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Prashant Rao, Jack B Keenan, Taufiek K Rajab, Samuel Kim, Richard Smith, Orazio Amabile, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. Here, we describe a unique case where a total artificial heart was implanted in a young Marfan syndrome woman. METHODS: A 22-year-old postpartum African American female with Marfan syndrome developed multiple severe valve dysfunction and biventricular failure that was refractory to medical management. She previously had a Bentall procedure for Type A aortic dissection and repair of a Type B dissection...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Sunandan Mukherjee, Chandran Nithin, Yasaswi Divakaruni, Ranjit Prasad Bahadur
We dissect the protein-protein interfaces into water preservation (WP), water hydration (WH) and water dehydration (WD) sites by comparing the water mediated hydrogen bonds (H-bond) in the bound and unbound states of the interacting subunits. Upon subunit complexation, if a H-bond between an interface water and a protein polar group is retained, we assign it as WP site; if it is lost, we assign it as WD site and if a new H-bond is created, we assign it as WH site. We find that the density of WD sites is highest followed by WH and WP sites except in antigen and (or) antibody complexes, where the density of WH sites is highest followed by WD and WP sites...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Andrea J Santamaría, Juan P Solano, Francisco D Benavides, James D Guest
Cell transplant-mediated tissue repair of the damaged spinal cord is being tested in several clinical trials. The current candidates are neural stem cells, stromal cells, and autologous Schwann cells (aSC). Due to their peripheral origin and limited penetration of astrocytic regions, aSC are transplanted intralesionally as compared to neural stem cells that are transplanted into intact spinal cord. Injections into either location can cause iatrogenic injury, and thus technical precision is important in the therapeutic risk-benefit equation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xin-Peng Dun, David B Parkinson
Injury to the peripheral nervous system triggers a series of well-defined events within both neurons and the Schwann cells to allow efficient axonal regeneration, remyelination, and functional repair. The study of these events has previously been done using sections of nerve material to analyze axonal regrowth, cell migration, and immune cell infiltration following injury. This approach, however, has the obvious disadvantage that it is not possible to follow, for instance, the path of regenerating axons in three dimensions within the nerve trunk or the nerve bridge...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sven Persoon, Michael Paulus, Stephan Hirt, Carsten Jungbauer, Alexander Dietl, Andreas Luchner, Christof Schmid, Lars S Maier, Christoph Birner
Implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as bridge to transplant in end-stage heart failure allows for analyzing reverse remodeling processes of the supported heart. Whether this therapy influences the cGMP-PKG signaling pathway, which is currently under thorough investigation for developing new heart failure therapeutics, is unknown. In fourteen end-stage heart failure patients (8 with dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM; 6 with ischemic cardiomyopathy, ICM) tissue specimens of left ventricles were collected at LVAD implantation and afterwards at receiver heart explantation, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Patrick Horn, Malte Kelm, Ralf Westenfeld
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: European Heart Journal
Jian-Biao Liu, Ying-Ying Tian, Xin Zhang, Lu-Lin Wang, De-Zhan Chen
The detailed mechanism of palladium-catalyzed γ-C(sp3)-H olefination/cyclization of triflyl-protected amines was investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The olefinated intermediate was initially formed in the first catalytic cycle involving ligand exchange, bicarbonate-assisted C(sp3)-H bond cleavage, alkene insertion and 'reductive β-hydride elimination'. The following syn-addition and reductive elimination furnish the aza-Wacker product. The first step of reductive elimination is the rate-determining step...
March 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Anas H Abu-Humaidan, Malin Elvén, Andreas Sonesson, Peter Garred, Ole E Sørensen
The complement system is an ancient part of the innate immune system important for both tissue homeostasis and host defense. However, bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus (SA) possess elaborative mechanisms for evading both the complement system and other parts of the immune system. One of these evasive mechanisms-important in causing chronic and therapy resistant infections-is the intracellular persistence in non-immune cells. The objective of our study was to investigate whether persistent intracellular SA infection of epidermal keratinocytes resulted in complement activation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jason M Stephens
There is often a divide between moral judgment and moral action; between what we believe we ought to do (or not do) and what we do. Knowledge of this divide is not new, and numerous theories have attempted to offer more robust accounts of ethical decision-making and moral functioning. Knowledge of widespread academic dishonesty among students is also not new, and several studies have revealed that many students report cheating despite believing it is wrong. The present study, involving cross-sectional survey data from a sample of secondary students ( N = 380) in the United States, contributes to the literature on this important area of theory and research by fulfilling three broad purposes...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Shane McDevitt, Timur Rusanov, Tatiana Kent, Gurushankar Chandramouly, Richard T Pomerantz
Genetic studies in yeast indicate that RNA transcripts facilitate homology-directed DNA repair in a manner that is dependent on RAD52. The molecular basis for so-called RNA-DNA repair, however, remains unknown. Using reconstitution assays, we demonstrate that RAD52 directly cooperates with RNA as a sequence-directed ribonucleoprotein complex to promote two related modes of RNA-DNA repair. In a RNA-bridging mechanism, RAD52 assembles recombinant RNA-DNA hybrids that coordinate synapsis and ligation of homologous DNA breaks...
March 15, 2018: Nature Communications
Adele Waters
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2018: Veterinary Record
Laura M Wagner, Mary A Dolansky, Robert Englander
BACKGROUND: Further efforts are warranted to identify innovative approaches to best implement competencies in nursing education. To bridge the gap between competency-based education, practice, and implementation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, one emerging approach is entrustable professional activities (EPAs). PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to introduce the concept of EPAs as a framework for curriculum and assessment in graduate nursing education and training...
