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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644185/a-simple-ultrasound-score-for-the-accurate-detection-of-inflammatory-activity-in-crohn-s-disease
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Kerri L Novak, Gilaad G Kaplan, Remo Panaccione, Elnaz Ehteshami Afshar, Divine Tanyingoh, Mark Swain, Amelia Kellar, Stephanie Wilson
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound is accurate in the detection of Crohn's disease. Our aim was to identify ultrasound parameters contributing to inflammatory disease activity, develop a simple score, and validate this score prospectively. METHODS: This study comprised 2 single-center investigations. The first was a retrospective study on a population that had received colonoscopies (as a gold-standard diagnostic) within 60 days of ultrasound. The second was a prospective study on 2 populations: patients requiring induction with adalimumab and patients on adalimumab maintenance therapy...
June 20, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642817/cerebral-vasculitis-mimicking-intracranial-metastatic-progression-of-lung-cancer-during-pd-1-blockade
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Heinz Läubli, Jürgen Hench, Michal Stanczak, Ingmar Heijnen, Alexandros Papachristofilou, Stephan Frank, Alfred Zippelius, Frank Stenner-Liewen
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of the immune system by targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway can result in activation of anti-tumor immunity. Besides its clinical benefit immune checkpoint therapy leads to significant immune-related adverse events (irAEs). Some rare irAEs are not well described yet but are critical in patient management. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we describe a case of autoimmune cerebral vasculitis/encephalitis after PD-1 inhibitor treatment for metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642551/aesthetic-preformed-crowns-for-primary-teeth
#3
Greig D Taylor
Data sourcesMedline, Cochrane central register of controlled trials, US National Institutes of Health Trials Register and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform.Study selectionEnglish language randomised clinical trials comparing APCs with conventional restorative techniques for primary teeth.Data extraction and synthesisStudy selection and data abstraction were conducted independently by two reviewers. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane risk of bias tool. Study characteristics and results were described qualitatively...
June 23, 2017: Evidence-based Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635962/growth-of-organic-crystals-via-attachment-and-transformation-of-nanoscopic-precursors
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Yuan Jiang, Matthias Kellermeier, Denis Gebaue, Zihao Lu, Rose Rosenberg, Adrian Moise, Michael Przybylski, Helmut Cölfen
A key requirement for the understanding of crystal growth is to detect how new layers form and grow at the nanoscale. Multistage crystallization pathways involving liquid-like, amorphous or metastable crystalline precursors have been predicted by theoretical work and have been observed experimentally. Nevertheless, there is no clear evidence that any of these precursors can also be relevant for the growth of crystals of organic compounds. Herein, we present a new growth mode for crystals of DL-glutamic acid monohydrate that proceeds through the attachment of preformed nanoscopic species from solution, their subsequent decrease in height at the surface and final transformation into crystalline 2D nuclei that eventually build new molecular layers by further monomer incorporation...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634339/effective-synthesis-of-highly-oxidized-graphene-oxide-that-enables-wafer-scale-nanopatterning-preformed-acidic-oxidizing-medium-approach
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Chun-Hu Chen, Shin Hu, Jyun-Fu Shih, Chang-Ying Yang, Yun-Wen Luo, Ren-Huai Jhang, Chao-Ming Chiang, Yung-Jr Hung
Demand for rapid and massive-scale exfoliation of bulky graphite remains high in graphene commercialization and property manipulation. We report a procedure utilizing "preformed acidic oxidizing medium (PAOM)" as a modified version of the Hummers' method for fast and reliable synthesis of graphene oxide. Pre-mixing of KMnO4 and concentrated H2SO4 prior to the addition of graphite flakes enables the formation of effectively and efficiently oxidized graphene oxide (EEGO) featured by its high yields and suspension homogeneity...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634301/microbial-glycoside-hydrolases-as-antibiofilm-agents-with-cross-kingdom-activity
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Brendan D Snarr, Perrin Baker, Natalie C Bamford, Yukiko Sato, Hong Liu, Mélanie Lehoux, Fabrice N Gravelat, Hanna Ostapska, Shane R Baistrocchi, Robert P Cerone, Elan E Filler, Matthew R Parsek, Scott G Filler, P Lynne Howell, Donald C Sheppard
Galactosaminogalactan and Pel are cationic heteropolysaccharides produced by the opportunistic pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively. These exopolysaccharides both contain 1,4-linked N-acetyl-d-galactosamine and play an important role in biofilm formation by these organisms. Proteins containing glycoside hydrolase domains have recently been identified within the biosynthetic pathway of each exopolysaccharide. Recombinant hydrolase domains from these proteins (Sph3h from A...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632510/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-lungs-in-murine-polymicrobial-sepsis-with-hydrogen-gas-treatment
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Yingxue Bian, Chao Qin, Yuchang Xin, Yang Yu, Hongguang Chen, Guolin Wang, Keliang Xie, Yonghao Yu
Sepsis-associated acute lung injury (ALI), which carries a high morbidity and mortality in patients, has no effective therapeutic strategies to date. Our group have already reported that hydrogen gas (H2) exerts a protective effect against sepsis in mice. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying H2 treatment are not fully understood. This study investigated the effects of H2 on lung injuries in septic mice through the iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis. Male ICR mice used in this study were subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or sham operation...
