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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107699/analysis-of-n-nitrosonornicotine-enantiomers-in-human-urine-by-chiral-stationary-phase-liquid-chromatography-nanoelectrospray-ionization-high-resolution-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Jing Yang, Steven G Carmella, Stephen S Hecht
We have developed a chiral stationary phase liquid chromatography-nanoelectrospray ionization-high resolution tandem mass spectrometry (LC-NSI-HRMS/MS) method to investigate the enantiomeric composition of low parts per trillion amounts of the carcinogen N'-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in the urine of cigarette smokers and smokeless tobacco users. (S)-NNN is the major enantiomer in tobacco and is more carcinogenic than (R)-NNN in rats, but no data are available on the enantiomeric composition of NNN in humans. The method used [(13)C6]NNN as an internal standard and [pyridine-D4]nornicotine to monitor possible artifactual formation of NNN, which was found to be less than 2% of the quantified NNN...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107383/effects-of-forced-swimming-stress-on-erk-and-histone-h3-phosphorylation-in-limbic-areas-of-roman-high-and-low-avoidance-rats
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Noemi Morello, Ornella Plicato, Maria Antonietta Piludu, Laura Poddighe, Maria Pina Serra, Marina Quartu, Maria Giuseppa Corda, Osvaldo Giorgi, Maurizio Giustetto
Stressful events evoke molecular adaptations of neural circuits through chromatin remodeling and regulation of gene expression. However, the identity of the molecular pathways activated by stress in experimental models of depression is not fully understood. We investigated the effect of acute forced swimming (FS) on the phosphorylation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 (pERK) and histone H3 (pH3) in limbic brain areas of genetic models of vulnerability (RLA, Roman low-avoidance rats) and resistance (RHA, Roman high-avoidance rats) to stress-induced depression-like behavior...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107371/sexual-reproductive-health-needs-and-rights-of-young-people-in-slum-areas-of-kampala-uganda-a-cross-sectional-study
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Andre M N Renzaho, Joseph K Kamara, Nichole Georgeou, Gilbert Kamanga
BACKGROUND: Young people in Uganda face various sexual and reproductive health risks, especially those living in urban slums. The aim of this study was to examine factors associated with comprehensive categories of sexual and reproductive health, including sexual behaviours; sexual education and access to contraceptive services; family planning; prevention of STDs; sexual consent as a right; gender based violence; as well as HIV testing, counselling, disclosure and support. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional in design and was carried out in July 2014 in Makindye and Nakawa Divisions of Kampala City, Uganda...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107366/comparative-analysis-of-direct-hospital-care-costs-between-aseptic-and-two-stage-septic-knee-revision
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Richard Kasch, Sebastian Merk, Grit Assmann, Andreas Lahm, Matthias Napp, Harry Merk, Steffen Flessa
BACKGROUND: The most common intermediate and long-term complications of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) include aseptic and septic failure of prosthetic joints. These complications cause suffering, and their management is expensive. In the future the number of revision TKA will increase, which involves a greater financial burden. Little concrete data about direct costs for aseptic and two-stage septic knee revisions with an in depth-analysis of septic explantation and implantation is available...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107185/hyaluronan-synthase-3-mediated-oncogenic-action-through-forming-inter-regulation-loop-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-in-oral-cancer
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Yi-Zih Kuo, Wei-Yu Fang, Cheng-Chih Huang, Sen-Tien Tsai, Yi-Ching Wang, Chih-Li Yang, Li-Wha Wu
