METHODS: Ten obese (37.7 ± 4...
October 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Youngho Kang, Ho-Hyun Nahm, Seungwu Han
The persistent photoconductivity (PPC) in ZnO has been a critical problem in opto-electrical devices employing ZnO such as ultraviolet sensors and thin film transistors for the transparent display. While the metastable state of oxygen vacancy (VO) is widely accepted as the microscopic origin of PPC, recent experiments on the influence of temperature and oxygen environments are at variance with the VO model. In this study, using the density-functional theory calculations, we propose a novel mechanism of PPC that involves the hydrogen-zinc vacancy defect complex (2H-VZn)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andrew Vo, Ken N Seergobin, Penny A MacDonald
Dopaminergic therapy has been shown to worsen some cognitive functions, particularly learning, in Parkinson's disease (PD). This has been attributed to dopamine overdose of brain regions that are relatively dopamine replete. Dopamine dosages are titrated to the severely depleted dorsal striatum (DS). According to this account, dopaminergic therapy should worsen cognitive functions in healthy young adults who have normal dopamine levels. As a critical test of the dopamine overdose hypothesis, we tested the effect of levodopa on learning stimulus-response associations and on performing stimulus-specific responses once these associations were learned...
October 12, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Nicholas R Degner, Alfred Joshua, Rex Padilla, Holly H Vo, Gary M Vilke
This study compares purified protein derivative (PPD) screening to digital chest radiography (CXR) screening for tuberculosis (TB) in newly admitted inmates in the San Diego County Jail system. The study period lasted from 2002 to 2014, during which 45 cases of active TB were detected, a rate of 69.2 cases per 100,000 person-years. Compared to PPD, CXR reduces the median number of days active TB cases were in the general population from 44.4 to 5.2 days and the number of exposures from 1,222 to 138 persons...
October 2016: Journal of Correctional Health Care
Luis Carlos de Vicente Poutás, Marta Castiñeira Reis, Roberto Sanz, Carlos Silva López, Olalla Nieto Faza
We propose a novel mechanism for the deoxydehydration (DODH) reaction of glycols catalyzed by a [Bu4N][VO2(dipic)] complex (dipic = pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate) using triphenylphosphine as a reducing agent. Using density functional theory, we have confirmed that the preferred sequence of reaction steps involves reduction of the V(V) complex by phosphine, followed by condensation of the glycol into a [VO(dipic)(-O-CH2CH2-O-)] V(III) complex (6), which then evolves to the alkene product, with recovery of the catalyst...
October 14, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Xander M R van Wijk, Alan H B Wu, Kara L Lynch, Kathy T Vo, Raymond Y Ho
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October 13, 2016: Clinical Toxicology
Maria Rossing, Anders Albrechtsen, Anne-Bine Skytte, Uffe B Jensen, Lilian B Ousager, Anne-Marie Gerdes, Finn C Nielsen, Thomas vO Hansen
Pathogenic germline mutations in the folliculin (FLCN) tumor suppressor gene predispose to Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome, a rare disease characterized by the development of cutaneous hamartomas (fibrofolliculomas), multiple lung cysts, spontaneous pneumothoraces and renal cell cancer. In this study, we report the identification of 13 variants and three polymorphisms in the FLCN gene in 143 Danish patients or families with suspected BHD syndrome. Functional mini-gene splicing analysis revealed that two intronic variants (c...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Julie Besnardiere, Xavier Petrissans, François Ribot, Valérie Briois, Christine Surcin, Mathieu Morcrette, Valérie Buissette, Thierry Le Mercier, Sophie Cassaignon, David Portehault
An aqueous synthetic route at 95 °C is developed to reach selectively three scarcely reported vanadium oxyhydroxides. Häggite V2O3(OH)2, Duttonite VO(OH)2, and Gain's hydrate V2O4(H2O)2 are obtained as nanowires, nanorods, and nanoribbons, with sizes 1 order of magnitude smaller than previously reported. X-ray absorption spectroscopy provides evidence that vanadium in these phases is V(+IV). Combined with FTIR, XRD, and electron microscopy, it yields the first insights into formation mechanisms, especially for Häggite and Gain's hydrate...
October 12, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Van N T Nguyen, Kieu T X Vo, Hyon Park, Jong-Seong Jeon, Ki-Hong Jung
The Mildew resistance Locus O (MLO) family is unique to plants, containing genes that were initially identified as a susceptibility factor to powdery mildew pathogens. However, little is known about the roles and functional diversity of this family in rice, a model crop plant. The rice genome has 12 potential MLO family members. To achieve systematic functional assignments, we performed a phylogenomic analysis by integrating meta-expression data obtained from public sources of microarray data and real-time expression data into a phylogenic tree...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Myhanh Nguyen, Jay Siak, Soon-Phaik Chee, Vo Quang Hong Diem
PURPOSE: To describe the pattern of uveitis among Vietnamese at two eye hospitals in Southern Vietnam. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 212 consecutive uveitis cases that presented to two eye hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from July 2011 to February 2015. The patients were identified from a database maintained by the hospitals. Patients with keratitis, episcleritis, orbital inflammation, post-surgical endophthalmitis, traumatic iritis, and corneal graft rejection were excluded...
