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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214720/treatment-efficiency-and-economic-feasibility-of-biological-oxidation-membrane-filtration-and-separation-processes-and-advanced-oxidation-for-the-purification-and-valorization-of-olive-mill-wastewater
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L Ioannou-Ttofa, I Michael-Kordatou, S C Fattas, A Eusebio, B Ribeiro, M Rusan, A R B Amer, S Zuraiqi, M Waismand, C Linder, Z Wiesman, J Gilron, D Fatta-Kassinos
Olive mill wastewater (OMW) is a major waste stream resulting from numerous operations that occur during the production stages of olive oil. The resulting effluent contains various organic and inorganic contaminants and its environmental impact can be notable. The present work aims at investigating the efficiency of (i) jet-loop reactor with ultrafiltration (UF) membrane system (Jacto.MBR), (ii) solar photo-Fenton oxidation after coagulation/flocculation pre-treatment and (iii) integrated membrane filtration processes (i...
February 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214133/dynamic-hyperinflation-in-patients-with-asthma-and-exercise-induced-bronchoconstriction
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Olga Mediano, Raquel Casitas, Carlos Villasante, Elisabet Martínez-Cerón, Raúl Galera, Ester Zamarrón, Francisco García-Río
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the behavior of operative lung volumes during exercise in patients with asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). OBJECTIVES: To compare the presence of dynamic hyperinflation (DH) in patients with mild asthma with and without EIB and in healthy individuals and to relate the changes in end-expiratory lung volume (EELV) with postexercise airflow reduction. METHODS: A total of 122 consecutive stable patients (>12 years of age) with mild asthma and 38 controls were studied...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212750/conformational-rigidity-and-protein-dynamics-at-distinct-timescales-regulate-ptp1b-activity-and-allostery
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Meng S Choy, Yang Li, Luciana E S F Machado, Micha B A Kunze, Christopher R Connors, Xingyu Wei, Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, Rebecca Page, Wolfgang Peti
Protein function originates from a cooperation of structural rigidity, dynamics at different timescales, and allostery. However, how these three pillars of protein function are integrated is still only poorly understood. Here we show how these pillars are connected in Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B), a drug target for diabetes and cancer that catalyzes the dephosphorylation of numerous substrates in essential signaling pathways. By combining new experimental and computational data on WT-PTP1B and ≥10 PTP1B variants in multiple states, we discovered a fundamental and evolutionarily conserved CH/π switch that is critical for positioning the catalytically important WPD loop...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212081/a-comparative-analysis-of-cmut-receiving-architectures-for-design-optimization-of-integrated-transceiver-front-ends
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Marco Sautto, Alessandro Stuart Savoia, Fabio Quaglia, Giosue Caliano, Andrea Mazzanti
A formal comparison between fundamental RX amplifier configurations for Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUT) is proposed in this paper. The impact on both RX and the pulse-echo frequency response and on the output SNR are thoroughly analysed and discussed. It is shown that the resistive-feedback amplifier yields a band-pass RX frequency response, while both open-loop voltage and capacitivefeedback amplifiers exhibit a low-pass frequency response. For a given power dissipation, it is formally proved that a capacitivefeedback amplifier provides a remarkable SNR improvement against the commonly adopted resistive feedback stage, achieved at the expense of a reduced pulse-echo center frequency, making its use convenient in low and mid-frequency ultrasound imaging applications...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211795/a-murine-model-of-a-novel-surgical-architecture-for-proprioceptive-muscle-feedback-and-its-potential-application-to-control-of-advanced-limb-prostheses
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Tyler R Clites, Matthew Carty, Shriya Srinivasan, Anthony Zorzos, Hugh Herr
<i>Objective:</i> Proprioceptive mechanisms play a critical role in both reflexive and volitional lower extremity control. Significant strides have been made in the development of bionic limbs that are capable of bi-directional communication with the peripheral nervous system, but none of these systems have been capable of providing physiologically-relevant muscle-based proprioceptive feedback through natural neural pathways. In this study, we present the Agonist-antagonist Myoplastic Interface (AMI), a surgical approach with the capacity to provide graded kinesthetic feedback from a prosthesis through mechanical activation of native mechanoreceptors within residual agonist-antagonist muscle pairs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211197/recurrences-in-the-blanking-period-and-12-month-success-rate-by-continuous-cardiac-monitoring-after-cryoablation-of-paroxysmal-and-non-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Paolo Pieragnoli, Alessandro Paoletti Perini, Giuseppe Ricciardi, Luca Checchi, Andrea Giomi, Iacopo Muraca, Letizia Mannucci, Luigi Padeletti
