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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910898/hydrogen-overproducing-nitrogenases-obtained-by-random-mutagenesis-and-high-throughput-screening
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Emma Barahona, Emilio Jiménez-Vicente, Luis M Rubio
When produced biologically, especially by photosynthetic organisms, hydrogen gas (H2) is arguably the cleanest fuel available. An important limitation to the discovery or synthesis of better H2-producing enzymes is the absence of methods for the high-throughput screening of H2 production in biological systems. Here, we re-engineered the natural H2 sensing system of Rhodobacter capsulatus to direct the emission of LacZ-dependent fluorescence in response to nitrogenase-produced H2. A lacZ gene was placed under the control of the hupA H2-inducible promoter in a strain lacking the uptake hydrogenase and the nifH nitrogenase gene...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908302/rituximab-increases-peripheral-natural-killer-cells-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Alessandro Giollo, Ombretta Viapiana, Antonio Carletto, Riccardo Ortolani, Domenico Biasi, Davide Gatti, Silvano Adami, Maurizio Rossini
OBJECTIVES: The clinical response of rituximab (RTX) is related to the degree of B cell depletion, although other circulating lymphocytes may be affected. We investigated the changes in lymphocyte sub-populations in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with RTX and their relationship with the therapeutic response, with attention to natural killer (NK) cells. METHODS: In fifty-one RA patients peripheral blood B and T lymphocytes and NK cells subtypes were counted by flow cytometry before and 3, 6 and 12 months after RTX administration...
October 27, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904545/treatment-of-recurrent-prosthetic-mitral-valve-thrombosis-with-reteplase-a-report-of-four-cases
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Neda Behzadnia, Babak Sharif Kashani, Arda Kiani, Atefe Abedini, Seyed Reza Seyedi, Hossein Zargham Ahmadi, Farah Naghash Zadeh, Atefeh Fakharian
Thrombosis is a life threatening complications of prosthetic mitral valves and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Even in presence of systemic anticoagulation prosthetic valve thrombosis has an incidence of 0.5% to 8%. Recurrent prosthetic valve thrombosis and the resulting thrombotic occlusion require re-establishment of blood flow across the valve. While surgical repair is considered the classic first line treatment option for prosthetic valve thrombosis, intravenous thrombolysis has emerged as an acceptable alternative for the first episode of prosthetic valve thrombosis...
2016: Tanaffos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903527/standardized-flow-cytometry-for-highly-sensitive-mrd-measurements-in-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Prisca Theunissen, Ester Mejstrikova, Lukasz Sedek, Alita J van der Sluijs-Gelling, Giuseppe Gaipa, Marius Bartels, Elaine Sobral da Costa, Michaela Kotrova, Michaela Novakova, Edwin Sonneveld, Chiara Buracchi, Paola Bonaccorso, Elen Oliviera, Jeroen G Te Marvelde, Tomasz Szczepanski, Ludovic Lhermitte, Ondrej Hrusak, Quentin Lecrevisse, Georgiana Emilia Grigore, Eva Fronkova, Jan Trka, Monika Brüggemann, Alberto Orfao, Jacques J M van Dongen, Vincent H J van der Velden
A fully-standardized EuroFlow 8-color antibody panel and laboratory procedure was stepwise designed to measure minimal residual disease (MRD) in B-cell precursor (BCP) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients with a sensitivity of ≤10(-5), comparable to real-time quantitative (RQ)-PCR-based MRD detection via antigen-receptor rearrangements. Leukocyte markers and the corresponding antibodies and fluorochromes were selected based on their contribution in separating BCP-ALL cells from normal/regenerating BCP cells in multidimensional principal component analyses...
November 30, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899975/in-vitro-antitumor-activity-of-latcripin-15-regulator-of-chromosome-condensation-1-domain-protein
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Li Tian, Xiaoli Wang, Xingyun Li, Ben Liu, Wei Zhang, Jing Cao, Anhong Ning, Min Huang, Mintao Zhong
Cancer is one of the most significant health problems worldwide and thus the development of novel therapeutic agents with fewer side effects is required. The present study investigated the in vitro anticancer effects of a newly isolated fungal protein. In this study, Latcripin-15 (LP-15) regulator of chromosome condensation 1 (RCC1) domain protein, which is obtained from the Lentinula edodes C91-3 fungal strain, was identified, cloned, expressed, purified and re-folded to assess the in vitro antitumor activity of the protein...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896413/endovascular-revascularization-of-hemodialysis-thrombosed-grafts-with-the-hydrodynamic-thrombectomy-catheter-our-7-year-experience
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Patrícia Bermudez, Nestor Fontseré, Gaspar Mestres, Andres García-Gámez, Marta Barrufet, Marta Burrel, Rosa Gilabert, Fernando Gómez, Juan Macho
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the hydrodynamic thrombectomy catheter (AngioJet DVX) in the salvage of thrombosed hemodialysis vascular grafts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was designed, including all patients with occluded arteriovenous grafts treated with the AngioJet system between 2007 and 2014 in our institution. Outcomes included technical success, clinical success, complications, and primary and secondary patencies. Procedural success was defined as angiographic confirmation of flow restoration, the presence of a pulsatile thrill along the graft, and successful resumption of at least one hemodialysis session...
