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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330312/isolation-and-screening-of-l-asparaginase-free-of-glutaminase-and-urease-from-fungal-sp
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Kruthi Doriya, Devarai Santhosh Kumar
L-Asparaginase is a chemotherapeutic drug used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a malignant disorder in children. L-Asparaginase helps in removing acrylamide found in fried and baked foods that is carcinogenic in nature. L-Asparaginase is present in plants, animals and microbes. Various microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast and fungi are generally used for the production of L-asparaginase as it is difficult to obtain the same from plants and animals. L-Asparaginase from bacteria causes anaphylaxis and other abnormal sensitive reactions due to low specificity to asparagine...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330186/a-comprehensive-study-of-one-step-selenization-process-for-cu-in1-x-ga-x-se2-thin-film-solar-cells
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Shih-Chen Chen, Sheng-Wen Wang, Shou-Yi Kuo, Jenh-Yih Juang, Po-Tsung Lee, Chih Wei Luo, Kaung-Hsiung Wu, Hao-Chung Kuo
In this work, aiming at developing a rapid and environmental-friendly process for fabricating CuIn1-x Ga x Se2 (CIGS) solar cells, we demonstrated the one-step selenization process by using selenium vapor as the atmospheric gas instead of the commonly used H2Se gas. The photoluminescence (PL) characteristics indicate that there exists an optimal location with superior crystalline quality in the CIGS thin films obtained by one-step selenization. The energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) reveals that the Ga lateral distribution in the one-step selenized CIGS thin film is intimately correlated to the blue-shifted PL spectra...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329124/sleep-and-alertness-in-medical-interns-and-residents-an-observational-study-on-the-role-of-extended-shifts
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Mathias Basner, David F Dinges, Judy A Shea, Dylan S Small, Jingsan Zhu, Laurie Norton, Adrian J Ecker, Cristina Novak, Lisa M Bellini, Kevin G Volpp
Study Objectives: Fatigue from sleep loss is a risk to physician and patient safety, but objective data on physician sleep and alertness on different duty hour schedules is scarce. This study objectively quantified differences in sleep duration and alertness between medical interns working extended overnight shifts and residents not or rarely working extended overnight shifts. Methods: Sleep-wake activity of 137 interns and 87 PGY-2/3 residents on 2-week Internal Medicine and Oncology rotations was assessed with wrist-actigraphy...
February 24, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326635/structure-enabled-discovery-of-a-stapled-peptide-inhibitor-to-target-the-oncogenic-transcriptional-repressor-tle1
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Sally McGrath, Marcello Tortorici, Ludovic Drouin, Savade Solanki, Lewis Vidler, Isaac Westwood, Peter Gimeson, Rob vanMontfort, Swen Hoelder
TLE1 is an oncogenic transcriptional co-repressor that exerts its repressive effects through binding of transcription factors. Inhibition of this protein-protein interaction represents a putative cancer target but no small molecule inhibitors have been published for this challenging interface. In this manuscript, we report the structure enabled design and synthesis of a constrained peptide inhibitor of TLE1. Our design featured introduction of a four carbon atom linker into the peptide epitope found in many TLE1 binding partners...
March 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326348/effects-of-odanacatib-on-bone-matrix-mineralization-in-rhesus-monkeys-are-similar-to-those-of-alendronate
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Barbara M Misof, Paul Roschger, Charles Chen, Maureen Pickarski, Phaedra Messmer, Klaus Klaushofer, Le T Duong
Odanacatib (ODN) is a selective and reversible inhibitor of cathepsin K which is an important enzyme for the degradation of collagen I. Aim of the present work was the head-to-head comparison between the effects of ODN and alendronate (ALN) on bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD), based on quantitative backscattered electron imaging in relation to changes in histomorphometric mineralizing surface per bone surface (MS/BS) in 12-22 years old ovariectomized rhesus monkeys. Trabecular and cortical BMDD derived parameters from vertebrae and proximal tibiae were compared among vehicle (VEH, n = 8), odanacatib low dose (ODN-L, n = 8), odanacatib high dose (ODN-H, n = 8), and alendronate (ALN, n = 6) treated animals...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325916/automatic-time-shift-alignment-method-for-chromatographic-data-analysis
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Qing-Xia Zheng, Hai-Yan Fu, He-Dong Li, Bing Wang, Cui-Hua Peng, Sheng Wang, Jun-Lan Cai, Shao-Feng Liu, Xiao-Bing Zhang, Yong-Jie Yu
