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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641405/biotransformation-of-ferulic-acid-to-protocatechuic-acid-by-corynebacterium-glutamicum-atcc-21420-engineered-to-express-vanillate-o-demethylase
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Naoko Okai, Takaya Masuda, Yasunobu Takeshima, Kosei Tanaka, Ken-Ichi Yoshida, Masanori Miyamoto, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Ferulic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxycinnamic acid, FA) is a lignin-derived phenolic compound abundant in plant biomass. The utilization of FA and its conversion to valuable compounds is desired. Protocatechuic acid (3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, PCA) is a precursor of polymers and plastics and a constituent of food. A microbial conversion system to produce PCA from FA was developed in this study using a PCA-producing strain of Corynebacterium glutamicum F (ATCC 21420). C. glutamicum strain F grown at 30 °C for 48 h utilized 2 mM each of FA and vanillic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid, VA) to produce PCA, which was secreted into the medium...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641400/cytosolic-delivery-of-sirna-by-ultra-high-affinity-dsrna-binding-proteins
#2
Nicole J Yang, Monique J Kauke, Fangdi Sun, Lucy F Yang, Katie F Maass, Michael W Traxlmayr, Yao Yu, Yingda Xu, Robert S Langer, Daniel G Anderson, K Dane Wittrup
Protein-based methods of siRNA delivery are capable of uniquely specific targeting, but are limited by technical challenges such as low potency or poor biophysical properties. Here, we engineered a series of ultra-high affinity siRNA binders based on the viral protein p19 and developed them into siRNA carriers targeted to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Combined in trans with a previously described endosome-disrupting agent composed of the pore-forming protein Perfringolysin O (PFO), potent silencing was achieved in vitro with no detectable cytotoxicity...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641388/recognition-of-the-component-odors-in-mixtures
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Marion E Frank, Dane B Fletcher, Thomas P Hettinger
Natural olfactory stimuli are volatile-chemical mixtures in which relative perceptual saliencies determine which odor-components are identified. Odor identification also depends on rapid selective adaptation, as shown for 4 odor stimuli in an earlier experimental simulation of natural conditions. Adapt-test pairs of mixtures of water-soluble, distinct odor stimuli with chemical features in common were studied. Identification decreased for adapted components but increased for unadapted mixture-suppressed components, showing compound identities were retained, not degraded to individual molecular features...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641381/supraventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-a-persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
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Jongmin Hwang, Hyoung-Seob Park, Jun Kim, Jeong Su Kim, Jong Sung Park, Ki-Hun Kim, Myung Hwan Bae, Sang-Hee Lee, Young Soo Lee, Seongwook Han, Dae-Kyeong Kim, Tae-Joon Cha, Dong Gu Shin, Byung Chun Jung, Yoon-Nyun Kim
Aims: A persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is the most common thoracic venous anomaly. This venous anomaly can impact the evaluation and treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVA). The aim of this study was to assess the proportion and characteristics of PLSVC in adult SVA patients. Methods and results: From July 2002 to July 2012, clinical and procedural data from databases of 10 cardiac electrophysiology laboratories in the Yeungnam region of the Republic of Korea were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641369/markers-of-inflammation-and-incident-breast-cancer-risk-in-the-women-s-health-study
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Deirdre K Tobias, Akintunde O Akinkuolie, Paulette D Chandler, Patrick R Lawler, JoAnn E Manson, Julie E Buring, Paul M Ridker, Lu Wang, I-Min Lee, Samia Mora
Chronic inflammation may be a risk factor for breast cancer development and progression, yet which inflammatory biomarkers and pathways are relevant is unknown. The study included 27,071 Women's Health Study participants (mean, 54.5 years old) free of cancer and cardiovascular disease at enrollment (1992 to 1995) with baseline measures of four inflammatory biomarkers: high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), fibrinogen, N-acetyl side-chains of acute phase proteins (GlycA), and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641360/-strategies-on-the-treatment-of-nerve-injuries-accompanied-by-severe-soft-tissue-damage-consensus-statement-of-the-german-speaking-society-for-microsurgery-of-peripheral-nerves-and-vessels
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Leila Harhaus, Christoph Hirche, Riccardo E Giunta, Oskar Aszmann, Frank Siemers, U Kneser, Marcus Lehnhardt
Nerve injuries with severe soft tissue damage are rare and demand a complex and individualized treatment approach, in order to limit medical and socioeconomic consequences. Since uniform systematic evidence so far is lacking, inconsistent therapy standards are implemented depending on individual experiences and background of respective microsurgeons.In order to provide best conditions for further healing, basic expert consensus statements were developed in a workshop on the 38th Annual Meeting of the German-speaking Community for Microsurgery of the Peripheral Nerves and Vessels (DAM)...
