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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641275/a-case-series-of-surgically-diagnosed-idiopathic-aortitis-in-a-canadian-centre-a-retrospective-study
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Diane L Murzin, Eric C Belanger, John P Veinot, Nataliya Milman
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic aortitis became recognized relatively recently, and the body of knowledge concerning this condition is scarce. We aimed to determine the frequency of idiopathic aortitis in aortic specimens, the clinical, laboratory and radiologic characteristics at diagnosis and during follow-up, and the approach to investigation, treatment and monitoring taken by the treating physicians. METHODS: We identified cases of aortitis diagnosed on pathological specimens of the aorta between Jan...
June 19, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640964/targeted-mutagenesis-in-tetraploid-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-l-using-crispr-cas9
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Yang Liu, Paul Merrick, Zhengzhi Zhang, Chonghui Ji, Bing Yang, Shui-Zhang Fei
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has become a powerful tool for targeted mutagenesis. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a high yielding perennial grass species that has been designated as a model biomass crop by the U.S. Department of Energy. The self infertility and high ploidy level make it difficult to study gene function or improve germplasm. To overcome these constraints, we explored the feasibility of using CRISPR/Cas9 for targeted mutagenesis in a tetraploid cultivar 'Alamo' switchgrass. We first developed a transient assay by which a non-functional green fluorescent protein gene containing a 1 bp frameshift insertion in its 5' coding region was successfully mutated by a Cas9/sgRNA complex resulting in its restored function...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640882/quantitation-of-underivatized-branched-chain-amino-acids-in-sport-nutritional-supplements-by-capillary-electrophoresis-with-direct-or-indirect-uv-absorbance-detection
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Jun Qiu, Jinhao Wang, Zhongqi Xu, Huiqing Liu, Jie Ren
The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) including leucine (Leu), isoleucine (Ile) and valine (Val) play a pivotal role in the human body. Herein, we developed capillary electrophoresis (CE) coupled with conventional UV detector to quantify underivatized BCAAs in two kinds of sport nutritional supplements. For direct UV detection at 195 nm, the BCAAs (Leu, two enantiomers of Ile and Val) were separated in a background electrolyte (BGE) consisting of 40.0 mmol/L sodium tetraborate, and 40.0 mmol/L β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) at pH 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640806/good-enough-practices-in-scientific-computing
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Greg Wilson, Jennifer Bryan, Karen Cranston, Justin Kitzes, Lex Nederbragt, Tracy K Teal
Computers are now essential in all branches of science, but most researchers are never taught the equivalent of basic lab skills for research computing. As a result, data can get lost, analyses can take much longer than necessary, and researchers are limited in how effectively they can work with software and data. Computing workflows need to follow the same practices as lab projects and notebooks, with organized data, documented steps, and the project structured for reproducibility, but researchers new to computing often don't know where to start...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640758/consecutive-ultra-short-term-heart-rate-variability-to-track-dynamic-changes-in-autonomic-nervous-system-during-and-after-exercise
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Xiang Chen, Ruijie Yao, Gezhen Yin, Jin Li
OBJECTIVE: Quantitative measurement of the dynamic changes in autonomic nervous system (ANS) during and after exercise has great significance in clinical, sports training and other fields. A consecutive ultra-short-term (30 s, UST) heart rate variability (HRV) method was proposed to track the exercise-induced autonomic control of heart rate (HR). APPROACH: Twenty-three healthy young men participated in the study. The first four stages of the Modified Bruce Protocol (S0-S3) were performed...
June 22, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637293/conserved-non-exonic-elements-a-novel-class-of-marker-for-phylogenomics
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Scott V Edwards, Alison Cloutier, Allan J Baker
Noncoding markers have a particular appeal as tools for phylogenomic analysis because, at least in vertebrates, they appear less subject to strong variation in GC content among lineages. Thus far, ultraconserved elements (UCEs) and introns have been the most widely used noncoding markers. Here we analyze and study the evolutionary properties of a new type of noncoding marker, conserved non-exonic elements (CNEEs), which consists of noncoding elements that are estimated to evolve slower than the neutral rate across a set of species...
June 16, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637203/morphological-diversity-strongly-constrains-synaptic-connectivity-and-plasticity
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Michael W Reimann, Anna-Lena Horlemann, Srikanth Ramaswamy, Eilif B Muller, Henry Markram
Synaptic connectivity between neurons is naturally constrained by the anatomical overlap of neuronal arbors, the space on the axon available for synapses, and by physiological mechanisms that form synapses at a subset of potential synapse locations. What is not known is how these constraints impact emergent connectivity in a circuit with diverse morphologies. We investigated the role of morphological diversity within and across neuronal types on emergent connectivity in a model of neocortical microcircuitry...
