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Emergency Efficiency

Xiuxiu Wang, Ru Cheng, Liang Cheng, Zhiyuan Zhong
PLGA, a copolymer of lactide and glycolide, is one of the most used biodegradable polymers that find a wide range of biomedical applications including drug delivery and tissue engineering. However, in spite of remarkable advancement, nanotherapeutics based on PLGA might have drawbacks of inadequate stability, drug leakage, and slow drug release at the tumor site, which reduces its targeting ability and therapeutic efficacy. Here, we report that direct modification of star PLGA ends with lipoic acid, a natural antioxidant present in our human body, affords a smart material (sPLGA-LA) that forms reversibly crosslinked and bioresponsive multifunctional nanoparticles (sPLGA XNPs)...
March 19, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Huanyu Jin, Chunxian Guo, Xin Liu, Jinlong Liu, Anthony Vasileff, Yan Jiao, Yao Zheng, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Over the past few decades, the design and development of advanced electrocatalysts for efficient energy conversion technologies have been subjects of extensive study. With the discovery of graphene, two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials have emerged as some of the most promising candidates for heterogeneous electrocatalysts due to their unique physical, chemical, and electronic properties. Here, we review 2D-nanomaterial-based electrocatalysts for selected electrocatalytic processes. We first discuss the unique advances in 2D electrocatalysts based on different compositions and functions followed by specific design principles...
March 19, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Franziska Krieg, Stefan T Ochsenbein, Sergii Yakunin, Stephanie Ten Brinck, Philipp Aellen, Adrian Süess, Baptiste Clerc, Dominic Guggisberg, Olga Nazarenko, Yevhen Shynkarenko, Sudhir Kumar, Chih-Jen Shih, Ivan Infante, Maksym V Kovalenko
Colloidal lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) have recently emerged as versatile photonic sources. Their processing and optoelectronic applications are hampered by the loss of colloidal stability and structural integrity due to the facile desorption of surface capping molecules during isolation and purification. To address this issue, herein, we propose a new ligand capping strategy utilizing common and inexpensive long-chain zwitterionic molecules such as 3-( N , N -dimethyloctadecylammonio)propanesulfonate, resulting in much improved chemical durability...
March 9, 2018: ACS Energy Letters
Periklis G Foukas, Sotirios Tsiodras, Panagiota Economopoulou, Aris Spathis, Maria Mademli, Konstantinos Leventakos, Amanda Psyrri, Petros Karakitsos, Ioannis G Panayiotides
The development of immune system modulating agents, such as immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), has revolutionized cancer treatment. Nivolumab, a human monoclonal antibody against PD-1, has emerged as an efficient treatment for various malignancies, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, it is associated with important immune related side-effects, attributed to organ-specific inflammation, such as immune-mediated pneumonitis, a relatively uncommon, albeit potentially fatal adverse event. We herein present the unique case of severe interstitial pneumonitis with concomitant detection of Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6) in a nivolumab treated patient with NSCLC...
2018: IDCases
Minjung Park, Jennifer Hunter, Soonman Kwon
High demand for traditional Korean medicine led to a policy change in 2010 allowing hospitals to provide Integrative medicine care that combines Western medicine and Korean medicine. This study evaluated the effects of Integrative medicine compared to Western medicine-only for managing acute stroke in South Korean hospitals. A retrospective matched case-control observational study was conducted for acute stroke patients admitted nationwide in 2012 and 2013. Propensity score matching was used to adjust for the likelihood of selecting Integrative medicine...
