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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426442/amniotic-membrane-use-for-management-of-corneal-limbal-stem-cell-deficiency
#1
Alfonso L Sabater, Victor L Perez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current article reviews the most recent surgical techniques for management of corneal limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) using amniotic membrane tissue. RECENT FINDINGS: Early successes with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) for the treatment of ocular surface disorders have encouraged clinicians to investigate new applications. The use of AMT as a temporary patch in emergency cases in which LSCD may develop has considerably improved the prognosis of these patients...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403542/chiral-analysis-of-ammuxetine-enantiomers-in-dog-plasma-using-online-spe-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometric-detection-after-precolumn-chiral-derivatization
#2
Jimei Yu, Xin Li, Jiezhao Zhou, Xiangyang Xie, Meiling Chen, Xinhua He, Yang Yang, Youzhi Zhang, Aiping Zheng, Xingguo Mei, Ying Li
Ammuxetine (AMT), a novel chiral antidepressant candidate compound, exhibits better antidepression effects than duloxetine in different animal models. In this article, a chiral derivatization method, combined with online solid phase extraction (online SPE) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), was developed for the chiral separation of AMT enantiomers after administration of racemic AMT to dogs. The derivatization reaction employed 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-acetyl-b-glucopyr-anosyl isothiocyanate (GITC) as a precolumn chiral derivatization reagent...
April 12, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399192/genome-wide-identification-classification-and-transcriptional-analysis-of-nitrate-and-ammonium-transporters-in-coffea
#3
Tiago Benedito Dos Santos, Joni Esrom Lima, Mariane Silva Felicio, João Danillo Moura Soares, Douglas Silva Domingues
Nitrogen (N) is quantitatively the main nutrient required by coffee plants, with acquisition mainly by the roots and mostly exported to coffee beans. Nitrate (NO3-) and ammonium (NH4+) are the most important inorganic sources for N uptake. Several N transporters encoded by different gene families mediate the uptake of these compounds. They have an important role in source preference for N uptake in the root system. In this study, we performed a genome-wide analysis, including in silico expression and phylogenetic analyses of AMT1, AMT2, NRT1/PTR, and NRT2 transporters in the recently sequenced Coffea canephora genome...
April 10, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391536/plasma-homocysteine-levels-are-associated-with-macular-thickness-in-type-2-diabetes-without-diabetic-macular-edema
#4
Ning Dong, Hong Shi, Xin Tang
PURPOSE: To explore the relationships between macular thickness and the plasma concentrations of homocysteine, vitamin B12, folate, and other known risk factors for patients with diabetes without diabetic macular edema (DME). METHODS: Fasting venous blood samples were collected from 252 subjects (126 relatively healthy subjects with type 2 diabetes without diabetic macular edema and 126 age- and gender-matched controls). Measurement of macular thickness and volume was performed for those subjects using SD-OCT...
April 8, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386673/development-of-an-agrobacterium-mediated-transformation-method-and-evaluation-of-two-exogenous-constitutive-promoters-in-oleaginous-yeast-lipomyces-starkeyi
#5
Xinping Lin, Sasa Liu, Ruiqi Bao, Ning Gao, Sufang Zhang, Rongqian Zhu, Zongbao Kent Zhao
Oleaginous yeast Lipomyces starkeyi, a promising strain of great biotechnical importance, is able to accumulate over 60% of its cell biomass as triacylglycerols (TAGs). It is promising to directly produce the derivatives of TAGs, such as long-chain fatty acid methyl esters and alkanes, in L. starkeyi. However, techniques for genetic modification of this oleaginous yeast are lacking, thus, further research is needed to develop genetic tools and functional elements. Here, we used two exogenous promoters (pGPD and pPGK) from oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides to establish a simpler Agrobacterium-mediated transformation (AMT) method for L...
April 6, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369490/ammonium-as-a-signal-for-physiological-and-morphological-responses-in-plants
#6
Ying Liu, Nicolaus von Wirén
Ammonium is a major inorganic nitrogen source for plants. At low external supplies, ammonium promotes plant growth, while at high external supplies it causes toxicity. Ammonium triggers rapid changes in cytosolic pH, in gene expression, and in post-translational modifications of proteins, leading to apoplastic acidification, co-ordinated ammonium uptake, enhanced ammonium assimilation, altered oxidative and phytohormonal status, and reshaped root system architecture. Some of these responses are dependent on AMT-type ammonium transporters and are not linked to a nutritional effect, indicating that ammonium is perceived as a signaling molecule by plant cells...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368170/computerized-scoring-algorithms-for-the-autobiographical-memory-test
#7
Keisuke Takano, Charlotte Gutenbrunner, Kris Martens, Karen Salmon, Filip Raes
Reduced specificity of autobiographical memories is a hallmark of depressive cognition. Autobiographical memory (AM) specificity is typically measured by the Autobiographical Memory Test (AMT), in which respondents are asked to describe personal memories in response to emotional cue words. Due to this free descriptive responding format, the AMT relies on experts' hand scoring for subsequent statistical analyses. This manual coding potentially impedes research activities in big data analytics such as large epidemiological studies...
