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Chang-Gui Pan, You-Sheng Liu, Guang-Guo Ying
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a group of chemicals with wide industrial and commercial applications, and have been received great attentions due to their persistence in the environment. The information about their presence in urban water cycle is still limited. This study aimed to investigate the occurrence and removal efficiency of eighteen PFASs in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and drinking water plants (DWTPs) with different treatment processes. The results showed that both perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) were the predominant compounds in the water phase of WWTPs and DWTPs, while PFOS was dominant in dewatered sludge of WWTPs...
October 19, 2016: Water Research
Tarak Karmakar, Sundaram Balasubramanian
Arylmalonate decarboxylase (AMDase) catalyzes the decarboxylation of α-aryl-α-methyl malonates to produce optically pure α-arylpropionates of industrial and medicinal importance. Herein, atomistic molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to delineate the mechanism of the release of product molecules, phenylacetate (PAC) and carbon dioxide (CO2 ) from the wild-type (WT) and its G74C/C188S mutant enzymes. Both the product molecules follow a crystallographically characterized solvent-accessible channel to come out of the protein interior...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Tarun Rustagi, Ferga C Gleeson, Suresh T Chari, Barham K Abu Dayyeh, Michael B Farnell, Prasad G Iyer, Michael L Kendrick, Randall K Pearson, Bret T Petersen, Elizabeth Rajan, Mark D Topazian, Mark J Truty, Santhi S Vege, Kenneth K Wang, Michael J Levy
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Malignant vascular invasion usually results from gross direct infiltration from a primary tumor, and impacts cancer staging, prognosis, and therapy. However, patients may also develop a remote malignant thrombi (RMT), defined as a malignant intravascular thrombus located remote and noncontiguous to the primary tumor. Our aim was to compare the endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and the computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of RMT and impact on cancer staging and resectability...
October 20, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Ramya Pham, Daniel Forsberg, Donna Plecha
The aim of this study was to perform an operational improvement project targeted at the breast imaging reading workflow of mammography examinations at an academic medical center with its associated breast centers and satellite sites. Through careful analysis of the current workflow, two major issues were identified: stockpiling of paperwork and multiple worklists. Both issues were considered to cause significant delays to the start of interpreting screening mammograms. Four workflow changes were suggested (scanning of paperwork, worklist consolidation, use of chat functionality, and tracking of case distribution among trainees) and implemented in July 2015...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
Saulo de Tarso de Sá Pereira Segundo, Edgar Santiago Valesin, Mario Lenza, Durval do Carmo Barros Santos, Laercio Alberto Rosemberg, Mario Ferretti
Objective: To measure the interobserver reproducibility of the radiographic evaluation of lumbar spine instability. Methods: Measurements of the dynamic radiographs of the lumbar spine in lateral view were performed, evaluating the anterior translation and the angulation among the vertebral bodies. The tests were evaluated at workstations of the organization, through the Carestream Health Vue RIS (PACS), version Inc. 2009© system. Results: Agreement in detecting cases of radiographic instability among the observers varied from 88...
July 2016: Einstein
Umit Kervan, Sinan Sabit Kocabeyoglu, Dogan Emre Sert, Emre Aygün, Kemal Kavasoglu, Mehmet Karahan, Ertekin Utku Unal, Mustafa Pac
OBJECTIVES: The common femoral artery is the standard site for immediate vascular access when initiating adult venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. However, this approach is fraught with problems such as femoral artery occlusion, distal limb ischemia, reperfusion injury resulting in compartment syndrome, retroperitoneal hemorrhage, thrombosis, embolization, and most importantly, pulmonary edema. Here, we show our preference of using the subclavian artery with a side graft as a different cannulation technique for outflow of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which can avoid complications associated with different access techniques...
