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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106773/determinants-of-serum-glycerophospholipid-fatty-acids-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Sławomira Drzymała-Czyż, Patrycja Krzyżanowska, Berthold Koletzko, Jan Nowak, Anna Miśkiewicz-Chotnicka, Jerzy A Moczko, Aleksandra Lisowska, Jarosław Walkowiak
The etiology of altered blood fatty acid (FA) composition in cystic fibrosis (CF) is understood only partially. We aimed to investigate the determinants of serum glycerophospholipids' FAs in CF with regard to the highest number of FAs and in the largest cohort to date. The study comprised 172 CF patients and 30 healthy subjects (HS). We assessed Fas' profile (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry), CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) genotype, spirometry, fecal elastase-1, body height and weight Z-scores, liver disease, diabetes and colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106170/assembly-of-flexible-comoo4-nimoo4%C3%A2-xh2o-and-fe2o3-electrodes-for-solid-state-asymmetric-supercapacitors
#2
Jing Wang, Leipeng Zhang, Xusong Liu, Xiang Zhang, Yanlong Tian, Xiaoxu Liu, Jiupeng Zhao, Yao Li
In this work, CoMoO4@NiMoO4·xH2O core-shell heterostructure electrode is directly grown on carbon fabric (CF) via a feasible hydrothermal procedure with CoMoO4 nanowires (NWs) as the core and NiMoO4 nanosheets (NSs) as the shell. This core-shell heterostructure could provide fast ion and electron transfer, a large number of active sites, and good strain accommodation. As a result, the CoMoO4@NiMoO4·xH2O electrode yields high-capacitance performance with a high specific capacitance of 1582 F g(-1), good cycling stability with the capacitance retention of 97...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105677/lesser-devil-rays-mobula-cf-hypostoma-from-venezuela-are-almost-twice-their-previously-reported-maximum-size-and-may-be-a-new-sub-species
#3
N R Ehemann, L V González-González, A W Trites
Three rays opportunistically obtained near Margarita Island, Venezuela, were identified as lesser devil rays Mobula cf. hypostoma, but their disc widths were between 207 and 230 cm, which is almost double the reported maximum disc width of 120 cm for this species. These morphometric data suggest that lesser devil rays are either larger than previously recognized or that these specimens belong to an unknown sub-species of Mobula in the Caribbean Sea. Better data are needed to describe the distribution, phenotypic variation and population structure of this poorly known species...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104253/the-effect-of-fampridine-sr-on-cognitive-fatigue-in-a-randomized-double-blind-crossover-trial-in-patients-with-ms
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Sarah A Morrow, Heather Rosehart, Andrew M Johnson
BACKGROUND: Cognitive fatigue (CF) is a common complaint in persons with MS (PwMS). Fampridine-SR improves ambulation, fatigue and endurance, due to enhancing action potential formation by blocking potassium channels in demyelinated axons. Thus, through this same mechanism, it is hypothesized that Fampridine-SR could improve CF. OBJECTIVE: To determine if Fampridine-SR objectively improves CF in PwMS. METHODS: Sixty PwMS of any type with CF, defined as 3 or less correct responses when comparing the last third to the first third on the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT), were recruited from a tertiary care MS clinic in London (ON) Canada...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104089/prediction-of-radiofrequency-ablation-lesion-formation-using-a-novel-temperature-sensing-technology-incorporated-in-a-force-sensing-catheter
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Guy Rozen, Leon Ptaszek, Israel Zilberman, Kevin Cordaro, E Kevin Heist, Christopher Beeckler, Andres Altmann, Zhang Ying, Zhenjiang Liu, Jeremy N Ruskin, Assaf Govari, Moussa Mansour
BACKGROUND: Real-time radiofrequency (RF) ablation lesion assessment is a major unmet need in cardiac electrophysiology. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess whether improved temperature measurement using a novel thermocoupling (TC) technology combined with information derived from impedance change, contact force (CF) sensing, and catheter orientation allows accurate real-time prediction of ablation lesion formation. METHODS: RF ablation lesions were delivered in the ventricles of 15 swine using a novel externally irrigated-tip catheter containing 6 miniature TC sensors in addition to force sensing technology...
