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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240820/age-related-nomograms-for-antral-follicle-count-and-anti-mullerian-hormone-for-subfertile-chinese-women-in-singapore
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See Ling Loy, Yin Bun Cheung, Marielle Valerie Fortier, Chiou Li Ong, Heng Hao Tan, Sadhana Nadarajah, Jerry Kok Yen Chan, Veronique Viardot-Foucault
BACKGROUND: Antral follicle count (AFC) and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) are known as the most reliable markers of a woman's ovarian reserve and are related to age. There is currently no specific local age-related centile charts for AFC and AMH. Therefore, we aim to examine the relationship between AFC and AMH with age and construct age-related nomograms among a subfertile Asian population. METHODS: This is a study involving Chinese women who had their AFC and AMH measured as part of their subfertility screening from December 2010 until November 2014 in KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238093/circhipk2-mediated-%C3%AF-1r-promotes-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-human-pulmonary-fibroblasts-exposed-to-silica
#2
Zhouli Cao, Qingling Xiao, Xiaoniu Dai, Zewei Zhou, Rong Jiang, Yusi Cheng, Xiyue Yang, Huifang Guo, Jing Wang, Zhaoqing Xi, Honghong Yao, Jie Chao
Silicosis is characterized by fibroblast accumulation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix. Although the roles of SiO2-induced chemokines and cytokines released from alveolar macrophages have received significant attention, the direct effects of SiO2 on protein production and functional changes in pulmonary fibroblasts have been less extensively studied. Sigma-1 receptor, which has been associated with cell proliferation and migration in the central nervous system, is expressed in the lung, but its role in silicosis remains unknown...
December 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233169/an-evidence-based-gamified-mhealth-intervention-for-overweight-young-adults-with-maladaptive-eating-habits-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ioana R Podina, Liviu A Fodor, Ana Cosmoiu, Rareș Boian
BACKGROUND: Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the first-line of treatment for overweight and obesity patients whose problems originate in maladaptive eating habits (e.g., emotional eating). However, in-person CBT is currently difficult to access by large segments of the population. The proposed SIGMA intervention (i.e., the Self-help, Integrated, and Gamified Mobile-phone Application) is a mHealth intervention based on CBT principles. It specifically targets overweight young adults with underlying maladaptive behaviors and cognitions regarding food...
December 12, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230093/tld-and-osld-dosimetry-systems-for-remote-audits-of-radiotherapy-external-beam-calibration
#4
P Alvarez, S F Kry, F Stingo, D Followill
The Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core QA Center in Houston (IROC-H) performs remote dosimetry audits of more than 20,000 megavoltage photon and electron beams each year. Both a thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD-100) and optically stimulated luminescent dosimeter (OSLD; nanoDot) system are commissioned for this task, with the OSLD system being predominant due to the more time-efficient read-out process. The measurement apparatus includes 3 TLD or 2 OSLD in an acrylic mini-phantom, which are irradiated by the institution under reference geometry...
November 2017: Radiation Measurements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229758/the-stress-sigma-factor-of-rna-polymerase-rpos-%C3%AF-s-is-a-solvent-exposed-open-molecule-in-solution
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Paola Cavaliere, Sébastien Brier, Petr Filipenko, Christina Sizun, Bertrand Raynal, Françoise Bonneté, Fabienne Levi-Acobas, Jacques Bellalou, Patrick England, Julia Chamot-Rooke, Claudine Mayer, Françoise Norel
In bacteria, one primary and multiple alternative σ factors associate with the RNA polymerase core enzyme (E) to form holoenzymes (Eσ) with different promoter recognition specificities. The alternative σ factor RpoS/σS is produced in stationary phase and under stress conditions and reprograms global gene expression to promote bacterial survival. To date, the three-dimensional structure of a full-length free σ factor remains elusive. The current model suggests that extensive interdomain contacts in a free σ factor result in a compact conformation that masks the DNA-binding determinants of σ, explaining why a free σ factor does not bind double stranded promoter DNA efficiently...
