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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335453/a-spatially-offset-raman-spectroscopy-method-for-non-destructive-detection-of-gelatin-encapsulated-powders
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Kuanglin Chao, Sagar Dhakal, Jianwei Qin, Yankun Peng, Walter F Schmidt, Moon S Kim, Diane E Chan
Non-destructive subsurface detection of encapsulated, coated, or seal-packaged foods and pharmaceuticals can help prevent distribution and consumption of counterfeit or hazardous products. This study used a Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) method to detect and identify urea, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen powders contained within one or more (up to eight) layers of gelatin capsules to demonstrate subsurface chemical detection and identification. A 785-nm point-scan Raman spectroscopy system was used to acquire spatially offset Raman spectra for an offset range of 0 to 10 mm from the surfaces of 24 encapsulated samples, using a step size of 0...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332834/multicomponent-platinum-ii-cages-with-tunable-emission-and-amino-acid-sensing
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Mingming Zhang, Manik Lal Saha, Ming Wang, Zhixuan Zhou, Bo Song, Chenjie Lu, Xuzhou Yan, Xiaopeng Li, Feihe Huang, Shouchun Yin, Peter J Stang
The syntheses, characterization and the emission properties of three tetragonal prismatic cages 4a-4c constructed from eight 90o Pt(II) acceptors, four linear dipyridyl ligands and two tetraphenylethene (TPE) based sodium benzoate ligands are described. These cages are emissive in dilute solutions due to the metal-coordination induced partial restriction of intramolecular rotation of their TPE units, while the dipyridyl moieties which act as the pillars as well as the solvents strongly influence these emissions...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329632/cigarette-smoking-and-the-risks-of-incident-basal-cell-carcinoma-and-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-a-large-population-based-cohort-study
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Jean Claude Dusingize, Catherine M Olsen, Nirmala Pandeya, Bridie Thompson, Rachel E Neale, Padmini Subramaniam, David C Whiteman, Adele C Green
Tobacco smoking is a strong risk factor for cancer, but associations with basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the skin have been inconsistent. We prospectively investigated the associations between cigarette smoking and 3-year incidence of first primary BCC or SCC in the QSkin cohort (n=43765). Smoking history was self-reported at baseline; newly diagnosed and surgically treated BCCs and SCCs were ascertained through linkage to the national health insurance scheme and verified by histopathology reports...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327056/multiple-sclerosis-and-suicide
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Anthony Feinstein, Bennis Pavisian
Mortality rates are elevated in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) relative to the general population. There is, however, some uncertainty whether suicide contributes to this. Epidemiological data suggest that the standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for suicide in MS is approximately twice that of the general population with younger males in the first few years following diagnosis most at risk. Rates of suicidal intent, a potential harbinger of more self-destructive behavior, are also elevated, but the frequency with which intent is followed by suicide is not known...
March 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326048/developing-a-taxonomy-of-dark-triad-triggers-at-work-a-grounded-theory-study-protocol
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Annika Nübold, Josef Bader, Nera Bozin, Romil Depala, Helena Eidast, Elisabeth A Johannessen, Gerhard Prinz
In past years, research and corporate scandals have evidenced the destructive effects of the dark triad at work, consisting of narcissism (extreme self-centeredness), psychopathy (lack of empathy and remorse) and Machiavellianism (a sense of duplicity and manipulativeness). The dark triad dimensions have typically been conceptualized as stable personality traits, ignoring the accumulating evidence that momentary personality expressions - personality states - may change due to the characteristics of the situation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304228/induction-of-xa10-like-genes-in-rice-cultivar-nipponbare-confers-disease-resistance-to-rice-bacterial-blight
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Jun Wang, Dongsheng Tian, Keyu Gu, Xiaobei Yang, Lanlan Wang, Xuan Zeng, Zhongchao Yin
Bacterial blight of rice, caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, is one of the most destructive bacterial diseases throughout the major rice growing regions in the world. The rice disease resistance (R) genes Xa10 confers race-specific disease resistance to X. oryzae pv. oryzae strains that deliver the corresponding transcription activator-like (TAL) effectors AvrXa10. Upon bacterial infection, AvrXa10 binds specifically to the effector binding element (EBE) in the promoter of the R gene and activates its expression...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298154/advanced-characterisation-of-encapsulated-lipid-powders-regarding-microstructure-by-time-domain-nuclear-magnetic-resonance
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Annika Linke, Theresa Anzmann, Jochen Weiss, Reinhard Kohlus
Encapsulation is an established technique to protect sensitive materials from environmental stress. In order to understand the physical protection mechanism against oxidation, knowledge about the powder microstructure is required. Time domain-nuclear magnetic resonance (TD-NMR) has the potential to determine the surface oil (SO) and droplet size distribution by relaxation and restricted self-diffusion, respectively. The amount of SO, the retention and encapsulation efficiency are determined based on a lipid balance...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295214/negative-regulators-of-the-rig-i-like-receptor-signaling-pathway
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Kendra M Quicke, Michael S Diamond, Mehul S Suthar
Upon recognition of specific molecular patterns on microbes, host cells trigger an innate immune response, which culminates in the production of type I interferons (IFNs), pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, and restricts pathogen replication and spread within the host. At each stage of this response, there are stimulatory and inhibitory signals that regulate the magnitude, quality, and character of the response. Positive regulation promotes an antiviral state to control and eventually clear infection, whereas negative regulation dampens inflammation and prevents immune-mediated tissue damage...