April 3, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363510/x-linked-cobalamin-disorder-hcfc1-mimicking-nonketotic-hyperglycinemia-with-increased-both-cerebrospinal-fluid-glycine-and-methylmalonic-acid
#8
Emmanuel Scalais, Elise Osterheld, Christiane Weitzel, Linda De Meirleir, Frederic Mataigne, Geert Martens, Tamim H Shaikh, Curtis R Coughlin, Hung-Chun Yu, Michael Swanson, Marisa W Friederich, Gunter Scharer, Daniel Helbling, Jamie Wendt-Andrae, Johan L K Van Hove
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive or X-linked inborn errors of intracellular cobalamin metabolism can lead to methylmalonic aciduria and homocystinuria. In neonates, both increased cerebrospinal fluid glycine and cerebrospinal fluid/plasma glycine ratio are biochemical features of nonketotic hyperglycinemia. METHODS: We describe a boy presenting in the neonatal period with hypotonia, tonic, clonic, and later myoclonic seizures, subsequently evolving into refractory epilepsy and severe neurocognitive impairment...
January 7, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337556/homologous-gene-targeting-of-a-carotenoids-biosynthetic-gene-in-rhodosporidium-toruloides-by-agrobacterium-mediated-transformation
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Wenyi Sun, Xiaobing Yang, Xueying Wang, Xinping Lin, Yanan Wang, Sufang Zhang, Yushi Luan, Zongbao K Zhao
OBJECTIVES: To target a carotenoid biosynthetic gene in the oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides by using the Agrobacterium-mediated transformation (AMT) method. RESULTS: The RHTO_04602 locus of R. toruloides NP11, previously assigned to code the carotenoid biosynthetic gene CRTI, was amplified from genomic DNA and cloned into the binary plasmid pZPK-mcs, resulting in pZPK-CRT. A HYG-expression cassette was inserted into the CRTI sequence of pZPK-CRT by utilizing the restriction-free clone strategy...
March 23, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319260/the-second-time-flap-from-the-previously-used-anterior-thigh-donor-site-for-head-and-neck-microsurgical-reconstruction
#10
Nidal Farhan Al Deek, Chun-Ta Liao, Shiang-Fu Huang, Chung-Jan Kan, Kai-Ping Chang, Ku-Hao Fang, Chung-Kan Tsao
BACKGROUND: Multiple free tissue transfer from the same donor site is not well described for microsurgical head and neck reconstruction. METHODS: Between (8/2011 and 11/2012), 103 patients received 103 free ALT flaps for head and neck reconstruction; flaps were called first-time ALT flaps. Intra-operative findings were used to assess the presence of a favorable anatomy for a future second flap from the same donor site. And, between 9/2009 and 12/2013, second-time flaps from previously used anterior thighs were attempted either freely or guided by the intra-operative data from the previous surgery...
March 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302559/in-vitro-monoamine-oxidase-inhibition-potential-of-alpha-methyltryptamine-analog-new-psychoactive-substances-for-assessing-possible-toxic-risks
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Lea Wagmann, Simon D Brandt, Pierce V Kavanagh, Hans H Maurer, Markus R Meyer
Tryptamines have emerged as new psychoactive substances (NPS), which are distributed and consumed recreationally without preclinical studies or safety tests. Within the alpha-methylated tryptamines, some of the psychoactive effects of the prototypical alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT) have been described decades ago and a contributing factor of its acute toxicity appears to involve the inhibition of monoamine oxidase (MAO). However, detailed information about analogs is scarce. Therefore, thirteen AMT analogs were investigated for their potential to inhibit MAO...
March 13, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290286/modelling-the-cooking-doneness-via-integrating-sensory-evaluation-and-kinetics
#12
Jingpeng Li, Li Deng, Zhengyu Jin, Yong Yan
The aim of the current work was to develop a novel method to model and quantitatively determine cooking doneness via integrating sensory evaluation and kinetics based on the maturity value (M value) which was redefined. The well-done food was first selected from a series of samples with different M values by sensory evaluation, the average termination maturity values (AMT values) were obtained in accordance with the weighted M values of the selected doneness samples. Among, the changes of M values were assumed to be accorded with the first-order reaction kinetic model and a specific zM value was set as well...
February 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288563/is-independence-of-older-adults-safe-considering-the-risk-of-falls
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Dorota Talarska, Magdalena Strugała, Marlena Szewczyczak, Sławomir Tobis, Michał Michalak, Izabela Wróblewska, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis
BACKGROUND: Falls affect approx. 30% of elderly population per year. They cause major injuries and reduce independence of the older adults' functioning. The main objective of the study was to evaluate the degree of independence and find the fall risk factors in the study group. METHODS: The study included 506 - older adults. The study group included patients from GP clinics and members of two senior centers. The study duration was 12 months. Our study tools included EASY- Care Standard 2010 questionnaire, Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS), Index Barthel, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL), Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Timed Up and Go (TUG)...
