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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211358/a-prospective-interventional-study-to-examine-the-effect-of-a-silver-alloy-and-hydrogel-coated-catheter-on-the-incidence-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection
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P Hy Chung, C Wy Wong, C Kc Lai, H K Siu, D Nc Tsang, K Y Yeung, D Km Ip, P Kh Tam
INTRODUCTION: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection is a major hospital-acquired infection. This study aimed to analyse the effect of a silver alloy and hydrogel-coated catheter on the occurrence of catheter-associated urinary tract infection. METHODS: This was a 1-year prospective study conducted at a single centre in Hong Kong. Adult patients with an indwelling urinary catheter for longer than 24 hours were recruited. The incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infection in patients with a conventional latex Foley catheter without hydrogel was compared with that in patients with a silver alloy and hydrogel-coated catheter...
February 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209954/-combined-echinococcosis-management-in-children
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R Kh Shangareyeva, A A Mirasov, V V Glazyrina, E K Timerbaeva
AIM: To analyze the results of diagnosis and treatment of combined echinococcosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 51 children. 40 (78.4%) of them had combined lesion of liver and other organs, 29 - combined echinococcosis of liver and lungs. Echinococcosis of both lungs was observed in 14 children including lesion of liver in 6 cases. Combined echinococcosis of three organs was observed in 5 patients. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Combined echinococcosis in children was associated with uneven growth of parasitic cysts in various tissues...
2017: Khirurgiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202430/vespro-an-individual-patient-data-prospective-meta-analysis-of-selective-internal-radiation-therapy-versus-sorafenib-for-advanced-locally-advanced-or-recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma-of-the-sarah-and-sirvenib-trials
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Val Gebski, Emma Gibbs, Mihir Gandhi, Gilles Chatellier, Aurelia Dinut, Helena Pereira, Pierce Kh Chow, Valérie Vilgrain
BACKGROUND: Untreated advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has an overall poor prognosis. Currently there are 2 ongoing prospective randomized controlled trials that are evaluating the efficacy and safety of sorafenib and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 resin microspheres in patients with advanced HCC. The SorAfenib versus Radioembolisation in Advanced Hepatocellular carcinoma (SARAH; 459 patients) trial is being performed in Europe and the SIRt VErsus SorafeNIB (SIRveNIB; 360 patients) trial in the Asia Pacific region...
February 15, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186820/phase-matching-using-the-linear-electro-optic-effect
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Zijian Cui, Dean Liu, Jie Miao, Aihua Yang, Jianqiang Zhu
Phase matching is a necessary condition for achieving high-efficiency optical-frequency conversion. To date, practical means of accomplishing phase matching in homogeneous crystals remain limited, despite considerable efforts. Herein, we report a new class of methods aimed at achieving quasiperfect phase matching, based on controllable birefringence produced via the linear electro-optic effect, termed "voltage-tuning phase matching." The wave vectors of the induced polarization and the generated fields can be matched and maintained along the direction of propagation by introducing an external electric field...
January 27, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183629/mechanical-properties-and-in-vivo-study-of-modified-hydroxyapatite-polyetheretherketone-biocomposites
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Rui Ma, Qiankuan Li, Lin Wang, Xianghua Zhang, Lin Fang, Zhongkuan Luo, Bai Xue, Lei Ma
Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) has received much attention for its excellent mechanical properties and biocompatibility. Here, the silane coupling agent KH560 [γ-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)propyltrimethoxysilane] is used for graft modification of bioactive HA (hydroxyapatite) particles and for preparing HA/PEEK composites via a hot-press molding method. The prepared HA/PEEK composites were tested for their mechanical properties with SEM (scanning electron microscopy), infrared spectroscopy, and thermo-analysis. The results show that silane coupling KH-560 modifies HA successfully and that the tensile strengths of HA/PEEK and m-HA/PEEK composites indicate an increasing and then a decreasing tendency with increasing HA contents...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182633/characterizing-the-coding-region-determinant-binding-protein-crd-bp-microphthalmia-associated-transcription-factor-mitf-mrna-interaction
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Gerrit van Rensburg, Sebastian Mackedenski, Chow H Lee
Coding region determinant-binding protein (CRD-BP) binds to the 3'-UTR of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) mRNA to prevent its targeted degradation by miR-340. Here, we aim to further understand the molecular interaction between CRD-BP and MITF RNA. Using point mutation in the GXXG motif of each KH domains, we showed that all four KH domains of CRD-BP are important for their physical association with MITF RNA. We mapped the CRD-BP-binding site in the 3'-UTR of MITF RNA from nts 1330-1740 and showed that the 49-nt fragment 1621-1669 is the minimal size MITF RNA for binding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179997/the-plant-defensin-nad1-induces-tumor-cell-death-via-a-non-apoptotic-membranolytic-process
