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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444069/predictors-and-pattern-of-weaning-and-long-term-outcome-of-patients-with-prolonged-mechanical-ventilation-at-an-acute-intensive-care-unit-in-north-india
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Syed Nabeel Muzaffar, Mohan Gurjar, Arvind K Baronia, Afzal Azim, Prabhakar Mishra, Banani Poddar, Ratender K Singh
Objective: This study aimed to examine the clinical characteristics, weaning pattern, and outcome of patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation in acute intensive care unit settings in a resource-limited country. Methods: This was a prospective single-center observational study in India, where all adult patients requiring prolonged ventilation were followed for weaning duration and pattern and for survival at both intensive care unit discharge and at 12 months...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443703/psychedelics-personality-and-political-perspectives
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Matthew M Nour, Lisa Evans, Robin L Carhart-Harris
The psychedelic experience (including psychedelic-induced ego dissolution) can effect lasting change in a person's attitudes and beliefs. Here, we aimed to investigate the association between naturalistic psychedelic use and personality, political perspectives, and nature relatedness using an anonymous internet survey. Participants (N = 893) provided information about their naturalistic psychedelic, cocaine, and alcohol use, and answered questions relating to personality traits of openness and conscientiousness (Ten-Item Personality Inventory), nature relatedness (Nature-Relatedness Scale), and political attitudes (one-item liberalism-conservatism measure and five-item libertarian-authoritarian measure)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441360/erythromycin-modification-that-improves-its-acidic-stability-while-optimizing-it-for-local-drug-delivery
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Erika L Cyphert, Jaqueline D Wallat, Jonathan K Pokorski, Horst A von Recum
The antibiotic erythromycin has limited efficacy and bioavailability due to its instability and conversion under acidic conditions via an intramolecular dehydration reaction. To improve the stability of erythromycin, several analogs have been developed-such as azithromycin and clarithromycin-which decrease the rate of intramolecular dehydration. We set out to build upon this prior work by developing a conjugate of erythromycin with improved pH stability, bioavailability, and preferential release from a drug delivery system directly at the low pH of an infection site...
April 25, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439557/designer-interphases-for-the-lithium-oxygen-electrochemical-cell
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Snehashis Choudhury, Charles Tai-Chieh Wan, Wajdi I Al Sadat, Zhengyuan Tu, Sampson Lau, Michael J Zachman, Lena F Kourkoutis, Lynden A Archer
An electrochemical cell based on the reversible oxygen reduction reaction: 2Li(+) + 2e (-) + O2↔ Li2O2, provides among the most energy dense platforms for portable electrical energy storage. Such Lithium-Oxygen (Li-O2) cells offer specific energies competitive with fossil fuels and are considered promising for electrified transportation. Multiple, fundamental challenges with the cathode, anode, and electrolyte have limited practical interest in Li-O2 cells because these problems lead to as many practical shortcomings, including poor rechargeability, high overpotentials, and specific energies well below theoretical expectations...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438948/macrolide-and-quinolone-resistant-mycoplasma-genitalium-in-a-man-with-persistent-urethritis-the-tip-of-the-british-iceberg
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Suneeta Soni, Andy Parkhouse, Gillian Dean
There is growing concern worldwide for macrolide resistance in M. genitalium following liberal use of 1 g azithromycin to treat non-gonococcal urethritis and confirmed C. trachomatis infection. Moxifloxacin is the second-line treatment for M. genitalium and still has excellent efficacy against it. However, recent reports indicating that quinolone resistance is more prevalent than previously thought are worrying. Routine testing of symptomatic men and women for M. genitalium is not currently recommended in BASHH guidelines, and attempts to implement such testing have been hampered by a lack of commercially available assays...
April 24, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438317/a-novel-chromatographic-approach-to-distinguish-gram-positive-from-gram-negative-bacteria-using-exogenous-volatile-organic-compound-metabolites
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Susana Ramírez-Guízar, Hannah Sykes, John D Perry, Edward C Schwalbe, Stephen P Stanforth, Ma Cristina I Perez-Perez, John R Dean
This paper utilized L-alanine aminopeptidase activity as a useful approach to distinguish between Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. This was done using two enzyme substrates, specifically 2-amino-N-phenylpropanamide and 2-amino-N-(4-methylphenyl)propanamide which liberated the volatile compounds aniline and p-toluidine, respectively. Two complementary analytical techniques have been used to identify and quantify the VOCs, specifically static headspace multicapillary column gas chromatography ion mobility spectrometry (SHS-MCC-GC-IMS) and headspace solid phase microextraction gas chromatography mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC-MS)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437085/a-short-covalent-synthesis-of-an-all-carbon-ring-2-rotaxane
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Luuk Steemers, Martin J Wanner, Andreas W Ehlers, Henk Hiemstra, Jan H van Maarseveen
While the current supramolecular syntheses of [2]rotaxanes are generally efficient, the final product always retains the functional groups required for non-covalent preorganization. A short and high-yielding covalent-template-assisted approach is reported for the synthesis of a [2]rotaxane. A terephthalic acid template core preorganizes the covalently connected ring precursor fragments to induce a clipping-type cyclization over the thread moiety. Cleavage of the temporary ester bonds that connect the ring and thread fragments liberates the [2]rotaxane...
