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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445820/the-synthesis-and-properties-of-linear-a-%C3%AF-d-%C3%AF-a-type-organic-small-molecule-containing-diketopyrrolopyrrole-terminal-units
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Shanshan Zhang, Qingfen Niu, Tao Sun, Yang Li, Tianduo Li, Haixia Liu
A novel linear A-π-D-π-A-type organic small molecule Ph2(PDPP)2 consisting diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) as acceptor unit, biphenylene as donor unit and acetylene unit as π-linkage has been successfully designed and synthesized. Its corresponding thermal, photophysical and electrochemical properties as well as the photoinduced charge-separation process were investigated. Ph2(PDPP)2 exhibits high thermal stability and it can be soluble in common organic solvents such as chloroform and tetrahydrofuran. The photophysical properties show that DPP2Ph2 harvests sunlight over the entire visible spectrum range in the thin-film state (300-800nm)...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445794/post-transplant-malignancy-after-pediatric-kidney-transplantation-retrospective-analysis-of-incidence-and-risk-factors-in-884-patients-transplanted-between-1963-and-2015-at-the-university-of-minnesota
#2
Oscar K Serrano, Ananta S Bangdiwala, David M Vock, Srinath Chinnakotla, Ty B Dunn, Erik B Finger, Raja Kandaswamy, Timothy L Pruett, John S Najarian, Arthur J Matas, Blanche M Chavers
BACKGROUND: Post-transplant malignancy (PTM) remains a concern among pediatric kidney transplant (PKT) recipients. STUDY DESIGN: Between 1963 and 2015, 884 pediatric (age: 0-17 years old) recipients received 1055 PKTs at our institution. Cox proportional hazards models were constructed to identify risk factors for PTM after PKT with time-to-first-PTM as a primary outcome. Secondly, the hazard of death or graft loss was calculated in patients who developed PTM. RESULTS: Median patient survival was 33 years (interquartile range [IQR]: 18...
April 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445728/blocking-surgically-induced-lysyl-oxidase-activity-reduces-the-risk-of-lung-metastases
#3
Chen Rachman-Tzemah, Shelly Zaffryar-Eilot, Moran Grossman, Dario Ribero, Michael Timaner, Joni M Mäki, Johanna Myllyharju, Francesco Bertolini, Dov Hershkovitz, Irit Sagi, Peleg Hasson, Yuval Shaked
Surgery remains the most successful curative treatment for cancer. However, some patients with early-stage disease who undergo surgery eventually succumb to distant metastasis. Here, we show that in response to surgery, the lungs become more vulnerable to metastasis due to extracellular matrix remodeling. Mice that undergo surgery or that are preconditioned with plasma from donor mice that underwent surgery succumb to lung metastases earlier than controls. Increased lysyl oxidase (LOX) activity and expression, fibrillary collagen crosslinking, and focal adhesion signaling contribute to this effect, with the hypoxic surgical site serving as the source of LOX...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445627/psychosocial-wellbeing-after-living-kidney-donation-a-longitudinal-prospective-study
#4
Hannah Maple, Joseph Chilcot, John Weinman, Nizam Mamode
Living kidney donation (LKD) has become routine practice across the world as the gold standard treatment of end-stage renal failure. Whilst the physical risks and harms of LKD surgery are well documented, relatively little is known about psychosocial outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine whether it was possible to quantify the psychosocial impact of LKD. A prospective longitudinal study of 93 living kidney donors was performed. Data were collected pre-operatively, and 3 and 12 months after donation...
April 26, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445619/mtor-inhibitors-and-risk-for-chronic-antibody-mediated-rejection-after-kidney-transplantation-where-are-we-now
#5
REVIEW
Philippe Grimbert, Olivier Thaunat
Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) usually starts with generation of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSA), arising from a B-cell response to antigen recognition. In vitro and preclinical data demonstrate that mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibition attenuates the mTOR-mediated intracellular signaling pathway involved in AMR-related kidney damage. The limited available data from immunological studies in kidney transplant patients, however, have not shown such effects in vivo. In terms of clinical immunosuppression, the overriding influence on rates of de novo DSA (dnDSA) or AMR - regardless of the type of regimen - is patient adherence...
