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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938642/facile-total-synthesis-of-lysicamine-and-the-anticancer-activities-of-the-ru-ii-rh-iii-mn-ii-and-zn-ii-complexes-of-lysicamine
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Jiao-Lan Qin, Ting Meng, Zhen-Feng Chen, Xiao-Li Xie, Qi-Pin Qin, Xiao-Ju He, Ke-Bin Huang, Hong Liang
Lysicamine is a natural oxoaporphine alkaloid, which isolated from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbs and has been shown to possess cytotoxicity to hepatocarcinoma cell lines. Reports on its antitumor activity are scarce because lysicamine occurs in plants at a low content. In this work, we demonstrate a facile concise total synthesis of lysicamine from simple raw materials under mild reaction conditions, and the preparation of the Ru(II), Rh(III), Mn(II) and Zn(II) complexes 1-4 of lysicamine (LY). All the compounds were fully characterized by elemental analysis, IR, ESI-MS, (1)H and (13)C NMR, as well as single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938392/segmental-bone-loss-reconstruction-using-ring-fixation
#2
Stephen M Quinnan
Ring fixation is a powerful tool in the treatment of bone defects. The ability to create high-quality, biologically normal new bone of even massive proportions using distraction osteogenesis is a major reason for its success. In addition, ring fixation provides the ability to limit the risk of deep infection, improves flexibility in limb length control and alignment, and increases soft tissue coverage options. The drawbacks of ring fixation include long frame times, pin problems, risk of joint contractures, and difficult usage in areas with a large soft tissue envelope such as the thigh...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938286/optimizing-bone-defect-reconstruction-balanced-cable-transport-with-circular-external-fixation
#3
Stephen Matthew Quinnan, Charles Lawrie
Distraction osteogenesis has proven effective in the management of tibial bone loss from severe trauma and infection. Unfortunately, pain and scarring from wires and half pins dragging through the skin and the required prolonged time in the external fixator make treatment difficult. Cable bone transport has been shown to improve cosmesis and decrease pain during transport. However, the published methods have limitations in that they have poor control of transport segment alignment, do not allow for lengthening of the limb, and do not permit weight bearing during the treatment process...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937840/supraoptimal-activity-of-chlorophyll-dephytylase1-results-in-an-increase-in-tocopherol-level-in-mature-arabidopsis-seeds
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Yao-Pin Lin, Yee-Yung Charng
Tocopherols are synthesized in photosynthetic organisms, playing a role in plant stress tolerance. Recent studies showed that the phytol moiety of tocopherols comes from the salvaged phytol chain during chlorophyll degradation. However, the enzyme(s) responsible for chlorophyll dephytylation remains unclear. Recently, we reported the identification and characterization of CHLOROPHYLL DEPHYTYLASE1 (CLD1) of Arabidopsis, suggesting its role in chlorophyll turnover at steady state. In this addendum to the report, we presented and discussed the results related to the function of CLD1 in tocopherol biosynthesis...
September 22, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936362/albumin-protein-cleavage-affects-the-wear-and-friction-of-ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene
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Yasha Dwivedi, Michel P Laurent, Shravan Sarvepalli, Thomas M Schmid, Markus A Wimmer
It is well established that the total protein concentration and albumin-to-globulin ratio influence the wear of ultra-high molecular polyethylene (UHMWPE, "polyethylene") in joint prostheses. A factor on wear not yet studied, but of possible clinical relevance, is protein cleavage. Such cleavage is expected in the presence of an inflammatory response and as a result of wear processes at the articular interface. The aim of this study was to compare the tribological behavior of polyethylene articulated against an orthopedic wrought CoCrMo alloy for three lubricants: cleaved albumin, uncleaved albumin, and newborn calf serum (control)...
September 2017: Lubricants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935888/microfluidic-manipulation-of-magnetic-flux-domains-in-type-i-superconductors-droplet-formation-fusion-and-fission
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G R Berdiyorov, M V Milošević, A D Hernández-Nieves, F M Peeters, D Domínguez
The magnetic flux domains in the intermediate state of type-I superconductors are known to resemble fluid droplets, and their dynamics in applied electric current is often cartooned as a "dripping faucet". Here we show, using the time-depended Ginzburg-Landau simulations, that microfluidic principles hold also for the determination of the size of the magnetic flux-droplet as a function of the applied current, as well as for the merger or splitting of those droplets in the presence of the nanoengineered obstacles for droplet motion...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935667/upregulation-of-herv-k-is-linked-to-immunity-and-inflammation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Toshie Saito, Kazuya Miyagawa, Shih-Yu Chen, Rasa Tamosiuniene, Lingli Wang, Orr Sharp, Erik Samayoa, Daisuke Harada, Jan-Renier A J Moonen, Aiqin Cao, Pin-I Chen, Jan K Hennigs, Mingxia Gu, Caiyun G Li, Ryan D Leib, Dan Li, Christopher M Adams, Patricia A Del Rosario, Matthew A Bill, Francois Haddad, Jose G Montoya, William Robinson, Wendy J Fantl, Garry P Nolan, Roham T Zamanian, Mark R Nicolls, Charles Y Chiu, Maria E Ariza, Marlene Rabinovitch
Background -Immune dysregulation has been linked to occlusive vascular remodeling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) that is hereditary, idiopathic or associated with other conditions. Circulating autoantibodies, lung perivascular lymphoid tissue and elevated cytokines have been related to PAH pathogenesis but without clear understanding of how these abnormalities are initiated, perpetuated and connected in the progression of disease. We therefore set out to identify specific target antigens in PAH lung immune complexes as a starting point toward resolving these issues to better inform future application of immunomodulatory therapies...