INTRODUCTION: Recurrences within the blanking period (early recurrences) are common after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), but their clinical significance is still controversial. We aimed at evaluating the significance of within-blanking recurrences at 12-month follow-up after cryoballoon (CB) PVI, and to assess the real procedural success rate by continuous monitoring of cardiac rhythm. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty consecutive AF patients (34 paroxysmal, 56...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210075/pancreatic-stellate-cell-pandora-s-box-for-pancreatic-disease-biology
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Ratnakar R Bynigeri, Aparna Jakkampudi, Ramaiah Jangala, Chivukula Subramanyam, Mitnala Sasikala, G Venkat Rao, D Nageshwar Reddy, Rupjyoti Talukdar
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) were identified in the early 1980s, but received much attention after 1998 when the methods to isolate and culture them from murine and human sources were developed. PSCs contribute to a small proportion of all pancreatic cells under physiological condition, but are essential for maintaining the normal pancreatic architecture. Quiescent PSCs are characterized by the presence of vitamin A laden lipid droplets. Upon PSC activation, these perinuclear lipid droplets disappear from the cytosol, attain a myofibroblast like phenotype and expresses the activation marker, alpha smooth muscle actin...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209713/mir-718-represses-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-production-through-targeting-pten
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Parisa Kalantari, Omid F Harandi, Sarika Agarwal, Florentina Rus, Evelyn A Kurt-Jones, Katherine A Fitzgerald, Daniel R Caffrey, Douglas T Golenbock
Bacterial sepsis involves a complex interaction between the host immune response and bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS). LPS binds Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4, which leads to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines that are essential for a potent innate immune response against pathogens. The innate immune system is tightly regulated as excessive inflammation can lead to organ failure and death. MicroRNAs have recently emerged as important regulators of the innate immune system. Here, we determined the function of miR-718, which is conserved across mammals and overlaps with the 5 UTR of the Interleukin-1 Receptor-Associated Kinase (IRAK1) gene...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208866/fatal-toxic-megacolon-in-a-child-of-hirschsprung-disease
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Shiwani R Garg, Pragati A Sathe, Annapurna C Taware, Ketaki M Surve
Hirschsprung disease (HD) in late childhood is uncommon and often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. However, in a patient with Hirschsprung disease, of greater significance is the occurrence of life threatening enterocolitis. In its more severe form, this is associated with gross dilatation of the colon and profound toxaemia, the combination being termed toxic megacolon. Because of its relative rarity, we report a case of 10-year-old child who had a history of chronic constipation for nine years. He later developed complications and presented to the emergency department with toxic megacolon, a rare occurrence due to neglected constipation...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208580/twist2-is-upregulated-in-early-stages-of-repair-following-acute-kidney-injury
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Elizabeth A Grunz-Borgmann, LaNita A Nichols, Xinhui Wang, Alan R Parrish
The aging kidney is a marked by a number of structural and functional changes, including an increased susceptibility to acute kidney injury (AKI). Previous studies from our laboratory have shown that aging male Fischer 344 rats (24 month) are more susceptible to apoptosis-mediated injury than young counterparts. In the current studies, we examined the initial injury and early recovery phases of mercuric chloride-induced AKI. Interestingly, the aging kidney had decreased serum creatinine compared to young controls 1 day following mercuric chloride injury, but by day 4, serum creatinine was significantly elevated, suggesting that the aging kidney did not recover from injury...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203566/increased-spontaneous-recombination-in-rnase-h2-deficient-cells-arises-from-multiple-contiguous-rnmps-and-not-from-single-rnmp-residues-incorporated-by-dna-polymerase-epsilon
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Anastasiya Epshtein, Catherine J Potenski, Hannah L Klein
Ribonucleotides can become embedded in DNA from insertion by DNA polymerases, failure to remove Okazaki fragment primers, R-loops that can prime replication, and RNA/cDNA-mediated recombination. RNA:DNA hybrids are removed by RNase H enzymes. Single rNMPs in DNA are removed by RNase H2 and if they remain on the leading strand, can lead to mutagenesis in a Top1-dependent pathway. rNMPs in DNA can also stimulate genome instability, among which are homologous recombination gene conversion events. We previously found that, similar to the rNMP-stimulated mutagenesis, rNMP-stimulated recombination was also Top1-dependent...
