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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102963/diagnostic-value-of-endobronchial-ultrasound-elastography-for-the-differentiation-of-benign-and-malignant-intrathoracic-lymph-nodes
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Potjanee Korrungruang, Viboon Boonsarngsuk
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) findings can be used for benign/malignant differentiation of lymph nodes (LNs). Recently, EBUS elastography has been introduced as a complementary modality in the evaluation of intrathoracic lymphadenopathy. We evaluated the ability of EBUS elastography to differentiate between benign and malignant LNs. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on patients sent for evaluation of intrathoracic lymphadenopathy...
January 19, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102792/a-study-exploring-the-protean-responses-of-nurses-transitioning-to-primary-healthcare
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Christine Ashley, Elizabeth Halcomb, Angela Brown
Background Healthcare systems are faced with changing community health profiles and ageing populations. Together with economic considerations, these factors have influenced the increase in provision of care in primary rather than other healthcare settings. Many nurses are electing to move from acute care to meet demands for a skilled primary healthcare workforce. However, little is reported about these nurses' experiences of transition. Aim To describe how role theory provides a theoretical framework to inform the design of a mixed-methods study exploring the transition of acute care nurses to roles in primary health care...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102768/an-experimental-strategy-validated-to-design-cost-effective-culture-media-based-on-response-surface-methodology
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J L Navarrete-Bolaños, G P Téllez-Martínez, R Miranda-López, H Jiménez-Islas
For any fermentation process, the production cost depends on several factors, such as the genetics of the microorganism, the process condition and the culture medium composition. In this work, a guideline for the design of cost-efficient culture media using a sequential approach based on response surface methodology is described. The procedure was applied to analyze and optimize a culture medium of registered trademark and a base culture medium obtained as a results of the screening analysis from different culture media used to grow the same strain according to the literature...
January 19, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102614/expression-of-cd4-cd28-null-t-lymphocytes-in-children-and-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-relation-to-microvascular-complications-aortic-elastic-properties-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness
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Mona H El-Samahy, Azza A G Tantawy, Amira A M Adly, Nevin M Habeeb, Eman A R Ismail, Gehan M Hamed, Rasha Eladawy
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular risk in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is associated with endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, and altered immunity. CD4(+) CD28(null) T-cells are a subset of long-lived cytotoxic CD4(+) T-lymphocytes with proatherogenic and plaque-destabilizing properties. We hypothesized that the frequency of CD4(+) CD28(null) T-cells may be altered in T1DM and related to vascular complications. AIM: To assess the percentage of CD4(+) CD28(null) T-lymphocytes in children and adolescents with T1DM and their relation to vascular structure and glycemic control...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102564/pkn2-is-essential-for-mouse-embryonic-development-and-proliferation-of-mouse-fibroblasts
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Sally Danno, Koji Kubouchi, Mona Mehruba, Manabu Abe, Rie Natsume, Kenji Sakimura, Satoshi Eguchi, Masahiro Oka, Masanori Hirashima, Hiroki Yasuda, Hideyuki Mukai
PKN2, a member of the protein kinase N (PKN) family, has been suggested by in vitro culture cell experiments to bind to Rho/Rac GTPases and contributes to cell-cell contact and cell migration. To unravel the in vivo physiological function of PKN2, we targeted the PKN2 gene. Constitutive disruption of the mouse PKN2 gene resulted in growth retardation and lethality before embryonic day (E) 10.5. PKN2(-/-) embryo did not undergo axial turning and showed insufficient closure of the neural tube. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) derived from PKN2(-/-) embryos at E9...
January 19, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102518/quercetin-glucoside-production-by-engineered-escherichia-coli
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Tian Xia, Mark A Eiteman
Escherichia coli strains expressing the O-glucosyltransferases UGT73B3 or UGT84B1 were compared for the production of glucosides from quercetin supplied into a defined medium. The formation of quercetin-3-glucoside (Q3G) by UGT73B3 showed a maximum at 33 °C, while the formation of quercetin-7-glucoside by UGT84B1 increased with increasing temperature to 37 °C. The highest concentrations of Q3G were attained by strains having a deletion in the pgi gene-coding phosphoglucose isomerase, which effectively blocked the entry of glucose-6P into the Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway...