October 14, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Ali Garavand, Mohammah Mohseni, Heshmatollah Asadi, Manal Etemadi, Mohammad Moradi-Joo, Ahmad Moosavi
INTRODUCTION: The successful implementation of health information technologies requires investigating the factors affecting the acceptance and use of them. The aim of this study was to determine the most important factors affecting the adoption of health information technologies by doing a systematic review on the factors affecting the acceptance of health information technology. METHODS: This systematic review was conducted by searching the major databases, such as Google Scholar, Emerald, Science Direct, Web of Science, Pubmed, and Scopus...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
Radosław Januchowski, Karolina Sterzyńska, Katarzyna Zaorska, Patrycja Sosińska, Andrzej Klejewski, Maciej Brązert, Michał Nowicki, Maciej Zabel
BACKGROUND: Multiple drug resistance (MDR) of cancer cells is the main reason of intrinsic or acquired insensitivity to chemotherapy in many cancers. In this study we used ovarian cancer model of acquired drug resistance to study development of MDR. We have developed eight drug resistant cell lines from A2780 ovarian cancer cell line: two cell lines resistant to each drug commonly used in ovarian cancer chemotherapy: cisplatin (CIS), paclitaxel (PAC), doxorubicin (DOX) and topotecan (TOP)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
Heung Yong Jin, Na Young Lee, Hyun A Ko, Kyung Ae Lee, Tae Sun Park
Although diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) are different disease entities, they share similar neuropathic symptoms that impede quality of life for these patients. Despite having very similar downstream effects, there have been no direct comparisons between DPN and CIPN with respect to symptom severity and therapeutic responses. We compared peripheral nerve damage due to hyperglycemia with that caused by paclitaxel (PAC) treatment as represented by biochemical parameters, diverse sensory tests, and immunohistochemistry of cutaneous and sciatic nerves...
October 18, 2016: Somatosensory & Motor Research
Katherine Clark, Lawrence T Lam, Nicholas J Talley, Jane L Phillips, David C Currow
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to investigate whether variables identified as likely to impact the experience of constipation in other clinical settings similarly affected the experiences of constipated palliative care patients. BACKGROUND: The majority of palliative care patients with cancer are likely to be bothered by constipation symptoms at some point in their disease trajectory. Despite this, it remains unclear as to which factors predict more severe problems...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Yoshikiyo Ono, Yoshitsugu Iwakura, Ryo Morimoto, Masataka Kudo, Yasuhiro Igarashi, Masahiro Nezu, Yuta Tezuka, Hiromasa Ogawa, Sadayoshi Ito, Fumitoshi Stash
OBJECTIVE: Primary aldosteronism (PA) and sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) are common form of secondary hypertension. Some papers reported the group of high risk of SAS was higher rate of complication with PA than that of low risk of SAS. However, there are few reports which evaluated CPAP implementation rate of the PA patients with SAS diagnosing by Polysomnography (PSG). We aim to clarify clinical characteristics of patients of PA with SAS. DESIGN AND METHOD: We screened with Apnomonitor 284 PA patients who underwent adrenal venous sampling (AVS)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Federico Giulietti, Francesco Spannella, Elisabetta Borioni, Francesca Elena Lombardi, Laura Landi, Emma Espinosa, Riccardo Sarzani
OBJECTIVE: ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) modulate the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) leading to an increase in plasma renin activity (PRA) together with a reduction of plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC), likely proportional to the pharmacological effect. AIM: to evaluate the efficacy of therapy based on ACEI or ARB, using PRA/PAC ratio values in real-life clinical-practice. DESIGN AND METHOD: We studied 184 essential hypertensives (59...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jianhua Yang, Anna Joëlle Ruff, Stefanie Nicole Hamer, Feng Cheng, Ulrich Schwaneberg
Escherichia coli is a common host for recombinant protein production in which production titers are highly dependent on the employed expression system. Promoters are thereby a key element to control gene expression levels. In this study, a novel PLICable promoter toolbox was developed which enables in a single cloning step and after a screening experiment to identify out of ten IPTG-inducible promoters (T7, A3, lpp, tac, pac, Sp6, lac, npr, trc and syn) the most suitable one for high level protein production...
