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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140677/synthesis-of-multi-au-nanoparticles-embedded-mesoporous-silica-microspheres-as-self-filtering-and-reusable-substrates-for-sers-detection
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Miao Chen, Wen Luo, Zhimin Zhang, Ranhao Wang, Yuqiu Zhu, Hua Yang, Xiaoqing Chen
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) based biosensing in biological fluids is constrained by nonspecific macromolecules adsorptions and disposable property of the SERS substrate. Here, novel multi-Au nanoparticles-embedded mesoporous silica microspheres (AuNPs/mSiO2) was prepared using a one-pot method, which served as reliable substrates for SERS enhancement associated with salient features of self-filtering ability and reusability. The fabrication and physical characterization of AuNPs/mSiO2 microspheres were discussed, and SERS activity of this novel substrates was investigated by using 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) as Raman probe...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140531/an-update-on-sorfs-org-a-repository-of-small-orfs-identified-by-ribosome-profiling
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Volodimir Olexiouk, Wim Van Criekinge, Gerben Menschaert
sORFs.org (http://www.sorfs.org) is a public repository of small open reading frames (sORFs) identified by ribosome profiling (RIBO-seq). This update elaborates on the major improvements implemented since its initial release. sORFs.org now additionally supports three more species (zebrafish, rat and Caenorhabditis elegans) and currently includes 78 RIBO-seq datasets, a vast increase compared to the three that were processed in the initial release. Therefore, a novel pipeline was constructed that also enables sORF detection in RIBO-seq datasets comprising solely elongating RIBO-seq data while previously, matching initiating RIBO-seq data was necessary to delineate the sORFs...
November 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140232/country-wide-surveillance-of-molecular-markers-of-antimalarial-drug-resistance-in-senegal-by-use-of-positive-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-tests
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Magatte Ndiaye, Doudou Sow, Sidsel Nag, Khadime Sylla, Roger Clement Tine, Jean Louis Ndiaye, Aminata Collé Lo, Oumar Gaye, Babacar Faye, Michael Alifrangis
In Senegal, antimalarial drugs used in treatment and prevention of malaria are one of the main reasons for the current success in controlling malaria. However, the successful control of malaria is highly dependent on continued effectiveness of these drugs which may be compromised by the spread of drug resistance. Therefore, surveillance of drug resistance in the malaria parasites is essential. The objective of this pilot study was to test the feasibility of routinely sampled malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at a national scale to assess the temporal changes in the molecular profiles of antimalarial drug resistance markers of Plasmodium falciparum parasites...
November 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140111/purging-exhausted-virus-specific-cd8-t-cell-phenotypes-by-somatic-cell-reprogramming
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Joshua Chan, Patrick Y Kim, Emiko Kranz, Yoshiko Nagaoka, YooJin Lee, Jing Wen, Heidi J Elsaesser, Meng Qin, David G Brooks, Gene-Errol Ringpis, Irvin S Y Chen, Masakazu Kamata
Cytotoxic T cells are critical in controlling virus infections. However, continuous antigen stimulation and negative regulatory factors cause CD8 T cells to enter a dysfunctional state (T cell exhaustion), resulting in viral persistence. We hypothesized that the exhausted T cell state could be molecularly rejuvenated using a somatic cell reprogramming technology, which is technically able to convert any types of cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), to regenerate functional T cells capable of purging chronic infection...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139026/structural-elucidation-of-novel-biomarkers-of-known-metabolic-disorders-based-on-multistage-fragmentation-mass-spectra
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Jan Václavík, Karlien L M Coene, Ivo Vrobel, Lukáš Najdekr, David Friedecký, Radana Karlíková, Lucie Mádrová, Aleksanteri Petsalo, Udo F H Engelke, Annemiek van Wegberg, Leo A J Kluijtmans, Tomáš Adam, Ron A Wevers
