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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647110/success-of-tardive-electroconvulsive-therapy-sessions-after-loxapine-induced-malignant-syndrome-in-the-context-of-very-poor-metabolisation
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Juliette Descoeur, Laurent Philibert, Kevin Chalard, Jérôme Attal, Pierre Petit, Kada Klouche, Mathieu Olivier
We report the success of tardive electroconvulsive therapy in a case of loxapine malignant syndrome with catatonia. Loxapine and its metabolites were measured in biological samples by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry. Genes were studied by sequencing and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Plasmatic drug concentrations showed a supratherapeutic concentration of loxapine with a very low 8-hydroxyloxapine/loxapine ratio (range from 0.32 to 0.66, normal value>2 for 100mg) and a very long elimination half-life of loxapine (half-life>140h, normal value from 1 to 4hours)...
May 29, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645455/kinematic-chain-reactions-on-trunk-and-dynamic-postural-steadiness-in-subjects-with-recurrent-low-back-pain
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Paul S Sung, Michael J Maxwell
Although subjects with recurrent low back pain (LBP) demonstrate altered trunk control, the kinematic and kinetic responses of the trunk have not been carefully investigated. This study was conducted to compare the standing time, spine range of motion (ROM), and dynamic postural steadiness index (DPSI) based on visual condition between subjects with and without recurrent LBP during upright one leg standing. Sixty-three individuals participated in the study, including 34 control subjects and 29 subjects with recurrent LBP...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644469/cooperative-polymerization-of-%C3%AE-helices-induced-by-macromolecular-architecture
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Ryan Baumgartner, Hailin Fu, Ziyuan Song, Yao Lin, Jianjun Cheng
Catalysis observed in enzymatic processes and protein polymerizations often relies on the use of supramolecular interactions and the organization of functional elements in order to gain control over the spatial and temporal elements of fundamental cellular processes. Harnessing these cooperative interactions to catalyse reactions in synthetic systems, however, remains challenging due to the difficulty in creating structurally controlled macromolecules. Here, we report a polypeptide-based macromolecule with spatially organized α-helices that can catalyse its own formation...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635284/competing-stereocomplexation-and-homocrystallization-of-poly-l-lactic-acid-poly-d-lactic-acid-racemic-mixture-effects-of-miscible-blending-with-other-polymer
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Jianna Bao, Xiaojia Xue, Kai Li, Xiaohua Chang, Qing Xie, Chengtao Yu, Pengju Pan
Promoting the stereocomplexation ability of high-molecular-weight poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(D-lactic acid) (PDLA) is an efficient way to improve the thermal resistance of resulted materials. Herein, we studied the competing crystallization kinetics, polymorphic crystalline structure, and lamellae structure of PLLA/PDLA component in its miscible blends with poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and proposed a method to improve the stereocomplexation ability of PLLA and PDLA through miscible blending with the other polymer...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632743/in-silico-assessment-of-the-effects-of-quinidine-disopyramide-and-e-4031-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-1-in-the-human-ventricles
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Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
AIMS: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is an inherited disorder associated with abnormally abbreviated QT intervals and an increased incidence of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. SQT1 variant (linked to the rapid delayed rectifier potassium channel current, IKr) of SQTS, results from an inactivation-attenuated, gain-of-function mutation (N588K) in the KCNH2-encoded potassium channels. Pro-arrhythmogenic effects of SQT1 have been well characterized, but less is known about the possible pharmacological antiarrhythmic treatment of SQT1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630701/evaluation-of-an-in-vitro-fibre-fermentation-method-using-feline-faecal-inocula-inter-individual-variation
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Guido Bosch, Lisa Heesen, Karine de Melo Santos, John W Cone, Wilbert F Pellikaan, Wouter H Hendriks
The present study aimed to evaluate the inter-individual variability in fermentation of standard fibrous substrates by faecal inocula from ten healthy adult female cats. Substrates were citrus pectin (CP), fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), guar gum (GG), sugar beet pulp (SBP) and wheat middlings (WM). Each substrate was incubated with faecal inoculum from each cat. Gas production was measured continuously during the 48 h incubation and SCFA and organic matter disappearance (only SBP and WM) after incubation. Out of ten cats, nine produced faeces on the days of inoculum preparation...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630463/the-role-of-antibody-v%C3%AE%C2%BA-framework-3-region-towards-antigen-binding-effects-on-recombinant-production-and-protein-l-binding
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Chinh Tran-To Su, Wei-Li Ling, Wai-Heng Lua, Jun-Jie Poh, Samuel Ken-En Gan
Antibody research has traditionally focused on heavy chains, often neglecting the important complementary role of light chains in antibody formation and secretion. In the light chain, the complementarity-determining region 3 (VL-CDR3) is specifically implicated in disease states. By modulating VL-CDR3 exposure on the scaffold through deletions in the framework region 3 (VL-FWR3), we further investigated the effects on secretion in recombinant production and antigen binding kinetics. Our random deletions of two residues in the VL-FWR3 of a Trastuzumab model showed that the single deletions could impact recombinant production without significant effect on Her2 binding...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629619/slow-interconversion-in-a-heterogeneous-unfolded-state-ensemble-of-outer-membrane-phospholipase-a
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Georg Krainer, Pablo Gracia, Erik Frotscher, Andreas Hartmann, Philip Gröger, Sandro Keller, Michael Schlierf
Structural and dynamic investigations of unfolded proteins are important for understanding protein-folding mechanisms as well as the interactions of unfolded polypeptide chains with other cell components. In the case of outer-membrane proteins (OMPs), unfolded-state properties are of particular physiological relevance, because these proteins remain unfolded for extended periods of time during their biogenesis and rely on interactions with binding partners to support proper folding. Using a combination of ensemble and single-molecule spectroscopy, we have scrutinized the unfolded state of outer-membrane phospholipase A (OmpLA) to provide a detailed view of its structural dynamics on timescales from nanoseconds to milliseconds...