April 26, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445528/baicalein-protects-rat-insulinoma-ins-1-cells-from-palmitate-induced-lipotoxicity-by-inducing-ho-1
#6
Hyun Jeong Kwak, Dongki Yang, Yongha Hwang, Hee-Sook Jun, Hyae Gyeong Cheon
OBJECTIVE: β-Cell dysfunction plays a central role in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes (T2D), and the identification of novel approaches to improve β-cell function is essential to treat this disease. Baicalein, a flavonoid originally isolated from the root of Scutellaria Baicalensis, has been shown to have beneficial effects on β-cell function. Here, the authors investigated the molecular mechanism responsible for the protective effects of baicalein against palmitate (PA)-induced impaired β-cell function, and placed focus on the role of heme oxygenase (HO)-1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445473/how-to-plan-reintroductions-of-long-lived-birds
#7
Virginia Morandini, Miguel Ferrer
Reintroductions have been increasingly used for species restoration and it seems that this conservation tool is going to be more used in the future. Nevertheless, there is not a clear consensus about the better procedure for that, consequently a better knowledge of how to optimize this kind of management is needed. Here we examined the dynamics of released long-lived bird populations (lesser kestrel, Falco naumanni, Bonelli's eagle Aquila fasciata, and bearded vulture Gypaetus barbatus) in object-oriented simulated reintroduction programs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445410/c-c-coupling-reactions-between-benzofurazan-derivatives-and-1-3-diaminobenzenes
#8
Gabriele Micheletti, Silvia Bordoni, Elena Chugunova, Carla Boga
Aromatic substitution reactions between 1,3-diaminobenzene and chloronitrobenzofurazan derivatives have never been reported so far. The aim of the current study was to synthesize novel electron-donor and -acceptor architectures of interest in applied fields and to provide new insights on the nucleophilic behavior of 1,3-diaminobenzenes. The reaction of 1,3-dipiperidinyl-, 1,3-dimorpholinyl-, 1,3-dipyrrolidinyl-, or 1,3-dimethylamino-benzene with 7-chloro-4,6-dinitrobenzofuroxan or with a series of chloro-nitrobenzofurazans has been carried out in mild conditions...
April 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445388/maternal-methyl-donor-supplementation-during-gestation-counteracts-the-bisphenol-a-induced-impairment-of-intestinal-morphology-disaccharidase-activity-and-nutrient-transporters-gene-expression-in-newborn-and-weaning-pigs
#9
Hong Liu, Jun Wang, Daolin Mou, Lianqiang Che, Zhengfeng Fang, Bin Feng, Yan Lin, Shengyu Xu, Jian Li, De Wu
This study was conducted to explore whether exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy could change intestinal digestion and absorption function in offspring using pigs as a model, and whether methyl donor (MET) could counteract the BPA-induced impacts. Fifty Landrace × Yorkshire sows were divided into four dietary groups throughout gestation: control diet (CON); control diet supplemented with BPA (50 mg/kg); control diet supplemented with MET (3 g/kg betaine, 400 mg/kg choline, 150 μg/kg vitamin B12, and 15 mg/kg folic acid); and control diet with BPA and MET supplementation (BPA + MET)...
