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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548078/associated-variables-of-myositis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yan Liang, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
BACKGROUND This study aimed to estimate the point prevalence of myositis and identify associated variables of myositis in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). MATERIAL AND METHODS Clinical date of patients hospitalized with lupus at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University and Anhui Provincial Hospital were collected. Patients were defined as having myositis if they reported the presence of persistent invalidating muscular weakness combined with increased levels of creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and abnormal electromyography (EMG)...
May 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547869/the-zinc-finger-domain-of-ring-finger-protein-141-reveals-a-unique-ring-fold
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Kazuhide Miyamoto, Airi Uechi, Kazuki Saito
Human RING finger protein 141 (RFP141) is a germ cell-specific transcription factor during spermatogenesis. We synthesized a compact construct encoding the C-terminal zinc finger of RFP141 (RFP141C peptide). Herein we determined the solution structure of the RFP141C peptide by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Moreover, NMR data and the chemical modification of cysteine residues demonstrated that the RFP141C peptide binds to two zinc atoms in a cross-brace arrangement. The Simple Modular Architecture Research Tool database predicted the structure of RFP141C as a RING finger...
May 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547749/nhc-nih-catalyzed-intermolecular-regio-and-diastereoselective-cross-hydroalkenylations-of-endocyclic-dienes-with-a-olefins
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Xiaoyan Lian, Weihao Chen, Liang Dang, Yuchen Li, Chun Yu Ho
Highly selective cross-hydroalkenylation of endocyclic-1,3-dienes at the least substituted site with a-olefins was achieved by set of neutral NHC-Ni(II)H(OTf), and by cationic Ni(II) catalysts with novel NHC structure. Under the heteroatom assistance, skipped dienes were obtained in good yield by using as low as equal molar amount of substrate pairs and 2-5 mol% catalyst. A rare 4,3- product selectivity (i.e., H at C4 and alkenyl group at C3 of diene) was observed, which is different from known dimerizations of a-olefins with both acyclic Co and Fe systems...
May 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546923/homocysteine-mediates-transcriptional-changes-of-the-inflammatory-pathway-signature-genes-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Mahavir Singh, Suresh C Tyagi
AIM: To test whether homocysteine (Hcy) can influence the transcriptional profile, we hypothesized that Hcy can lead to the induction of proinflammatory molecules in the retinal cells of aging people. METHODS: An unbiased in vitro inflammatory pathway focused study was designed employing retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell line, ARPE-19. Cells were cultured in the presence or absence of Hcy to capture target genes' expression profile. Three different concentrations of Hcy were added in the culture medium of confluent monolayers...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546857/chloroquine-inhibits-ca-2-permeable-ion-channels-mediated-ca-2-signaling-in-primary-b-lymphocytes
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Yi-Fan Wu, Ping Zhao, Xi Luo, Jin-Chao Xu, Lu Xue, Qi Zhou, Mingrui Xiong, Jinhua Shen, Yong-Bo Peng, Meng-Fei Yu, Weiwei Chen, Liqun Ma, Qing-Hua Liu
BACKGROUND: Chloroquine, a bitter tastant, inhibits Ca(2+) signaling, resulting in suppression of B cell activation; however, the inhibitory mechanism remains unclear. RESULTS: In this study, thapsigargin (TG), but not caffeine, induced sustained intracellular Ca(2+) increases in mouse splenic primary B lymphocytes, which were markedly inhibited by chloroquine. Under Ca(2+)-free conditions, TG elicited transient Ca(2+) increases, which additionally elevated upon the restoration of 2 mM Ca(2+)...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546836/synthesis-of-d-manno-heptulose-via-a-cascade-aldol-hemiketalization-reaction
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Yan Chen, Xiaoman Wang, Junchang Wang, You Yang
A [4 + 3] synthesis of D-manno-heptulose is described. The cascade aldol/hemiketalization reaction of a C4 aldehyde with a C3 ketone provides the differentially protected ketoheptose building block, which can be further reacted to furnish target D-manno-heptulose.