Hyaluronan (HA) is a major extracellular matrix component. However, its role and mediation in oral cancer remains elusive. Hyaluronan synthase 3 (HAS3), involved in pro-inflammatory short chain HA synthesis, was the predominant synthase in oral cancer cells and tissues. HAS3 overexpression significantly increased oral cancer cell migration, invasion and xenograft tumorigenesis accompanied with the increased expression of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1). Conversely, HAS3 depletion abrogated HAS3-mediated stimulation...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107059/age-dependent-modulation-of-songbird-summer-feather-molt-by-temporal-and-functional-constraints
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Yosef Kiat, Nir Sapir
Time constraints influence various ecological, life-history, and demographic properties of individuals and populations of many species throughout the annual cycle. Feather molt is a timely undertaking that is considered among the three most energy-demanding processes in the life cycle of birds. To deal with time pressure, passerines may shorten their molt duration, using three non-mutually exclusive mechanisms: (1) replacing only part of the plumage, (2) increasing the speed of molt, and (3) postponing the renewal of some or all the plumage to a later season (i...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107018/structure-wettability-and-thermal-stability-of-organic-thin-films-on-gold-generated-from-the-molecular-self-assembly-of-unsymmetrical-oligo-ethylene-glycol-spiroalkanedithiols
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Pawilai Chinwangso, Han Ju Lee, Andrew C Jamison, Maria D Marquez, Chul Soon Park, T Randall Lee
Organic thin-films on gold were prepared from a set of new, custom-designed bidentate alkanethiols possessing a mixture of normal alkane and methoxy-terminated tri(ethyleneglycol) chains. The new unsymmetrical spiroalkanedithiol adsorbates were of the form [CH3O(CH2CH2O)3(CH2)5]-[CH3(CH2)n+1]C[CH2SH]2 where n = 3 and 14; designated EG3C7-C7 and EG3C7-C18, respectively. Their corresponding self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold were characterized and compared with monothiol SAMs derived from an analogous normal alkanethiol (C18SH) and an alkanethiol terminated with an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) moiety (i...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106948/genetic-differentiation-associated-with-host-plants-and-geography-among-six-widespread-species-of-south-american-blepharoneura-fruit-flies-tephritidae
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Kristina Ottens, Isaac S Winkler, Matthew L Lewis, Sonja J Scheffer, Géssica A Gomes-Costa, Marty A Condon, Andrew A Forbes
Tropical herbivorous insects are astonishingly diverse and many are highly host-specific. Much evidence suggests that herbivorous insect diversity is a function of host-plant diversity; yet, the diversity of some lineages exceeds the diversity of plants. Although most species of herbivorous fruit flies in the Neotropical genus Blepharoneura are strongly host-specific (they deposit their eggs in a single host plant species and flower sex), some species are collected from multiple hosts or flowers and these may represent examples of lineages that are diversifying via changes in host use...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106834/heat-stress-decreases-levels-of-nutrient-uptake-and-assimilation-proteins-in-tomato-roots
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Anju Giri, Scott Heckathorn, Sasmita Mishra, Charles Krause
Global warming will increase root heat stress, which is already common under certain conditions. Effects of heat stress on root nutrient uptake have rarely been examined in intact plants, but the limited results indicate that heat stress will decrease it; no studies have examined heat-stress effects on the concentration of nutrient-uptake proteins. We grew Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) at 25 °C/20 °C (day/night) and then transferred some plants for six days to 35 °C /30 °C (moderate heat) or 42 °C/37 °C (severe heat) (maximum root temperature = 32 °C or 39 °C, respectively); plants were then moved back to control conditions for seven days to monitor recovery...