March 10, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292179/cross-linking-approaches-to-tuning-the-mechanical-properties-of-peptide-%C3%AF-electron-hydrogels
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Wathsala Liyanage, Herdeline Ann M Ardoña, Hai-Quan Mao, John D Tovar
Self-assembling peptides are extensively exploited as bioactive materials in applications such as regenerative medicine and drug delivery despite the fact that their relatively weak noncovalent interactions often render them susceptible to mechanical destruction and solvent erosion. Herein, we describe how covalent cross-linking enhances the mechanical stability of self-assembling π-conjugated peptide hydrogels. We designed short peptide-chromophore-peptide sequences displaying different reactive functional groups that can form cross-links with appropriately modified bifunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based small guest molecules...
March 15, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287848/immunomodulating-and-immunoresistance-properties-of-cancer-initiating-cells-implications-for-the-clinical-success-of-immunotherapy
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Cristina Maccalli, Giorgio Parmiani, Soldano Ferrone
Cancer-initiating cells (CICs) represent a relatively rare subpopulation of cells endowed with self-renewal, stemness properties, tumorigenicity in immunodeficient mice, and resistance to standard therapies as well as to immunotherapy. Here, we review the biological and immunological characteristics of CICs with special focus on the immunomodulating mechanisms they utilize to escape from immunosurveillance. The recently developed immunotherapeutic strategies have yielded remarkable clinical results in many types of tumors, indicating that indeed a patient's immune system can mount an immune response, which is effective in controlling tumor growth...
March 13, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285248/ptsd-s-risky-behavior-criterion-relation-with-dsm-5-ptsd-symptom-clusters-and-psychopathology
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Ateka A Contractor, Nicole H Weiss, Paula Dranger, Camilo Ruggero, Cherie Armour
A new symptom criterion of reckless and self-destructive behaviors (E2) was recently added to posttraumatic stress disorder's (PTSD) diagnostic criteria in DSM-5, which is unsurprising given the well-established relation between PTSD and risky behaviors. Researchers have questioned the significance and incremental validity of this symptom criterion within PTSD's symptomatology. Unprecedented to our knowledge, we aim to compare trauma-exposed groups differing on their endorsement status of the risky behavior symptom on several psychopathology constructs (PTSD, depression, distress tolerance, rumination, anger)...
March 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276847/individual-interpersonal-and-organisational-factors-of-healthcare-conflict-a-scoping-review
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Sara Kim, Naike Bochatay, Annemarie Relyea-Chew, Elizabeth Buttrick, Chris Amdahl, Laura Kim, Elise Frans, Matthew Mossanen, Azhar Khandekar, Ryan Fehr, Young-Mee Lee
Unresolved conflicts among healthcare professionals can lead to difficult patient care consequences. This scoping review examines the current healthcare literature that reported sources and consequences of conflict associated with individual, interpersonal, and organisational factors. We identified 99 articles published between 2001 and 2015 from PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and Excerpta Medical Database. Most reviewed studies relied on healthcare professionals' perceptions and beliefs associated with conflict sources and consequences, with few studies reporting behavioural or organisational change outcomes...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275163/axonal-degeneration-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-is-associated-with-a-membrane-polarity-sensitive-redox-process
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Mohammadali Almasieh, Maria-Magdalena Catrinescu, Loïc Binan, Santiago Costantino, Leonard A Levin
Axonal degeneration is a pathophysiological mechanism common to several neurodegenerative diseases. The slow Wallerian degeneration (Wld(S)) mutation, which results in reduced axonal degeneration in the central and peripheral nervous systems, has provided insight for a redox-dependent mechanism by which axons undergo self-destruction. We studied early molecular events in axonal degeneration with single-axon laser axotomy and time-lapse imaging, monitoring the initial changes in transected axons of purified retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) from wild-type and Wld(S) rat retinas using a polarity-sensitive annexin-based biosensor (annexin B12-Cys101,Cys260-N,N'-dimethyl-N-(iodoacetyl)-N'-(7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl) ethylenediamine)...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263308/autoimmunity-against-a-defective-ribosomal-insulin-gene-product-in-type-1-diabetes
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Maria J L Kracht, Menno van Lummel, Tatjana Nikolic, Antoinette M Joosten, Sandra Laban, Arno R van der Slik, Peter A van Veelen, Françoise Carlotti, Eelco J P de Koning, Rob C Hoeben, Arnaud Zaldumbide, Bart O Roep
Identification of epitopes that are recognized by diabetogenic T cells and cause selective beta cell destruction in type 1 diabetes (T1D) has focused on peptides originating from native beta cell proteins. Translational errors represent a major potential source of antigenic peptides to which central immune tolerance is lacking. Here, we describe an alternative open reading frame within human insulin mRNA encoding a highly immunogenic polypeptide that is targeted by T cells in T1D patients. We show that cytotoxic T cells directed against the N-terminal peptide of this nonconventional product are present in the circulation of individuals diagnosed with T1D, and we provide direct evidence that such CD8(+) T cells are capable of killing human beta cells and thereby may be diabetogenic...
