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Şule Yılmaz, Genet A Shiferaw, Josep Rayo, Anastassios Economou, Lennart Martens, Elien Vandermarliere
Chemical cross-linking analyzed by mass spectrometry (XL-MS) has become an important tool in unravelling protein structure, dynamics, and complex formation. Because the analysis of cross-linked proteins with mass spectrometry results in specific computational challenges, many computational tools have been developed to identify cross-linked peptides from mass spectra and subsequently interpret the identified cross-links within their structural context. In this review, we will provide an overview of the different tools that are currently available to tackle the computational part of an XL-MS experiment...
March 12, 2018: Mass Spectrometry Reviews
Ahmed Siddiqi, Nicole E George, Peter B White, Bartlomiej W Szczech, John V Thompson, Jennifer I Etcheson, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Alexander T Caughran, Ronald E Delanois, James Nace
INTRODUCTION: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) following primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a challenging complication for surgeons and patients alike. Although two-stage revision arthroplasty remains the gold standard PJI management in the United States, one-stage revision has had success in many parts of Europe. The aim of this study was to retrospectively review: 1) ultimate treatment success; 2) necessary antibiotic duration; 3) change in knee range of motion (ROM); and 4) final Knee Society Scores (KSS) in a case series of patients managed with retention of articulating antibiotic spacers following PJI...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Anton Khlopas, Morad Chughtai, Randa K Elmallah, David Hip-Flores, Arthur L Malkani, Steven F Harwin, Michael A Mont, Michael D Ries
BACKGROUND: Bone loss in patients undergoing revision THA poses a considerable challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. Often, to achieve better fixation in remaining bone, larger diameter acetabular components and reaming superiorly may be necessary. However, this is likely to raise the hip center of rotation, which may lead to altered biomechanics, specifically, insufficiency of the abductor muscles, altered gait, and increased risk of dislocation from impingement. More recently, a newer acetabular shell has been designed to more closely replicate the native hip center of rotation in these circumstances while maintaining adequate fixation...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Luis A Aponte-Tinao, Jose I Albergo, Miguel A Ayerza, D Luis Muscolo, Federico Milano Ing, German L Farfalli
BACKGROUND: Preservation of limb function after resection of malignant bone tumors in skeletally immature children is challenging. Resection of bone sarcomas and reconstruction with an allograft in patients younger than 10 years old is one reconstructive alternative. However, long-term studies analyzing late complications and limb length discrepancy at skeletal maturity are scarce; this information would be important, because growth potential is altered in these patients owing to the loss of one physis during tumor resection...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
C Viana, H Cristino, C Veiga, P Leão
INTRODUCTION: Wandering spleen is an unusual condition characterized by hypermobility of the spleen. This is a rare clinical entity and it's more common in childhood under 1 year of age and in third decade of life. In this second peak, it's more frequent in females. Clinical manifestations can vary from asymptomatic to abdominal emergency. Treatment is often surgical. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We presented a case report of splenic torsion from our hospital and a review of cases described in literature...
February 25, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Ali Abdollahi Gharbali, Shirin Najdi, José Manuel Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, the contribution of distance-based features to automatic sleep stage classification is investigated. The potency of these features is analyzed individually and in combination with 48 conventionally used features. METHODS: The distance-based set consists of 32 features extracted by calculating Itakura, Itakura-Saito and COSH distances of autoregressive and spectral coefficients of Electrocardiography (EEG) (C3 -A2 ), Left EOG, Chin EMG and ECG signals...
March 7, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Mu Qiao, Kinh N Truong, Jason R Franz
BACKGROUND: Older adults are at an exceptionally high risk of falls, and most falls occur during locomotor activities such as walking. Reduced local dynamic stability in old age is often interpreted to suggest a lessened capacity to respond to more significant balance challenges encountered during walking and future falls risk. However, it remains unclear whether local dynamic stability during normal, unperturbed walking predicts the response to larger external balance disturbances. RESEARCH QUESTION: We tested the hypothesis that larger values of local dynamic instability during unperturbed walking would positively correlate with larger changes thereof due to optical flow balance perturbations...
March 5, 2018: Gait & Posture
Matthew Osse, Jean-François Hamel, Annie Mercier
In spite of increasing naval activities and petroleum exploration in cold environments, there is currently a paucity of tools available to monitor oil contamination in boreal marine life, especially in sedentary (non-fish) species that dominate benthic communities. This research aimed to identify biotic sources of variation in biomarkers using subarctic echinoderms, and to identify suitable biomarkers of their exposure to hydrocarbons. The focal species included the sea star Asterias rubens, the brittle star Ophiopholis aculeata, the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, and the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa, which are among the most abundant echinoderms in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans...
March 9, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
A R Fernandes, J Dias-Ferreira, C Cabral, M L Garcia, E B Souto
The clinical use of poorly water-soluble drugs has become a big challenge in pharmaceutical development due to the compromised bioavailability of the drugs in vivo. Nanocrystals have been proposed as a formulation strategy to improve the dissolution properties of these drugs. The benefits of using nanocrystals in drug delivery, when compared to other nanoparticles, are related to their production facilities, simple structure, and suitability for a variety of administration routes. High pressure homogenization (HPH) is the most promising production process, which can be employed at low or high temperatures...
March 5, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Dorit Kliemann, Ralph Adolphs
Our ability to understand and think about the mental states of other people is referred to as 'mentalizing' or 'theory of mind'. It features prominently in all social behavior, is essential for maintaining relationships, and shows pronounced individual differences. Here we review new approaches to study the underlying psychological mechanisms and discuss how they could best be investigated using modern tools from social neuroscience. We list key desiderata for the field, such as validity, specificity, and reproducibility, and link them to specific recommendations for the future...