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546760/analysis-of-immune-status-after-iodine-125-permanent-brachytherapy-in-prostate-cancer
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E Du, Lin Wang, Chang-Ying Li, Chang-Wen Zhang, Yan-Chun Qu, Ran-Lu Liu, Yong Xu, Kuo Yang, Zhi-Hong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Permanent prostate brachytherapy (PPB) is an effective treatment choice for low and intermediate risk prostate cancer (PCa). However, the impact of PPB on tumor immune status is still poorly understood. This study aimed to assess the immune status in PCa patients before and at different time points after PPB (1, 3, 6, and 12 months). METHODS: Blood was collected from 32 patients with low and intermediate risk PCa and 12 healthy volunteers. The frequency of immunocompetent cells was identified by flow cytometry...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546553/symbiont-community-stability-through-severe-coral-bleaching-in-a-thermally-extreme-lagoon
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E G Smith, G O Vaughan, R N Ketchum, D McParland, J A Burt
Coral reefs are threatened by climate change as coral-algal symbioses are currently living close to their upper thermal limits. The resilience of the algal partner plays a key role in determining the thermal tolerance of the coral holobiont and therefore, understanding the acclimatory limits of present day coral-algal symbioses is fundamental to forecasting corals' responses to climate change. This study characterised the symbiont community in a highly variable and thermally extreme (Max = 37.5 °C, Min = 16...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546437/characterization-of-thermostable-cam-rubisco-activase-reveals-a-rubisco-interacting-surface-loop
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Devendra Shivhare, Oliver Mueller-Cajar
In order to maintain metabolic flux through the Calvin-Benson-Bassham (CBB) cycle in higher plants, dead-end inhibited complexes of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) must constantly be engaged and remodeled by the molecular chaperone Rubisco activase (Rca). In C3 plants the thermolability of Rca is responsible for the deactivation of Rubisco and reduction of photosynthesis at moderately elevated temperatures. We reasoned that CAM plants must possess thermostable Rca to support CBB flux during the day when stomata are closed...
May 25, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546021/sodium-butyrate-improved-intestinal-immune-function-associated-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38mapk-signalling-pathways-in-young-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Li Tian, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Fei Xie, Lin Feng
The present study evaluated the effect of dietary sodium butyrate (SB) supplementation on the growth and immune function in the proximal intestine (PI), middle intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The fish were fed one powdery sodium butyrate (PSB) diet (1000.0 mg kg(-1) diet) and five graded levels of microencapsulated sodium butyrate (MSB) diets: 0.0 (control), 500.0, 1000.0, 1500.0 and 2000.0 mg kg(-1) diet for 60 days. Subsequently, a challenge test was conducted by injection of Aeromonas hydrophila...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545118/atopy-in-children-with-juvenile-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-is-associated-with-severe-disease
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Ruru Guo, Yanqing Zhou, Liangjing Lu, Lanfang Cao, Junjia Cao
The influence of co-existing atopy on the prognosis of juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) was assessed in this study. Patients diagnosed with JSLE between October 2005 and April 2016 were enrolled in a prospective study and followed up for 2 years. Management of patients was evaluated using the systemic lupus erythematosus disease activity index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K) score and laboratory variables. Eighty JSLE patients were enrolled at diagnosis and divided into those with (n = 35) and without (n = 45) atopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544757/eight-electron-silver-and-mixed-gold-silver-nanoclusters-stabilized-by-se-donor-ligands
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Wan-Ting Chang, Po-Yi Lee, Jian-Hong Liao, Samia Kahlal, Jean-Yves Saillard, Chen-Wei Liu
The first atomically and structurally precise silver-nanoclusters stabilized by Se-donor ligands, [Ag20{Se2P(OiPr)2}12] (3) and [Ag21{Se2P(OEt)2}12]+(4), have been isolated by ligand replacement reaction of [Ag20{S2P(OiPr)2}12] (1) and [Ag21{S2P(OiPr)2}12]+ (2), respectively. Further, doping reactions of 4 with Au(PPh3)Cl resulted in the formation of [AuAg20{Se2P(OEt)2}12]+, (5). Structures of 3, 4 and 5 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The anatomy of cluster 3 with an Ag20 core having C3 symmetry is very similar to that of its dithiophosphate analogue 1...