September 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935511/pavia-experience-in-reoperative-pulmonary-endarterectomy
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Vera Nadia Merli, Nicola Vistarini, Valentina Grazioli, Antonio Sciortino, Maurizio Pin, Ilaria Parisi, Andrea Maria D'Armini
In our experience, we reperformed pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) in 10 patients who previously underwent a first PEA. We analyzed this cohort of patients to investigate the main causes of recurrence of symptomatic pathology and the clinical and hemodynamic results of redo surgery. Between 1994 and April 2016, 10 of 716 patients were reoperated at our institution. Available postoperative data were analyzed, and a comparison between first and second PEA hemodynamic and clinical results was carried out. In-hospital mortality rate was also evaluated...
August 24, 2017: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934852/stereoselective-tandem-bis-electrophile-couplings-of-diborylmethane
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Stephanie A Murray, Michael Z Liang, Simon J Meek
A copper-catalyzed three-component linchpin coupling method for the stereoselective union of readily available epoxides and allyl electrophiles is disclosed. Transformations employ [B(pin)]2-methane as a conjunctive reagent, resulting in the formation of two C-C bonds at a single carbon center bearing a C(sp3) organoboron functional group. Products are obtained in 42-99% yield, and up to >20:1 dr. The utility of the approach is highlighted by stereospecific transformations entailing allylation, tandem cross coupling, and application to the synthesis 1,3-polyol motifs...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934727/in-utero-exposure-to-select-phenols-and-phthalates-and-respiratory-health-in-five-year-old-boys-a-prospective-study
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Céline Vernet, Isabelle Pin, Lise Giorgis-Allemand, Claire Philippat, Meriem Benmerad, Joane Quentin, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Valérie Siroux, Rémy Slama
BACKGROUND: Phenols and phthalates may have immunomodulatory and proinflammatory effects and thereby adversely affect respiratory health. OBJECTIVE: We estimated the associations between gestational exposure to select phthalates and phenols and respiratory health in boys. METHODS: Among 587 pregnant women from the EDEN (Etude des Déterminants pré et post natals du développement et de la santé de l'Enfant) cohort who delivered a boy, 9 phenols and 11 phthalates metabolites were quantified in spot pregnancy urine samples...
September 8, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934542/complications-associated-with-pelvic-external-fixation
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Christopher McDonald, Reza Firoozabadi, M L Routt, Conor Kleweno
An external fixator is an essential tool for treating unstable pelvic ring injuries but its use carries risks, including pin-site infections and injury to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). Surgeons currently lack data regarding these risks for patient counseling. This study aimed to identify the incidence of and risk factors for superficial and deep pin-site infection and LFCN damage. Fifty-two patients who underwent pelvic external fixation with anterior pin placement as part of definitive treatment for unstable pelvic ring disruption were retrospectively evaluated to identify factors associated with the development of infection...
September 21, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933198/iatrogenic-injuries-in-percutaneous-pinning-techniques-for-fifth-metacarpal-neck-fractures
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Sheriff D Akinleye, Garret Garofolo-Gonzalez, Maya Deza Culbertson, Jack Choueka
BACKGROUND: There is little information regarding anatomic structures at risk during closed percutaneous treatment of fifth metacarpal neck fractures. This study evaluates a variety of common percutaneous techniques with the hypothesis that each approach presents unique risks to tendons and neurovascular structures. METHODS: Seven cadaveric hands were used for this study. The senior author, a board-certified hand surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, used a mini-C arm to pass 1...
September 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933187/headless-screw-fixation-of-metacarpal-neck-fractures-a-mechanical-comparative-analysis
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Christopher M Jones, Eric M Padegimas, Nicole Weikert, Samuel Greulich, Asif M Ilyas, Sorin Siegler
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the mechanical properties of metacarpal neck fracture fixation by headless compression screw (HCS) with that of Kirschner wire (KW) cross-pinning and locking plate (LP) fixation. METHODS: A metacarpal neck fracture was created in 30 fourth-generation composite Sawbones metacarpal models. A volar-based wedge was removed using a custom jig to simulate a typical apex dorsal fracture, unstable in flexion. The models were divided into 3 equal groups based on the method of fixation: retrograde cross-pinning with two 1...