March 6, 2018: Health Policy
Paola Fincheira, Andrés Quiroz
Agricultural practices require novel products that allow sustainable development and commercial production according to the needs of farmers and consumers. Therefore, in the last decade, eco-friendly alternatives have been studied, so volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by microorganisms have emerged as a cheaper, effective, efficient, and an eco-friendly alternative. VOCs are lipophilic compounds derived from microbial metabolic pathways with low molecular weight (<300 g mol-1 ), low boiling point, and high vapor pressure that allow them to act as signal molecules over short and long distances...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey, Syed U Haqqani, Reshma Mandava, Kirubel Kentiba, Mallika Dammalapati, Nga Dao, Joshua Haueis, David Gewirtz, Joseph W Landry
Cancer chemotherapeutic drugs have greatly advanced our ability to successfully treat a variety of human malignancies. The different forms of stress produced by these agents in cancer cells result in both cell autonomous and cell nonautonomous effects. Desirable cell autonomous effects include reduced proliferative potential, cellular senescence, and cell death. More recently recognized cell nonautonomous effects, usually in the form of stimulating an antitumor immune response, have significant roles in therapeutic efficiency for a select number of chemotherapies...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
M Moreno, A Zacarias, A Porzel, L Velasquez, G Gonzalez, M Alegría-Arcos, F Gonzalez-Nilo, E K U Gross
Emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases pose an ongoing threat to global health. Currently, Enterobactin and Enterobactin derivatives have gained interest, owing to their potential application in the pharmaceutical field. As it is known [J. Am. Chem. Soc (1979) 101, 20, 6097-6104], Enterobactin (H6 EB) is an efficient iron carrier synthesized and secreted by many microbial species. In order to facilitate the elucidation of enterobactin and its analogues, here we propose the creation of a H6 EB standard set using Density Functional Theory Infrared (IR) and NMR spectra...
March 2, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Floriana Costanzo, Serena Rossi, Cristiana Varuzza, Pamela Varvara, Stefano Vicari, Deny Menghini
Noninvasive brain stimulation transiently modulates reading ability in individuals with dyslexia by facilitating the underactive neural pathways in them. However, its long-term effects have not been determined. This study confirmed the ameliorative effects of multiple sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with a training for reading on the reading abilities of children and adolescents with dyslexia and examined whether they are long-lasting. Twenty-six children and adolescents with dyslexia received 3 20-minute sessions per week for 6 weeks (18 sessions) of left anodal/right cathodal tDCS, set to 1mA, over the parieto-temporal regions, combined with training for reading...
March 14, 2018: Neuropsychologia
Kuo-Chen Huang, Yan-Ren Lin, Yuan-Jhen Syue, Chia-Te Kung, I-Min Chiu, Chao-Jui Li
BACKGROUND: There are fewer female emergency physicians (EPs) than male ones. This study attempted to analyze the differences in clinical practice between female and male EPs in the emergency department (ED). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective, 1-year cohort study was conducted across 4 EDs in the largest healthcare system in Taiwan. A total of 199,757 adult patients without trauma treated by 76 EPs (9 females and 67 males) were included in the study. The clinical practice of female and male EPs was compared...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Sidy Ba, Lounès Haroune, Lassine Soumano, Jean-Phillipe Bellenger, J Peter Jones, Hubert Cabana
The increasing presence of pharmaceutical products (PPs) and other organic contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in aquatic systems has become one of the major global environmental contamination concerns. Sewage treatment plants (STPs) are one of the major sources of PPs discharge into natural waters due to the deficiencies of conventional treatment processes to deal with these micropollutants. Numerous new treatment processes and technologies have been investigated for the removals of CECs in wastewaters with more or less success...
March 5, 2018: Chemosphere
Sa Geng, Ayano Miyagi, James G Umen
Volvocine algae comprise a unique comparative model for investigating the evolution of distinct male and female sexes (oogamy) from an isogamous ancestral state with mating types. The mating-type or sex-determining gene MID encodes a putative RWP-RK family transcription factor, and orthologs of MID are present throughout the volvocine algal lineage in either the MT- or male mating locus of dioecious species. It was previously found that ectopic expression of isogamous Chlamydomonas reinhardtii MID ( CrMID ) in a C...