June 16, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629218/two-dimensional-plasmonic-nanoparticle-as-a-nanoscale-sensor-to-probe-polymer-brush-formation
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Assad Ullah Khan, Clayton Scruggs, David Hicks, Guoliang Liu
Conventional analysis and characterization of polymer brush formation relies on laborious methods that use quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscope, microcantilever, or other tools that measure concentration change of solutions. Herein we develop a simple and easy method that utilizes intrinsically-flat two-dimensional (2D) plasmonic nanoparticles as sensors for unveiling the mechanism of polymer brush formation on surfaces. Via ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, the plasmonic nanoparticles can be used to determine the amount of polymers near the surface in situ...
June 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627806/improving-the-quantum-yields-of-perylene-diimide-aggregates-by-increasing-molecular-hydrophobicity-in-polar-media
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Jodi Szarko, Jürgen Plenge, Xiaoyu Xu, Ashli Austin, Steven Mylon
Here we report the quantum yield of four aggregated perylene diimide (PDI) species that vary by the length of the branched side chains attached at the N,N' imide positions. The PDI molecules were dissolved in binary water:methanol solvents as a means to vary the solvent polarity and control the degree of aggregation in solution. By performing spectroscopy, kinetics, and light scattering experiments, the nature of the molecular interactions in the solutions was determined. The maximum quantum yield of the aggregated molecules increased from 0...
June 19, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624378/glucose-triggered-enhanced-solubilisation-release-and-cytotoxicity-of-poorly-water-soluble-anti-cancer-drugs-fromt1307-micelles
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Pooja Patidar, Sadafara A Pillai, Urjita Sheth, Pratap Bahadur, Anita Bahadur
Tetronic(®) 1307 (here after written as T1307) is a hydrophilic ethylene oxide-propylene oxide (EO-PO) star block copolymer with long EO chains (Total MW- 18000 and 70% EO). Although biocompatible, its use as a nanocarrier is restricted owing to its high critical micelle concentration (CMC) and temperature (CMT). We examined if the addition of glucose, a common pharmaceutical ingredient promotes micellization. Scattering and thermal studies show formation of stable unimodal micelles and cloud point (CP) decreased linearly...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620392/interleukin-25-produced-by-synoviocytes-has-anti-inflammatory-effects-by-acting-as-a-receptor-antagonist-for-interleukin-17a-function
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Fabien Lavocat, Ndiémé Ndongo-Thiam, Pierre Miossec
The production and function of cytokines are highly regulated. One mechanism is the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. As interleukin (IL)-17A and IL-25 share the IL-17RA receptor chain, we hypothesize that IL-25 acts as an IL-17A receptor antagonist and limits its pro-inflammatory effects. The production and expression kinetics of IL-25 and its receptor chains IL-17RA and RB were analyzed in rheumatoid synoviocytes alone or in coculture with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The effects of autocrine or exogenous IL-25 on synoviocytes were investigated in the presence or not of an anti-IL-25 antibody...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618607/fully-kinetic-simulation-study-of-ion-acoustic-solitons-in-the-presence-of-trapped-electrons
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S M Hosseini Jenab, F Spanier
The nonlinear fluid theory developed by Schamel suggests a modified KdV equation to describe the temporal evolution of ion acoustic (IA) solitons in the presence of trapped electrons. The validity of this theory is studied here by verifying solitons' main characteristic, i.e., stability against successive mutual collisions. We have employed a kinetic model as a more comprehensive theory than the fluid one, and utilized a fully kinetic simulation approach (both ions and electrons are treated based on the Vlasov equation)...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618542/one-dimensional-irreversible-aggregation-with-dynamics-of-a-totally-asymmetric-simple-exclusion-process
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N Zh Bunzarova, N C Pesheva
We define and study one-dimensional model of irreversible aggregation of particles obeying a discrete-time kinetics, which is a special limit of the generalized Totally Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process (gTASEP) on open chains. The model allows for clusters of particles to translate as a whole entity one site to the right with the same probability as single particles do. A particle and a cluster, as well as two clusters, irreversibly aggregate whenever they become nearest neighbors. Nonequilibrium stationary phases appear under the balance of injection and ejection of particles...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618080/electrocatalytic-mechanism-involving-michaelis-menten-kinetics-at-the-preparative-scale-theory-and-applicability-to-photocurrents-from-photosynthetic-algae-suspension-with-quinones
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Guillaume Longatte, Manon Guille-Collignon, Frédéric Lemaître
In the past years, many strategies were implemented to take benefits from oxygenic photosynthesis to harvest photosynthetic electrons and produce a significant photocurrent. Therefore, electrochemical tools were considered and globally relied on the electron transfer(s) between the photosynthetic chain and a collecting electrode. In this context, we recently reported the implementation of an electrochemical set-up at the preparative scale to produce photocurrents from a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii algae suspension with an appropriate mediator (2,6-DCBQ) and a carbon gauze as the working electrode...