June 22, 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641356/-tracheal-surgery
#7
Jan Volmerig, Erich Hecker
Surgery of the trachea is a specialised field in which many disciplines work jointly due to the variety of indications and the extended topography. Not only because of its particular functional importance, but also because of its complex morphology, anatomy and physiology, this organ represents a special therapeutic challenge. A variety of diseases require surgical procedures of the trachea; the therapeutic strategy is influenced both by the disease itself as well as patient-dependent parameters. Regardless of the nature of the underlying disorder, good results require a high level of expertise in airway management, a careful diagnosis and interventional planning as well as an experienced surgical team that masters extended operative techniques...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641297/factor-analysis-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-minnesota-nicotine-withdrawal-scale-and-the-minnesota-nicotine-withdrawal-scale-revised-italian-version
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Andrea Svicher, Agnese Beghè, Giacomo Mangiaracina, Fiammetta Cosci
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We run Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses of the Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale (MNWS) and of the MNWS-Revised (MNWS-R). Psychometric properties were also explored. METHODS: Adult Italian smokers, 366 in all, were assessed via the MNWS-R together with rating scales measuring cigarette dependence, alcohol use, anxiety sensitivity and negative affect at baseline and after 3 months. RESULTS: The MNWS showed good psychometric properties (α = 0...
June 23, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641294/the-impact-of-gender-on-tumour-stage-in-in-house-complications-and-choice-of-urinary-diversion-results-of-the-austrian-cystectomy-registry
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Tanja Gschliesser, Klaus Eredics, Ingrid Berger, Michael Szelinger, Hans Christoph Klingler, Thomas Colombo, Anton Ponholzer, Eugen Plas, Karl Grubmüller, Michael Dunzinger, Klaus Jeschke, Erich Würnschimmel, Frens Steffen Krause, Sharokh Shariat, Karl Leeb, Alexandre Pelzer, Claus Riedl, Michael Rauchenwald, Wilhelm Hübner, Clemens Brössner, Stephan Madersbacher
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Bladder cancer is characterized by gender-dependent disparities. To further address this issue, we analysed a prospective, multicentre cystectomy registry. METHODS: An online database was developed that included patient demographics, intra/perioperative data, surgical data and in-house complications. RESULTS: Four hundred fifty-eight patients (112 [24.5%] women and 346 [75.5%] men) were analysed. Men and women were comparable regarding age (mean 68 years), body mass index (mean 26...
June 23, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641293/measuring-concurrent-polydrug-use-in-general-populations-a-critical-assessment
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Karoliina Karjalainen, Kristiina Kuussaari, Kati Kataja, Christoffer Tigerstedt, Pekka Hakkarainen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Polydrug use is a complicated phenomenon that is measured in a wide variety of different ways. Using Finland as an example, we aimed to demonstrate how the prevalence and prevalence trends of concurrent polydrug use (CPU) varied in the general population based on the different measurements used. METHODS: Population-based Drug Surveys conducted every 4 years during 1998-2014 were used. CPU was measured with different measurements: strict, medial and loose definition of CPU, which were based on different combinations of alcohol, illicit drugs, pharmaceutical drugs and cigarettes used during the last 12 months/30 days...
June 23, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641287/chrysophanol-suppressed-glutamate-induced-hippocampal-neuronal-cell-death-via-regulation-of-dynamin-related-protein-1-dependent-mitochondrial-fission
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Unbin Chae, Ju-Sik Min, Hyun Hee Leem, Hyun-Shik Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
Chrysophanic acid, or chrysophanol, is an anthraquinone found in Rheum palmatum, which was used in the preparation of oriental medicine in ancient China. The hippocampus plays a major role in controlling the activities of the short- and long-term memory. It is one of the major regions affected by excessive cell death in Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, neuronal cell-death modulation in the hippocampus is important for maintaining neuronal function. We investigated chrysophanol's effects on glutamate-induced hippocampal neuronal cell death...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641272/aggregation-analysis-for-competitive-multiagent-systems-with-saddle-points-via-switching-strategies
#12
Liying Zhu, Zhengrong Xiang
This paper addresses the aggregation issues of competitive multiagent systems (CMASs) consisting of competitive agents with multimodes and saddle points. In such CMASs, due to existing mutual competitions, every agent is equipped with finite multimodes, and every mode in any agent is described as a second-order linear time-invariant (LTI) control system. When the origin is the same saddle point of all modes of agents, to investigate aggregation of the CMASs with switching strategies, we first use switched LTI systems with saddle points to formulate such CMASs...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641270/force-rate-cues-reduce-object-deformation-necessary-to-discriminate-compliances-harder-than-the-skin
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Conrad Steven Hauser, Gregory John Gerling
Grasping and manipulating an object requires us to perceive its material compliance. Compliance is thought to be encoded by relationships of force, displacement and contact area at the finger pad. Prior work suggests that objects must be sufficiently deformed to become discriminable, but the utility of time-dependent cues has not been fully explored. The studies herein find that the availability of force-rate cues improve compliance discriminability so as to require less deformation of stimulus and finger pad...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641254/sparse-image-reconstruction-on-the-sphere-analysis-and-synthesis