Specific diagnostic markers are the key to effective diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). Untargeted metabolomics allows for the identification of potential novel diagnostic biomarkers. Current separation techniques coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry provide a powerful tool for structural elucidation of unknown compounds in complex biological matrices. This is a proof-of-concept study testing this methodology to determine the molecular structure of as yet uncharacterized m/z signals that were significantly increased in plasma samples from patients with phenylketonuria and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA lyase deficiency...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138947/a-posteriori-metadata-from-automated-provenance-tracking-integration-of-aiida-and-tcod
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Andrius Merkys, Nicolas Mounet, Andrea Cepellotti, Nicola Marzari, Saulius Gražulis, Giovanni Pizzi
In order to make results of computational scientific research findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable, it is necessary to decorate them with standardised metadata. However, there are a number of technical and practical challenges that make this process difficult to achieve in practice. Here the implementation of a protocol is presented to tag crystal structures with their computed properties, without the need of human intervention to curate the data. This protocol leverages the capabilities of AiiDA, an open-source platform to manage and automate scientific computational workflows, and the TCOD, an open-access database storing computed materials properties using a well-defined and exhaustive ontology...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138507/systems-pathology-by-multiplexed-immunohistochemistry-and-whole-slide-digital-image-analysis
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Sami Blom, Lassi Paavolainen, Dmitrii Bychkov, Riku Turkki, Petra Mäki-Teeri, Annabrita Hemmes, Katja Välimäki, Johan Lundin, Olli Kallioniemi, Teijo Pellinen
The paradigm of molecular histopathology is shifting from a single-marker immunohistochemistry towards multiplexed detection of markers to better understand the complex pathological processes. However, there are no systems allowing multiplexed IHC (mIHC) with high-resolution whole-slide tissue imaging and analysis, yet providing feasible throughput for routine use. We present an mIHC platform combining fluorescent and chromogenic staining with automated whole-slide imaging and integrated whole-slide image analysis, enabling simultaneous detection of six protein markers and nuclei, and automatic quantification and classification of hundreds of thousands of cells in situ in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138429/brain-network-correlates-of-emotional-aging
#8
Youngwook Lyoo, Sujung Yoon
Physical and cognitive functions typically decline with aging while emotional stability is relatively conserved. The current proof-of-concept study is the first to report of the brain mechanisms underlying emotional aging from a brain network perspective. Two hundred eighty-six healthy subjects aged 20-65 were classified into three groups of the emotionally young, intermediate-aged, and old (E-young, E-intermediate, and E-old, respectively) based on the cluster analysis of the emotion recognition task data...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137710/loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-using-self-avoiding-molecular-recognition-systems-and-antarctic-thermal-sensitive-uracil-dna-glycosylase-for-detection-of-nucleic-acid-with-prevention-of-carryover-contamination
#9
Yi Wang, Dongxin Liu, Jianping Deng, Yan Wang, Jianguo Xu, Changyun Ye
Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is the most popular technique to amplify nucleic acid sequence without the use of temperature cycling. However, LAMP is often confounded by false-positive results, arising from interactions between (hetero-dimer) or within (self-dimerization) primers, off-target hybrids and carryover contaminants. Here, we devised a new LAMP technique that is self-avoiding molecular recognition system (SAMRS) components and antarctic thermal sensitive uracil-DNA-glycosylase (AUDG) enzyme-assisted, termed AUDG-SAMRS-LAMP...