February 27, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249264/bile-acids-and-deregulated-cholangiocyte-autophagy-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#15
Motoko Sasaki, Yasuni Nakanuma
BACKGROUND: Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is characterized by a high prevalence of serum anti-mitochondrial antibodies against the E2 subunit of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex and bile duct lesions called chronic non-suppurative destructive cholangitis (CNSDC) in small bile ducts, eventually followed by extensive bile duct loss and biliary cirrhosis. Macroautophagy (a major type of autophagy) is a process of cellular self-digestion that plays a critical role in energy homeostasis and in the cytoprotection to various stresses...
2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247842/leukemia-inhibitory-factor-promotes-aggressiveness-of-chordoma
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Sukru Gulluoglu, Mesut Sahin, Emre Can Tuysuz, Cumhur Kaan Yaltirik, Aysegul Kuskucu, Ferda Ozkan, Fikrettin Sahin, Ugur Ture, Omer Faruk Bayrak
Chordomas are rare tumors of the spine and skull base that are locally destructive and resistant to chemo- and radiation therapy, with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. Chordoma patients have a long life expectancy with high mortality from the disease. Cancer stem cells, which are known to exist in chordomas, have extensive proliferative and self-renewal potential, and are responsible for maintaining tumor heterogeneity along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy resistance. The leukemia inhibitory factor has multiple functions in stem-cell biology, the immune response, and cancer, and is potentially a key molecule that allows cancer stem cells to self-renew...
February 28, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236843/multiple-sclerosis-and-air-pollution-exposure-mechanisms-toward-brain-autoimmunity
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Sayed Esmaeil Mousavi, Pouria Heydarpour, Jacques Reis, Masoud Amiri, Mohammad Ali Sahraian
The association between neurodegenerative diseases and environmental exposures, in particular air pollution, has been noticed in the last two decades, but the importance of this environmental factor in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis has not been considered extensively. However, recent evidence suggests that major mechanisms involved in MS pathogenesis, such as inflammatory factors expression, free radicals overproduction, the blood brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, neuroinflammation, vitamin D deficiency and mitochondrial dysfunction could also occur due to exposure to air pollutants...
March 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228373/statins-and-fibrates-for-diabetic-retinopathy-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
#18
Vania Mozetic, Carolina Gomes Freitas, Rachel Riera
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus, and more than 75% of patients who have had diabetes for more than 20 years will have some degree of DR. This disease is highly destructive to self-esteem and puts a high burden on public health and pension systems due to the effects that it has on people of working age. The current mainstay of treatment is laser photocoagulation, which causes impairment of vision and discomfort to patients...
February 22, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224831/fear-of-failure-can-drive-self-destructive-behaviour
#19
Michael Traynor
For many events in professional life we are given guidelines, for example how to structure your job application or how to write a report about a patient.
February 22, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216695/continuous-self-sustaining-smouldering-destruction-of-simulated-faeces
#20
Ivo Fabris, Daniel Cormier, Jason I Gerhard, Tomek Bartczak, Mark Kortschot, Jose L Torero, Yu-Ling Cheng
A new approach for the rapid destruction of human waste using smouldering combustion is presented. Recently, self-sustaining smouldering combustion was shown to destroy the organic component of simulated human solid waste and dog faeces resulting in the sanitization of all pathogens using a batch process (Yermán et al., 2015). Here, a continuous smouldering process is demonstrated for the first time, allowing for a much smaller reactor size and much less energy input per mass of waste treated. The self-sustained smouldering of simulated human faeces mixed with sand is evaluated over long periods (more than 16 h) based on a single ignition...
February 15, 2017: Fuel
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