January 19, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106756/inhibitory-effects-of-constituents-from-the-aerial-parts-of-rosmarinus-officinalis-l-on-triglyceride-accumulation
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Jian Li, Tiwalade Adegoke Adelakun, Sijian Wang, Jingya Ruan, Shengcai Yang, Xiaoxia Li, Yi Zhang, Tao Wang
Sixteen flavonoids (1-16) including two new ones, named officinoflavonosides A (1) and B (2) were obtained from the aerial parts of Rosmarinus officinalis. Among the known ones, 6, 10, and 13 were isolated from the rosmarinus genus for the first time. Their structures were elucidated by chemical and spectroscopic methods. Moreover, the effects on sodium oleate-induced triglyceride accumulation (TG) in HepG2 cells of the above-mentioned compounds and 16 other isolates (17-32) reported previously to have been obtained in the plant were analyzed...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106723/inhibition-of-autophagic-degradation-process-contributes-to-claudin-2-expression-increase-and-epithelial-tight-junction-dysfunction-in-tnf-%C3%AE-treated-cell-monolayers
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Cong Zhang, Junkai Yan, Yongtao Xiao, Yujie Shen, Jiazheng Wang, Wensong Ge, Yingwei Chen
Tight junction dysfunction plays a vital role in some chronic inflammatory diseases. Pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), act as important factors in intestinal epithelial tight junction dysfunction during inflammatory conditions. Autophagy has also been shown to be crucial in tight junction function and claudin-2 expression, but whether autophagy has an effect on the change of claudin-2 expression and tight junction function induced by TNF-α is still unknown. To answer this question, we examined the expression of claudin-2 protein, transepithelial electrical resistance (TER), and permeability of cell monolayers, autophagy flux change, and lysosomal pH after TNF-α with or without PP242 treatment...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106637/educating-nurses-in-the-united-states-about-pressure-injuries
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Elizabeth A Ayello, Karen Zulkowski, Elizabeth Capezuti, Wendy Harris Jicman, R Gary Sibbald
GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information about the current state of educating nurses about wound care and pressure injuries with recommendations for the future. TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1...
February 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106545/the-alterations-of-serum-fgf-21-levels-metabolic-and-body-composition-in-early-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-adjuvant-endocrine-therapy
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Murat Akyol, Ahmet Alacacioglu, Leyla Demir, Yuksel Kucukzeybek, Yasar Yildiz, Zehra Gumus, Mete Kara, Tarik Salman, Umut Varol, Halil Taskaynatan, Utku Oflazoglu, Vedat Bayoglu, Mustafa Oktay Tarhan
BACKGROUND: In early breast cancer patients, the effects of hormonal therapy (tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors) on plasma fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21), lipid levels and body composition have not yet been investigated. Therefore, we aimed to analyze the relationship between FGF-21 and body composition as well as the effects of tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors on plasma lipid levels, FGF-21, and body composition. METHODS: A total of 72 patients were treated with either tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors due to their menopausal status after adjuvant radiotherapy...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106518/a-case-report-cornerstone-health-care-reduced-the-total-cost-of-care-through-population-segmentation-and-care-model-redesign
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Dale E Green, Bruce H Hamory, Grace E Terrell, Jasmine O'Connell
Over the course of a single year, Cornerstone Health Care, a multispecialty group practice in North Carolina, redesigned the underlying care models for 5 of its highest-risk populations-late-stage congestive heart failure, oncology, Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles, those with 5 or more chronic conditions, and the most complex patients with multiple late-stage chronic conditions. At the 1-year mark, the results of the program were analyzed. Overall costs for the patients studied were reduced by 12.7% compared to the year before enrollment...