June 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630281/evidence-of-a-prion-like-transmission-of-p53-amyloid-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Shinjinee Sengupta, Samir K Maji, Santanu K Ghosh
Loss of p53 function is largely responsible for the occurrence of cancer in human. Aggregation of mutant p53 has been found in multiple cancer cell types suggesting a role of aggregation for loss of p53 function and cancer development. The p53 protein has recently been hypothesized to possess a prion-like conformation although experimental evidence is lacking. Here, we report that human p53 can be inactivated upon exposure to preformed fibrils containing an aggregation prone sequence specific peptide PILTIITL derived from p53 and the inactive state was found to be stable for many generations...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630199/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-antimicrobial-peptides-in-python-bivittatus-and-characterization-of-cathelicidins-with-potent-antimicrobial-activity-and-low-cytotoxicity
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Dayeong Kim, Nagasundarapandian Soundrarajan, Juyeon Lee, Hye-Sun Cho, Minkyeung Choi, Se-Yeoun Cha, Byeongyong Ahn, Hyoim Jeon, Minh Thong Le, Hyuk Song, Jin-Hoi Kim, Chankyu Park
In this study, we sought to identify novel antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in Python bivittatus through bioinformatic analyses of publicly available genome information and experimental validation. In our analysis of the python genome, we identified 29 AMP-related candidate sequences. Of these, we selected five cathelicidin-like sequences and subjected them to further in silico analyses. The results showed that these sequences likely have antimicrobial activity. The sequences were named Pb-CATH1-Pb-CATH5 according to their sequence similarity to previously reported snake cathelicidins...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629951/immunogenicity-of-class-i-hla-but-not-preformed-low-mfi-donor-specific-antibodies-correlates-with-outcomes-after-first-renal-transplantation
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A Lobashevsky, W Goggins, K Rosner, T Taber
BACKGROUND: The role of low levels of circulating donor specific antibodies (DSA) producing negative flow cytometry cross match is not completely defined. The purpose of this study was to examine the clinical significance of preexisting low levels of class I DSAs in flow cytometry cross match (FC CM) negative first kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). METHODS: All of the KTRs (n=41) had low levels of anti-class I antibodies only. The kidney transplant outcome was evaluated by the development of a deleterious effect (DE) in recipients in the study cohort (Group 1: DE+, Group 2: DE-)...
June 16, 2017: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628874/a-building-blocks-strategy-for-preparing-photocatalytically-active-anatase-tio2-rutile-sno2-heterostructures-by-hydrothermal-annealing
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Vagner Romito de Mendonça, Waldir Avansi, Raul Arenal, Caue Ribeiro
Effective heterostructures for photocatalysis need to present good electron-hole mobility among phases, a feature that is only attained with satisfactory interface quality. For very small sizes and with a stable colloidal state, the oriented attachment mechanism can be used to prepare suitable structures by means of a building blocks strategy, whereby preformed nanoparticles are used to control the desired amount of each phase in the heterostructure. Here, we show the success of this strategy for anatase TiO2/rutile SnO2 heterostructures, applying conventional hydrothermal annealing, where successive collisions among particles increase the probability of oriented attachment...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628133/hbv-rna-pre-genome-encodes-specific-motifs-that-mediate-interactions-with-the-viral-core-protein-that-promote-nucleocapsid-assembly
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Nikesh Patel, Simon J White, Rebecca F Thompson, Richard Bingham, Eva U Weiß, Daniel P Maskell, Adam Zlotnick, Eric C Dykeman, Roman Tuma, Reidun Twarock, Neil A Ranson, Peter G Stockley
Formation of the hepatitis B virus nucleocapsid is an essential step in the viral lifecycle, but its assembly is not fully understood. We report the discovery of sequence-specific interactions between the viral pre-genome and the hepatitis B core protein that play roles in defining the nucleocapsid assembly pathway. Using RNA SELEX and bioinformatics, we identified multiple regions in the pre-genomic RNA with high affinity for core protein dimers. These RNAs form stem-loops with a conserved loop motif that trigger sequence-specific assembly of virus-like particles (VLPs) at much higher fidelity and yield than in the absence of RNA...
June 19, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622088/engineering-osteoinductive-biomaterials-by-bioinspired-synthesis-of-apatite-coatings-on-collagen-hydrogels-with-varied-pore-microarchitectures
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Jacqueline Lorraine Harding, Matthew Osmond, Melissa Diane Krebs
Biomaterial controlled osteoinduction is influenced by the porous microenvironment and the composition of incorporated calcium orthophosphate (CaPi) polymorphs, however for the design of materials that rival the efficacies of natural grafts a systematic approach to assessing the physicochemical properties that affects cellular differentiation is needed. In this research, we introduce a bioinspired synthetic approach to the mineralization of preformed porous collagen hydrogel scaffolds with tunable apatite coatings...