November 22, 2017: Nursing Outlook
Ali Ahmed, Maria Tanveer, Adeel Siddiqui, Gul Majid Khan
Clinical pharmacists should be increasingly important members of the healthcare team in developing countries such as Pakistan. Survey of literature was conducted to identify the determinants of clinical pharmacy in Pakistan. Lack of trained human capital, shortage of resources, patient overburden, inefficient pharmacy education curriculum, and limited job opportunities are some of the determinants of clinical pharmacy profession in developing countries. The underutilization of clinical pharmacists paves the way for an increased incidence of medication errors, adverse drug events, irrational prescribing, and suboptimal therapeutic outcomes...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Susanne Röger, Stefanie L Rosenkaimer, Anna Hohneck, Siegfried Lang, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Boris Rudic, Erol Tülümen, Ksenija Stach, Jürgen Kuschyk, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe
BACKGROUND: The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) has emerged as a valuable tool to temporarily protect patients at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The aim of this study was to determine the value of the WCD for therapy optimization of heart failure patients. METHODS: One hundred five consecutive patients that received WCD between 4/2012 and 9/2016 were included in the study. All patients were followed for clinical outcome and echocardiographic parameters during WCD therapy and had continued follow-up after WCD therapy, irrespective of subsequent implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Kazuhiro Takemura, Nobuyuki Matubayasi, Akio Kitao
To aid the evaluation of protein-protein complex model structures generated by protein docking prediction (decoys), we previously developed a method to calculate the binding free energies for complexes. The method combines a short (2 ns) all-atom molecular dynamics simulation with explicit solvent and solution theory in the energy representation (ER). We showed that this method successfully selected structures similar to the native complex structure (near-native decoys) as the lowest binding free energy structures...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Shinichi Miura
In this paper, the ground state of para-hydrogen clusters for size regime N ≤ 40 has been studied by our variational path integral molecular dynamics method. Long molecular dynamics calculations have been performed to accurately evaluate ground state properties. The chemical potential of the hydrogen molecule is found to have a zigzag size dependence, indicating the magic number stability for the clusters of the size N = 13, 26, 29, 34, and 39. One-body density of the hydrogen molecule is demonstrated to have a structured profile, not a melted one...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Yongbing Song, Teng Xie, Run Jiang, Zheng Wang, Yuhua Yin, Baohui Li, An-Chang Shi
The self-assembly behaviors of two block copolymers with the same chain length but different chain architectures (cyclic AB, linear ABA) in B-selective solvents are investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. A morphological transition sequence, from spherical micelles to cylindrical micelles, to vesicles and then to multicompartment vesicles, is observed for both copolymer systems when the interaction between the solvophobic A-block and the solvent is increased. In particular, toroidal micelles could be formed in triblock systems due to the presence of the bridging chains at the parameter region between cylindrical micelles and vesicles whereas disk-like micelles are formed in cyclic systems...
March 15, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Yan-Mei Lei, Bai-Qi Xiao, Wen-Bin Liang, Ya-Qin Chai, Ruo Yuan, Ying Zhuo
It is well known that the conventional electrochemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor rely on the heterogeneous assay formats that involves the immobilization of biorecognition probe on the electrode surface before signal collection, which inevitably cause the efficiency of bio-recognition reactions to be limited owing to the existence of local steric hindrance. Herein, a robust, magnetic, and self-accelerated ECL nanosensor based on the multifunctionalized cobalt ferrite magnetite nanoparticles (CoFe2 O4 MNPs) was firstly designed for copper ion (Cu2+ ) detection in quasi-homogeneous system...
March 7, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Qingzhong Li, Hui-Li Xu, Steve Scheiner
HOX (X = Cl, Br, I, and At) can engage in either a H-bond (HB) or halogen bond (XB) with a base like HCN, NH3, and imidazole. While the former is energetically preferred for X=Cl and Br, it is the XB that is more stable for At, with I showing little preference. MgY2 forms a Mg-bond with the O atom of HOX, which grows stronger in the order X= Cl < Br < I < At and Y= F< Cl < Br. When all three molecules are combined together, both the Mg and the H/X bonds are cooperatively strengthened to a large degree...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Nika Abdollahi, Alexandre Albani, Eric Anthony, Agnes Baud, Mélissa Cardon, Robert Clerc, Dariusz Czernecki, Romain Conte, Laurent David, Agathe Delaune, Samia Djerroud, Pauline Fourgoux, Nadège Guiglielmoni, Jeanne Laurentie, Nathalie Lehmann, Camille Lochard, Rémi Montagne, Vasiliki Myrodia, Vaitea Opuu, Elise Parey, Lélia Polit, Sylvain Privé, Chloé Quignot, Maria Ruiz-Cuevas, Mariam Sissoko, Nicolas Sompairac, Audrey Vallerix, Violaine Verrecchia, Marc Delarue, Raphael Guérois, Yann Ponty, Sophie Sacquin-Mora, Alessandra Carbone, Christine Froidevaux, Stéphane Le Crom, Olivier Lespinet, Martin Weigt, Samer Abboud, Juliana Bernardes, Guillaume Bouvier, Chloé Dequeker, Arnaud Ferré, Patrick Fuchs, Gaëlle Lelandais, Pierre Poulain, Hugues Richard, Hugo Schweke, Elodie Laine, Anne Lopes
We present a new educational initiative called Meet-U that aims to train students for collaborative work in computational biology and to bridge the gap between education and research. Meet-U mimics the setup of collaborative research projects and takes advantage of the most popular tools for collaborative work and of cloud computing. Students are grouped in teams of 4-5 people and have to realize a project from A to Z that answers a challenging question in biology. Meet-U promotes "coopetition," as the students collaborate within and across the teams and are also in competition with each other to develop the best final product...
March 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
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