April 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445246/single-delivery-of-high-diversity-fecal-microbiota-preparation-by-colonoscopy-is-safe-and-effective-in-increasing-microbial-diversity-in-active-ulcerative-colitis
#10
Vinita Jacob, Carl Crawford, Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg, Monica Viladomiu, Gregory G Putzel, Yecheskel Schneider, Fatiha Chabouni, Sarah OʼNeil, Brian Bosworth, Viola Woo, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Ylaine Gerardin, Zain Kassam, Mark Smith, Iliyan D Iliev, Gregory F Sonnenberg, David Artis, Ellen Scherl, Randy S Longman
BACKGROUND: Recent trials suggest fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) with repeated enemas and high-diversity FMT donors is a promising treatment to induce remission in ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We designed a prospective, open-label pilot study to assess the safety, clinical efficacy, and microbial engraftment of single FMT delivery by colonoscopy for active ulcerative colitis using a 2-donor fecal microbiota preparation (FMP). Safety and clinical endpoints of response, remission, and mucosal healing at week 4 were assessed...
April 25, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445085/regenerative-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-cosmetic-defect-following-nuss-procedure
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Flavio Facchini, Marco Ghionzoli, Alessandra Martin, Sara Tanini, Sara Ugolini, Roberto Lo Piccolo, Antonio Messineo
BACKGROUND: In the past decade, the minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) has become the treatment of choice for severe pectus excavatum (PE), proving acceptable to excellent cosmetic results. Recently, autologous fat grafting (FG) has been identified in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery to ideally handle volume and contour defects. We report our experience about FG in the treatment of residual minor defects after MIRPE and a proposal for a new indication of this largely adopted technique...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445067/photoelectrochemical-degradation-of-organic-compounds-coupled-with-molecular-hydrogen-generation-using-electrochromic-tio2-nanotube-arrays
#12
Min Seok Koo, Kangwoo Cho, Jeyong Yoon, Wonyong Choi
Vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) were prepared by electrochemical anodization, and then cathodically polarized with dark blue coloration for the dual-functional photoelectrochemical water treatment of organic substrates degradation and accompanying H2 generation. The resulting Blue-TNTs (inner diameter: ~40 nm; length: ~9 μm) showed negligible shift in X-ray diffraction pattern compared with the intact TNTs, but the X-ray photoelectron spectra indicated a partial reduction of Ti(4+) to Ti(3+) on the surface...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444929/antiretinal-antibodies-in-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-prevalence-and-clinical-implications
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Josianne C E M Ten Berge, Elon H C van Dijk, Marco W J Schreurs, Jacolien Vermeer, Camiel J F Boon, Aniki Rothova
PURPOSE: To investigate the possible role of autoimmune reactions directed against retinal tissue in central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), by analysing the presence of serum antiretinal antibodies (ARAs) and establishing their clinical relevance. METHODS: Sixty-three patients with CSC were included, and clinical characteristics were collected. Serum samples of all patients with CSC, 101 uveitis patients and 60 healthy donors were analysed for the presence of ARAs by indirect immunofluorescence...
April 26, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444927/endo-%C3%AE-mannosidase-catalyzed-transglycosylation
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Shogo Iwamoto, Yuta Kasahara, Yayoi Yoshimura, Akira Seko, Yoichi Takeda, Yukishige Ito, Kiichiro Totani, Ichiro Matsuo
In order for facilitating the synthesis of oligosaccharides, transglycosylation reactions mediated by glycoside hydrolases have been studied in various contexts. In this study, we examined transglycosylating activity of Golgi endo-α-mannosidase. To this end, we prepared various glycosyl donors and acceptors, and recombinant human Golgi endo-α-mannosidase and its various mutants were expressed. We showed that Golgi endo-α-mannosidase was able to mediate transglycosylation from α-glycosyl-fluorides. Systematic screening of various point mutants revealed that the E407D mutant had excellent transglycosylation activity and extremely low hydrolytic activity...
April 26, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444910/characterization-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-expression-in-neonatal-and-adult-pig-pancreatic-islets
#15
Nizar I Mourad, Claire Crossan, Victoria Cruikshank, Linda Scobie, Pierre Gianello
BACKGROUND: Pig islets represent an alternative to the current modes of treatment for patients with diabetes. However, the concerns over pathogen transmission including that of PERV limit their immediate, widespread usage in humans. It has been previously demonstrated that PERV copy number and particularly expression levels can vary considerably between individuals and within different tissues of a single animal. In general, expression levels have been found to be particularly low in the pancreas compared to other porcine tissues suggesting a reduced risk associated with the use of this tissue...