November 28, 2016: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896375/-extracorporeal-co2-removal-as-an-alternative-to-tracheotomy-in-a%C3%A2-patient-with-extubation-failure
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A Redel, M Ritzka, S Kraus, A Philipp, H-J Schlitt, B Graf, T Bein
We report a patient with chest trauma who was admitted to the ICU after surgery. As he fulfilled protocol-based criteria, he was extubated 7 days after admission. However, despite intermittent non-invasive ventilation, the patient had to be re-intubated on day 10 owing to progressive hypercapnia. We decided to support the patient with a mid-flow veno-venous extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2‑R) system instead of a tracheotomy. Sufficient CO2 removal was established with a blood flow of 1.5 l/min and the patient was successfully extubated within a few hours...
November 28, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890476/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-macrophyte-cover-in-a-large-regulated-river
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A Tena, D Vericat, L E Gonzalo, R J Batalla
The River Ebro basin is extensively dammed. Dams alter the geomorphological functioning of the river by altering its flow regime (e.g. reducing mean and maximum discharges), increasing bed stability (armouring) and decreasing turbidity (water clarity). These effects, together with an increase in nutrient concentrations and water temperature, have generated optimal conditions for the proliferation of aquatic macrophytes. In this paper, we analyse the temporal and spatial changes of macrophyte cover in the lowermost Ebro through a series of field campaigns carried out between 2009 and 2010...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889218/single-stage-urethroplasty-for-perineal-hypospadias-in-a-horse-a-case-report
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Jade Harrison, Imran Mushtaq
INTRODUCTION: Within the veterinary world, data regarding the surgical management of hypospadias is lacking. Reports within equines have documented resective phallectomy procedures rather than urethral reconstruction. This case report documents the first ever urethroplasty for an equine hypospadias, performed by a consultant paediatric surgeon. The urethroplasty was achieved by applying the same surgical principles mastered from paediatric urology to a horse. The indication for surgery was contact dermatitis of the hind-leg, which impaired the thoroughbred foal's racing potential...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882141/clinical-study-on-local-application-of-low-dose-insulin-for-promoting-wound-healing-after-operation-for-deep-burns
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Ming Zeng, Yan Zhi, Wenjun Liu, Wei Zhang, Jinxiong Xu
Transplanted free skin flaps are often needed to treat deep burns; their survival, however, is less than optimal. This study examined whether local low-dose insulin injections can promote flap survival and wound healing after surgery. A total of 165 patients who underwent free skin flap transplantation for simple deep burns were enrolled in the study and divided into 5 groups of 33 patients each: Blank control group (no local subcutaneous drug injections), saline control group (saline injections), low-dose insulin group (0...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879416/occupational-pesticide-exposure-and-respiratory-health-a-large-scale-cross-sectional-study-in-three-commercial-farming-systems-in-ethiopia
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Beyene Negatu, Hans Kromhout, Yalemtshay Mekonnen, Roel Vermeulen
RATIONALE: In the last decade, due to expansion of greenhouses and irrigated farms, the use of pesticides in Ethiopia has increased 6-13-fold leading to potential health risks. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if occupational exposure to pesticides is associated with respiratory health effects in farmers and farm workers from commercial farming systems. METHODS: We performed two cross-sectional surveys comprising different farming systems. In the first survey we studied respiratory symptoms among 1104 subjects of which 601 were occupationally exposed to pesticides (ie, 256 pesticide applicators, 345 re-entry workers) and 503 unexposed individuals...
November 22, 2016: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878940/people-processes-and-systems-an-observational-study-of-the-role-of-technology-in-rural-youth-mental-health-services
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Simone Orlowski, Sharon Lawn, Ben Matthews, Anthony Venning, Gabrielle Jones, Megan Winsall, Gaston Antezana, Niranjan Bidargaddi, Peter Musiat
The merits of technology-based mental health service reform have been widely debated among academics, practitioners, and policy makers. The design of new technologies must first be predicated on a detailed appreciation of how the mental health system works before it can be improved or changed through the introduction of new products and services. Further work is required to better understand the nature of face-to-face mental health work and to translate this knowledge to computer scientists and system designers responsible for creating technology-based solutions...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872352/additional-functional-outcomes-after-endovascular-treatment-for-intermittent-claudication
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Anne Sofie F Larsen, Morten B Jacobsen, Jarlis Wesche, Nils Einar Kløw
BACKGROUND: Endovascular treatment (EVT) for intermittent claudication (IC) is performed in selected patients where conservative treatment and training fail. Treatment outcomes reported in vascular registries (survival, limb-survival, and re-intervention rate) are inadequate for low-risk patients with IC. Additional measurements of blood flow reduction and functional impairment clarify the indication for treatment and facilitate outcome evaluation. PURPOSE: To analyze the additional outcome information on peripheral arterial pressures and walking capacity obtained from a local registry of EVT...
