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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922256/statins-in-critical-care-to-give-or-not-to-give
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Amr S Omar, Samy Hanoura, Haifa M Aljanubi, Ahmed Mahfouz
Owing to statin's immune modulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic and endothelial function actions, they are widely used in the critical care settings in diverse disease scenarios. We aim to explore the evidence to globalize the utilization of statins in the intensive care practice for different indications. We carried out a search of the PubMed, Cochrane and EMBASE databases up to January 2016. We included review articles, meta-analyses, and original trials on the effects of statin therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU) combining the following MESH terms: 'satins', 'intensive care, 'cardiac surgery', 'sepsis', 'acute respiratory distress syndrome' 'pneumonia', subarachnoid hemorrhage', traumatic brain injury and 'critical illness'...
December 6, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922204/encapsulation-of-bimetallic-metal-nanoparticles-into-robust-zr-based-metal-organic-frameworks-evaluation-of-the-catalytic-potential-for-size-selective-hydrogenation
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Christoph Rösler, Stefano Dissegna, Victor Lopez Rechac, Max Kauer, Penghu Guo, Stuart Turner, Kevin Ollegott, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Tomokazu Yamamoto, Daniel Peeters, Yuemin Wang, Syo Matsumura, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Hiroshi Kitagawa, Martin Muhler, Francesc X Llabrés I Xamena, Roland A Fischer
The realization of metal NPs with bimetallic character and distinct composition for specific catalytic applications is an intensively studied field. Due to the synergy between metals, most of the bimetallic particles exhibit unique properties, only hardly provided by the individual monometallic counterparts. However, as small sized NPs possess high surface energy, agglomeration during catalytic reactions is favored. Sufficient stabilization can be achieved by confinement of NPs in porous support materials. In this sense, especially MOFs gained a lot of attention during the last years, however, encapsulation of bimetallic species remains challenging...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922200/a-fluorescence-lifetime-based-binding-assay-for-class-iia-histone-deacetylases
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Christian Meyners, Monique Mertens, Pablo Wessig, Franz-Josef Meyer-Almes
Class IIa HDACs show extremely low enzymatic activity and no commonly accepted endogenous substrate is known today. Increasing evidence suggests that these enzymes exert their effect rather through molecular recognition of acetylated proteins and recruiting other proteins like HDAC3 to the desired target location. Accordingly, class IIa HDACs like bromodomains have been suggested to act as "Readers" of acetyl marks, whereas enzymatically active HDACs from class I or IIb are called "Erasers" to highlight their capability to remove acetyl groups from acetylated histones or other proteins...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922179/a-carbon-dioxide-stripping-model-for-mammalian-cell-culture-in-manufacturing-scale-bioreactors
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Zizhuo Xing, Amanda M Lewis, Michael C Borys, Zheng Jian Li
Control of carbon dioxide within the optimum range is important in mammalian bioprocesses at the manufacturing scale in order to ensure robust cell growth, high protein yields, and consistent quality attributes. The majority of bioprocess development work is done in laboratory bioreactors, in which carbon dioxide levels are more easily controlled. Some challenges in carbon dioxide control can present themselves when cell culture processes are scaled up, because carbon dioxide accumulation is a common feature due to longer gas-residence time of mammalian cell culture in large scale bioreactors...