April 24, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436229/mechanistic-pharmacokinetic-modelling-of-the-bioamplification-of-persistent-lipophilic-organic-pollutants-in-humans-during-weight-loss
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Li Li, Frank Wania
Bioamplification means the liberation of persistent lipophilic organic pollutants (PLOPs) into blood from their storage in inert adipose tissue during rapid weight loss. Here, using a modified mechanistic pharmacokinetic model, we investigated how chemical properties and anthropometric parameters interact to influence the bioamplification of various PLOPs in humans. The model succeeds in reproducing literature documented weight loss-induced increments in human blood PLOP concentrations. We simulated the degree of bioamplification, as characterized by the bioamplification factor (BAmF), of hypothetical PLOPs with different combinations of partitioning and biotransformation properties at various rates of lipid loss...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433059/an-entropy-driven-signal-amplifying-strategy-for-real-time-monitoring-of-dna-methylation-process-and-high-throughput-screening-of-methyltransferase-inhibitors
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Siyi Chen, Huan Ma, Wang Li, Zhou Nie, Shouzhuo Yao
Based on the entropy-driven toehold-mediated hairpin displacement (ETHDA), a facile and sensitive one-step fluorescence sensing platform has been proposed for the evaluation DNA methylation process catalyzed by methyltransferase (MTase). In this designed system, a hairpin probe is methylated by DNA adenine methylation (Dam) MTase and cleaved by DpnI endonuclease successively, liberating a catalyzer strand to initiate the signal amplification. The fluorescence intensity is increasing upon the catalyzer strand triggered circulating procedure of the ETHDA process...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432785/phosphorylation-of-irhom2-at-the-plasma-membrane-controls-mammalian-tace-dependent-inflammatory-and-growth-factor-signalling
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Adam Graham Grieve, Hongmei Xu, Ulrike Künzel, Paul Bambrough, Boris Sieber, Matthew Freeman
Proteolytic cleavage and release from the cell surface of membrane-tethered ligands is an important mechanism of regulating intercellular signalling. TACE is a major shedding protease, responsible for the liberation of the inflammatory cytokine TNFα and ligands of the epidermal growth factor receptor. iRhoms, catalytically inactive members of the rhomboid-like superfamily, have been shown to control the ER-to-Golgi transport and maturation of TACE. Here, we reveal that iRhom2 remains associated with TACE throughout the secretory pathway, and is stabilised at the cell surface by this interaction...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432196/the-case-against-libertarian-arguments-for-compulsory-vaccination
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Justin Bernstein
In a recent paper in this journal, Jason Brennan correctly notes that libertarians struggle to justify a policy of compulsory vaccination. The most straightforward argument that justifies compulsory vaccination is that such a policy promotes welfare. But libertarians cannot make this argument because they claim that the state is justified only in protecting negative rights, not in promoting welfare. I consider two representative libertarian attempts to justify compulsory vaccination, and I argue that such arguments are unsuccessful...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431252/engineered-regulatory-systems-modulate-gene-expression-of-human-commensals-in-the-gut
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Bentley Lim, Michael Zimmermann, Natasha A Barry, Andrew L Goodman
The gut microbiota is implicated in numerous aspects of health and disease, but dissecting these connections is challenging because genetic tools for gut anaerobes are limited. Inducible promoters are particularly valuable tools because these platforms allow real-time analysis of the contribution of microbiome gene products to community assembly, host physiology, and disease. We developed a panel of tunable expression platforms for the prominent genus Bacteroides in which gene expression is controlled by a synthetic inducer...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430284/o-2-6-oxocyclohex-1-en-1-yl-methyl-diazen-1-ium-1-2-diolates-a-new-class-of-nitric-oxide-donors-activatable-by-gsh-gst%C3%AF-with-both-anti-proliferative-and-anti-metastatic-activities-against-melanoma
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Chengfeng Bai, Rongfang Xue, Jianbing Wu, Tian Lv, Xiaojun Luo, Yun Huang, Yan Gong, Honghua Zhang, Yihua Zhang, Zhangjian Huang
The new nitric oxide (NO) donor O(2)-(6-oxocyclohex-1-en-1-yl)methyl diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate 3c could simultaneously liberate NO as well as an active 3-glutathionyl-2-exomethylene-cyclohexanone 2 in the presence of GSH/GSTπ; exhibit potent antiproliferative activity; repress migration, invasion, and lateral migration of metastatic B16-BL6 cells; and significantly decrease hetero-adhesion of B16-BL6 cells to human umbilical vein endothelial cells.
