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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340417/interfacial-interactions-between-skeletonema-costatum-extracellular-organic-matter-and-metal-oxides-implications-for-ceramic-membrane-filtration
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Noor Zaouri, Leonardo Gutierrez, Laure Dramas, Daniel Garces, Jean-Philippe Croue
In the current study, the interfacial interactions between the high molecular weight (HMW) compounds of Skeletonema costatum (SKC) extracellular organic matter (EOM) and ZrO2 or Al2O3, were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). HMW SKC-EOM was rigorously characterized and described as a hydrophilic organic compound mainly comprised of polysaccharide-like structures. Lipids and proteins were also observed, although in lower abundance. HMW SKC-EOM displayed attractive forces during approaching (i.e., leading to jump-to-contact events) and adhesion forces during retracting regime to both metal oxides at all solution conditions tested, where electrostatics and hydrogen bonding were suggested as dominant interacting mechanisms...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340411/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-chalcone-derivatives-as-a-new-class-of-microtubule-destabilizing-agents
#2
Xiaochao Huang, Rizhen Huang, Lingxue Li, Shaohua Gou, Hengshan Wang
A series of novel chalcone derivatives were designed and synthesized as potential antitumor agents. Structures of target molecules were confirmed by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and HR-MS, and evaluated for their in vitro anti-proliferative activities using MTT assay. Among them, compound 12k displayed potent activity against the test tumor cell lines including multidrug resistant human cancer lines, with the IC50 values ranged from 3.75 to 8.42 μM. In addition, compound 12k was found to induce apoptosis in NCI-H460 cells via the mitochondrial pathway, including an increase of the ROS level, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, release of cytochrome c, down-regulation of Bcl-2, up-regulation of Bax, activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3, respectively...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340368/synthesis-molecular-docking-antimycobacterial-and-antimicrobial-evaluation-of-new-pyrrolo-3-2-c-pyridine-mannich-bases
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Gilish Jose, Tholappanavara H Suresha Kumara, Haliwana B V Sowmya, Dharmarajan Sriram, Tayur N Guru Row, Amar A Hosamani, Sunil S More, Bhavya Janardhan, B G Harish, Sandeep Telkar, Yalegara Siddappa Ravikumar
In this report, we describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a new series of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine Mannich bases (7a-v). The Mannich bases were obtained in good yields by one-pot three component condensation of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine scaffold (6a-c) with secondary amines and excess of formaldehyde solution in AcOH. The chemical structures of the compounds were characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LC/MS and elemental analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction has been recorded for compound 7k ([C23H29ClN4](+2), H2O)...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340310/viruses-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients-airways
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Lisa Billard, Rozenn Le Berre, Léa Pilorgé, Christopher Payan, Geneviève Héry-Arnaud, Sophie Vallet
Although bacteria have historically been considered to play a major role in cystic fibrosis (CF) airway damage, a strong impact of respiratory viral infections (RVI) is also now recognized. Emerging evidence confirms that respiratory viruses are associated with deterioration of pulmonary function and exacerbation and facilitation of bacterial colonization in CF patients. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the current knowledge on respiratory viruses in CF airways, to discuss the resulting inflammation and RVI response, to determine how to detect the viruses, and to assess their clinical consequences, prevalence, and interactions with bacteria...