December 6, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922130/the-nmda-receptor-glun2c-subunit-controls-cortical-excitatory-inhibitory-balance-neuronal-oscillations-and-cognitive-function
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Subhash C Gupta, Aparna Ravikrishnan, Jinxu Liu, Zhihao Mao, Ratnamala Pavuluri, Brandon G Hillman, Pauravi J Gandhi, Dustin J Stairs, Ming Li, Rajesh R Ugale, Daniel T Monaghan, Shashank M Dravid
Despite strong evidence for NMDA receptor (NMDAR) hypofunction as an underlying factor for cognitive disorders, the precise roles of various NMDAR subtypes remains unknown. The GluN2C-containing NMDARs exhibit unique biophysical properties and expression pattern, and lower expression of GluN2C subunit has been reported in postmortem brains from schizophrenia patients. We found that loss of GluN2C subunit leads to a shift in cortical excitatory-inhibitory balance towards greater inhibition. Specifically, pyramidal neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of GluN2C knockout mice have reduced mEPSC frequency and dendritic spine density and a contrasting higher frequency of mIPSCs...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922120/regulation-of-human-cardiac-potassium-channels-by-full-length-kcne3-and-kcne4
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Geoffrey W Abbott
Voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels comprise pore-forming α subunits and a multiplicity of regulatory proteins, including the cardiac-expressed and cardiac arrhythmia-linked transmembrane KCNE subunits. After recently uncovering novel, N-terminally extended (L) KCNE3 and KCNE4 isoforms and detecting their transcripts in human atrium, reported here are their functional effects on human cardiac Kv channel α subunits expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. As previously reported for short isoforms KCNE3S and KCNE4S, KCNE3L inhibited hERG; KCNE4L inhibited Kv1...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922118/mining-visualizing-and-comparing-multidimensional-biomolecular-data-using-the-genomics-data-miner-gmine-web-server
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Carla Proietti, Martha Zakrzewski, Thomas S Watkins, Bernard Berger, Shihab Hasan, Champa N Ratnatunga, Marie-Jo Brion, Peter D Crompton, John J Miles, Denise L Doolan, Lutz Krause
Genomics Data Miner (GMine) is a user-friendly online software that allows non-experts to mine, cluster and compare multidimensional biomolecular datasets. Various powerful visualization techniques are provided, generating high quality figures that can be directly incorporated into scientific publications. Robust and comprehensive analyses are provided via a broad range of data-mining techniques, including univariate and multivariate statistical analysis, supervised learning, correlation networks, clustering and multivariable regression...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922111/mir-365-targets-%C3%AE-arrestin-2-to-reverse-morphine-tolerance-in-rats
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Jian Wang, Wei Xu, Tao Zhong, Zongbin Song, Yu Zou, Zhuofeng Ding, Qulian Guo, Xinzhong Dong, Wangyuan Zou
Morphine tolerance is a challenging clinical problem that limits its clinical application in pain treatment. Non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) modulate gene expression in a post transcriptional manner, and their dysregulation causes various diseases. However, the significance of miRNAs in morphine tolerance is still poorly understood. In the present study, we hypothesized that microRNA-365 (miR-365) is a key functional small RNA that reverses morphine tolerance through regulation of β-arrestin 2 in rats. Here, microarray analysis and quantitative real-time PCR showed that miR-365 was robustly decreased in the spinal cord after chronic morphine administration...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922100/evaluation-of-candidate-reference-genes-for-rt-qpcr-studies-in-three-metabolism-related-tissues-of-mice-after-caloric-restriction
#9
Huan Gong, Liang Sun, Beidong Chen, Yiwen Han, Jing Pang, Wei Wu, Ruomei Qi, Tie-Mei Zhang
Reverse transcription quantitative-polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is a routine method for gene expression analysis, and reliable results depend on proper normalization by stable reference genes. Caloric restriction (CR) is a robust lifestyle intervention to slow aging and delay onset of age-associated diseases via inducing global changes in gene expression. Reliable normalization of RT-qPCR data becomes crucial in CR studies. In this study, the expression stability of 12 candidate reference genes were evaluated in inguinal white adipose tissue (iWAT), skeletal muscle (Sk...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921456/capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry-as-a-tool-for-untargeted-metabolomics
#10
Antonia García, Joanna Godzien, Ángeles López-Gonzálvez, Coral Barbas