June 2016: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202762/maternal-binding-and-neutralizing-igg-responses-targeting-the-c-terminal-region-of-the-v3-loop-are-predictive-of-reduced-peripartum-hiv-1-transmission-risk
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David R Martinez, Nathan Vandergrift, Ayooluwa O Douglas, Erin McGuire, John Bainbridge, Nathan I Nicely, David C Montefiori, Georgia D Tomaras, Genevieve G Fouda, Sallie R Permar
The development of an effective maternal HIV-1 vaccine that could synergize with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to eliminate pediatric HIV-1 infection will require the characterization of maternal immune responses capable of blocking transmission of autologous HIV viruses to the infant. We previously identified that maternal plasma antibody binding to linear epitopes within the variable loop 3 (V3) region of HIV envelope (Env) and neutralizing responses against easy to neutralize tier 1 viruses were associated with reduced risk of peripartum HIV infection in the historic U...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202497/deficiency-of-the-angiotensinase-aminopeptidase-a-increases-susceptibility-to-glomerular-injury
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Juan Carlos Q Velez, Ehtesham Arif, Jessalyn Rodgers, Megan P Hicks, John M Arthur, Deepak Nihalani, Evelyn T Bruner, Milos N Budisavljevic, Carl Atkinson, Wayne R Fitzgibbon, Michael G Janech
Aminopeptidase A (APA) is expressed in glomerular podocytes and tubular epithelia and metabolizes angiotensin II (AngII), a peptide known to promote glomerulosclerosis. In this study, we tested whether APA expression changes in response to progressive nephron loss or whether APA exerts a protective role against glomerular damage and during AngII-mediated hypertensive kidney injury. At advanced stages of FSGS, fawn-hooded hypertensive rat kidneys exhibited distinctly increased APA staining in areas of intact glomerular capillary loops...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28200020/genome-wide-identification-of-basic-helix-loop-helix-and-nf-1-motifs-underlying-gr-binding-sites-in-male-rat-hippocampus
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John R Pooley, Ben P Flynn, Lars Grøntved, Songjoon Baek, Michael J Guertin, Yvonne M Kershaw, Matthew T Birnie, Annie Pellatt, Caroline A Rivers, R Louis Schiltz, Gordon L Hager, Stafford L Lightman, Becky L Conway-Campbell
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February 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198522/cardiovascular-drug-utilization-post-implant-is-related-to-clinical-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-receiving-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Zoltan Bakos, Christian Reitan, Anna Werther-Evaldsson, Anders Roijer, Pyotr PLatonov, Rasmus Borgquist
BACKGROUND: In select patients with heart failure, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is the most common complementary treatment besides medical treatment. We aimed to assess the association between post CRT-implant changes in cardiovascular medication and cardiovascular mortality and heart failure hospitalization. METHODS: 211 patients on optimal medical therapy eligible for CRT were retrospectively included in this study (72 ± 7 years, 80% male, 66% left bundle branch block [LBBB], 48% dilated cardiomyopathy [DCMP]) and investigated at baseline and after 6 months ...