March 24, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340222/success-in-implementation-of-a-resident-in-service-examination-review-series
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Jessica A Forcucci, J Madison Hyer, Evelyn T Bruner, David N Lewin, Nicholas I Batalis
Objectives: Primary pathology board certification has been correlated with senior resident in-service examination (RISE) performance. We describe our success with an annual, month-long review series. Methods: Aggregate program RISE performance data were gathered for 3 years prior to and 3 years following initiation of the review series. In addition, mean United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 and 2 Clinical Knowledge scores for residents participating in each RISE examination were obtained to control for incoming knowledge and test-taking ability...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340175/funresdb-a-web-resource-for-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-of-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Michael Weber, Jonas Schaer, Grit Walther, Kerstin Kaerger, Jörg Steinmann, Peter-Michael Rath, Birgit Spiess, Dieter Buchheidt, Axel Hamprecht, Oliver Kurzai
Therapy of invasive aspergillosis is becoming more difficult due to the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. A majority of resistant strains carries mutations in the CYP51A gene. Due to a lack of sensitivity of culture-based methods, molecular detection of A. fumigatus has become an important diagnostic tool. We set up the database FunResDB (www.nrz-myk.de/funresdb) to gather all available information about CYP51A-dependent azole resistance from published literature. In summary, the screening resulted in 79 CYP51A variants, which are linked to 59 nonsynonymous mutations...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339700/a-clinical-perspective-on-the-2016-who-brain-tumor-classification-and-routine-molecular-diagnostics
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Martin J van den Bent, Michael Weller, Patrick Y Wen, Johan M Kros, Ken Aldape, Susan Chang
The 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of brain tumors did not use molecular abnormalities as diagnostic criteria. Studies have shown that genotyping allows a better prognostic classification of diffuse glioma with improved treatment selection. This has resulted in a major revision of the WHO classification, which is now for adult diffuse glioma centered around isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) and 1p/19q diagnostics. This revised classification is reviewed with a focus on adult brain tumors, and includes a recommendation of genes of which routine testing is clinically useful...
February 21, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339631/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-the-proximal-copy-of-the-magea9-gene-in-xq28-linked-cnv67-specific-to-spermatogenic-failure%C3%A2
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Ying Shen, Jinyan Xu, Xiling Yang, Yunqiang Liu, Yongyi Ma, Dong Yang, Qiang Dong, Yuan Yang
Spermatogenic failure characterized by impaired sperm production is a common multifactorial disease with molecular and cytogenetic causes for its extreme phenotype that include azoospermia and severe oliogzoospermia. Recently, a high-resolution array-comparative genomic hybridization analysis of the X chromosome and a subsequent cohort study revealed three X-linked microdeletions (CNV64, CNV67, and CNV69) that were associated with decreased sperm production in a mixed group that included Spanish and Italian males...
February 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339588/mri-features-predict-survival-and-molecular-markers-in-diffuse-lower-grade-gliomas
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Hao Zhou, Martin Vallières, Harrison X Bai, Chang Su, Haiyun Tang, Derek Oldridge, Zishu Zhang, Bo Xiao, Weihua Liao, Yongguang Tao, Jianhua Zhou, Paul Zhang, Li Yang
Background.: Previous studies have shown that MR imaging features can be used to predict survival and molecular profile of glioblastoma. However, no study of a similar type has been performed on lower-grade gliomas (LGGs). Methods.: Presurgical MRIs of 165 patients with diffuse low- and intermediate-grade gliomas (histological grades II and III) were scored according to the Visually Accessible Rembrandt Images (VASARI) annotations. Radiomic models using automated texture analysis and VASARI features were built to predict isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) mutation, 1p/19q codeletion status, histological grade, and tumor progression...
January 24, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339315/identification-of-asymptomatic-prosthetic-joint-infection-microbiologic-and-operative-treatment-outcomes
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Przemysław L Bereza, Alicja Ekiel, Aleksandra Auguściak-Duma, Małgorzata Aptekorz, Iwona Wilk, Piotr Wojciechowski, Damian J Kusz, Gayane Martirosian
BACKGROUND: This prospective study investigated the role of mechanical and biological factors in aseptic implant loosening or presumed silent prosthetic joint infection (PJI). METHODS: Thirty-seven patients were investigated. Microbiologic and molecular methods were used to detect bacteria on the surface of the failed implants removed during revision arthroplasty. Histopathologic analysis was performed. The influence of body mass index (BMI) and various co-morbidities on implant failure also was determined...