February 27, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychology
Linda Rainey, Daniëlle van der Waal, Anna Jervaeus, Yvonne Wengström, D Gareth Evans, Louise S Donnelly, Mireille J M Broeders
BACKGROUND: Increased knowledge of breast cancer risk factors provides opportunities to shift from a one-size-fits-all screening programme to a personalised approach, where screening and prevention is based on a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. However, potential implementation of this new paradigm could present considerable challenges which the present review aims to explore. METHODS: Bibliographic databases were searched to identify studies evaluating potential implications of the implementation of personalised risk-based screening and primary prevention for breast cancer...
March 9, 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Alexandra Martins, Lúcia Guilhermino
The environmental contamination by microplastics is a global challenge to ecosystem and human health, and the knowledge on the long-term effects of such particles is limited. Thus, the effects of microplastics and post-exposure recovery were investigated over 4 generations (F0 , F1 , F2 , F3 ) using Daphnia magna as model. Effect criteria were parental mortality, growth, several reproductive parameters, and population growth rate. Microplastics exposure (0.1mg/l of pristine polymer microspheres 1-5μm diameter) caused parental mortality (10-100%), and significantly (p≤0...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Ruth Jf Loos
Genome-wide discovery efforts have identified more than 500 genetic loci associated with adiposity traits. The vast majority of these loci were found through large-scale meta-analyses for body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), and in European ancestry populations. However, alternative approaches, focusing on non-European ancestry populations, more refined adiposity measures, and low-frequency (minor allele frequency (MAF)<5%) coding variants, identified additional novel loci that had not been identified before...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Shiva Shanker Reddy Mukku, P T Sivakumar, Mathew Varghese
Clozapine is the first second generation antipsychotic with different receptor profile of action. Clozapine is the most efficacious drug for the treatment of psychotic disorder and is the drug of choice in treatment resistant schizophrenia. Clozapine is used in elderly patients infrequently owing to its adverse effects profile and tolerability. There is paucity of literature with respect to clozapine use in late life. In this narrative review, we discuss clozapine use in elderly and challenges associated with its use...
March 3, 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Shawn M Ferguson
Lysosomes perform degradative functions that are important for all cells. However, neurons are particularly dependent on optimal lysosome function due to their extremes of longevity, size and polarity. Axons in particular exemplify the major spatial challenges faced by neurons in the maintenance of lysosome biogenesis and function. What impact does this have on the regulation and functions of lysosomes in axons? This review focuses on the mechanisms whereby axonal lysosome biogenesis, transport and function are adapted to meet neuronal demand...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Sarah E Snider, Harshawardhan U Deshpande, Jonathan M Lisinski, Mikhail N Koffarnus, Stephen M LaConte, Warren K Bickel
BACKGROUND: Episodic thinking, whether past or future, uses similar neural machinery, and individuals with alcohol dependence have clear challenges with both. Moreover, alcohol-dependent individuals' narrowed temporal window likely gives rise to greater valuation of immediate rewards. We aimed to strengthen working memory (WM) in alcohol-dependent individuals and measure performance on near-transfer (novel WM) and far-transfer delay discounting (DD) tasks, including episodic future thinking (EFT) performance...
February 2018: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Yi-Lun Ying, Yong-Xu Hu, Rui Gao, Ru-Jia Yu, Zhen Gu, Luke P Lee, Yi-Tao Long
Capturing real-time electron transfer, enzyme activity, molecular dynamics, and biochemical messengers in living cells is essential for un-derstanding the signaling pathways and cellular communications. However, there is no generalizable method for characterizing a broad range of redox-active species in a single living cell at the resolution of cellular compartments. Although nanoelectrodes have been applied in the intracellular detection of redox-active species, the fabrication of nanoelectrodes to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio of the probe remains challenging because of the stringent requirements of 3D fabrication...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Stephan Block, Srdjan S Aćimović, Nils Odebo Länk, Mikael Käll, Fredrik Höök
Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) has provided a wealth of information on the composition, structure, and dynamics of cell membranes. However, it has proved challenging to reach the spatial resolution required to resolve biophysical interactions at the nm-scale relevant to many crucial membrane processes. In this work, we form artificial cell membranes on dimeric, nanoplasmonic antennas, which shrink the FCS probe volume down to the ~20 nm length-scale. By analysing the autocorrelation functions (ACFs) associated with the fluorescence bursts from individual fluorescently tagged lipids moving through the antenna "hot spots", we show that the confinement of the optical readout volume below the diffraction limit allows the temporal resolution of FCS to be increased by up to 3 orders of magnitude...
March 12, 2018: ACS Nano
Lv Lin, Dace Zha, Yunjun Ruan, Zhishan Li, Xiang Ao, Jie Zheng, Jianjun Jiang, Hao Ming Chen, Wei-Hung Chiang, Jun Chen, Chundong Wang
Oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust. The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is also the most important reaction in life processes and energy converting/storage systems. Developing techniques toward high-efficiency ORR remains highly desired and a challenge. Here, we report an N-doped carbon encapsulated CeO2/Co interfacial hollow structures (CeO2-Co-NC) via a generalized strategy for largely increased oxygen species adsorption and improved ORR activities. Firstly, the metallic Co nanoparticles not only provide high conductivity but also serve as electron donors to largely create oxygen vacancies in CeO2...
March 12, 2018: ACS Nano
Mehdi Moini
In the past few years, there has been a significant effort by the forensic science community to develop new scientific techniques for the analysis of forensic evidence. Forensic chemists have been spearheaded to develop information-rich confirmatory technologies and techniques and apply them to a broad array of forensic challenges. The purpose of these confirmatory techniques is to provide alternatives to presumptive techniques that rely on data such as color changes, pattern matching, or retention time alone, which are prone to more false positives...
March 12, 2018: Electrophoresis
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