April 26, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444892/catalytic-mechanism-of-salicylate-dioxygenase-qm-mm-simulations-reveal-the-origin-of-unexpected-regiospecificity-of-the-ring-cleavage
#16
Subhendu Roy, Johannes Kästner
Salicylate 1,2-Dioxygenase (SDO) is the first enzyme discovered, in the family of iron dioxygenases, to catalyze the ring cleavage of a monohydroxylated aromatic compound, salicylate, without a proton donor. Salicylate is not electron-rich like the familiar dihydroxy or aromatic substrates with an electron donating group that are utilized in the well-known dioxygenases. We investigated the full catalytic mechanism of SDO by a combination of Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) calculations. We unravel the basis for the unexpected 'intra' cleavage regioselectivity in SDO...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444847/complement-dependence-of-murine-costimulatory-blockade-resistant-cellular-cardiac-allograft-rejection
#17
Nicholas Chun, Robert L Fairchild, Yansui Li, Jinhua Liu, Ming Zhang, William M Baldwin, Peter S Heeger
Building upon studies showing that ischemia/reperfusion-(IR)-injury is complement-dependent, we tested links among complement activation, transplant associated ischemia-reperfusion injury, and murine cardiac allograft rejection. We transplanted BALB/c hearts subjected to 8h cold ischemic storage (CIS) into CTLA4Ig-treated WT or c3(-/-) B6 recipients. Whereas allografts subjected to 8h CIS rejected in WT recipients with a median survival time (MST) of 37d, identically treated hearts survived >60d in c3(-/-) mice (p<0...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444815/endoscopic-findings-following-retroperitoneal-pancreas-transplantation
#18
Alexey Valer'evich Pinchuk, Ilya Victorovich Dmitriev, Nonna Valer'evna Shmarina, Yury Sergeevich Teterin, Aslan Galievich Balkarov, Roman Vasil'evich Storozhev, Yuri Andreevich Anisimov, Ali Magomedovich Gasanov
AIM: An evaluation of the efficacy of endoscopic methods for the diagnosis and correction of surgical and immunological complications after retroperitoneal pancreas transplantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2011 to March 2015, 27 patients underwent simultaneous retroperitoneal pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPKT). Diagnostic oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with protocol biopsy of the donor and recipient duodenal mucosa and endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERP) were performed to detect possible complications...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444735/from-genetic-single-candidate-gene-studies-to-complex-genomics-of-gvhd
#19
REVIEW
Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik, Piotr Łacina
Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) is a serious complication affecting the recipients of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cells. In this present review we attempt to summarize the current knowledge on the effect of the donor and recipient genotypes on GvHD, starting from human leucocyte antigen (HLA) matching for an optimal donor selection, typing of non-classical HLA and minor histocompatibility antigens through the polymorphic variations in genes coding for non-HLA proteins contributing to the development of GvHD and response to treatment...
April 26, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444717/effect-of-donor-strength-and-bulk-on-thieno-3-4-b-pyrazine-based-panchromatic-dyes-in-dscs
#20
Nalaka P Liyanage, Hammad Cheema, Alexandra R Baumann, Alexa R Zylstra, Jared Heath Delcamp
NIR absorbing organic dyes are critically needed in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine (TPz) based dyes can access the near-infrared (NIR) spectral region and show power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 8.1% with sunlight being converted at wavelengths up to 800 nm for 17.6 mA/cm2 of photocurrent in a co-sensitized DSC device. Precisely controlling dye excited-state energies is critical for good performances in NIR DSCs. Strategies to control TPz dye energetics with stronger donor groups and TPz substituent choice are evaluated in this manuscript...
April 25, 2017: ChemSusChem
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