February 15, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197157/loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-method-for-the-rapid-detection-of-ralstonia-solanacearum-phylotype-i-mulberry-strains-in-china
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Wen Huang, Hao Zhang, Jingsheng Xu, Shuai Wang, Xiangjiu Kong, Wei Ding, Jin Xu, Jie Feng
Ralstonia solanacearum phylotype I mulberry strains are causative agent of bacterial wilt of mulberry. Current diagnostic methods are not adopted to the mulberry wilt disease. In this study, we developed a rapid method, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), to detect R. solanacearum phylotype I mulberry strains. A set of six primers was designed to target the clone MG67 sequence in this LAMP detection which can be completed in 20 min at 64°C. The results of the LAMP reaction could be observed with the naked eye due to magnesium pyrophosphate precipitate produced during the reaction or the color change after adding SYBR Green I...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196892/modeling-the-two-way-feedback-between-contractility-and-matrix-realignment-reveals-a-nonlinear-mode-of-cancer-cell-invasion
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Hossein Ahmadzadeh, Marie R Webster, Reeti Behera, Angela M Jimenez Valencia, Denis Wirtz, Ashani T Weeraratna, Vivek B Shenoy
Cancer cell invasion from primary tumors is mediated by a complex interplay between cellular adhesions, actomyosin-driven contractility, and the physical characteristics of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here, we incorporate a mechanochemical free-energy-based approach to elucidate how the two-way feedback loop between cell contractility (induced by the activity of chemomechanical interactions such as Ca(2+) and Rho signaling pathways) and matrix fiber realignment and strain stiffening enables the cells to polarize and develop contractile forces to break free from the tumor spheroids and invade into the ECM...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194941/rate-of-asparagine-deamidation-in-a-monoclonal-antibody-correlating-with-hydrogen-exchange-rate-at-adjacent-downstream-residues
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Jonathan J Phillips, Andrew Buchanan, John Andrews, Matthieu Chodorge, Sudharsan Sridharan, Laura Mitchell, Nicole Burmeister, Alistair D Kippen, Tristan J Vaughan, Daniel R Higazi, David Lowe
Antibodies are an important class of drugs, comprising more than half of all new FDA approvals. Therapeutic antibodies must be chemically stable both in storage and in vivo, following administration to patients. Deamidation is a major degradation pathway for all natural and therapeutic proteins circulating in blood. Here, the linkage between deamidation propensity and structural dynamics is investigated by examining two antibodies with differing specificities. While both antibodies share a canonical asparagine-glycine (NG) motif in a structural loop, this is prone to deamidation in one of the antibodies but not the other...
February 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194689/exploring-physician-perspectives-of-residency-holdover-handoffs-a-qualitative-study-to-understand-an-increasingly-important-type-of-handoff
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Jonathan A Duong, Trevor P Jensen, Sasha Morduchowicz, Michelle Mourad, James D Harrison, Sumant R Ranji
BACKGROUND: The term "holdover admissions" refers to patients admitted by an overnight physician and whose care is then transferred to a new primary team the next morning. Descriptions of the holdover process in internal medicine are sparse. OBJECTIVE: To identify important factors affecting the quality of holdover handoffs at an internal medicine (IM) residency program and to compare them to previously identified factors for other handoffs. DESIGN: We undertook a qualitative study using structured focus groups and interviews...
February 13, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193689/signaling-by-fgf-receptor-2-not-fgf-receptor-1-regulates-myelin-thickness-through-activation-of-erk1-2-mapk-which-promotes-mtorc1-activity-in-an-akt-independent-manner
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M Furusho, A Ishii, R Bansal
FGF signaling has emerged as a significant 'late-stage' regulator of myelin thickness in the CNS, independent of oligodendrocyte differentiation. Therefore, it is critically important to identify the specific FGF-Receptor-type and its downstream signaling molecules in oligodendrocytes to obtain better insights into the regulatory mechanisms of myelin growth. Here, we show that FGF-Receptor-type-2 (FGFR2) is highly enriched at the paranodal loops of myelin. Conditional ablation of this receptor-type, but not FGF-Receptor-type-1 (FGFR1), resulted in attenuation of myelin growth, expression of major myelin genes, key transcription factor Myrf and ERK1/2 activity...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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