Highly polar and ionic metabolites, such as sugars, most amino acids, organic acids or nucleotides are not retained by conventional reversed-phase LC columns and polar stationary phases and hydrophilic-interaction LC lacks of robustness, which is still limiting their applications for untargeted metabolomics where reproducibility is a must. Biological samples such as blood, urine or even tissues include many hydrophilic compounds secreted from cells, their analysis is essential for biomarker discovery, disease progression or treatment effects...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921386/cytotoxicity-of-a-series-of-norcantharidin-inspired-tetrahydroepoxyisoindole-carboxamides
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Christopher Peter Gordon, Lawson K Spare, Pasquale Falsetta, Jayne Gilbert, David G Harman, Mark A Baker, Feng Li, Adam McCluskey, Jack K Clegg, Jennette A Sakoff, Janice R Aldrich-Wright
A series of 28 norcantharidin (NorC) inspired analogues were accessed via a robust two-step Ugi intramolecular Diels-Alder (IMDA) sequence. Four analogues displayed equipotent whole cell cytotoxicity to NorC and cisplatin against a number of cancer cell lines and a normal breast cell line (MCF10A). Notably (3S,3aS,6R)-2-benzyl-7-methyl-N-(naphthalen-2-yl)-1-oxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-3a,6-epoxyisoindole-3-carboxamide (trans-27) displayed superior whole cell activity against breast (MCF-7, GI50 = 2.9 µM) and colon (HT29, GI50 = 6...
December 6, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921384/a-robust-molecular-catalyst-generated-in-situ-for-photo-and-electrochemical-water-oxidation
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Hussein A Younus, Nazir Ahmad, Adeel H Chughtai, Matthias Vandichel, Michael Busch, Kristof Van Hecke, Mekhman Yusubov, Shaoxian Song, Francis Verpoort
Water splitting is the key step towards artificial photosystems for solar energy conversion and storage in the form of chemical bonding. The oxidation of water is the bottle-neck of this process that hampers its practical utility and hence efficient, robust, and also easy to make catalytic systems based on cheap and earth abundant materials are of exceptional importance. Here, we present an in-situ generated cobalt catalyst [Co(II)(TCA)2(H2O)2] (TCA = 1-Mesityl-1,2,3-1H-triazole-4-carboxylate) efficiently conducting photochemical water oxidation at near-neutral conditions...
December 5, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921372/a-fuzzy-neural-network-sliding-mode-controller-for-vibration-suppression-in-robotically-assisted-minimally-invasive-surgery
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Hongqiang Sang, Chenghao Yang, Fen Liu, Jintian Yun, Guoguang Jin
BACKGROUND: It is very important for robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery to achieve a high-precision and smooth motion control. However, the surgical instrument tip will exhibit vibration caused by nonlinear friction and unmodeled dynamics, especially when the surgical robot system is attempting low-speed, fine motion. METHODS: A fuzzy neural network sliding mode controller (FNNSMC) is proposed to suppress vibration of the surgical robotic system. Nonlinear friction and modeling uncertainties are compensated by a Stribeck model, a radial basis function (RBF) neural network and a fuzzy system, respectively...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921340/brain-activation-during-fear-extinction-predicts-exposure-success
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Tali Manber Ball, Sarah E Knapp, Martin P Paulus, Murray B Stein
BACKGROUND: Exposure therapy, a gold-standard treatment for anxiety disorders, is assumed to work via extinction learning, but this has never been tested. Anxious individuals demonstrate extinction learning deficits, likely related to less ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and more amygdala activation, but the relationship between these deficits and exposure outcome is unknown. We tested whether anxious individuals who demonstrate better extinction learning report greater anxiety reduction following brief exposure...
December 6, 2016: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921291/evaluation-of-capillary-electrophoresis-for-the-analysis-of-rooibos-and-honeybush-tea-phenolics
#15
William J Arries, Andreas G J Tredoux, Dalene de Beer, Elizabeth Joubert, André de Villiers
Rooibos and honeybush are popular herbal teas produced from the shrubs of Aspalathus linearis and Cyclopia spp., respectively, which are indigenous to South Africa. Both herbal teas are rich in polyphenols and their consumption is associated with several health benefits, partly ascribed to their phenolic constituents. Quantification of phenolics in extracts and teas for quality control and research purposes is generally performed using HPLC, although dedicated and often species-specific methods are required...