June 20, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637170/neuroprotective-effect-of-pressure-oriented-flow-regulation-and-ph-stat-management-in-selective-antegrade-brain-perfusion-during-total-aortic-arch-repair
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Hisato Ito, Toru Mizumoto, Yasuhiro Sawada, Kazuya Fujinaga, Hironori Tempaku, Yasunori Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Tsutsui, Hideto Shimpo
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the safety and effectiveness of our selective antegrade brain perfusion (SABP) strategy, which is characterized by moderate hypothermic and low-pressure management under pH-stat using a completely closed cardiopulmonary bypass circuit with a single centrifugal pump. METHODS: Forty-nine consecutive patients (median age, 74) underwent total aortic arch replacement using a 4-branched graft. SABP was conducted with individual cannulation in all arch vessels...
June 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
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Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636761/molecular-tools-for-facilitative-carbohydrate-transporters
#10
Marina Tanasova, Joseph R Fedie
Facilitative carbohydrate transporters - Gluts - have received a wide attention over decades due to their essential role in the nutrient uptake and links with various metabolic disorders, including diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Endeavors into understanding mechanisms of Glut-mediated nutrient uptake have resulted in the multidisciplinary research field, branching protein chemistry, chemical biology, organic synthesis, crystallography, and biomolecular modeling. Gluts became attractive targets for cancer research and medicinal chemistry, leading to the development of new approaches to cancer diagnostics and providing avenues for cancer-targeting therapeutics...
June 21, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636325/challenges-and-hallmarks-of-establishing-alkylacetylphosphonates-as-probes-of-bacterial-1-deoxy-d-xylulose-5-phosphate-synthase
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Sara Sanders, Ryan J Vierling, David Bartee, Alicia A DeColli, Mackenzie J Harrison, Joseph L Aklinski, Andrew T Koppisch, Caren L Freel Meyers
1-Deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP) synthase catalyzes the thiamin diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent formation of DXP from pyruvate and d-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate. DXP is at a metabolic branch point in bacteria, feeding into the methylerythritol phosphate pathway to indispensable isoprenoids and acting as a precursor for biosynthesis of essential cofactors in central metabolism, pyridoxal phosphate and ThDP, the latter of which is also required for DXP synthase catalysis. DXP synthase follows a unique random sequential mechanism and possesses an unusually large active site...
June 21, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636265/switch-of-c-h-activation-mechanism-for-full-selectivity-control-in-cobalt-iii-catalyzed-c-h-alkylations
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Daniel Zell, Markus Bursch, Valentin Müller, Stefan Grimme, Lutz Ackermann
Selectivity control in hydroarylation-based C-H alkylation has been dominated by steric interactions. In contrast, we unravel a conceptually distinct strategy that exploits the programmed switch in the C-H activation mechanism by means of cobalt catalysis, setting the stage for expedient C-H alkylations with unactivated alkenes. Detailed mechanistic studies provided compelling evidence for a programmable switch in the C-H activation mechanism from a linear-selective ligand-to-ligand hydrogen transfer (LLHT) to a branched-selective base-assisted internal electrophilic-type substitution (BIES)...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636003/in-vitro-modulation-of-gut-microbiota-by-whey-protein-to-preserve-intestinal-health
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T Sánchez-Moya, R López-Nicolás, D Planes, C A González-Bermúdez, G Ros-Berruezo, C Frontela-Saseta
The effect of several types of whey milk - cow, sheep, goat and a mixture of them (60 : 20 : 20, respectively) - was assessed in the human gut microbiota. The prebiotic potential of these substrates was evaluated through in vitro gastrointestinal digestion following faecal batch culture fermentations (mimicking colonic fermentation) for 48 hours, using faeces from normal-weight (NW) and obese (OB) donors. Throughout the fermentation process, pH, gas production, short chain and branched fatty acids (SCFA-BCFA) were measured, as well as the changes of microbiota using qPCR...