December 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137329/development-of-a-radiolabeled-caninized-anti-egfr-antibody-for-comparative-oncology-trials
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Judit Fazekas-Singer, Neydher Berroterán-Infante, Christina Rami-Mark, Monika Dumanic, Miroslawa Matz, Michael Willmann, Fritz Andreae, Josef Singer, Wolfgang Wadsak, Markus Mitterhauser, Erika Jensen-Jarolim
Due to large homology of human and canine EGFR, dogs suffering from spontaneous EGFR+ cancer can be considered as ideal translational models. Thereby, novel immunotherapeutic compounds can be developed for both human and veterinary patients. This study describes the radiolabeling of a canine anti-EGFR IgG antibody (can225IgG) with potential diagnostic and therapeutic value in comparative clinical settings. Can225IgG was functionalized with DTPA for subsequent chelation with the radionuclide (99m)Tc. Successful coupling of 10 DTPA molecules per antibody on average was proven by significant mass increase in MALDI-TOF spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis and immunoblots...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136889/carbon-nanostructured-films-modified-by-metal-nanoparticles-supported-on-filtering-membranes-for-electroanalysis
#11
Erica Paramo, Susana Palmero, Aranzazu Heras, Alvaro Colina
A novel methodology to prepare sensors based on carbon nanostructures electrodes modified by metal nanoparticles is proposed. As a proof of concept, a novel bismuth nanoparticle/carbon nanofiber (Bi-NPs/CNF) electrode and a carbon nanotube (CNT)/gold nanoparticle (Au-NPs) have been developed. Bi-NPs/CNF films were prepared by 1) filtering a dispersion of CNFs on a polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) filter, and 2) filtering a dispersion of Bi-NPs chemically synthesized through this CNF/PTFE film. Next the electrode is prepared by sticking the Bi-NPs/CNF/PTFE film on a PET substrate...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136557/biological-inorganic-hybrid-systems-as-a-generalized-platform-for-chemical-production
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REVIEW
Shannon N Nangle, Kelsey K Sakimoto, Pamela A Silver, Daniel G Nocera
An expanding renewable energy market to supplant petrochemicals has motivated synthesis technologies that use renewable feedstocks, such as CO2. Hybrid biological-inorganic systems provide a sustainable, efficient, versatile, and inexpensive chemical synthesis platform. These systems comprise biocompatible electrodes that transduce electrical energy either directly or indirectly into bioavailable energy, such as H2 and NAD(P)H. In combination, specific bacteria use these energetic reducing equivalents to fix CO2 into multi-carbon organic compounds...
November 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136280/transitqa-a-new-method-for-transit-dosimetry-of-tomotherapy-patients
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Olivier Pisaturo, Frédéric Miéville, Pierre-Alain Tercier, Abdelkarim Said Allal
PURPOSE: TransitQA is an innovative method for Tomotherapy transit dosimetry using the on-board detector (OBD). Our previously published model for Tomotherapy treatment plan verification (AirQA) has been enhanced to take into account patient and couch transmission. AirQA estimates the OBD signal during irradiation with nothing in the beam path from the leaf control sinogram, allowing us to check whether the planned treatment is correctly delivered by the machine. TransitQA allows us to check the treatment delivery with the patient on the couch, potentially showing the effects of changes in the patient anatomy and delivery errors...
November 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135471/first-patients-treated-with-a-1-5-t-mri-linac-clinical-proof-of-concept-of-a-high-precision-high-field-mri-guided-radiotherapy-treatment
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B W Raaymakers, I M Jürgenliemk-Schulz, G H Bol, M Glitzner, A N T J Kotte, B van Asselen, J C J de Boer, J J Bluemink, S L Hackett, M A Moerland, S J Woodings, J W H Wolthaus, H M van Zijp, M E P Philippens, R Tijssen, J G M Kok, E N de Groot-van Breugel, I Kiekebosch, L T C Meijers, C N Nomden, G G Sikkes, P A H Doornaert, W S C Eppinga, N Kasperts, L G W Kerkmeijer, J H A Tersteeg, K J Brown, B Pais, P Woodhead, J J W Lagendijk
The integration of 1.5 T MRI functionality with a radiotherapy linear accelerator (linac) has been pursued since 1999 by the UMC Utrecht in close collaboration with Elekta and Philips. The idea behind this integrated device is to offer unrivalled, online and real-time, soft-tissue visualization of the tumour and the surroundings for more precise radiation delivery. The proof of concept of this device was given in 2009 by demonstrating simultaneous irradiation and MR imaging on phantoms, since then the device has been further developed and commercialized by Elekta...
