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Prerna Sharma, Pallavi Kaila, Purnananda Guptasarma
Diverse unrelated enzymes that adopt the beta/alpha (or TIM) barrel topology display similar arrangements of beta/alpha units placed in a radial eight-fold symmetry around the barrel's axis. The TIM barrel was originally thought to be a single structural domain; however, it is now thought that TIM barrels arose from duplication and fusion of smaller half-barrels consisting of four beta/alpha units. We describe here the design, expression, and purification, as well as characterization of folding, activity and stability, of chimeras of two TIM barrel glycosyl hydrolases, made by fusing different half-barrel domains derived from an endoglucanase from Clostridium cellulolyticum, CelCCA, and a beta-glucosidase from Pyrococcus furiosus, CelB...
October 17, 2016: FEBS Journal
Nicholas S Sigona, Jeffrey M Steele, Christopher D Miller
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of a pharmacist-driven beta-lactam allergy interview on antimicrobial therapy. SETTING: Tertiary care academic medical center. PRACTICE SETTING: Clarification of beta-lactam allergy may expand treatment options for patients and potentially improve outcomes, reduce toxicity, and reduce costs. PRACTICE INNOVATION: At our institution, a pilot service using a pharmacy resident and infectious diseases clinical pharmacist was implemented to clarify beta-lactam allergy information and, where appropriate, recommend a change to the patient's antibiotic therapy...
October 8, 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Rodrigo Dos Santos Pereira, Fernanda Brasil Boos, Luis Fernado Gorla, Idelmo Rangel Garcia, Roberta Okamoto, Eduardo Hochuli-Vieira
The aim of this study was to compare the bone resorption rate and histometry of ChronOS, a beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP), mixed with autogenous bone grafts (1:1) with that of autogenous bone grafts alone in maxillary sinus elevation surgery. A total of 12 maxillary sinuses were grafted with an autogenous bone graft (control group) and 9 with ChronOS mixed with an autogenous bone graft (test group). Postoperative cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) was used to measure the initial graft volume after 15 days (T₁), and 6 months later another CBCT scan was performed to evaluate the final graft volume (T₂) and determine the graft resorption rate...
November 2016: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
Sadagopan Raghavan, Satyanarayana Nyalata
A convergent route to the C1-C15 subunit of sorangicin A is disclosed. The key steps include carbon-carbon bond formation using an alpha-chloro sulfide, regioselective hydrozirconation of an internal alkyne for the preparation of a trisubstituted iodo alkene, allene formation using Myers-Movassaghi protocol, stereoselective reduction of allylic and propargylic ketones using Noyori's catalyst and gold(I)-catalyzed cyclization of a beta-hydroxy allene to construct the dihydropyran ring.
October 10, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
J Bethke, R Avendaño-Herrera
Streptococcus phocae is a beta-hemolytic, Gram-positive bacterium that was first isolated in Norway from clinical specimens of harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) affected by pneumonia or respiratory infection, and in 2005, this bacterium was identified from disease outbreaks at an Atlantic salmon farm. A recent comparative polyphasic study reclassified Streptococcus phocae as subsp. phocae and subsp. salmonis, and there are currently two S. phocae NCBI sequencing projects for the type strains ATCC 51973(T) and C-4(T)...
October 5, 2016: Marine Genomics
Philipp Dahm, Michelle Brasure, Roderick MacDonald, Carin M Olson, Victoria A Nelson, Howard A Fink, Bruce Rwabasonga, Michael C Risk, Timothy J Wilt
CONTEXT: Alpha-blockers (ABs) and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors have an established role in treating male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) attributed to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Recently, newer drugs have shown promise for this indication. OBJECTIVE: To assess the comparative effectiveness and adverse effects (AEs) of newer drugs to treat LUTS attributed to BPH through a systematic review and meta-analysis. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Ovid MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Ovid Embase bibliographic databases (through June 2016) were hand searches for references of relevant studies...