December 11, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229460/effect-of-low-surface-tension-edta-solutions-on-the-bond-strength-of-resin-based-sealer-to-young-and-old-root-canal-dentin
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Cigdem Güzel, Emel Uzunoglu, Hatice Dogan Buzoglu
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of low-surface tension EDTA solutions on the push-out bond strength of resin-based sealer to young and old root canal dentin. METHODS: Root canals from 64 (n = 32 age <30 years old and n = 32 >60 years old) extracted, decoronized, single-rooted human teeth were prepared with ProTaper rotary instruments (Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland) up to size F4 using 3 mL 2.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) between each file...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229316/risk-adjusted-hospital-outcomes-in-elective-carotid-artery-surgery-in-patients-with-medicare
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Donald E Fry, Susan M Nedza, Michael Pine, Agnes M Reband, Chun-Jung Huang, Gregory Pine
BACKGROUND: The risk-adjusted outcomes by hospital of elective carotid endarterectomy that is inclusive of inpatient and 90-day postdischarge adverse outcomes have not been studied. METHODS: We studied Medicare inpatients to identify hospitals with 25 or more qualifying carotid endarterectomy cases between 2012-2014. Risk-adjusted prediction models were designed for adverse outcomes of inpatient deaths, 3-sigma prolonged duration-of-stay outliers, 90-day postdischarge deaths without readmission, and 90-day postdischarge associated readmissions...
December 8, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226684/quantum-dot-based-luminescent-nanoprobes-for-sigma-2-receptor-imaging
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Maria Laura Pati, Elisabetta Fanizza, Sonja Hager, Diana Groza, Petra Heffeter, Amelita Grazia Laurenza, Valentino Laquintana, Maria Lucia Curri, Nicoletta Depalo, Carmen Abate, Nunzio Denora
The increasing importance of sigma-2 receptor as target for the diagnosis and therapy of tumours paves the way for the development of innovative optically traceable fluorescent probes as tumour cell contrast and therapeutic agents. Here, a novel hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructure is developed by combining the superior fluorescent properties of inorganic quantum dots (QDs), coated with a hydrophilic silica shell (QD@SiO2 NPs), the versatility of the silica shell and the high selectivity for sigma-2 receptors of the two synthetic ligands, namely the 6-[(6-aminohexyl)oxy]-2-(3-(6,7-dimethoxy-3,4-dihydroisoquinolin-2(1H)-yl)propyl)-3,4-dihydroisoquinolin-1(2H)-one (MLP66) and 6-[1-[3-(4-cyclohexylpiperazin-1-yl)propyl]-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-5-yloxy]hexylamine (TA6)...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226483/boron-nanowheel-with-an-axle-containing-noble-gas-atoms-viable-noble-gas-bound-mb10-clusters-m-nb-ta
#9
Sudip Pan, Susmita Kar, Ranajit Saha, Edison Osorio, Ximena Zarate, Lili Zhao, Gabriel Merino, Pratim K Chattaraj
The viability of noble gas axled boron nanowheel, NgnMB10- (Ng = Ar-Rn, M = Nb, Ta; n = 1, 2), is explored via ab initio computations. In the resulting Ng2-M complexes, the Ng-M-Ng nanorod passes through the center of B10- ring, providing them with an inverse sandwich like structure. While in single Ng bound analogue, the Ng binding enthalpy (Hb) at 298 K ranges from 2.5 to 10.6 kcal/mol, in two Ng bound cases it becomes very low for Ng2MB10- -> Ng + NgMB10- dissociation channel, except for Rn case. For a given Ng, Ta has slightly higher Ng binding ability than Nb...
December 11, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226290/correlating-geminal-2jsi-o-si-couplings-to-structure-in-framework-silicates
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D J Srivastava, P Florian, J H Baltisberger, P J Grandinetti
The dependence of a 29Si geminal J coupling across the inter-tetrahedral linkage on local structure was examined using first-principles DFT calculations. The two main influences on 2JSi-O-Si were found to be a primary dependence on the linkage Si-O-Si angle and a secondary dependence on mean Si-O-Si linkage of the two coupled 29Si nuclei. An analytical expression describing these dependences was proposed and used to develop an approach for relating the correlated pair of 2JSi-O-Si coupling and mean 29Si isotropic chemical shift to the linkage Si-O-Si angle and the mean Si-O-Si angle of the two coupled 29Si nuclei...