November 14, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135084/identification-of-bioactive-scaffolds-based-on-qsar-models
#15
Tomoki Nakagawa, Tomoyuki Miyao, Kimito Funatsu
In medicinal chemistry, the molecular scaffolds commonly found in compounds with preferable biological activities are called bioactive scaffolds. They are important because if present in a structure, it is more likely that the compound will be bioactive. Traditionally, medicinal chemists use their knowledge to identify bioactive scaffolds from a given data set after systematic extraction of all candidate scaffolds. However, manually sorting all the scaffolds is not practical as the number of compounds in a data set is often very large...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135026/sensory-and-flavor-characteristics-of-tomato-juice-from-garden-gem-and-roma-tomatoes-with-comparison-to-commercial-tomato-juice
#16
Yaozhou Zhu, Charles A Sims, Harry J Klee, Paul J Sarnoski
The objective of this study was to characterize the flavor of a premium Florida tomato variety that has significant potential for producing a high quality processed juice product. A high-quality Florida plum tomato variety (Garden Gem), and a typical grocery-store plum tomato variety (Roma) were thermally processed into tomato juices without any additives. The 2 pilot products and a popular commercially available tomato juice (low sodium with sugar and flavor added) were compared using sensory evaluation and instrumental analysis...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134677/hybridization-of-mofs-and-cofs-a-new-strategy-for-construction-of-mof-cof-core-shell-hybrid-materials
#17
Yongwu Peng, Meiting Zhao, Bo Chen, Zhicheng Zhang, Ying Huang, Fangna Dai, Zhuangchai Lai, Xiaoya Cui, Chaoliang Tan, Hua Zhang
The exploration of new porous hybrid materials is of great importance because of their unique properties and promising applications in separation of materials, catalysis, etc. Herein, for the first time, by integration of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs), a new type of MOF@COF core-shell hybrid material, i.e., NH2 -MIL-68@TPA-COF, with high crystallinity and hierarchical pore structure, is synthesized. As a proof-of-concept application, the obtained NH2 -MIL-68@TPA-COF hybrid material is used as an effective visible-light-driven photocatalyst for the degradation of rhodamine B...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134606/intravenous-ferric-carboxymaltose-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-iron-deficiency-clever-trial-study-design-and-protocol
#18
Christoph Schindler, Andreas L Birkenfeld, Markolf Hanefeld, Ulrike Schatz, Carsta Köhler, Martin Grüneberg, Diethelm Tschöpe, Matthias Blüher, Christoph Hasslacher, Stefan R Bornstein
INTRODUCTION: HbA1c is the gold standard for glycemic control in pre-diabetes and diabetes. However, its validity has been questioned, especially in the presence of imbalanced iron homeostasis. The CLEVER trial aims to evaluate the relationship between iron deficiency and HbA1c (a biomarker for the diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring of type 2 diabetes) in a randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial. METHODS: The CLEVER (intravenous ferric CarboxymaLtosE for improVement of mEtabolic parameters in type 2 diabetes patients with iRon deficiency) trial is a randomized, single-blind, proof-of-concept study with two treatment arms...
November 13, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134435/plant-phenology-supports-the-multi-emergence-hypothesis-for-ebola-spillover-events
#19
Katharina C Wollenberg Valero, Raphael D Isokpehi, Noah E Douglas, Seenith Sivasundaram, Brianna Johnson, Kiara Wootson, Ayana McGill
Ebola virus disease outbreaks in animals (including humans and great apes) start with sporadic host switches from unknown reservoir species. The factors leading to such spillover events are little explored. Filoviridae viruses have a wide range of natural hosts and are unstable once outside hosts. Spillover events, which involve the physical transfer of viral particles across species, could therefore be directly promoted by conditions of host ecology and environment. In this report, we outline a proof of concept that temporal fluctuations of a set of ecological and environmental variables describing the dynamics of the host ecosystem are able to predict such events of Ebola virus spillover to humans and animals...
November 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134165/an-innovate-robotic-endoscope-guidance-system-for-transnasal-sinus-and-skull-base-surgery-proof-of-concept
#20
D T Friedrich, F Sommer, M O Scheithauer, J Greve, T K Hoffmann, P J Schuler
Objective  Advanced transnasal sinus and skull base surgery remains a challenging discipline for head and neck surgeons. Restricted access and space for instrumentation can impede advanced interventions. Thus, we present the combination of an innovative robotic endoscope guidance system and a specific endoscope with adjustable viewing angle to facilitate transnasal surgery in a human cadaver model. Materials and Methods  The applicability of the robotic endoscope guidance system with custom foot pedal controller was tested for advanced transnasal surgery on a fresh frozen human cadaver head...
December 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
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