June 15, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615212/conserved-v%C3%AE-1-binding-geometry-in-a-setting-of-locus-disparate-phla-recognition-by-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tcrs-insight-into-recognition-of-hiv-peptides-by-tcr
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Yi Shi, Ai Kawana-Tachikawa, Feng Gao, Jianxun Qi, Chuansheng Liu, Jia Gao, Hao Cheng, Takamasa Ueno, Aikichi Iwamoto, George F Gao
Given a limited set of TCR V genes which are used to create TCRs that are reactive to different ligands, such as MHC class I, MHC class II and MHC-like proteins (for example, MIC molecules and CD1 molecules), the Vδ1 segment can be rearranged with Dδ-Jδ-Cδ or Jα-Cα segments, to form classical γδTCR or uncommon αβTCR using a Vδ1 segment (δ/αβTCR). Here we have determined two complex structures of the δ/αβTCRs (S19-2 and TU55) bound to different locus-disparate MHCIs with HIV peptides (HLA-A*2402-Nef138-10 and HLA-B*3501-Pol448-9)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614661/computational-and-experimental-evaluation-of-designed-beta-cap-hairpins-using-molecular-simulations-and-kinetic-network-models
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Yunhui Ge, Brandon L Kier, Niels H Andersen, Vincent Alvin Voelz
Molecular simulation has been used to model the detailed folding properties of peptides, yet prospective computational peptide design by such approaches remains challenging and non-trivial. To test the accuracy of simulation-based hairpin design, we characterized the folding properties of a series of so-called β-capped hairpin peptides designed to mimic a conserved hairpin of LapD, a bacterial intracellular signaling protein, both experimentally by NMR and computationally by implicit-solvent replica-exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) for three different AMBER force fields (ff96, ff99sb-ildn and ff99sb-ildn-nmr)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613878/kinetics-of-light-induced-concentration-patterns-in-transparent-polymer-solutions
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Manos Anyfantakis, Andreas Pamvouxoglou, Christos Mantzaridis, Stergios Pispas, Hans-Jürgen Butt, George Fytas, Benoit Loppinet
When exposed to weak visible laser light, solutions of common polymers like poly (isoprene) and poly (butadiene) respond by local concentration variations, which in turn lead to refractive index changes. Various micropatterns have been recently reported, depending mostly on the solvent environment and the irradiation conditions. Here, we focused on the simpler case of single polymer-rich filaments and we employed phase contrast microscopy to systematically investigate the influence of laser illumination and material parameters on the kinetics of the optically induced local concentration increase in the polydiene solutions...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608689/simulation-analysis-of-the-kinetic-exchange-of-copolymer-surfactants-in-micelles
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Fabián A García Daza, Josep Bonet Avalos, Allan D Mackie
The exchange of surfactants in micelles involves several processes which are difficult to characterize experimentally. Microscopic simulations have the potential to reveal some of the key aspects that take place when a surfactant spontaneously exits a micelle. We present a quantitative analysis of the kinetic exchange process over a large range of time. The study is based on a dynamic version of a single-chain mean field theory using a coarse-grained model for poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer systems...
June 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607997/exploring-the-boundaries-of-direct-detection-and-characterization-of-labile-isomers-a-case-study-of-copper-ii-dipeptide-systems
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Eszter N Tóth, Nóra V May, Antal Rockenbauer, Gábor Peintler, Béla Gyurcsik
The investigation of the linkage isomers of biologically essential and kinetically labile metal complexes in aqueous solutions poses a challenge, as these microspecies cannot be separately studied. Therefore, derivatives are commonly used to initially determine the stability or spectral characteristics of at least one of the isomers. Here we directly detect the isomers, describe the metal ion coordination sphere, speciation and thermodynamic parameters by a synergistic application of temperature dependent EPR and CD spectroscopic measurements in copper(ii)-dipeptide systems including His-Gly and His-Ala ligands...
June 13, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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