October 4, 2016: European Urology
Ennet Moholisa, Arno Hugo, Phillip E Strydom, Ina van Heerden
BACKGROUND: Animal age as determined by number of permanent incisors (p.i) is used in classification of beef carcasses to describe expected meat tenderness. However, animals differing in age are reared under different production systems (pasture or feedlot). In addition to age, other factors associated with particular production systems may also influence the palatability of meat. Therefore, the effects of age combined with feeding regime and the supplementation of a beta-agonist (zilpaterol) on the tenderness of M...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
John L Adams, Susan M Paddock
OBJECTIVE: There is increasing interest in identifying high-quality physicians, such as whether physicians perform above or below a threshold level. To evaluate whether current methods accurately distinguish above- versus below-threshold physicians, we estimate misclassification rates for two-category identification systems. DATA SOURCES: Claims data for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries residing in Florida or New York in 2010. STUDY DESIGN: Estimate colorectal cancer, glaucoma, and diabetes quality scores for 23,085 physicians...
October 7, 2016: Health Services Research
John P Hegarty, Bradley J Ferguson, Rachel M Zamzow, Landon J Rohowetz, Jeffrey D Johnson, Shawn E Christ, David Q Beversdorf
The beta-adrenergic antagonist propranolol benefits some social and communication domains affected in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and these benefits appear to be associated with increased functional connectivity (FC) in the brain during task performance. FC is implicated in ASD, with the majority of studies suggesting long distance hypo-connectivity combined with regionally specific local hyper-connectivity. The objective in the current investigation was to examine the effect of propranolol on FC at rest and determine whether ASD-specific effects exist...
October 6, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Yuya Hanazono, Kazuki Takeda, Kunio Miki
Nascent proteins fold co-translationally because the folding speed and folding pathways are limited by the rate of ribosome biosynthesis in the living cell. In addition, though full-length proteins can fold all their residues during the folding process, nascent proteins initially fold only with the N-terminal residues. However, the transient structure and the co-translational folding pathway are not well understood. Here we report the atomic structures of a series of N-terminal fragments of the WW domain with increasing amino acid length...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Whitney R Buckel, Edward Stenehjem, Jeff Sorensen, Nathan Dean, Brandon Webb
RATIONALE: Guidelines recommend a switch from intravenous to oral antibiotics once patients who are hospitalized with pneumonia achieve clinical stability. However, little evidence guides the selection of an oral antibiotic for patients with healthcare-associated pneumonia, especially where no microbiological diagnosis is made. OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes between patients who were transitioned to broad vs narrow spectrum oral antibiotics after initially receiving broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotic coverage...
October 3, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Lisa M Rowley, Kevin M Bradley, Philip Boardman, Aida Hallam, Daniel R McGowan
: Imaging on a gamma camera with Yttrium-90 ((90)Y) following selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) may allow for verification of treatment delivery but suffers relatively poor spatial resolution and imprecise dosimetry calculation. (90)Y Positron Emission Tomography (PET) / Computed Tomography (CT) imaging is possible on 3D, time-of-flight machines however images are usually poor due to low count statistics and noise. A new PET reconstruction software using a Bayesian penalized likelihood (BPL) reconstruction algorithm (termed Q...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
N Navali, A Gassemzadeh, L Farzadi, S Abdollahi, M Nouri, K Hamdi, F Mallah, F Jalilvand
STUDY QUESTION: Does the intrauterine administration of hCG immediately after oocyte retrieval in antagonist cycles with ICSI and fresh embryo transfer (ET) influence the implantation rate or chemical and clinical pregnancy rates? SUMMARY ANSWER: The intrauterine administration of hCG after oocyte retrieval increases the implantation rate and chemical and clinical pregnancy rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Over half of IVF/ICSI cycles fail due to implantation failure...