February 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103851/cystic-fibrosis-physicians-perspectives-on-the-timing-of-referral-for-lung-transplant-evaluation-a-survey-of-physicians-in-the-united-states
#6
Kathleen J Ramos, Ranjani Somayaji, Erika D Lease, Christopher H Goss, Moira L Aitken
BACKGROUND: Prior studies reveal that a significant proportion of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and advanced lung disease are not referred for lung transplant (LTx) evaluation. We sought to assess expert CF physician perspectives on the timing of LTx referral and investigate their LTx knowledge. METHODS: We developed an online anonymous survey that was distributed by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) to the medical directors of all CFF-accredited care centers in the United States in 2015...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103665/computational-search-for-novel-hard-chromium-based-materials
#7
Alexander G Kvashnin, Artem R Oganov, Artem I Samtsevich, Zahed Allahyari
Nitrides, carbides and borides of transition metals are an attractive class of hard materials. Our recent preliminary explorations of the binary chemical compounds indicated that chromium-based materials are among the hardest transition metal compounds. Motivated by this, here we explore in detail the binary Cr-B, Cr-C and Cr-N systems using global optimization techniques. Calculated enthalpy of formation and hardness of predicted materials were used for Pareto optimization to define the hardest materials with lowest energy...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101949/highly-active-three-dimensional-nife-cu2o-nanowires-cu-foam-electrode-for-water-oxidation
#8
Yan Gao, Hu Chen, Licheng Sun
Water splitting is of paramount importance for exploiting renewable energy conversion and storage systems, but is greatly hindered by the kinetically sluggish oxygen evolution reaction. Here, we develop a three-dimensional, greatly efficient and durable NiFe/Cu2O nanowires/Cu foam anode (NiFe/Cu2O NWs/CF) for water oxidation in 1.0 M KOH. The obtained electrode exhibited a current density of 10 mA/cm2 at a uniquely low overpotential of 215 mV and can keep a steady current density of 100 mA/cm2 for 50 h at an overpotential of 260 mV...
January 18, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100813/coral-calcifying-fluid-ph-is-modulated-by-seawater-carbonate-chemistry-not-solely-seawater-ph
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S Comeau, E Tambutté, R C Carpenter, P J Edmunds, N R Evensen, D Allemand, C Ferrier-Pagès, S Tambutté, A A Venn
Reef coral calcification depends on regulation of pH in the internal calcifying fluid (CF) in which the coral skeleton forms. However, little is known about calcifying fluid pH (pHCF) regulation, despite its importance in determining the response of corals to ocean acidification. Here, we investigate pHCF in the coral Stylophora pistillata in seawater maintained at constant pH with manipulated carbonate chemistry to alter dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentration, and therefore total alkalinity (AT). We also investigate the intracellular pH of calcifying cells, photosynthesis, respiration and calcification rates under the same conditions...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100601/the-use-of-selective-fungal-culture-media-increases-detection-rates-of-fungi-in-the-cystic-fibrosis-respiratory-tract
#10
Gina Hong, Heather B Miller, Sarah Allgood, Richard Lee, Noah Lechtzin, Sean X Zhang
The prevalence of fungi in the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients has risen. However, fungal surveillance is not routinely performed in most clinical centers in the United States, which may lead to an underestimation of the true prevalence of the problem. We conducted a prospective study comparing fungal detection rates for clinically important fungi (CIF) defined as Aspergillus species, Scedosporium species, Trichosporon species, and Exophiala dermatitidis in CF sputum using standard bacterial culture media and selective-fungal culture media, including Sabouraud dextrose agar with gentamicin (SDA), inhibitory mold agar (IMA), and brain-heart infusion agar (BHI) with chloramphenicol and gentamicin...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099587/non-invasive-ventilation-in-patients-with-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#11
Hugo Souza Bittencourt, Helena França Correia Dos Reis, Melissa Santos Lima, Mansueto Gomes
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) may perfect respiratory and cardiac performance in patients with heart failure (HF). The objective of the study to establish, through systematic review and meta-analysis, NIV influence on functional capacity of HF patients. A systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized studies was carried out through research of databases of Cochrane Library, SciELO, Pubmed and PEDro, using the key-words: heart failure, non-invasive ventilation, exercise tolerance; and the free terms: bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and functional capacity (terms were searched for in English and Portuguese) using the Boolean operators AND and OR...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099226/computed-tomography-in-cystic-fibrosis-combining-low-dose-techniques-and-iterative-reconstruction
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Johannes Kahn, David Kaul, Ulrich Grupp, Georg Böning, Diane Renz, Doris Staab, Vera Schreiter, Florian Streitparth
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of iterative reconstruction (IR) and low-kilovolt technique on dose reduction and image quality of chest computed tomography scans obtained in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). METHODS: A total of 124 CF patients were examined; group A (n = 63) was examined with a dose reduction protocol using IR and group B (n = 61) with a standard protocol using filtered back projection. Further subgroups with tube voltage modulations were established...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098949/identification-of-cellular-targets-involved-in-cardiac-failure-caused-by-pki-in-oncology-an-approach-combining-pharmacovigilance-and-pharmacodynamics
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E Patras de Campaigno, E Bondon-Guitton, G Laurent, F Montastruc, J L Montastruc, M Lapeyre-Mestre, F Despas