March 24, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339033/role-of-tropomyosin-in-silkworm-allergy
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Kyoung Yong Jeong, In-Soo Han, June Yong Lee, Kyung Hee Park, Jae-Hyun Lee, Jung-Won Park
Silkworm pupae are widely consumed in Asian countries and allergic reactions following consumption have been described. However, false‑positive responses in skin prick allergy tests or non‑specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) responses to total extract of silkworm pupa make diagnosis difficult. Although improved allergy diagnosis is required, molecular characterization of silkworm allergens has not been performed to date, except for Bomb m 1, an arginine kinase. This study aimed to evaluate the allergenicity of tropomyosin, a well‑established invertebrate pan‑allergen, from silkworm pupa...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339012/heavy-metal-content-and-molecular-species-identification-in-canned-tuna-insights-into-human-food-safety
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Anna Maria Pappalardo, Chiara Copat, Venera Ferrito, Alfina Grasso, Margherita Ferrante
Canned tuna in olive oil and in brine of the most popular brands sold in Italian markets were analyzed to verify the authentication of transformed products, with the aim to unveil commercial frauds due to the substitutions of high value species with species of low commercial value, and to assess the health risk of consumers related to cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) contents. Species authentication was evaluated with amplification of COI DNA barcode and confirmed the declared species. Among tested metals, Hg had the highest concentrations, followed by Cd and Pb...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338958/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-antimicrobial-peptides-from-skin-of-hylarana-guentheri
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Zhu Dong, Wenjie Luo, Hengren Zhong, Manchuriga Wang, Yanting Song, Shiming Deng, Yingxia Zhang
The cDNAs encoding antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in the skin of Hylarana guentheri were identified, namely temporin (five peptides, termed temporin-GHa-GHd and temporin-GUa), brevinin-1 (one peptide, brevinin-1GUb), and brevinin-2 (eight peptides, brevinin-2GHd-2GHj, and brevinin-2GHb). Eleven of the 14 peptides have novel primary structures. Synthesized temporin GHa-GHd have broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities against Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis), Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Vibrio alginolyticus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), as well as fungus (Candida albicans)...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338722/dissecting-the-transcriptional-patterns-of-social-dominance-across-teleosts
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Suzy C P Renn, Cynthia F O'Rourke, Nadia Aubin-Horth, Eleanor J Fraser, Hans A Hofmann
In many species, under varying ecological conditions, social interactions among individuals result in the formation of dominance hierarchies. Despite general similarities, there are robust differences among dominance hierarchies across species, populations, environments, life stages, sexes, and individuals. Understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying the variation is an important step toward understanding the evolution of social behavior. However, physiological changes associated with dominance, such as gonadal maturation and somatic growth, often complicate efforts to identify the specific underlying mechanisms...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338535/lung-cancers-associated-with-cystic-airspaces-natural-history-pathologic-correlation-and-mutational-analysis
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Florian J Fintelmann, Jesaja K Brinkmann, William R Jeck, Fabian M Troschel, Subba R Digumarthy, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Jo-Anne O Shepard
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the natural history of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) associated with cystic airspaces, including histopathology and molecular analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 34,801 computed tomographic (CT) scans of 2954 patients diagnosed with NSCLC between 2010 and 2015 were evaluated for association with a cystic airspace. Characteristics on serial CT, 18F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography, and pathologic analysis were recorded...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338429/study-on-the-release-of-carbon-nanoparticles-of-different-size-and-shape-from-nanocomposite-poly-lactic-acid-film-into-food-simulants
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Hristiana Velichkova, Stanislav Kotsilkov, Evgeni Ivanov, Rumiana Kotsilkova, Stanislav Gyoshev, Nikolay Stoimenov, Nikolay K Vitanov
Poly(lactic) acid (PLA) film with 2 wt % mixed carbon nanofillers of graphene nanoplates (GNPs) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in weight ratio 1:1 with impurities of fullerene and carbon black (CB) was produced by layer to layer deposition and hot pressing. The release of carbon nanoparticles from the film was studied at varying time-temperature conditions and simulants. Migrants in simulant solvents were examined with laser diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The film integrity and the presence of migrants on the film surfaces were visualized by scanning electron microscopy...