January 20, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106495/comparison-of-prognostic-indices-in-patients-who-undergo-melanoma-brain-metastasis-radiosurgery
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Hideyuki Kano, Alejandro Morales-Restrepo, Aditya Iyer, Gregory M Weiner, Seyed H Mousavi, John M Kirkwood, Ahmad A Tarhini, John C Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to use 4 prognostic indices to compare survival times of patients who underwent Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to treat melanoma brain metastases. METHODS The authors analyzed 422 consecutive patients (1440 brain metastases) who underwent Gamma Knife SRS. The median total brain tumor volume was 4.7 cm(3) (range 0.3-69.3 cm(3)), and the median number of metastases was 2 (range 1-32). One hundred thirty-two patients underwent whole-brain radiation therapy. Survival times were compared using recursive partitioning analysis (RPA), the Score Index for Radiosurgery (SIR), the Basic Score for Brain Metastases (BSBM), and the Diagnosis-Specific Graded Prognostic Assessment (DS-GPA)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106472/sample-preparation-for-repeated-measurements-on-a-single-liquid-droplet-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
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Violeta Lazic, Roberta Fantoni, Antonio Palucci, Massimiliano Ciaffi
We studied changes in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) signal intensity with the thickness of a liquid layer placed on a solid substrate, where an easily evaporating methanol sample was used. For a certain optimal liquid film thickness we obtained a manifold increase of the LIBS signal from methanol. Progressive liquid film thinning leads to a reduction and a successive disappearance of laser-induced splashes; the latter condition drastically reduces the sample consumption and allows measurements to be repeated many times on a single liquid droplet...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106423/amplification-of-relativistic-electron-bunches-by-acceleration-in-laser-fields
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J Braenzel, A A Andreev, F Abicht, L Ehrentraut, K Platonov, M Schnürer
Direct acceleration of electrons in a coherent, intense light field is revealed by a remarkable increase of the electron number in the MeV energy range. Laser irradiation of thin polymer foils with a peak intensity of ∼1×10^{20}  W/cm^{2} releases electron bunches along the laser propagation direction that are postaccelerated in the partly transmitted laser field. They are decoupled from the laser field at high kinetic energies, when a second foil target at an appropriate distance prevents their subsequent deceleration in the declining laser field...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106219/surface-and-interface-engineering-of-fept-c-nanocatalysts-for-electro-catalytic-methanol-oxidation-enhanced-activity-and-durability
#18
Junmei Wang, Zhenlei Wang, Shuai Li, Rongming Wang, Yujun Song
A methodology by coupling a microfluidic-batch process with in situ carbon-black mixing, successive annealing and de-alloying post-treatment was developed for engineering surface and interface microstructures of FePt/C nanocomposites. Ultra-small angular FePt nanocrystals rich in vertexes/terraces/steps and with Pt contents gradually increasing from the inner to the outer part can be synthesized at certain Fe/Pt atomic ratios (2/1 or 1.1/1), which can directly grow on carbon-black for enhanced nanocrystal-carbon interface interaction by introducing the in situ carbon-black mixing process...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106199/fluoride-complexation-by-bidentate-silicon-lewis-acids
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Jan Horstmann, Mark Niemann, Katarína Berthold, Andreas Mix, Beate Neumann, Hans-Georg Stammler, Norbert W Mitzel
Diethynyldiphenylsilane (1) and divinyldiphenylsilane (2) were functionalized by hydrosilylation reactions with HSiMe2Cl, HSiMeCl2 and HSiCl3. Fluorination of the resulting compounds generates bidentate open-chain Lewis acids of increasing acidity. All semi-flexible [Ph2Si(CH[double bond, length as m-dash]CHSiFnMe3-n)2 (n = 1, 2, 3)] and flexible [Ph2Si(CH2-CH2SiFnMe3-n)2 (n = 1, 2, 3)] bidentate Lewis acids were obtained in good to excellent yields. The different fluoride ion complexation behavior was explored in detail by multinuclear (low temperature) NMR spectroscopy...
January 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106141/mycorrhizal-trifoliate-orange-has-greater-root-adaptation-of-morphology-and-phytohormones-in-response-to-drought-stress
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Ying-Ning Zou, Peng Wang, Chun-Yan Liu, Qiu-Dan Ni, De-Jian Zhang, Qiang-Sheng Wu
Plant roots are the first parts of plants to face drought stress (DS), and thus root modification is important for plants to adapt to drought. We hypothesized that the roots of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) plants exhibit better adaptation in terms of morphology and phytohormones under DS. Trifoliate orange seedlings inoculated with Diversispora versiformis were subjected to well-watered (WW) and DS conditions for 6 weeks. AM seedlings exhibited better growth performance and significantly greater number of 1(st), 2(nd), and 3(rd) order lateral roots, root length, area, average diameter, volume, tips, forks, and crossings than non-AM seedlings under both WW and DS conditions...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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