June 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622012/tracheobronchomalacia-is-associated-with-increased-morbidity-in-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Erik B Hysinger, Nicholas L Friedman, Michael A Padula, Russell T Shinohara, Huayan Zhang, Howard B Panitch, Steven M Kawut
RATIONALE: Tracheobronchomalacia is a common comorbidity in neonates with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. However, the effect of tracheobronchomalacia on the clinical course of bronchopulmonary dysplasia is not well-understood. OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the impact of tracheobronchomalacia on outcomes in neonates with bronchopulmonary dysplasia in a large, multi-center cohort. METHODS: We preformed a cohort study of 974 neonates with bronchopulmonary dysplasia admitted to 27 neonatal intensive care units participating in the Children's Hospital Neonatal Database who had undergone bronchoscopy...
June 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619974/twenty-nine-month-follow-up-of-a-paediatric-zirconia-dental-crown
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Serena Lopez Cazaux, Isabelle Hyon, Tony Prud'homme, Sylvie Dajean Trutaud
The aim of this paper is to present the long-term follow-up of one paediatric zirconia crown on a deciduous molar. Preformed crowns are part of the armamentarium in paediatric dentistry. In recent years, aesthetic alternatives to preformed metal crowns have been developed, first preveneered crowns and then zirconia crowns. This paper describes the restoration of a primary molar with a zirconia crown (EZ-Pedo, Loomis, California, USA) in an 8-year-old boy. In this clinical case, the protocol for the implementation and maintenance of zirconia crowns is detailed...
June 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617174/selective-catalytic-reduction-of-nitric-oxide-with-carbon-monoxide-over-alumina-pellet-supported-catalysts-in-the-presence-of-excess-oxygen
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Kaijie Liu, Qingbo Yu, Qin Qin, Chunpeng Wang
Selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides with carbon monoxide (CO-SCR) is a promising technology to remove NOX and CO simultaneously from flue gas. The thermodynamic analyses of catalytic process were performed toward four kinds of active metal oxides (CuxOy, CoxOy, MnxOy and CexOy). According to the standard Gibbs free energy changes calculated, Mn had better resistance to oxygen than Cu, Co and Ce, while Cu and Ce had better resistance to water vapor poisoning as active metal. Then, a series of binary and ternary preformed catalysts with different metal ratios were prepared by impregnation method using Al2O3 pellets as support and tested in excess oxygen (16vol...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614110/contact-sensitization-due-to-allergens-in-nail-cosmetics-identification-treatment-and-prevention
#17
Margaret Chou, Nikhil Dhingra, Tamara Lazic Strugar
Ingredients found in the nail cosmetic industry, including but not limited to methacrylate and acrylate monomers, formaldehyde, and toluene sulfonamide-formaldehyde resin, can incite allergic contact dermatitis. An eczematous outbreak presents on areas surrounding the nail plate and may spread through contact transfer of the allergen, commonly to the face and neck. Even components that were originally deemed nonsensitizing, such as the ubiquitous cyanoacrylate adhesive family, have been found to be allergenic...
June 13, 2017: Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613434/cardiac-heterogeneity-and-drug-provoked-arrhythmias
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EDITORIAL
Ursula Ravens, Christian Aalkjaer
Functioning of the heart as a mechanical pump depends on electrical impulse formation in the sinus node, conduction of the excitatory wave along its preformed pathways, and orderly repolarisation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 14, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613392/donor-recipient-matching-based-on-predicted-recognizable-hla-epitopes-predicts-the-incidence-of-de-novo-donor-specific-hla-antibodies-following-renal-transplantation
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Nils Lachmann, Matthias Niemann, Petra Reinke, Klemens Budde, Danilo Schmidt, Fabian Halleck, Axel Pruß, Constanze Schönemann, Eric Spierings, Oliver Staeck
De novo donor-specific HLA antibodies (dnDSA) are recognized as risk factor for premature allograft failure. Determinants of DSA specificity are generated via the indirect allorecognition pathway. Here, we present supportive data for the relevance of predicted indirectly recognizable HLA epitopes (PIRCHE) to predict dnDSA following kidney transplantation. A total of 2,787 consecutive kidney transplants performed 1995-2015 without preformed DSA have been analyzed. De novo DSA were detected by single antigen bead assay...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611062/selective-imaging-of-internalized-proteopathic-%C3%AE-synuclein-seeds-in-primary-neurons-reveals-mechanistic-insight-into-transmission-of-synucleinopathies
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Richard J Karpowicz, Conor M Haney, Tiberiu S Mihaila, Raizel M Sandler, E James Petersson, Virginia M-Y Lee
Direct cell-to-cell transmission of proteopathic alpha-synuclein (α-syn) aggregates is thought to underlie the progression of neurodegenerative synucleinopathies. However, the specific intracellular processes governing this transmission remain unclear because currently-available model systems are limited. For example, in cell culture models of α-syn-seeded aggregation, it is difficult to discern intracellular from extracellular exogenously applied α-syn seed species. Herein, we employed fluorescently labeled α-syn preformed fibrils (pffs) in conjunction with the membrane-impermeable fluorescence quencher trypan blue to selectively image internalized α-syn seeds in cultured primary neurons and to quantitatively characterize the concentration dependence, time course, and inhibition of pff uptake...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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