March 24, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338290/identification-of-natural-inhibitors-of-bcr-abl-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#17
Phani Krishna, Sailu Sarvagalla, Bindu Madhuri, Sankar Pajaniradje, Vinitha Baskaran, Mohane Selvaraj Coumar, R Baskaran
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a clonal myeloproliferative disorder of the hematopoietic stem cells, characterized at the molecular level by the bcr/abl gene rearrangement. Even though targeting the fusion gene product Bcr-Abl protein is a successful strategy, development of drug resistance and drug intolerance are currently the limitations for Bcr-Abl targeted CML therapy. With an aim to develop natural Bcr-Abl inhibitors, we performed virtual screening (VS) of ZINC natural compound database by docking with Abl kinase using Glide software...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338061/heteroleptic-copper-i-complexes-of-scorpionate-bis-pyrazolyl-carboxylate-ligand-with-auxiliary-phosphine-as-potential-anticancer-agents-an-insight-into-cytotoxic-mode
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Rais Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Usman, Rajakumar Dhivya, Perumalsamy Balaji, Ali Alsalme, Hamad AlLohedan, Farukh Arjmand, Khalid AlFarhan, Mohammad Abdulkader Akbarsha, Fabio Marchetti, Claudio Pettinari, Sartaj Tabassum
New copper(I) complexes [CuCl(PPh3)(L)] (1: L = LA = 4-carboxyphenyl)bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl)methane; (2: L = LB = 3-carboxyphenyl)bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl)methane) were prepared and characterised by elemental analysis and various spectroscopic techniques such as FT-IR, NMR, UV-Vis, and ESI-MS. The molecular structures of complexes 1 and 2 were analyzed by theoretical B3LYP/DFT method. Furthermore, in vitro DNA binding studies were carried out to check the ability of complexes 1 and 2 to interact with native calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA) using absorption titration, fluorescence quenching and circular dichroism, which is indicative of more avid binding of the complex 1...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337691/purification-and-characterization-of-elizabethkingia-l-amino-acid-esterase-an-enzyme-useful-for-enzymatic-synthesis-of-the-dipeptide-valyl-glycine
#19
Takahiro Tanaka, Kazuyoshi Takagi, Hossain Md Saddam, Yoichi Takeda, Mamoru Wakayama
Valyl-glycine (Val-Gly) is useful as a synthetic substrate of γ-glutamyl-valyl-glycine (γ-Glu-Val-Gly), which exhibits a strong taste of "kokumi." For efficient enzymatic synthesis of Val-Gly from valine methylester and glycine using L-amino acid esterase (LAE), we screened microorganisms producing LAE with synthetic activity toward Val-Gly. Among 17 isolates showing LAE activity, Elizabethkingia sp. TT1, which was identified by 16S rDNA sequence analysis, showed the highest synthetic activity toward Val-Gly...
March 24, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337538/prevalence-and-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-free-range-chickens-from-grocery-stores-and-farms-in-maryland-ohio-and-massachusetts-usa
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Yuqing Ying, Shiv K Verma, Oliver C H Kwok, Fatima Alibana, Rima Mcleod, Chunlei Su, Jitender P Dubey, Abani K Pradhan
Chickens are considered important in the epidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii. Chicken hearts (n = 1185) obtained from grocery stores were tested for T. gondii infection. Antibodies to T. gondii were assayed in fluid removed from the heart cavity using the modified agglutination test (MAT) at 1:5, 1:25, and 1:100 dilutions. MAT antibodies were detected in 222 hearts at 1:5 dilution and 8 hearts at 1:25 dilution, but none were positive at 1:100 dilution. Seropositive (n = 230, 19.4%) chicken hearts were bioassayed in mice and seronegative (n = 157) chickens were bioassayed in cats...
March 24, 2017: Parasitology Research
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