June 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635269/the-reduction-potentials-of-fefe-hydrogenase-accessory-iron-sulfur-clusters-provide-insights-into-the-energetics-of-proton-reduction-catalysis
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Jacob H Artz, David W Mulder, Michael W Ratzloff, Carolyn E Lubner, Oleg A Zadvornyy, Axl X LeVan, S Garrett Williams, Michael W W Adams, Anne K Jones, Paul W King, John W Peters
An [FeFe]-hydrogenase from Clostridium pasteurianum, CpI, is a model system for biological H2 activation. In addition to the catalytic H-cluster, CpI contains four accessory iron-sulfur [FeS] clusters in a branched series that transfer electrons to and from the active site. In this work, potentiometric titrations have been employed in combination with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at defined electrochemical potentials to gain insights into the role of the accessory clusters in catalysis...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635254/sudoku-like-lab-on-paper-cyto-device-with-dual-enhancement-of-electrochemiluminescence-intermediates-strategy
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Hongmei Yang, Yan Zhang, Li Li, Lina Zhang, Feifei Lan, Jinghua Yu
This paper describes the design and construction of sudoku-like lab-on-paper platform, in which dual enhancement of reaction intermediates strategy was incorporated for multiplexed competitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) cyto-assay. Benefit from the sudoku-like structure, integrated multifunction were obtained on such elaborately devised platform, including specific reagents storage, multiple samples immobilization, residual automatic washing, and signal collection. By utilizing semicarbazide (SE) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) as dual enhancers, more ECL intermediates could be obtained in the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and peroxydisulfate system, resulting in the production of more excited state GQDs to emit light...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634618/ct-and-mri-findings-in-focal-eosinophilic-infiltration-of-the-liver
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Bao-Liang Guo, Qiu-Gen Hu, Fu-Sheng Ouyang, Bin Zhang, Yu-Hao Dong, Xiao-Ning Luo, Zhou-Yang Lian, Shui-Xing Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the findings of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of focal eosinophilic infiltration (FEI) of the liver. METHODS: A retrospective study including 29 patients with confirmed FEI of the liver was performed. We evaluated the lesions' number, distribution, size, shape, margin, attenuation or signal intensity characteristics, the enhancement pattern, and some special features. Spearman correlation analysis was used to analyze the correlation between the number of lesions and the eosinophil counts in peripheral blood...
June 20, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634567/aaa-rupture-and-psoas-hematoma-due-to-type-ii-endoleak-from-inferior-mesenteric-artery-unusual-collaterals
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Panagiotis G Theodoridis, Dimitrios N Staramos, Nikolaos Ptochis, Ioannis A Papailiou, Ilias Dodos, Nikolaos Iatrou, Anastasios G Potouridis, Konstantinos Dervisis
Although endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) in the abdominal aorta has reduced the perioperative mortality when compared with open repair, the need for reintervention after complications such as endoleak may be presented in up to 20% of the cases. Type II endoleak from branch vessels is often benign but can potentially be associated with progressive abdominal aortic aneurysm growth and sac expansion. We present a rare case of a patient who presented with sac expansion and psoas hematoma due to Type II endoleak from "unusual" collaterals of IMA and was treated successfully with endoleak microembolization and percutaneous decompression of the hematoma...
2017: Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634514/cystic-lesions-of-peripheral-nerves-are-we-missing-the-diagnosis-of-the-intraneural-ganglion-cyst
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Jyoti Panwar, Anil Mathew, Binu P Thomas
AIM: To highlight the salient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of the intraneural ganglion cyst (INGC) of various peripheral nerves for their precise diagnosis and to differentiate them from other intra and extra-neural cystic lesions. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the magnetic resonance (MR) images of a cohort of 245 patients presenting with nerve palsy involving different peripheral nerves was done. MR images were analyzed for the presence of a nerve lesion, and if found, it was further characterized as solid or cystic...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634493/an-exceptional-case-of-intraparotid-plexiform-neurofibroma-originating-from-autonomic-fibers-of-the-auriculotemporal-nerve
#19
Sarantis Blioskas, Sotiris Sotiriou, Katerina Rizou, Triantafyllia Koletsa, Petros Karkos, Anna Kalogera-Fountzila, Konstantinos Markou
Plexiform neurofibromas are benign tumors that tend to occur in patients suffering from neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). This report addresses a rare case where the tumor affected the parotid gland, deriving almost exclusively from the peripheral portion of the facial nerve. A 6-year-old male was referred to us complaining about a gradually enlarging swelling over the right parotid area. Imaging localized the lesion to the superficial lobe of the parotid gland, suggesting a neurofibroma. Cosmetic disfigurement and a functional deficit led us to perform complete surgical resection...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634386/shape-and-composition-control-of-monodisperse-hybrid-pt-coo-nanocrystals-by-controlling-the-reaction-kinetics-with-additives
#20
Hyunje Woo, Eunji Kim, Jun-Hyuk Kim, Su-Won Yun, Ji Chan Park, Yong-Tae Kim, Kang Hyun Park
Here, we report the effect of Fe(CO)5 additives in the synthesis of branched Pt-CoO nanowires (NWs) and core@shell concave nanocubes (NCs), in a one-pot system. Key to the success of this synthesis is control over the shape of the Pt seeds by controlling the quantity of Fe(CO)5 additive. In the absence of Fe(CO)5, branched Pt-CoO NWs were synthesized through the attachment of small Pt seed particles, followed by the growth of CoO by deposition. On the other hand, Pt@CoO concave NCs were obtained in the presence of Fe(CO)5 because of the stronger adsorption of Co on the Pt (100) surfaces than on the closely packed (111) surfaces...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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