March 16, 2018: Development
J Lekscha, H Wilming, J Eisert, R Gallego
We investigate the limitations that emerge in thermodynamic tasks as a result of having local control only over the components of a thermal machine. These limitations are particularly relevant for devices composed of interacting many-body systems. Specifically, we study protocols of work extraction that employ a many-body system as a working medium whose evolution can be driven by tuning the on-site Hamiltonian terms. This provides a restricted set of thermodynamic operations, giving rise to alternative bounds for the performance of engines...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Gaby Aphram, Laurent De Kerchove, Stefano Mastrobuoni, Emiliano Navarra, Silvia Solari, Saadallah Tamer, Jerome Baert, Alain Poncelet, Jean Rubay, Parla Astarci, Philippe Noirhomme, Gebrine El Khoury
OBJECTIVES: Mitral valve (MV) repair is the gold standard for treatment of degenerative mitral regurgitation. A variety of surgical techniques allow surgeons to achieve a high rate of MV repair even with MV diseases of other aetiologies. However, a certain number of repairs fail over time. The aim of this study was to review our single-centre experience of MV re-repair and analyse the mode of repair failure, re-repair safety and efficiency in relation to the initial aetiology. METHODS: Between 1997 and 2015, 91 patients underwent redo MV re-repair...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Deepak Reddy Gade, Amareswararao Makkapati, Rajesh Babu Yarlagadda, Godefridus J Peters, B S Sastry, V V S Rajendra Prasad
Overexpression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) leads to the emergence of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer treatment. Acridones have the potential to reverse MDR and sensitize cells. In the present study, we aimed to elucidate the chemosensitization potential of acridones by employing various molecular modelling techniques. Pharmacophore modeling was performed for the dataset of chemosensitizing acridones earlier proved for cytotoxic activity against MCF7 breast cancer cell line. Gaussian-based QSAR studies also performed to predict the favored and disfavored region of the acridone molecules...
February 24, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Sijie Ge, Sujing Wang, Qiang Xu, Thomas Ho
Emergency shutdowns of chemical plants (ESCP) inevitably generate intensive and huge amounts of VOCs and NOx emissions through flaring that can cause highly localized and transient air pollution events with elevated ozone concentrations. However, quantitative studies of regional ozone impact due to ESCP, in terms of how ESCP would affect and to what extent ESCP could impact, are still lacking. This paper reports a systematic study on regional air quality impact from an olefin plant emergency shutdown due to the sudden failure of its cracked gas compressor (CGC)...
March 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Mingfei Zeng, Huachuan Cao
Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and ketone bodies recently emerged as important physiological relevant metabolites because of their association with microbiota, immunology, obesity and other metabolic states. They were commonly analyzed by GC-MS with long run time and laborious sample preparation. In this study we developed a novel LC-MS/MS method using fast derivatization coupled with liquid-liquid extraction to detect SCFA and ketone bodies in plasma and feces. Several different derivatization reagents were evaluated to compare the efficiency, the sensitivity and chromatographic separation of structural isomers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Ganbold Lundeg, Amanda Baric, David C Pescod, Keith Pescod
Anesthesia in Mongolia has undergone a period of major development over the past 17 years, thanks to the work of the Mongolian Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) and the support of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. The specialty has made major advances in training and in its standing among medical specialties in Mongolia. The MSA has produced members who are leaders in the development of anesthesia as well as emergency medicine and critical care...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Manisha B Walunj, Arun A Tanpure, Seergazhi G Srivatsan
Pd-catalyzed C-C bond formation, an important vertebra in the spine of synthetic chemistry, is emerging as a valuable chemoselective transformation for post-synthetic functionalization of biomacromolecules. While methods are available for labeling protein and DNA, development of an analogous procedure to label RNA by cross-coupling reactions remains a major challenge. Herein, we describe a new Pd-mediated RNA oligonucleotide (ON) labeling method that involves post-transcriptional functionalization of iodouridine-labeled RNA transcripts by using Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction...
March 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Piera Valenti, Luigi Rosa, Daniela Capobianco, Maria Stefania Lepanto, Elisa Schiavi, Antimo Cutone, Rosalba Paesano, Paola Mastromarino
The innate defense system of the female mucosal genital tract involves a close and complex interaction among the healthy vaginal microbiota, different cells, and various proteins that protect the host from pathogens. Vaginal lactobacilli and lactoferrin represent two essential actors in the vaginal environment. Lactobacilli represent the dominant bacterial species able to prevent facultative and obligate anaerobes outnumber in vaginal microbiota maintaining healthy microbial homeostasis. Several mechanisms underlie the protection exerted by lactobacilli: competition for nutrients and tissue adherence, reduction of the vaginal pH, modulation of immunity, and production of bioactive compounds...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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