December 6, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921269/graded-structure-in-sexual-definitions-categorizations-of-having-had-sex-and-virginity-loss-among-homosexual-and-heterosexual-men-and-women
#16
Ava D Horowitz, Edward Bedford
Definitions of sexual behavior display a robust hierarchy of agreement regarding whether or not acts should be classed as, for example, sex or virginity loss. The current research offers a theoretical explanation for this hierarchy, proposing that sexual definitions display graded categorical structure, arising from goodness of membership judgments. Moderation of this graded structure is also predicted, with the focus here on how sexual orientation identity affects sexual definitions. A total of 300 18- to 30-year-old participants completed an online survey, rating 18 behaviors for how far each constitutes having "had sex" and virginity loss...
December 5, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921260/development-of-oral-flexible-tablet-oft-formulation-for-pediatric-and-geriatric-patients-a-novel-age-appropriate-formulation-platform
#17
Prabagaran Chandrasekaran, Ruckmani Kandasamy
Development of palatable formulations for pediatric and geriatric patients involves various challenges. However, an innovative development with beneficial characteristics of marketed formulations in a single formulation platform was attempted. The goal of this research was to develop solid oral flexible tablets (OFTs) as a platform for pediatrics and geriatrics as oral delivery is the most convenient and widely used mode of drug administration. For this purpose, a flexible tablet formulation using cetirizine hydrochloride as model stability labile class 1 and 3 drug as per the Biopharmaceutical Classification System was developed...
December 5, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921231/the-cell-and-protoplasm-as-container-object-and-substance-1835-1861
#18
Daniel Liu
This article revisits the development of the protoplasm concept as it originally arose from critiques of the cell theory, and examines how the term "protoplasm" transformed from a botanical term of art in the 1840s to the so-called "living substance" and "the physical basis of life" two decades later. I show that there were two major shifts in biological materialism that needed to occur before protoplasm theory could be elevated to have equal status with cell theory in the nineteenth century. First, I argue that biologists had to accept that life could inhere in matter alone, regardless of form...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the History of Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921187/rotor-tracking-using-phase-of-electrograms-recorded-during-atrial-fibrillation
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Caroline H Roney, Chris D Cantwell, Norman A Qureshi, Rasheda A Chowdhury, Emmanuel Dupont, Phang Boon Lim, Edward J Vigmond, Jennifer H Tweedy, Fu Siong Ng, Nicholas S Peters
Extracellular electrograms recorded during atrial fibrillation (AF) are challenging to interpret due to the inherent beat-to-beat variability in amplitude and duration. Phase mapping represents these voltage signals in terms of relative position within the cycle, and has been widely applied to action potential and unipolar electrogram data of myocardial fibrillation. To date, however, it has not been applied to bipolar recordings, which are commonly acquired clinically. The purpose of this study is to present a novel algorithm for calculating phase from both unipolar and bipolar electrograms recorded during AF...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921147/can-the-alendronate-dosage-be-altered-when-combined-with-high-frequency-loading-in-osteoporosis-treatment
#20
C B Correa, G V Camargos, M Chatterjee, M F Mesquita, A A Del Bel Cury, I Naert, J Duyck, K Vandamme
: Alendronate therapy has been associated with serious side effects. Altering the alendronate concentration and combining with high-frequency loading as mechanical intervention was explored in this animal study as a treatment for osteoporosis. The bone anabolic potency of high-frequency loading was overruled by the different alendronate dosages applied in the present study. Further exploration of reduced hormonal therapy associated with mechanical interventions in osteoporosis treatment should be sought...
December 5, 2016: Osteoporosis International
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