December 11, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225287/lysogenisation-of-shiga-toxin-encoding-bacteriophage-represses-cell-motility
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Shoichi Mitsunaka, Naoki Sudo, Yasuhiko Sekine
Bacteriophages are genetic elements that play key roles in the evolution and diversification of bacterial genomes. The Shiga toxin (Stx)-encoding phage plays an important role in the horizontal transfer of the stx gene. However, the influence of the Stx phage integration on the physiological properties and gene expression pattern of the host have not been clearly resolved. In this study, we constructed the Sp5 lysogen through lysogenisation of E. coli K-12 by Sp5, an Stx2 phage in enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) O157:H7 Sakai, and examined the effect of the resulting lysogen on cell motility under various growth conditions...
December 8, 2017: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220177/-methyl-1r-2s-2-4-4-chlorophenyl-4-hydroxypiperidin-1-yl-methyl-1-phenylcyclopropanecarboxylate-mr200-derivatives-as-potent-and-selective-sigma-receptor-ligands-stereochemistry-and-pharmacological-properties
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Emanuele Amata, Antonio Rescifina, Orazio Prezzavento, Emanuela Arena, Maria Dichiara, Valeria Pittalà, Ángeles Montilla-García, Francesco Punzo, Pedro Merino, Enrique J Cobos, Agostino Marrazzo
Methoxycarbonyl-1-phenyl-2-cyclopropylmethyl based derivatives cis-(+)-1a [cis-(+)-MR200], cis-(-)-1a [cis-(-)-MR201], and trans-(±)-1a [trans-(±)-MR204], have been identified as new potent sigma (σ) receptor ligands. In the present paper, novel enantiomerically pure analogues were synthesized and optimized for their σ receptor affinity and selectivity. Docking studies rationalized the results obtained in the radioligand binding assay. Absolute stereochemistry was unequivocally established by X-ray analysis of precursor trans-(+)-5a as camphorsulfonyl derivative 9...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217694/updated-birth-weight-centiles-for-england-and-wales
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Tom Norris, Sarah E Seaton, Brad N Manktelow, Philip N Baker, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, David Field, Elizabeth S Draper, Lucy K Smith
OBJECTIVES: Construct updated birth weight-for-gestational age centile charts for use in the UK and compare these to the currently used UK-WHO charts. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of national birth data. PARTICIPANTS: Centiles were constructed using 1 269 403 singleton births occurring in England and Wales in 2013-2014 as part of the MBRRACE-UK national perinatal surveillance programme. These were then validated using 642 737 singleton births occurring in England and Wales in 2015...
December 7, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216826/6s-rna-plays-a-role-in-recovery-from-nitrogen-depletion-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
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Beate Heilmann, Kaisa Hakkila, Jens Georg, Taina Tyystjärvi, Wolfgang R Hess, Ilka M Axmann, Dennis Dienst
BACKGROUND: The 6S RNA is a global transcriptional riboregulator, which is exceptionally widespread among most bacterial phyla. While its role is well-characterized in some heterotrophic bacteria, we subjected a cyanobacterial homolog to functional analysis, thereby extending the scope of 6S RNA action to the special challenges of photoautotrophic lifestyles. RESULTS: Physiological characterization of a 6S RNA deletion strain (ΔssaA) demonstrates a delay in the recovery from nitrogen starvation...