January 19, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102514/carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bloodstream-infection-in-critically-ill-patients-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-mortality
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M Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, F Fligou, C Bartzavali, A Zotou, A Spyropoulou, K Koutsileou, S Vamvakopoulou, N Sioulas, V Karamouzos, E D Anastassiou, I Spiliopoulou, M Christofidou, M Marangos
A significant increase in carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CP-Kp) bacteraemias has been observed worldwide. The objective of the present work was to study the risk factors and predictors of mortality of CP-Kp bacteraemias among critically ill patients. During a 4-year period (2012-3015), a matched 1:2 case-control study was conducted. Klebsiella pneumoniae was identified by Vitek 2 technology. Antibiotic susceptibility was performed by the agar disc diffusion method and Etest. The presence of the bla KPC, bla VIM and bla NDM genes was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102380/novel-high-temperature-ferroelectric-domain-morphology-in-pbtio3-ultrathin-films
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Jacob B J Chapman, Anna V Kimmel, Dorothy M Duffy
Exotic domain morphologies in ferroic materials are an exciting avenue for the development of novel nanoelectronics. In this work we have used large scale molecular dynamics to construct a strain-temperature phase diagram of the domain morphology of PbTiO3 ultrathin films. Sampling a wide interval of strain values over a temperature range up to the Curie temperature Tc, we found that epitaxial strain induces the formation of a variety of closure- and in-plane domain morphologies. The local strain and ferroelectric-antiferrodistortive coupling at the film surface vary for the strain mediated transition sequence and this could offer a route for experimental observation of the morphologies...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102377/semi-dirac-semimetal-in-silicene-oxide
#9
Chengyong Zhong, Yuanping Chen, Yuee Xie, Yi-Yang Sun, Shengbai Zhang
A semi-Dirac semimetal is a material that exhibits linear band dispersion in one direction and quadratic band dispersion in the orthogonal direction and, therefore, hosts massless and massive fermions at the same point in the momentum space. While a number of interesting physical properties have been predicted in semi-Dirac semimetals, it has been rare to realize such materials in condensed matter. Based on the fact that some honeycomb materials are easily oxidized or chemically absorb other atoms, here, we theoretically propose an approach of modifying their band structures by covalent addition of group-VI elements and strain engineering...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102351/origins-of-ripples-in-cvd-grown-few-layered-mos2-structures-under-applied-strain-at-atomic-scales
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Jin Wang, Raju R Namburu, Madan Dubey, Avinash M Dongare
The potential of the applicability of two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) structures, in various electronics, optoelectronics, and flexible devices requires a fundamental understanding of the effects of strain on the electronic, magnetic and optical properties. Particularly important is the recent capability to grow large flakes of few-layered structures using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) wherein the top layers are relatively smaller in size than the bottom layers, resulting in the presence of edges/steps across adjacent layers...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102173/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-and-osteogenic-activity-promoted-by-selenium-doped-calcium-phosphate-coatings
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Cosme Rodriguez-Valencia, Paula Freixeiro, Julia Serra, Carlos Ferreiros, Pio Gonzalez, Miriam Lopez-Alvarez
Selenium is an essential trace element present in 25 selenoenzymes, playing critical roles in a variety of physiological processes, such as anti-oxidative defense and the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. This paper characterizes selenium-doped calcium phosphate coatings and evaluates their effects on the osteogenic activity, the proliferation of osteosarcoma cells and biofilm formation. To do so, the structure and elemental composition of the obtained coatings were analyzed, in addition to their thicknesses, and they were compared to pure calcium phosphate coatings...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102170/complication-of-a-femoral-fracture-treated-by-intramedullary-nailing-numerical-analysis-of-a-clinical-case
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Jakub J Słowiński, Konrad Kudłacik
The aim of this paper is to conduct a numerical analysis of a case of femoral fracture treated by intramedullary nailing and confirm the conditions which led to the formation of a pseudarthrosis at the fracture site. A low-energy femoral fracture was treated by placing a ChFN System intramedullary nail with a derotation pin. Using the finite element method, a bone-implant system was generated which made it possible to observe the displacement area and strains in the region of the fracture gap. The calculations were conducted for 3 variants of the model, using a titanium nail (10 mm and 12 mm) and a steel one (10 mm)...
August 30, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102115/can-probiotics-modulate-human-disease-by-impacting-intestinal-barrier-function
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Peter A Bron, Michiel Kleerebezem, Robert-Jan Brummer, Patrice D Cani, Annick Mercenier, Thomas T MacDonald, Clara L Garcia-Ródenas, Jerry M Wells
Intestinal barrier integrity is a prerequisite for homeostasis of mucosal function, which is balanced to maximise absorptive capacity, while maintaining efficient defensive reactions against chemical and microbial challenges. Evidence is mounting that disruption of epithelial barrier integrity is one of the major aetiological factors associated with several gastrointestinal diseases, including infection by pathogens, obesity and diabetes, necrotising enterocolitis, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102102/impact-of-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-on-pulsatile-circumferential-and-longitudinal-strain-in-patients-with-aneurysm
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Foeke J H Nauta, Guido H W van Bogerijen, Chiara Trentin, Michele Conti, Ferdinando Auricchio, Frans L Moll, Joost A van Herwaarden, Santi Trimarchi
PURPOSE: To quantify both pulsatile longitudinal and circumferential aortic strains before and after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), potentially clarifying TEVAR-related complications. METHODS: This retrospective study assessed the impact of TEVAR on pulsatile aortic strains through custom developed software and cardiac-gated computed tomography imaging of 8 thoracic aneurysm patients (mean age 71.0±8.2 years; 6 men) performed before TEVAR and during follow-up (median 0...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102028/the-involvement-of-msmk-in-pathogenesis-of-the-streptococcus-suis-serotype-2
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Mei-Fang Tan, Wan-Quan Liu, Chun-Yan Zhang, Ting Gao, Lin-Lin Zheng, De-Xin Qiu, Lu Li, Rui Zhou
Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) is an important swine and human pathogen that causes global economic and public health problems. Virulent S. suis strains successfully maintain high bacterial concentrations in host blood and rapidly adapt to challenging environments within hosts. Successful survival in hosts is a major factor influencing the pathogenesis of SS2. We have previously identified that SS2 colonization in mouse brain is possibly affected by the ATPase, MsmK of carbohydrate ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters because of carbohydrate utilization...