#14
Christopher G R Wallis, Yves Wiaux, Jason D McEwen
We develop techniques to solve ill-posed inverse problems on the sphere by sparse regularisation, exploiting sparsity in both axisymmetric and directional scale-discretised wavelet space. Denoising, inpainting, and deconvolution problems, and combinations thereof, are considered as examples. Inverse problems are solved in both the analysis and synthesis settings, with a number of different sampling schemes. The most effective approach is that with the most restricted solution-space, which depends on the interplay between the adopted sampling scheme, the selection of the analysis/synthesis problem, and any weighting of the ℓ1 norm appearing in the regularisation problem...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641248/method-for-simulating-dose-reduction-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
#15
Lucas R Borges, Igor Guerrero, Predrag R Bakic, Alessandro Foi, Andrew D A Maidment, Marcelo A C Vieira
This work proposes a new method of simulating dose reduction in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), starting from a clinical image acquired with a standard radiation dose. It considers both signal-dependent quantum and signal-independent electronic noise. Furthermore, the method accounts for pixel crosstalk, which causes the noise to be frequency-dependent, thus increasing the simulation accuracy. For an objective assessment, simulated and real images were compared in terms of noise standard deviation, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641243/ecurves-a-temporal-shape-encoding
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Elena Bernardis, Yong Zhang, Ender Konukoglu, Yangming Ou, Harold Javitz, Leon Axel, Dimitris N Metaxas, Benoit Desjardins, Kilian M Pohl
OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a framework for temporal shape analysis to capture the shape and changes of anatomical structures from 3D+t(ime) medical scans. METHOD: We first encode the shape of a structure at each time point with the spectral signature, i.e., the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator. We then expand it to capture morphing shapes by tracking the eigenmodes across time according to the similarity of their eigenfunctions. The similarity metric is motivated by the fact that small shape deformations lead to minor changes in the eigenfunctions...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641242/arrhythmia-mechanism-and-scaling-effect-on-the-spectral-properties-of-electroanatomical-maps-with-manifold-harmonics
#17
Margarita Sanroman-Junquera, Inmaculada Mora-Jimenez, Arcadi Garcia-Alberola, Antonio J Caamano, Beatriz Trenor, Jose Luis Rojo-Alvarez
Spatial and temporal processing of intracardiac electrograms provides relevant information to support the arrhythmia ablation during electrophysiological studies. Current Cardiac Navigation Systems (CNS) and Electrocardiographic Imaging (ECGI) build detailed three-dimensional electroanatomical maps (EAM), which represent the spatial anatomical distribution of bioelectrical features, such as activation time or voltage. We present a principled methodology for spectral analysis of both EAM geometry and bioelectrical feature in CNS or ECGI, including their spectral representation, cut-off frequency, or spatial sampling rate (SSR)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641237/tunable-excited-state-intramolecular-proton-transfer-reactions-with-nh-or-oh-as-a-proton-donor-a-theoretical-investigation
#18
Yuanyuan Li, Keke Wen, Songyan Feng, Huijuan Yuan, Beibei An, Qiuling Zhu, Xugeng Guo, Jinglai Zhang
Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reactions occurring in the S1 state for five molecules, which possess five/six-membered ring intramolecular NH···N or OH···N hydrogen bonds bearing quinoline or 2-phenylpyridine moiety, have been described in detail by the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) approach using the B3LYP hybrid functional. For the five molecules, the constrained potential energy profiles along the ESIPT reactions show that proton transfer is barrierless in molecules possessing six-membered ring intramolecular H-bonds, which is smoother than that with certain barriers in five-membered ring H-bonding systems...
June 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641234/improved-boundary-segmentation-of-skin-lesions-in-high-frequency-3d-ultrasound
#19
B Sciolla, P Delachartre, L Cowell, T Dambry, B Guibert
In this article, we propose a segmentation algorithm for skin lesions in 3D high-frequency ultrasound images. The segmentation is done on melanoma and Basal-cell carcinoma tumors, the most common skin cancer types, and could be used for diagnosis and surgical excision planning in a clinical context. Compared with previously proposed algorithms, which tend to underestimate the size of the lesion, we propose two new boundary terms which provide significant improvements of the accuracy. The first is a probabilistic boundary expansion (PBE) term designed to broaden the segmented area at the boundaries, which uses the feature asymmetry criterion...
June 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641225/investigation-of-dissociation-constants-for-individual-and-total-naphthenic-acids-species-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-ion-mobility-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-analysis
#20
Rongfu Huang, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Yanyan Zhang, Mohamed Changalov, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
Ultra-performance liquid chromatography ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-IM-TOFMS) was utilized for the analysis of naphthenic acids (NAs) in fractions of pH-dependent sequential liquid-liquid extractions from oil sands process-affected water. Ion-mobility separation technique allowed the differentiation of OyS-NAs (2 ≤ y ≤ 4) from Ox-NAs (2 ≤ x ≤ 5) via drift time versus retention time separations. The results indicated that the addition of S atom to the O2-NA molecule led to a lower increase in the dissociation constant (pKa) compared to that caused by the addition of O atom...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
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