September 28, 2016: Human Reproduction
Camille Attané, Marie-Line Peyot, Roxane Lussier, Pegah Poursharifi, Shangang Zhao, Dongwei Zhang, Johane Morin, Marco Pineda, Shupei Wang, Olivier Dumortier, Neil B Ruderman, Grant A Mitchell, Brigitte Simons, S R Murthy Madiraju, Erik Joly, Marc Prentki
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: To directly assess the role of beta cell lipolysis in insulin secretion and whole-body energy homeostasis, inducible beta cell-specific adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL)-deficient (B-Atgl-KO) mice were studied under normal diet (ND) and high-fat diet (HFD) conditions. METHODS: Atgl (flox/flox) mice were cross-bred with Mip-Cre-ERT mice to generate Mip-Cre-ERT(/+);Atgl (flox/flox) mice. At 8 weeks of age, these mice were injected with tamoxifen to induce deletion of beta cell-specific Atgl (also known as Pnpla2), and the mice were fed an ND or HFD...
September 27, 2016: Diabetologia
Christine M Clark, Colin Huntley, Michele M Carr
An unimmunized 19-month-old child presented with a retropharyngeal abscess and coincident varicella infection. The abscess resolved with operative drainage. This is the first published report of this connection, although varicella is known to be associated with abscesses in general. Practitioners should be aware that cervical abscesses may complicate varicella infections.
2016: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
William C Cushman
Beginning with the Veterans Administration (VA) Cooperative Hypertension Study of the 1960 s, blood pressure (BP) lowering with antihypertensive medications has been shown to reduce major cardiovascular (CV) outcomes, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure (HF) and CV and all-cause mortality in randomized controlled CV outcome trials. Multiple drugs were usually required in these trials to lower BP in treated participants. Medication regimens in the early trials, including the VA trial, included a thiazide-type diuretic (TTD) as initial therapy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhen Tan, Zhichao Xiao, Jinhong Wei, Jingqun Zhang, Qiang Zhou, Chris D Smith, Alma Nani, Guogen Wu, Long-Sheng Song, Thomas G Back, Michael Fill, S R Wayne Wayne Chen
Beta-blockers are a standard treatment for heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. There are about 30 commonly used beta-blockers representing a diverse class of drugs with different receptor affinities and pleiotropic properties. We reported that among 14 beta-blockers tested previously, only carvedilol effectively suppressed cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2) mediated spontaneous Ca(2+) waves during store Ca(2+) overload, also known as store-overload induced Ca(2+) release (SOICR). Given the critical role of SOICR in arrhythmogenesis, it is of importance to determine whether there are other beta-blockers that suppress SOICR...
September 13, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Ward A Heggermont, Marc Goethals, Riet Dierckx, Sofie Verstreken, Jozef Bartunek, Marc Vanderheyden
The brand new 2016 ESC guidelines for the treatment of acute and chronic heart failure continue to give a prominent place to mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in the treatment of chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). In the prevention of HF hospitalization and death, a class I, level of recommendation A, is given to MRAs for patients with HFrEF, who remain symptomatic despite treatment with an ACE-inhibitor and a beta-blocker and have an LVEF below 35 %. This recommendation is primarily based on two landmark trials, the RALES trial (for spironolactone) and the EMPHASIS-HF trial (for eplerenone)...
September 12, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
Mieke L van Driel, An Im De Sutter, Hilde Habraken, Sarah Thorning, Thierry Christiaens
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics provide only modest benefit in treating sore throat, although effectiveness increases in participants with positive throat swabs for group A beta-haemolytic streptococci (GABHS). It is unclear which antibiotic is the best choice if antibiotics are indicated. OBJECTIVES: To assess the evidence on the comparative efficacy of different antibiotics in: (a) alleviating symptoms (pain, fever); (b) shortening the duration of the illness; (c) preventing relapse; and (d) preventing complications (suppurative complications, acute rheumatic fever, post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis)...
September 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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September 12, 2016: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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