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Amy A Baxter, Ivan Kh Poon, Mark D Hulett
Cationic anti-microbial peptides (CAPs) have an important role in host innate defense against pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. Many CAPs including defensins also exhibit selective cytotoxic activity towards mammalian cells via both apoptotic and non-apoptotic processes, and are being investigated as potential anticancer agents. The anti-fungal plant defensin from ornamental tobacco, Nicotiana alata Defensin 1 (NaD1), was recently shown to induce necrotic-like cell death in a number of tumor cell types within 30 min of treatment, at a concentration of 10 μM...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174096/retinal-biomarkers-provide-insight-into-cortical-pharmacology-and-disease
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Christine To Nguyen, Flora Hui, Jason Charng, Shajan Velaedan, Anna van Koeverden, Jeremiah Kh Lim, Zheng He, Vickie Hy Wong, Algis J Vingrys, Bang V Bui, Magnus Ivarsson
The retina is an easily accessible out-pouching of the central nervous system (CNS) and thus lends itself favourable to being a biomarker of the brain. More specifically, the presence of neuronal, vascular and blood-neural barrier parallels in the eye and brain coupled with fast and inexpensive methods to quantify retinal changes make ocular biomarkers an attractive option. This includes its utility as a biomarker for multiple cerebrovascular diseases as well as a drug pharmacology and safety biomarker for the CNS...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164425/the-cosmetic-and-dermatological-potential-of-keratin-hydrolysate
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Pavel Mokrejs, Matous Hutta, Jana Pavlackova, Pavlina Egner, Lubomir Benicek
BACKGROUND: Although keratin hydrolysates have become established as standard components in hair and nail cosmetics, studies on the moisturizing effects of keratin hydrolysates do not appear among contemporary literature. OBJECTIVES: To test if adding keratin hydrolysate into an ointment base increases hydration of the skin and improves skin barrier function, or diminishes trans-epidermal water loss. METHODS: Formulations were prepared containing 2%, 4%, and 6% keratin hydrolysates (based on weight of the ointment base)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162101/fasciola-hepatica-infections-in-cattle-and-the-freshwater-snail-galba-truncatula-from-dakhla-oasis-egypt
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W M Arafa, A I Hassan, S A M Snousi, Kh M El-Dakhly, P J Holman, T M Craig, S M Aboelhadid
Infection by Fasciola species was investigated in seven districts of Dakhla Oasis, Egypt, through abattoir inspection of cattle livers for adult worms and sedimentation of faecal samples from local cattle to detect Fasciola eggs. In addition, lymnaeid snails collected from the study area were examined microscopically for developmental stages of Fasciola spp. Abattoir inspection revealed that 51 out of 458 cattle livers (11.1%) contained adult flukes, which were identified morphologically as Fasciola hepatica...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158264/recognition-of-prokaryotic-and-eukaryotic-promoters-using-convolutional-deep-learning-neural-networks
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Ramzan Kh Umarov, Victor V Solovyev
Accurate computational identification of promoters remains a challenge as these key DNA regulatory regions have variable structures composed of functional motifs that provide gene-specific initiation of transcription. In this paper we utilize Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to analyze sequence characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic promoters and build their predictive models. We trained a similar CNN architecture on promoters of five distant organisms: human, mouse, plant (Arabidopsis), and two bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158081/radiation-force-of-a-high-energy-laser-and-its-effects-on-second-harmonic-generation
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Ruifeng Su, Haitao Liu, Yingchun Liang, Fuli Yu
The radiation force of a high-energy laser caused by reflection at the input surface of a mounted KH<sub>2</sub>PO<sub>4</sub> (KDP) crystal is studied, along with its effects on the second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the laser beam. A comprehensive model incorporating principles of momentum transfer, mechanics, and optics is proposed, taking advantage of which, the mechanical stress within the KDP crystal that is caused by the radiation force, and the SHG efficiency that is affected by the stress are successively studied...
February 1, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153299/nanoparticle-based-paper-sensor-for-thiols-evaluation-in-human-skin
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M Markina, N Stozhko, V Krylov, M Vidrevich, Kh Brainina
A new sensitive non-invasive gold nanoparticle-based sensor that enables to detect thiols in the human skin has been developed. The detection procedure implied the assessment of the color change of a paper sensor resulting from aggregation of gold nanoparticles caused by thiols. The ratio of the intensity of the photo image blue channel vs the red one (in units of RGB coloration) served as analytical response. The main thiol in the skin is glutathione, therefore, it was used as model biothiol and spiking substance...