March 14, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278300/physical-activity-levels-determine-exercise-induced-changes-in-brain-excitability
#14
Tea Lulic, Jenin El-Sayes, Hunter J Fassett, Aimee J Nelson
Emerging evidence suggests that regular physical activity can impact cortical function and facilitate plasticity. In the present study, we examined how physical activity levels influence corticospinal excitability and intracortical circuitry in motor cortex following a single session of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. We aimed to determine whether exercise-induced short-term plasticity differed between high versus low physically active individuals. Participants included twenty-eight young, healthy adults divided into two equal groups based on physical activity level determined by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire: low-to-moderate (LOW) and high (HIGH) physical activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263555/novel-peptides-derived-from-dengue-virus-capsid-protein-translocate-reversibly-the-blood-brain-barrier-through-a-receptor-free-mechanism
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Vera Neves, Frederico Aires-da-Silva, Maurício Morais, Lurdes Gano, Elisabete Ribeiro, Antónia Pinto, Sandra Aguiar, Diana Gaspar, Célia Fernandes, João D G Correia, Miguel A R B Castanho
The delivery of therapeutic molecules to the central nervous system is hampered by poor delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Several strategies have been proposed to enhance transport into the brain, including invasive techniques and receptor-mediated transport (RMT). Both approaches have several drawbacks, such as BBB disruption, receptor saturation, and off-target effects, raising safety issues. Herein, we show that specific domains of Dengue virus type 2 capsid protein (DEN2C) can be used as trans-BBB peptide vectors...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262698/the-taste-response-to-ammonia-in-drosophila
#16
R Delventhal, K Menuz, R Joseph, J Park, J S Sun, J R Carlson
Ammonia is both a building block and a breakdown product of amino acids and is found widely in the environment. The odor of ammonia is attractive to many insects, including insect vectors of disease. The olfactory response of Drosophila to ammonia has been studied in some detail, but the taste response has received remarkably little attention. Here, we show that ammonia is a taste cue for Drosophila. Nearly all sensilla of the major taste organ of the Drosophila head house a neuron that responds to neutral solutions of ammonia...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258017/anticoagulation-alone-for-aortic-segment-treatment-in-symptomatic-primary-aortic-mural-thrombus-patients
#17
Andrés Reyes Valdivia, Africa Duque Santos, Marta Garnica Ureña, Asunción Romero Lozano, Enrique Aracil Sanus, Julia Ocaña Guaita, Claudio Gandarias
BACKGROUND: Primary aortic mural thrombus (AMT) is a rare entity. Asymptomatic AMT may be found in imaging studies for other disease studies. Symptomatic AMT as embolic events may localize in the arterial branches of the aorta; limb ischemia is the most usual clinical presentation, though. However, when proximal aorta is compromised, visceral branches occlusion and ischemia may determine morbidity and mortality in these patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study with collection of data from January 2011 to September 2016...
February 28, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254738/readability-formulas-and-user-perceptions-of-electronic-health-records-difficulty-a-corpus-study
#18
Jiaping Zheng, Hong Yu
BACKGROUND: Electronic health records (EHRs) are a rich resource for developing applications to engage patients and foster patient activation, thus holding a strong potential to enhance patient-centered care. Studies have shown that providing patients with access to their own EHR notes may improve the understanding of their own clinical conditions and treatments, leading to improved health care outcomes. However, the highly technical language in EHR notes impedes patients' comprehension...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250043/mechanism-of-formate-nitrite-transporters-by-dielectric-shift-of-substrate-acidity
#19
Marie Wiechert, Eric Beitz
Bacterial formate-nitrite transporters (FNTs) regulate the metabolic flow of small, weak mono-acids. Recently, the eukaryotic PfFNT was identified as the malaria parasite's lactate transporter and novel drug target. Despite crystal data, central mechanisms of FNT gating and transport remained unclear. Here, we show elucidation of the FNT transport mechanism by single-step substrate protonation involving an invariant lysine in the periplasmic vestibule. Opposing earlier gating hypotheses and electrophysiology reports, quantification of total uptake by radiolabeled substrate indicates a permanently open conformation of the bacterial formate transporter, FocA, irrespective of the pH Site-directed mutagenesis, heavy water effects, mathematical modeling, and simulations of solvation imply a general, proton motive force-driven FNT transport mechanism: Electrostatic attraction of the acid anion into a hydrophobic vestibule decreases substrate acidity and facilitates protonation by the bulk solvent...
April 3, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240187/the-endocannabinoid-system-modulating-levels-of-consciousness-emotions-and-likely-dream-contents
#20
Eric Murillo-Rodriguez, José Carlos Pastrana-Trejo, Mireille Salas-Crisóstomo, Miriel de-la-Cruz
Cannabinoids are derivatives that are either compounds occurring naturally in the plant, Cannabis sativa or synthetic analogs of these molecules. The first and most widely investigated of the cannabinoids is ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), which is the main psychotropic constituent of cannabis and undergoes significant binding to cannabinoid receptors. These cannabinoid receptors are seven-transmembrane receptors that received their name from the fact that they respond to cannabinoid compounds, including Δ9-THC...
February 23, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
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