September 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932660/atomic-scale-study-of-cation-ordering-in-potassium-tungsten-bronze-nanosheets
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Luying Li, Fan Jiang, Fanfan Tu, Shuangfeng Jia, Yihua Gao, Jianbo Wang
It has long been accepted that the formation of superlattices in hexagonal-based potassium tungsten bronzes is attributed to K vacancies only, together with small displacements of W cations. Here, the superlattices within potassium tungsten bronze nanosheets both structurally and spectroscopically at atomic resolution using comprehensive transmission electron microscopy techniques are studied. The multidimensional chemical analyses are realized by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the atomic-scale structures are characterized using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy with high-angle annular-dark-field detector...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932653/a-bio-inspired-approach-for-the-design-of-a-multifunctional-robotic-end-effector-customized-for-automated-maintenance-of-a-reconfigurable-vibrating-screen
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O A Makinde, K Mpofu, R Vrabic, B I Ramatsetse
The development of a robotic-driven maintenance solution capable of automatically maintaining reconfigurable vibrating screen (RVS) machine when utilized in dangerous and hazardous underground mining environment has called for the design of a multifunctional robotic end-effector capable of carrying out all the maintenance tasks on the RVS machine. In view of this, the paper presents a bio-inspired approach which unfolds the design of a novel multifunctional robotic end-effector embedded with mechanical and control mechanisms capable of automatically maintaining the RVS machine...
2017: Robotics and Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931688/a-selective-bottleneck-shapes-the-evolutionary-mutant-spectra-of-enterovirus-a71-during-viral-dissemination-in-humans
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Sheng-Wen Huang, Yi-Hui Huang, Huey-Pin Tsai, Pin-Hwa Kuo, Shih-Min Wang, Ching-Chuan Liu, Jen-Ren Wang
RNA viruses accumulate mutations to rapidly adapt to environmental changes. Enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) causes various clinical manifestations with occasional severe neurological complications. However, the mechanism by which EV-A71 evolves within the human body is unclear. Utilizing deep sequencing and haplotype analyses of viruses from various tissues of an autopsy patient, we sought to define the evolutionary pathway by which enterovirus A71 evolves fitness for invading the central nervous system in humans...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931378/diversity-distribution-of-puroindoline-genes-and-their-effect-on-kernel-hardness-in-a-diverse-panel-of-chinese-wheat-germplasm
#17
Xiaoling Ma, Muhammad Sajjad, Jing Wang, Wenlong Yang, Jiazhu Sun, Xin Li, Aimin Zhang, Dongcheng Liu
BACKGROUND: Kernel hardness, which has great influence on the end-use properties of common wheat, is mainly controlled by Puroindoline genes, Pina and Pinb. Using EcoTILLING platform, we herein investigated the allelic variations of Pina and Pinb genes and their association with the Single Kernel Characterization System (SKCS) hardness index in a diverse panel of wheat germplasm. RESULTS: The kernel hardness varied from 1.4 to 102.7, displaying a wide range of hardness index...
September 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931208/treatment-of-palm-oil-mill-effluent-using-combination-system-of-microbial-fuel-cell-and-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactor
#18
Sze Pin Tan, Hong Feng Kong, Mohammed J K Bashir, Po Kim Lo, Chii-Dong Ho, Choon Aun Ng
It was found that the operational temperature and the incorporation of microbial fuel cell (MFC) into anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) have significant effect on AnMBRs' filtration performance. This paper addresses two issues (i) effect of temperature on AnMBR; and (ii) effect of MFC on AnMBRs' performance. The highest COD removal efficiency was observed in mesophilic condition (45°C). It was observed that the bioreactors operated at 45°C had the highest filtration resistance compared to others, albeit the excellent performance in removing the organic pollutant...
September 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930830/effect-of-dexmedetomidine-as-an-adjuvant-to-ropivacaine-for-wound-infiltration-in-patients-undergoing-open-gastrectomy-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Hengfei Luan, Pin Zhu, Xiaobao Zhang, Liang Tian, Jiying Feng, Yong Wu, Yongxin Yan, Zhibin Zhao, Xiaoping Gu
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to investigate whether dexmedetomidine could potentiate the analgesic efficacy of ropivacaine, when added to ropivacaine for wound infiltration in patients undergoing open gastrectomy. METHODS: Fifty patients scheduled for open gastrectomy were divided into 2 equal groups that were received wound infiltration using 20 mL 0.3% ropivacaine plus 2 mL normal saline (group R) or 20 mL 0.3% ropivacaine plus 2 mL 1...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929829/quantitative-sensory-testing-for-assessment-of-somatosensory-function-in-human-oral-mucosa-a-review
#20
Pin Zhou, Yaming Chen, Jinglu Zhang, Kelun Wang, Peter Svensson
OBJECTIVE: This narrative review provides an overview of the quantitative sensory testing (QST) to assess somatosensory function in human oral mucosa. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A literature search was conducted in the PubMed database to identify studies in vivo on human oral mucosa using QST methods. A list of 149 articles was obtained and screened. A total of 36 relevant articles remained and were read in full text. Manual search of the reference lists identified eight additional relevant studies...
September 20, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
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