Time shift among samples remains a significant challenge in data analysis, such as quality control of natural plant extracts and metabolic profiling analysis, because this phenomenon may lead to invalid conclusions. In this work, we propose a new time shift alignment method, namely, automatic time-shift alignment (ATSA), for complicated chromatographic data analysis. This technique comprised the following alignment stages: (1) automatic baseline correction and peak detection stage for providing useful chromatographic information; (2) preliminary alignment stage through adaptive segment partition to correct alignment for the entire chromatogram; and (3) precise alignment stage based on test chromatographic peak information to accurately align time shift...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323891/characterization-of-baff-and-april-subfamily-receptors-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-potential-role-of-the-baff-april-axis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-proliferative-kidney-disease
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Aitor G Granja, Jason W Holland, Jaime Pignatelli, Christopher J Secombes, Carolina Tafalla
Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is a parasitic infection of salmonid fish characterized by hyper-secretion of immunoglobulins in response to the presence of the myxozoan parasite, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae. In this context, we hypothesized that the BAFF/APRIL axis, known to play a major role in B cell differentiation and survival in mammals, could be affected by the parasite and consequently be involved in the apparent shift in normal B cell activity. To regulate B cell activity, BAFF and APRIL bind to transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI) and B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), whereas BAFF also binds to BAFF receptor (BAFF-R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322951/initiating-fibro-proliferation-through-interfacial-interactions-of-myoglobin-colloids-with-collagen-in-solution
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Madhumitha Dhanasekaran, Aruna Dhathathreyan
This work examines fibro-proliferation through interaction of myoglobin (Mb), a globular protein with collagen, an extracellular matrix fibrous protein. Designed colloids of Mb at pH 4.5 and 7.5 have been mixed with collagen solution at pH 7.5 and 4.5 in different concentrations altering their surface charges. For the Mb colloids, 100-200nm sizes have been measured from Transmission electron micrographs and zeta sizer. CD spectra shows a shift to beta sheet like structure for the protein in the colloids. Interaction at Mb/Collagen interface studied using Dilational rheology, Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation and Differential Scanning calorimetry show that the perturbation is not only by the charge compensation arising from the difference in pH of the colloids and collagen, but also by the organized assembly of collagen at that particular pH...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322825/dissection-of-mechanoresponse-elements-in-promoter-sites-of-the-mechanoresponsive-cyr61-gene
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Lothar Seefried, Sigrid Mueller-Deubert, Melanie Krug, Almoatazbellah Youssef, Norbert Schuetze, Anita Ignatius, Franz Jakob, Regina Ebert
Mechanotransduction is important for mesenchymal regeneration and differentiation. Exaggerated high or very low impact yields pathological outcome resulting in fracture or tissue atrophy. Pathological strain in animal models was described but tools to dissect the respective stimuli and downstream pathways are limited. We expand the analytical tools to describe DNA strain response elements in a reporter gene approach. Deletion constructs of the human cysteine-rich protein 61 (CYR61) promoter were cloned into luciferase vectors and stably transfected into human telomerase-immortalized mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC-TERT)...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322748/oxytocin-promotes-attention-to-social-cues-regardless-of-group-membership
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Michaela Pfundmair, Clarissa Zwarg, Markus Paulus, Anne Rimpel
The social saliency account proposes that oxytocin (OT) plays a major role in modulating attentional shifts toward social cues at early stages of processing. We investigated how OT promotes early attention toward nonsocial and social stimuli and explored differences between in-group- and out-group-related social cues. After participants intranasally self-administered OT or placebo, they were eye-tracked while observing a nonsocial and social cues that were assigned to the in- or out-group by a minimal group paradigm...
March 18, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322639/the-symbolic-functions-of-nurses-cognitive-artifacts-on-a-medical-oncology-unit
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Jacquelyn W Blaz, Alexa K Doig, Kristin G Cloyes, Nancy Staggers
Acute care nurses continue to rely on personally created paper-based tools-their "paper brains"-to support work during a shift, although standardized handoff tools are recommended. This interpretive descriptive study examines the functions these paper brains serve beyond handoff in the medical oncology unit at a cancer specialty hospital. Thirteen medical oncology nurses were each shadowed for a single shift and interviewed afterward using a semistructured technique. Field notes, transcribed interviews, images of nurses' paper brains, and analytic memos were inductively coded, and analysis revealed paper brains are symbols of patient and nurse identity...