October 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Lan Chi Vo, Christopher Snyder, Courtney McCracken, Christopher J McDougle, James T McCracken, Michael G Aman, Elaine Tierney, L Eugene Arnold, Daniel Levi, Michael Kelleman, Deirdre Carroll, John Morrissey, Benedetto Vitiello, Lawrence Scahill
OBJECTIVES: Risperidone is approved for the treatment of serious behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study examined the effects of risperidone on cardiac conduction in children with ASD. METHODS: Data were collected from an 8-week, five-site trial conducted by the Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network. Children (age 5-17 years) were randomly assigned to risperidone (n = 49) or placebo (n = 52) under double-blind conditions...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Nobuhiro Takemae, Yugo Shobugawa, Phuong Thanh Nguyen, Tung Nguyen, Tien Ngoc Nguyen, Thanh Long To, Phuong Duy Thai, Tho Dang Nguyen, Duy Thanh Nguyen, Dung Kim Nguyen, Hoa Thi Do, Thi Quynh Anh Le, Phan Truong Hua, Hung Van Vo, Diep Thi Nguyen, Dang Hoang Nguyen, Yuko Uchida, Reiko Saito, Takehiko Saito
BACKGROUND: Influenza A viruses of swine (IAV-S) cause acute and subclinical respiratory disease. To increase our understanding of the etiology of the subclinical form and thus help prevent the persistence of IAV-S in pig populations, we conducted active virologic surveillance in Vietnam, the second-largest pig-producing country in Asia, from February 2010 to December 2013. RESULTS: From a total of 7034 nasal swabs collected from clinically healthy pigs at 250 farms and 10 slaughterhouses, we isolated 172 IAV-S from swine at the weaning and early-fattening stages...
October 10, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Larissa M Williams, Briony A Lago, Andrew G McArthur, Amogelang R Raphenya, Nicholas Pray, Nabil Saleem, Sophia Salas, Katherine Paulson, Roshni S Mangar, Yang Liu, Andy H Vo, Jordan A Shavit
Development is a complex and well-defined process characterized by rapid cell proliferation and apoptosis. At this stage in life, a developmentally young organism is more sensitive to toxicants as compared to an adult. In response to pro-oxidant exposure, members of the Cap'n'Collar (CNC) basic leucine zipper (b-ZIP) transcription factor family (including Nfe2 and Nfe2-related factors, Nrfs) activate the expression of genes whose protein products contribute to reduced toxicity. Here, we studied the role of the CNC protein, Nfe2, in the developmental response to pro-oxidant exposure in the zebrafish (Danio rerio)...
October 1, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Xiaolong Luo, Thanh Vo, Fahad Jambi, Phu Pham, John S Choy
We report an in situ biofabrication strategy that conveniently partitions microfluidic networks into physically separated while chemically communicating microchannels with semipermeable biopolymer membranes, which enable the facile generation of static gradients for biomedical applications. The biofabrication of parallel biopolymer membranes was initiated with the dissipation of trapped air bubbles in parallel apertures in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic devices, followed by tunable membrane growth with precise temporal and spatial control to the desired thickness...
September 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Yi-Hong Zhou, Yuanjie Hu, Liping Yu, Chao Ke, Christopher Vo, Hao Hsu, Zhenzhi Li, Anne T Di Donato, Abhishek Chaturbedi, Ji Won Hwang, Eric R Siegel, Mark E Linskey
De-regulated EFEMP1 gene expression in solid tumors has been widely reported with conflicting roles. We dissected EFEMP1 to identify domains responsible for its cell context-dependent dual functions, with the goal being to construct an EFEMP1-derived tumor-suppressor protein (ETSP) that lacked tumor-promoting function. Exon/intron boundaries of EFEMP1 were used as boundaries of functional modules in constructing EFEMP1 variants, with removal of various module(s), and/or mutating an amino acid residue to convert a weak integrin binding-site into a strong one...
2016: Oncoscience
Ehsan Maghsoudi, Nathalie Fortin, Charles Greer, Christine Maynard, Antoine Pagé, Sung Vo Duy, Sébastien Sauvé, Michèle Prévost, Sarah Dorner
A bacterium capable of degrading five microcystin (MC) variants, microcystin-LR, YR, LY, LW and LF at an initial total concentration of 50 μg l(-1) in less than 16 hours was isolated from Missisquoi Bay, in the south of Quebec, Canada. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence identified the bacterium as Sphingopyxis sp., designated strain MB-E. It was shown that microcystin biodegradation activity was reduced at acidic and basic pH values. Even though no biodegradation occurred at pH values of 5...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Ji Hae Seo, Ji-Hyeon Park, Eun Ji Lee, Tam Thuy Lu Vo, Hoon Choi, Jun Yong Kim, Jae Kyung Jang, Hee-Jun Wee, Hye Shin Lee, Se Hwan Jang, Zee Yong Park, Jaeho Jeong, Kong-Joo Lee, Seung-Hyeon Seok, Jin Young Park, Bong Jin Lee, Mi-Ni Lee, Goo Taeg Oh, Kyu-Won Kim
Heat shock protein (Hsp)70 is a molecular chaperone that maintains protein homoeostasis during cellular stress through two opposing mechanisms: protein refolding and degradation. However, the mechanisms by which Hsp70 balances these opposing functions under stress conditions remain unknown. Here, we demonstrate that Hsp70 preferentially facilitates protein refolding after stress, gradually switching to protein degradation via a mechanism dependent on ARD1-mediated Hsp70 acetylation. During the early stress response, Hsp70 is immediately acetylated by ARD1 at K77, and the acetylated Hsp70 binds to the co-chaperone Hop to allow protein refolding...
October 6, 2016: Nature Communications
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