May 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543518/green-discolouration-of-urine-following-propofol-infusion-in-a-dog
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D Flaherty, A Auckburally
A three-year-old, female neutered Weimaraner was presented with a history of neck pain and tetraparesis. MRI revealed an extradural mass at the level of C3 vertebra, which was thought to be a spinal abscess, and the dog was scheduled for surgical exploration the following morning. Overnight the dog developed an exaggerated ventilatory pattern, with paradoxical inward movement of the thorax on inspiration. Arterial blood gas analysis revealed respiratory acidosis and ventilator support was initiated to prevent excessive respiratory fatigue...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542608/increase-in-complement-ic3b-is-associated-with-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-expression-during-late-pregnancy-in-mice
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Keigo Nakamura, Kazuya Kusama, Rulan Bai, Sadamasa Ishikawa, Sayuri Fukushima, Yoshihito Suda, Kazuhiko Imakawa
Immunological tolerance between fetal allograft and mother is crucial for pregnancy establishment and maintenance; however, these mechanisms particularly those during the latter part of pregnancy have not been definitively elucidated. The aim of this study was to examine the presence and potential function of innate immunity characteristic to the middle to late pregnancy. We first characterized up-regulated proteins in decidua from day 11 pregnant (P11) mice using 2D-PAGE, followed by MALDI-TOF/MS analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542501/a-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-kinases-rock-inhibitor-y-27632-enhances-adhesion-viability-and-differentiation-of-human-term-placenta-derived-trophoblasts-in-vitro
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Kenichiro Motomura, Naoko Okada, Hideaki Morita, Mariko Hara, Masato Tamari, Keisuke Orimo, Go Matsuda, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Akio Matsuda, Takeshi Nagamatsu, Mikiya Fujieda, Haruhiko Sago, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto
Although human term placenta-derived primary cytotrophoblasts (pCTBs) represent a good human syncytiotrophoblast (STB) model, in vitro culture of pCTBs is not always easily accomplished. Y-27632, a specific inhibitor of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinases (ROCK), reportedly prevented apoptosis and improved cell-to-substrate adhesion and culture stability of dissociated cultured human embryonic stem cells and human corneal endothelial cells. The Rho kinase pathway regulates various kinds of cell behavior, some of which are involved in pCTB adhesion and differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542100/global-spinal-alignment-in-patients-with-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Go Yoshida, Abdulmajeed Alzakri, Vincent Pointillart, Louis Boissiere, Ibrahim Obeid, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Jean Marc Vital, Olivier Gille
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective radiographic analysis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) OBJECTIVE.: To clarify the pathophysiology of CSM, and use the characteristic of global spinal alignment for determining the surgical strategy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Radiographic evaluation of CSM, in general, comprises cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and regional cervical radiography, which cannot distinguish between cervical hyperlodorsis with spinopelvic compensation and cervical lordorsis with normal global alignment...
May 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540909/unusual-presentation-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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E Mahesh, Parampalli Rakesh Madhyastha, Vijay Varma, K C Gurudev, M S Gireesh, Sujeeth Reddy Bande
Bullous systemic lupus erythematosus is a rare distinctive subepidermal blistering disorder that can occur in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is histologically characterized by a neutrophil-predominant infiltrate in the subepidermal region with deposition of immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM), C3, and auto-antibodies against collagen VII. Herein, we report a case of a 13-year-old girl who presented with bullous SLE and Class III lupus nephritis, which is extremely rare at this age.
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540553/multivariate-analysis-and-geochemical-approach-for-assessment-of-metal-pollution-state-in-sediment-cores
#18
Ahmad Jamshidi-Zanjani, Mohsen Saeedi
Vertical distribution of metals (Cu, Zn, Cr, Fe, Mn, Pb, Ni, Cd, and Li) in four sediment core samples (C1, C2, C3, and C4) from Anzali international wetland located southwest of the Caspian Sea was examined. Background concentration of each metal was calculated according to different statistical approaches. The results of multivariate statistical analysis showed that Fe and Mn might have significant role in the fate of Ni and Zn in sediment core samples. Different sediment quality indexes were utilized to assess metal pollution in sediment cores...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539318/serum-estradiol-levels-in-controlled-ovarian-stimulation-directly-affect-the-endometrium
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Kamran Ullah, Tanzil Ur Rahman, Hai-Tao Pan, Meng-Xi Guo, Xin-Yan Dong, Juan Liu, Lu-Yang Jin, Yi Cheng, Zhang-Hong Ke, Jun Ren, Xian-Hua Lin, Xiao-Xiao Qiu, Ting-Ting Wang, He-Feng Huang, Jian-Zhong Sheng
Previous studies have shown that increasing concentrations of estradiol had a toxic effect on the embryo and were deleterious to embryo adhesion. In this study, we evaluated the physiological impact of estradiol levels on endometrial cells to unveil that serum estradiol levels probably targeted endometrium in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) protocols. An attachment model of human choriocarcinoma (JAr) cell spheroids to receptive-phase endometrial epithelial cells and Ishikawa cells treated with different estradiol (10-9M or 10-7M) levels was developed...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539045/a-palladium-catalyzed-%C3%AE-arylation-of-oxindoles-with-aryl-tosylates
#20
Jindian Duan, Fuk Yee Kwong
A palladium-catalyzed mono-selective C3-arylation of 2-oxindoles with aryl tosylates is described. With the Pd/CM-phos catalyst system, the corresponding 3-arylated oxindoles can be obtained in good-to-excellent yields (up to 97%). The reaction conditions are mild (using 0.5 mol% Pd in general and KF as base) and common functional groups, such as methyl ester, NH amido and enolizable keto moieties are found compatible.
May 25, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
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