December 8, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215803/reference-values-for-spirometry-derived-using-lambda-mu-sigma-lms-method-in-korean-adults-in-comparison-with-previous-references
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Bum Seak Jo, Jun Pyo Myong, Chin Kook Rhee, Hyoung Kyu Yoon, Jung Wan Koo, Hyoung Ryoul Kim
BACKGROUND: The present study aimed to update the prediction equations for spirometry and their lower limits of normal (LLN) by using the lambda, mu, sigma (LMS) method and to compare the outcomes with the values of previous spirometric reference equations. METHODS: Spirometric data of 10,249 healthy non-smokers (8,776 females) were extracted from the fourth and fifth versions of the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES IV, 2007-2009; V, 2010-2012)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212933/characterization-of-an-influenza-virus-pseudotyped-with-ebolavirus-glycoprotein
#16
Julie Xiao, Pramila Rijal, Lisa Schimanski, Arun Kumar Tharkeshwar, Edward Wright, Wim Annaert, Alain Townsend
We have produced a new Ebola virus pseudotype: E-S-FLU, which can be handled in biosafety level-1/2 containment for laboratory analysis. E-S-FLU is a single cycle influenza virus coated with Ebolavirus glycoprotein, and it encodes enhanced green fluorescence protein as a reporter that replaces the influenza haemagglutinin. MDCK-SIAT1 cells were transduced to express Ebolavirus glycoprotein as a stable transmembrane protein for E-S-FLU production. Infection of cells by E-S-FLU was dependent on Niemann-Pick C1 protein, which is the well-characterized receptor for Ebola virus entry at the late endosome/lysosome membrane...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211019/dual-regulation-of-the-small-rna-micc-and-the-quiescent-porin-ompn-in-response-to-antibiotic-stress-in-escherichia-coli
#17
Sushovan Dam, Jean-Marie Pagès, Muriel Masi
Antibiotic resistant Gram-negative bacteria are a serious threat for public health. The permeation of antibiotics through their outer membrane is largely dependent on porin, changes in which cause reduced drug uptake and efficacy. Escherichia coli produces two major porins, OmpF and OmpC. MicF and MicC are small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) that modulate the expression of OmpF and OmpC, respectively. In this work, we investigated factors that lead to increased production of MicC. micC promoter region was fused to lacZ, and the reporter plasmid was transformed into E...
December 6, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209822/sodium-polyanethol-sulfonate-modulates-natural-transformation-of-sigh-expressing-staphylococcus-aureus
#18
Le Thuy Thi Nguyen, Aya J Takemura, Ryosuke L Ohniwa, Shinji Saito, Kazuya Morikawa
Expression of genes required for natural genetic competence in Staphylococcus aureus is controlled by an alternative transcription sigma factor, SigH. However, even in the SigH-expressing cells, the DNA transformation efficiency varies depending on culture conditions. We report here that cells grown in the competence-inducing medium (CS2 medium) exhibit enlarged morphology with disintegrated cell walls. Notably, an autolysis inhibitor, Sodium Polyanethol Sulfonate (SPS), facilitated transformation in CS2 medium in a dose-dependent manner, suggesting the involvement of the cell wall metabolism in transformation...
December 5, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207628/sigma-1-and-sigma-2-receptor-ligands-induce-apoptosis-and-autophagy-but-have-opposite-effect-on-cell-proliferation-in-uveal-melanoma
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Lucia Longhitano, Carlo Castruccio Castracani, Daniele Tibullo, Roberto Avola, Maria Viola, Giuliano Russo, Orazio Prezzavento, Agostino Marrazzo, Emanuele Amata, Michele Reibaldi, Antonio Longo, Andrea Russo, Nunziatina Laura Parrinello, Giovanni Li Volti
Uveal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults, with about 1200-1500 new cases occurring per year in the United States. Metastasis is a frequent occurrence in uveal melanoma, and outcomes are poor once distant spread occurs and no clinically significant chemotherapeutic protocol is so far available. The aim of the present study was to test the effect of various σ1 and σ2 receptor ligands as a possible pharmacological strategy for this rare tumor. Human uveal melanoma cells (92.1) were treated with various concentrations of different σ2 ligands (haloperidol and haloperidol metabolite II) and σ1 ligand ((+)-pentazocine) at various concentrations (1, 10 and 25 μM) and time points (0, 4 h, 8 h, 24 h and 48 h)...
October 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206447/a-collection-method-for-isotopic-analysis-of-gaseous-nitrous-acid-hono
#20
Jiajue Chai, Meredith G Hastings
The sources and chemistry of gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) in the environment are of great interest. HONO is a major source of atmospheric hydroxyl radical (OH), which greatly impacts air quality and climate. HONO is also a major indoor pollutant that threatens human health. However, the large uncertainty of HONO sources and chemistry hinders an accurate prediction of the OH budget. Isotopic analysis of HONO may provide a tool for tracking the sources and chemistry of HONO. In this study, a modified annular denuder system (ADS) was developed to quantitatively capture HONO for offline nitrogen and oxygen isotopic analysis (δ15N and δ18O) using the denitrifier method...
December 5, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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