AIMS: To evaluate the risk of cardiac failure (CF) of 15 anticancer protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs) through a case/non-case analysis and to identify which PK(s) and pathways are involved in PKI-induced CF. METHODS: To evaluate the risk of CF, adjusted reporting odds ratios (aRORs) were calculated for the 15 anticancer PKIs in the WHO safety report database (VigiBase®). We realised a literature review to identify 21 PK possibly involved in CF caused by PKIs. Pearson's correlation coefficients (r) between aROR and affinity data of the 15 PKIs for the 21 PKs were calculated to identify the cellular target most likely involved in PKI-induced CF...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098336/preclinical-evaluation-of-intravenous-nax-810-2-a-novel-galr2-preferring-analog-for-anticonvulsant-efficacy-and-pharmacokinetics
#14
Cameron S Metcalf, Brian D Klein, Daniel R McDougle, Liuyin Zhang, Dan Kaufmann, Grzegorz Bulaj, H Steve White
OBJECTIVE: Potential clinical utility of galanin or peptidic analogs has been hindered by poor metabolic stability, lack of brain penetration, and hyperglycemia due to galanin receptor subtype 1 (GalR1) activation. NAX 810-2, a galanin receptor subtype 2 (GalR2)-preferring galanin analog, possesses 15-fold greater affinity for GalR2 over GalR1 and protects against seizures in the mouse 6 Hz, corneal kindling, and Frings audiogenic seizure models. The purpose of these studies was to further evaluate the preclinical efficacy and pharmacokinetics of NAX 810-2 in mice...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097632/acquisition-and-adaptation-of-the-airway-microbiota-in-the-early-life-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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REVIEW
Sébastien Boutin, Alexander H Dalpke
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease in which bacterial infections of the airways play a major role in the long-term clinical outcome. In recent years, a number of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based studies aimed at deciphering the structure and composition of the airways' microbiota. It was shown that the nasal cavity of CF patients displays dysbiosis early in life indicating a failure in the first establishment of a healthy microbiota. In contrast, within the conducting and lower airways, the establishment occurs normally first, but is sensitive to future dysbiosis including chronic infections with classical pathogens in later life...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097439/modeling-responses-in-the-superior-paraolivary-nucleus-implications-for-forward-masking-in-the-inferior-colliculus
#16
Nima Salimi, Muhammad S A Zilany, Laurel H Carney
A phenomenological model of the responses of neurons in the superior paraolivary nucleus (SPON) of the rodent is presented in this study. Pure tones at the characteristic frequency (CF) and broadband noise stimuli evoke offset-type responses in these neurons. SPON neurons also phase-lock to the envelope of sinusoidally amplitude-modulated (SAM) stimuli for a range of modulation frequencies. Model SPON neuron received inhibitory input that was relayed by the ipsilateral medial nucleus of the trapezoid body from the contralateral model ventral cochlear nucleus neuron...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097283/melting-upon-cooling-and-freezing-upon-heating-fluid-solid-phase-diagram-for-%C3%A5-vejk-ha%C3%A5-ek-model-of-dimerizing-hard-spheres
#17
Yurij V Kalyuzhnyi, Andrej Jamnik, Peter T Cummings
A simple model of dimerizing hard spheres with highly nontrivial fluid-solid phase behavior is proposed and studied using the recently proposed resummed thermodynamic perturbation theory for central force (RTPT-CF) associating potentials. The phase diagram has the fluid branch of the fluid-solid coexistence curve located at temperatures lower than those of the solid branch. This unusual behavior is related to the strong dependence of the system excluded volume on the temperature, which for the model at hand decreases with increasing temperature...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096997/bronchial-tree-shaped-mucous-plug-in-cystic-fibrosis-imaging-guided-management
#18
Ignazio Salamone, Baldassare Mondello, Maria Cristina Lucanto, Simona Cristadoro, Mariangela Lombardo, Mario Barone
We report the case of a 17-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis (CF) who presented with persistent cough; after starting intravenous antibiotics for Pseudomonas aeruginosa he underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. CT revealed extensive consolidation in the right lower lobe with relative bronchus obstruction; the cause of bronchial obstruction was detected in the mediastinal window, corresponding to a bronchial tree-shaped, thick, tenacious mucous plug. This was extracted 48 h after unresponsive bronchial washing and endobronchial instillation of rhDNAse, using foreign-body forceps, with subsequent resolution of cough...
March 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096734/chest-ct-features-of-cystic-fibrosis-in-korea-comparison-with-non-cystic-fibrosis-diseases
#19
So Yeon Yang, Kyung Soo Lee, Min Jae Cha, Tae Jung Kim, Tae Sung Kim, Hyun Jung Yoon
OBJECTIVE: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare congenital disease in Korea, and its clinical and imaging findings are unclear. The objective of our study was to describe the clinical and CT features of CF in Korea and compare its features with those of other diseases mimicking CF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From November 1994 to December 2014, a presumptive diagnosis of CF was made in 23 patients based on clinical or radiological examination. After the exclusion of 10 patients without diagnostic confirmation, 13 patients were included in the study...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096157/resistance-to-thiacetazone-derivatives-active-against-mycobacterium-abscessus-involves-mutations-in-the-mmpl5-transcriptional-repressor-mab_4384
#20
Iman Halloum, Albertus Viljoen, Varun Khanna, Derek Craig, Christiane Bouchier, Roland Brosch, Geoffrey Coxon, Laurent Kremer
Available chemotherapeutic options are very limited against Mycobacterium abscessus, which imparts a particular challenge in the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients infected with this rapid-growing mycobacterium. New drugs are urgently needed against this emerging pathogen, but the discovery of active chemotypes has not been performed intensively. Interestingly, however, the repurposing of thiacetazone (TAC), a drug once used to treat tuberculosis, has increased following the deciphering of its mechanism of action and the detection of significantly more potent analogues...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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