April 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142187/spatial-regulation-of-the-kh-domain-rna-binding-protein-rnc1-mediated-by-a-crm1-independent-nuclear-export-system-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Ryosuke Satoh, Yasuhiro Matsumura, Akitomo Tanaka, Makoto Takada, Yuna Ito, Kanako Hagihara, Masahiro Inari, Ayako Kita, Akira Fukao, Toshinobu Fujiwara, Shinya Hirai, Tokio Tani, Reiko Sugiura
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) play important roles in the posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression, including mRNA stability, transport, and translation. Fission yeast rnc1(+) encodes a K Homology (KH)-type RBP, which binds and stabilizes the Pmp1 MAPK phosphatase mRNA thereby suppressing the Cl(-) hypersensitivity of calcineurin deletion and MAPK signaling mutants. Here, we analyzed the spatial regulation of Rnc1 and discovered a putative nuclear export signal (NES)Rnc1 , which dictates the cytoplasmic localization of Rnc1 in a Crm1-independent manner...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128214/promising-gene-delivery-system-based-on-polyethylenimine-modified-silica-nanoparticles
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M Babaei, H Eshghi, Kh Abnous, M Rahimizadeh, M Ramezani
This article reports on the synthesis and full characterization of innovative silica-based nanoparticle composed of fumed silica as a core decorated with polyethylenimine (PEI) with different molecular weights (25, 10 and 1.8 kDa). Wide range of analytical, spectroscopic, and microscopic methods (TEM, DLS, ζ potential, elemental analysis (EA), TNBS and FTIR) were used to characterize the nanoparticles. Furthermore, transfection efficiency of these nanoparticles as non-viral vector was examined. The silica-PEI conjugates retained both the ability of PEI to fully condense plasmid DNA at low N/P ratios and suitable buffering capacity at the endosomal pH range...
January 27, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122550/developing-medical-education-capacity-in-russia-twenty-years-of-experience
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Bulat A Ziganshin, Mitra Sadigh, Liliya M Yausheva, Anna P Ziganshina, Arseniy A Pichugin, Alexey S Sozinov, Nail Kh Amirov, Asghar Rastegar, Ayrat U Ziganshin, Majid Sadigh
BACKGROUND: The partnership between Yale University (USA) and Kazan State Medical University (KSMU, Russia) was established in 1996 and transitioned to Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN)/University of Vermont Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine (USA) in 2012 with the goal of modernizing medical education at KSMU primarily through introduction of the American medical education structure, role modeling, and educational capacity building. It was centered on the formation of a select group of Russian junior faculty members familiar with American medical education who would then initiate a gradual change in medical education at KSMU...
January 25, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121309/ultrabithorax-and-abdominal-a-specify-the-abdominal-appendage-in-a-dosage-dependent-manner-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori
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X L Tong, M Y Fu, P Chen, L Chen, Z H Xiang, C Lu, F Y Dai
In insects, there is a considerable diversity in leg distribution on the body, including number, segmental arrangement, morphological identity and consequent function, but the genetic basis for these differences is not well understood. Here by positional cloning, we showed that a ~355 kb region, including Bombyx mori Ultrabithorax (BmUbx) and abdominal-A (Bmabd-A), was responsible for the silkworm mutant Kh-extra-crescents-like (E(Kh)-l) that displayed additional thoracic limb-like legs on the first abdominal segment (A1) and occasionally on the second abdominal segment (A2)...
January 25, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120240/theoretical-and-instrumental-studies-of-the-competitive-interaction-between-aromatic-%C3%AE-aminobisphosphonates-with-dna-using-binding-probes
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M B Gholivand, H Peyman, Kh Gholivand, H Roshanfekr, A A Taherpour, R Yaghobi
Fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, viscometry, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) were applied to investigate the competitive interaction of DNA with two aromatic α-aminobisphosphonates and neutral red dye (NR, intercalator) and Hoechst (Ho, groove binder) as spectroscopic probes, in a Tris-hydrogen chloride buffer solution (pH 7.4). The principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to determine the number of chemical components presented in complexation equilibrium of DNA with the aromatic α-aminobisphosphonates (B1 and B2)...
January 24, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118547/deuterium-as-a-stereochemically-invisible-blocking-group-for-chiral-ligand-synthesis
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Ross A Arthurs, Christopher J Richards
Highly diastereoselective lithiation (s-BuLi/TMEDA in Et2O, -78 °C, 2 h) of (S)-2-ferrocenyl-4-(substituted)oxazolines followed by addition of MeOH-d4 gave up to 95% D incorporation. Subsequent application of alternative lithiation conditions (n-BuLi in THF, -78 °C, 2 h), followed by addition of an electrophile, resulted in a reversal of diastereoselectivity controlled primarily by the high kH/kD value for lithiation (isomer ratio typically between 10:1 and 20:1).
January 24, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118132/validated-chromatographic-methods-for-the-analysis-of-two-binary-mixtures-containing-pyridoxine-hydrochloride
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Neven M Habib, Maha M Abdelrahman, Nada S Abdelwhab, Nourudin W Ali
Accurate and precise TLC-densitometric and HPLC-diode-array detector (DAD) methods have been developed and validated toresolve two binary mixtures containing pyridoxine hydrochloride (PYH) with either cyclizine hydrochloride (CYH) or meclizine hydrochloride (MEH). In the developed TLC-densitometric method, chromatographic separation of the three studied drugs was carried out on silica gel 60 F<sub>254</sub> plates using a developing system containing methylene chloride + acetone + methanol (7 + 1 + 0...
December 16, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
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