January 19, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102009/detection-of-equine-herpesvirus-ehv-1-2-4-and-5-in-ethiopian-equids-with-and-without-respiratory-problems-and-genetic-characterization-of-ehv-2-and-ehv-5-strains
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H Negussie, D Gizaw, L Tesfaw, Y Li, K Oguma, H Sentsui, T S Tessema, H J Nauwynck
Infections with equine herpesviruses (EHVs) are widespread in equine populations worldwide. Whereas both EHV-1 and EHV-4 produce well-documented respiratory syndromes in equids, the contribution of EHV-2 and EHV-5 to disease of the respiratory tract is still enigmatic. This study describes the detection and genetic characterization of EHVs from equids with and without clinical respiratory disease. Virus-specific PCRs were used to detect EHV-1, -2, -4 and -5. From the total of 160 equids with respiratory disease, EHV-5 was detected at the highest prevalence (23...
January 18, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101896/adaptation-of-genetically-monomorphic-bacteria-evolution-of-copper-resistance-through-multiple-horizontal-gene-transfers-of-complex-and-versatile-mobile-genetic-elements
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D Richard, V Ravigné, A Rieux, B Facon, C Boyer, K Boyer, P Grygiel, S Javegny, M Terville, B I Canteros, I Robène, C Vernière, A Chabirand, O Pruvost, P Lefeuvre
Copper-based antimicrobial compounds are widely used to control plant bacterial pathogens. Pathogens have adapted in response to this selective pressure. Xanthomonas citri pv. citri, a major citrus pathogen causing Asiatic citrus canker, was first reported to carry plasmid-encoded copper resistance in Argentina. This phenotype was conferred by the copLAB gene system. The emergence of resistant strains has since been reported in Réunion and Martinique. Using microsatellite-based genotyping and copLAB PCR, we demonstrated that the genetic structure of the copper-resistant strains from these three regions was made up of two distant clusters and varied for the detection of copLAB amplicons...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101878/bootstrapping-disaster-the-challenge-of-growing-and-maintaining-a-cross-sector-collaborative-network
#18
Aaron Wachhaus
This article examines the interaction of nonprofit and private actors with the traditional bureaucratic structures of government in central Pennsylvania&s recovery from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. That effort relied heavily on private and nonprofit organizations as drivers of the response and recovery. The author maps the organizations involved in the recovery effort and explores the impact of the recovery effort on those organizations. A social network analysis was conducted and complemented with follow-up interviews with key actors...
November 2016: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101808/construction-of-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strain-to-improve-that-whole-cell-biocatalytic-production-of-melibiose-from-raffinose
#19
Yingbiao Zhou, Yueming Zhu, Yan Men, Caixia Dong, Yuanxia Sun, Juankun Zhang
There are excessive by-products in the biocatalysis process of this whole-cell biocatalytic production of melibiose from raffinose with current Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. To solve this problem, we constructed engineered strains based on a liquor yeast (S. cerevisiae) via gene deletion (mel1 gene), heterologous integration (fsy1 or/and ffzi1 gene from Candida magnoliae), and gene overexpression (gcr1 gene). Functional verification showed that deletion of the mel1 gene led to elimination of the reactions catalyzed by α-galactosidase, as well as elimination of the degradation of melibiose and the formation of galactose by-product...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101806/purification-and-characterization-of-glutamate-decarboxylase-from-enterococcus-raffinosus-tccc11660
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Chuanyou Chang, Jun Zhang, Shenxi Ma, Lin Wang, Depei Wang, Jian Zhang, Qiang Gao
Glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) is the sole enzyme that synthesizes γ-aminobutyric acid through the irreversible decarboxylation of L-glutamate. In this study, the purification and characterization of an unreported GAD from a novel strain of Enterococcus raffinosus TCCC11660 were investigated. The native GAD from E. raffinosus TCCC11660 was purified 32.3-fold with a recovery rate of 8.3%, using ultrafiltration and ammonium sulfate precipitation, followed by ion-exchange and size-exclusion chromatography. The apparent molecular weight of purified GAD, as determined by SDS-PAGE and size-exclusion chromatography was 55 and 110 kDa, respectively, suggesting that GAD exists as a dimer of identical subunits in solution...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
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