October 18, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
Gang Deng, Zhan-Dong Qiu, Da-Yong Li, Yu Fang, Su-Ming Zhang
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Aldosterone was reported to be increased in patients with OSA and correlated with OSA severity. Many studies investigated the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on plasma aldosterone concentrations (PAC) in OSA patients. The results, however, were inconsistent. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the effects of CPAP therapy on PAC by performing a meta-analysis. Literature search was carried out in electronic databases including PubMed/Medline, Cochrane Library, Embase and Web of Science...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Dimitrios Velissaris, Vasilios Karamouzos, Ioanna Kotroni, Charalampos Pierrakos, Menelaos Karanikolas
This article was to review the literature regarding the use of the pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) in the management of patients with sepsis and septic shock. A PubMed search was conducted in order to identify publications evaluating the use of PAC as a tool for management and therapeutic guidance in patients with sepsis. The bibliographies of all identified publications were reviewed for additional relevant references. Much information is identified in the literature regarding the indications for pulmonary artery catheterization in the assessment and treatment of patients with sepsis...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
A Leyte-Manrique, U Hernández-Salinas, A Ramírez-Bautista, V Mata-Silva, J C Marshall
Studies on habitat use have often helped explain observed variation in morphology, behavior, and reproductive characteristics among populations within a single species. Here we analyze morphological and ecological characteristics of individuals from the Sceloporus grammicus species complex from seven different localities (El Cerezo: CER, Pachuca: PAC, Huichapan: HUI, Emiliano Zapata: EZA, San Miguel Regla: SMR, La Mojonera: LMJ, and La Manzana: LMZ) in the state of Hidalgo, and one locality (Cahuacán) in the State of México...
October 13, 2016: Integrative Zoology
Silvia Calviño Günther, Carole Schwebel, Rebecca Hamidfar-Roy, Agnès Bonadona, Maxime Lugosi, Claire Ara-Somohano, Clémence Minet, Leïla Potton, Jean-Charles Cartier, Aurelien Vésin, Magalie Chautemps, Lenka Styfalova, Stephane Ruckly, Jean-François Timsit
PURPOSE: To describe all post-insertion complications involving most used intravascular access, and to determine whether the use of a new-generation transparent dressing (3M™ IV Advanced) might reduce their number and impact on ICU patient outcomes. METHODS: Patients older than 18, with an expected length of stay ≥48 h and requiring at least one central venous catheter (CVC), arterial catheter (AC), haemodialysis catheter (HDC), pulmonary arterial catheters (PAC) or peripheral venous catheter (PVC) were randomized into two groups: a new-generation transparent dressing, or the hospital's classical transparent dressing, and were followed daily for any infectious and non-infectious complications...
October 12, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Pedro F Soler-Lloréns, Chris R Quance, Sara D Lawhon, Tod P Stuber, John F Edwards, Thomas A Ficht, Suelee Robbe-Austerman, David O'Callaghan, Anne Keriel
Brucella are highly infectious bacterial pathogens responsible for brucellosis, a frequent worldwide zoonosis. The Brucella genus has recently expanded from 6 to 11 species, all of which were associated with mammals; The natural host range recently expanded to amphibians after some reports of atypical strains from frogs. Here we describe the first in depth phenotypic and genetic characterization of a Brucella strains isolated from a frog. Strain B13-0095 was isolated from a Pac-Man frog (Ceratophyrus ornate) at a veterinary hospital in Texas and was initially misidentified as Ochrobactrum anthropi...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Maju Mathew Koola, John D Sorkin, Molly Fargotstein, W Virgil Brown, Bruce Cuthbert, Jeffrey Hollis, Jeffrey K Raines, Erica J Duncan
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial compliance (PAC) is a measure of the ability of the vascular tree to dilate in response to a pressure wave. Reduced PAC is seen in patients with psychiatric diagnoses and has been associated with increased risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and mortality. The objective of this pilot study was to identify predictors of reduced PAC in subjects with psychiatric diagnoses. METHODS: Male psychiatric subjects (N = 77) were studied in a cross-sectional study of medication effects on PAC conducted from August 2005 to February 2010...
2016: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
Dan T A Eisenberg, Justin Tackney, Richard M Cawthon, Christina Theresa Cloutier, Kristen Hawkes
: Telomeres are repeating DNA at chromosome ends. Telomere length (TL) declines with age in most human tissues, and shorter TL is thought to accelerate senescence. In contrast, older men have sperm with longer TL; correspondingly, older paternal age at conception (PAC) predicts longer TL in offspring. This PAC-effect could be a unique form of transgenerational genetic plasticity that modifies somatic maintenance in response to cues of recent ancestral experience. The PAC-effect has not been examined in any non-human mammals...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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