December 1, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322311/orogen-scale-uplift-in-the-central-italian-apennines-drives-episodic-behaviour-of-earthquake-faults
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P A Cowie, R J Phillips, G P Roberts, K McCaffrey, L J J Zijerveld, L C Gregory, J Faure Walker, L N J Wedmore, T J Dunai, S A Binnie, S P H T Freeman, K Wilcken, R P Shanks, R S Huismans, I Papanikolaou, A M Michetti, M Wilkinson
Many areas of the Earth's crust deform by distributed extensional faulting and complex fault interactions are often observed. Geodetic data generally indicate a simpler picture of continuum deformation over decades but relating this behaviour to earthquake occurrence over centuries, given numerous potentially active faults, remains a global problem in hazard assessment. We address this challenge for an array of seismogenic faults in the central Italian Apennines, where crustal extension and devastating earthquakes occur in response to regional surface uplift...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320699/us-first-year-residents-may-work-24-hour-shifts-again-after-rule-change
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Owen Dyer
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March 20, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320224/identification-of-common-neural-circuit-disruptions-in-cognitive-control-across-psychiatric-disorders
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Lisa M McTeague, Julia Huemer, David M Carreon, Ying Jiang, Simon B Eickhoff, Amit Etkin
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive deficits are a common feature of psychiatric disorders. The authors investigated the nature of disruptions in neural circuitry underlying cognitive control capacities across psychiatric disorders through a transdiagnostic neuroimaging meta-analysis. METHOD: A PubMed search was conducted for whole-brain functional neuroimaging articles published through June 2015 that compared activation in patients with axis I disorders and matched healthy control participants during cognitive control tasks...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319978/patient-experience-the-new-heart-of-healthcare-leadership
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Jason A Wolf
In a healthcare world in which consumerism is no longer a question and value has claimed its place at center stage, leaders are called to think differently about how they operate and manage their organizations. Priorities are curving in new directions with shifts in policy, direction of dollars, and evolution of practice. At the center of this transition is an opportunity for healthcare leaders to recognize that patient experience is the new heart of healthcare leadership.To address quality, safety, service, cost, and population health outcomes, leaders must rethink how they understand and engage in experience efforts overall...
April 2017: Frontiers of Health Services Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319836/a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-ethanol-related-cytokine-expression-in-the-hippocampus-of-young-and-aged-fischer-344-rats
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Anny Gano, Tamara L Doremus-Fitzwater, Terrence Deak
Our work in Sprague Dawley rats has shown rapid alterations in neuroimmune gene expression (RANGE) in the hippocampus and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN). These manifest as increased interleukin (IL)-6 and IκBα, and suppressed IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor alpha during acute ethanol intoxication. The present studies tested these effects across the lifespan (young adulthood at 2-3 months; senescence at 18 and 24 months), as well as across strain (Fischer 344) and sex. The hippocampus revealed age-dependent shifts in cytokine expression (IL-6, IL-1β, and monocyte chemoattractant protein 1), but no changes were observed in the PVN at baseline or following ethanol...
March 17, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319813/the-clinical-implications-of-legalizing-marijuana-are-physician-and-non-physician-providers-prepared
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Elizabeth Brooks, Doris C Gundersen, Erin Flynn, Ashley Brooks-Russell, Sheana Bull
INTRODUCTION: Passage of voter-driven marijuana reform laws signals a shift in public attitudes for marijuana use. For providers, legalization may necessitate practice modifications, particularly regarding patient-provider conversations about use and risk. We examined healthcare providers' knowledge of marijuana laws and health implications, professional practice behaviors, and attitudes about training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We surveyed 114 Colorado-based providers who care for children, adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women using a Venue-Day-Time survey methodology throughout Colorado...
March 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319714/occupational-exposure-of-firefighters-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-non-fire-work-environments
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Marta Oliveira, Klara Slezakova, Adília Fernandes, João Paulo Teixeira, Cristina Delerue-Matos, Maria do Carmo Pereira, Simone Morais
This work aims to characterize personal exposure of firefighters to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in non-fire work environments (fire stations), and assesses the respective risks. Eighteen PAHs (16 considered by USEPA as priority pollutants, dibenzo[a,l]pyrene and benzo[j]fluoranthene) were monitored in breathing zones of workers at five Portuguese fire stations during a normal shift. The obtained levels of PAHs fulfilled all existent occupational exposure limits as well as air quality guidelines with total concentrations (ΣPAHs) in range of 46...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319362/tuning-the-work-function-of-printed-polymer-electrodes-by-introducing-a-fluorinated-polymer-to-enhance-the-operational-stability-in-bottom-contact-organic-field-effect-transistors
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Se Hyun Kim, Jiye Kim, Sooji Nam, Hwa Sung Lee, Seung Woo Lee, Jaeyoung Jang
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is a promising electrode material for organic electronic devices due to its high conductivity, good mechanical flexibility, and feasibility of easy patterning with various printing methods. The work function of PEDOT:PSS needs to be increased for efficient hole injection and the addition of a fluorine-containing material has been reported to increase the work function of PEDOT:PSS. However, it remains a challenge to print PEDOT:PSS electrodes while simultaneously tuning their work functions...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319304/chemoselective-alteration-of-fluorophore-scaffolds-as-a-strategy-for-the-development-of-ratiometric-chemodosimeters
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Xinqi Zhou, Lauren Lesiak, Rui Lai, Jon R Beck, Jia Zhao, Christian G Elowsky, Hui Li, Cliff I Stains
Ratiometric sensors generally couple binding events or chemical reactions at a distal site to changes in the fluorescence of a core fluorophore scaffold. However, such approaches are often hindered by spectral overlap of the product and reactant species. We provide a strategy to design ratiometric sensors that display dramatic spectral shifts by leveraging the chemoselective reactivity of novel functional groups inserted within fluorophore scaffolds. As a proof-of-principle, fluorophores containing a borinate (RF620 ) or silanediol (SiOH2R) functionality at the bridging position of the xanthene ring system are developed as endogenous H2 O2 sensors...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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