November 21, 2016: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870909/variability-of-rheotaxis-behaviors-in-larval-bullfrogs-highlights-species-diversity-in-lateral-line-function
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Erika E A Brown, Andrea Megela Simmons
The morphology and distribution of lateral line neuromasts vary between ecomorphological types of anuran tadpoles, but little is known about how this structural variability contributes to differences in lateral-line mediated behaviors. Previous research identified distinct differences in one such behavior, positive rheotaxis towards the source of a flow, in two tadpole species, the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis; type 1) and the American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana; type 4). Because these two species had been tested under different flow conditions, we re-evaluated these findings by quantifying flow-sensing behaviors of bullfrog tadpoles in the same flow field in which X...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867768/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-human-hair-follicle-keratinocytes-as-a-potential-source-for-in-vitro-hair-follicle-cloning
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Sheng Jye Lim, Shu Cheow Ho, Pooi Ling Mok, Kian Lee Tan, Alan H K Ong, Seng Chiew Gan
BACKGROUND: Human hair follicles are important for the renewal of new hairs and their development. The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from hair follicles is easy due to its accessibility and availability. The pluripotent cells derived from hair follicles not only have a higher tendency to re-differentiate into hair follicles, but are also more suited for growth in hair scalp tissue microenvironment. METHODS: In this study, human hair follicular keratinocytes were used to generate iPSCs, which were then further differentiated in vitro into keratinocytes...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867285/lower-platelet-reactivity-is-associated-with-presentation-of-unstable-coronary-artery-disease
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Tesse C Leunissen, Crystel M Gijsberts, Peter Paul Wisman, Albert Huisman, Maarten Ten Berg, Folkert W Asselbergs, Imo E Hoefer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Frans L Moll, Gert Jan de Borst, Mark Roest
In patients with acute coronary syndrome, high platelet reactivity (PR) is associated with an increased risk of secondary thrombotic events. However, in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), no association between high PR and outcome has been demonstrated. At present, the relation of PR and clinical symptoms is unknown. To examine the association of PR with clinical indication for diagnostic angiography (stable or unstable coronary artery disease [CAD]), taking into account the influence of P2Y12 inhibitors...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865192/effect-of-targeted-therapy-on-circulating-progenitor-cells-in-precapillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Jéssica García-Lucio, Olga Tura-Ceide, Roberto Del Pozo, Isabel Blanco, Sandra Pizarro, Elisabet Ferrer, Marta Díez, Núria Coll-Bonfill, Lucilla Piccari, Víctor I Peinado, Joan Albert Barberà
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction is key in the development of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and is associated with reduced number of circulating progenitor cells. Studies to date evaluating levels of circulating progenitor cells in PH have provided conflicting results. Current treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and medical treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) targets endothelium dependent signalling pathways. The effect of PAH-targeted therapy on circulating progenitor cells has not been clearly established...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865032/intravoxel-incoherent-motion-diffusion-weighted-mri-of-the-abdomen-the-effect-of-fitting-algorithms-on-the-accuracy-and-reliability-of-the-parameters
#18
Hyo Jung Park, Yu Sub Sung, Seung Soo Lee, Yedaun Lee, Hyunhee Cheong, Yeong Jae Kim, Moon-Gyu Lee
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of fitting methods on the accuracy and reliability of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) parameters, with a particular emphasis on the constraint function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diffusion-weighted (DW) imaging data were analyzed using IVIM-based full-fitting (simultaneous fit of all parameters) and segmented-fitting (step-by-step fit of each parameter), each with and without the constraint function, to estimate the molecular diffusion coefficient (Dslow ), perfusion fraction (f), and flow-related diffusion coefficient (Dfast )...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864444/simultaneous-burst-imaging-of-dual-species-using-planar-laser-induced-fluorescence-at-50%C3%A2-khz-in-turbulent-premixed-flames
#19
Zheming Li, Joakim Rosell, Marcus Aldén, Mattias Richter
Spatially and temporally resolved measurements are of great importance in turbulent premixed flame studies, especially when investigating rapid processes such as when flame local extinction, re-ignition, or flashback occur in a reacting flow. Here, an experimental approach for simultaneously probing two different species at high frame rates (50 kHz) is presented by employing a multi-YAG laser system. The laser radiation at 355 nm generated by a multi-YAG laser system was split into two beam paths: one beam for exciting formaldehyde and the other for pumping an optical parametric oscillator (OPO)...
November 18, 2016: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864046/acute-colitis-chronically-alters-immune-infiltration-mechanisms-and-sensory-neuro-immune-interactions
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Melissa A Campaniello, Chris Mavrangelos, Samuel Eade, Andrea M Harrington, L Ashley Blackshaw, Stuart M Brierley, Scott D Smid, Patrick A Hughes
OBJECTIVE: Little is understood regarding how disease progression alters immune and sensory nerve function in colitis. We investigated how acute colitis chronically alters immune recruitment and the impact this has on re-activated colitis. To understand the impact of disease progress on sensory systems we investigated the mechanisms underlying altered colonic neuro-immune interactions after acute colitis. DESIGN: Inflammation was compared in mouse models of health, acute tri-nitrobenzene sulphonic acid (TNBS) colitis, Remission and Reactivated colitis...
November 15, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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