April 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428822/in-muro-deacetylation-of-xylan-affects-lignin-properties-and-improves-saccharification-of-aspen-wood
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Prashant Mohan-Anupama Pawar, Marta Derba-Maceluch, Sun-Li Chong, Madhavi Latha Gandla, Shamrat Shafiul Bashar, Tobias Sparrman, Patrik Ahvenainen, Mattias Hedenström, Merve Özparpucu, Markus Rüggeberg, Ritva Serimaa, Martin Lawoko, Maija Tenkanen, Leif J Jönsson, Ewa J Mellerowicz
BACKGROUND: Lignocellulose from fast growing hardwood species is a preferred source of polysaccharides for advanced biofuels and "green" chemicals. However, the extensive acetylation of hardwood xylan hinders lignocellulose saccharification by obstructing enzymatic xylan hydrolysis and causing inhibitory acetic acid concentrations during microbial sugar fermentation. To optimize lignocellulose for cost-effective saccharification and biofuel production, an acetyl xylan esterase AnAXE1 from Aspergillus niger was introduced into aspen and targeted to cell walls...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426739/artificial-neural-network-and-sarima-based-models-for-power-load-forecasting-in-turkish-electricity-market
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Ömer Özgür Bozkurt, Göksel Biricik, Ziya Cihan Tayşi
Load information plays an important role in deregulated electricity markets, since it is the primary factor to make critical decisions on production planning, day-to-day operations, unit commitment and economic dispatch. Being able to predict the load for a short term, which covers one hour to a few days, equips power generation facilities and traders with an advantage. With the deregulation of electricity markets, a variety of short term load forecasting models are developed. Deregulation in Turkish Electricity Market has started in 2001 and liberalization is still in progress with rules being effective in its predefined schedule...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426562/asymptomatic-cervical-spine-fractures-current-guidelines-can-fail-older-patients
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Christopher D Healey, Sarah K Spilman, Bradley D King, Joseph E Sherrill, Carlos A Pelaez
BACKGROUND: Older adults represent a growing proportion of trauma patients treated in the United States, and cervical spine (c-spine) fracture is an injury that is increasingly common in this population. Neck pain is a major component of current clinical clearance guidelines, but some older adults with c-spine fractures report no neck pain after injury. The objective of this study was to investigate the frequency at which c-spine fractures were unassociated with neck pain in an aging population...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426449/temperature-and-oxygenation-during-organ-preservation-friends-or-foes
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Nicholas Gilbo, Diethard Monbaliu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The liberalization of donor selection criteria in organ transplantation, with the increased use of suboptimal grafts, has stimulated interest in ischemia-reperfusion injury prevention and graft reconditioning. Organ preservation technologies are changing considerably, mostly through the reintroduction of dynamic machine preservation. Here, we review the current evidence on the role of temperature and oxygenation during dynamic machine preservation. RECENT FINDINGS: A large but complex body of evidence exists and comparative studies are few...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426284/participatory-genomic-research-ethical-issues-from-the-bottom-up-to-the-top-down
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Heide Aungst, Michelle L McGowan, Jennifer R Fishman
Participatory approaches to genomic research manifest along a continuum from bottom-up citizen-science initiatives designed to liberate scientific inquiry from the constraints of traditional research institutional contexts and professional practices to top-down investigator-initiated studies designed to expose the public to scientific research processes and build their support and enthusiasm for genomic research. With foundations as varied as open science, crowdsourcing, patient advocacy, social media, the digitization of health, and the neoliberalization of academic research, a range of ethical frameworks inform the modes of participatory genomic research...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426244/piperine-triggers-apoptosis-of-human-oral-squamous-carcinoma-through-cell-cycle-arrest-and-mitochondrial-oxidative-stress
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Sahabjada Siddiqui, Md Sultan Ahamad, Asif Jafri, Mohd Afzal, Md Arshad
Piperine is a nitrogenous pungent substance exhibiting multifunctional pharmacological properties. However, the mechanism underlying its anticancer potential is not well elucidated in human oral squamous carcinoma (KB) cell line. The anticancer potential of piperine was evaluated through potent biomarkers viz. reactive oxygen species (ROS), cellular apoptosis, and loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP). In addition, cell cycle kinetics and caspases-3 activity were also carried out to confirm anticancer activity of piperine...
April 20, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426220/fluorescent-neuraminidase-assay-based-on-supramolecular-dye-capture-after-enzymatic-cleavage
#20
Wenqi Liu, César F A Gómez-Durán, Bradley D Smith
A conceptually new type of enzymatic cleavage assay is reported that utilizes in-situ supramolecular capture of the fluorescent product. A squaraine-derived substrate with large blocking groups at each end of its structure cannot be threaded by a tetralactam macrocycle until the blocking groups are removed by enzyme cleavage. A prototype design responds to viral neuraminidase, an indicator of influenza infection, and also measures susceptibility of the sample to neuraminidase inhibitor drugs. The substrate structure incorporates three key features; (a) a bis(4-amino-3-hydroxyphenyl)squaraine core with bright deep-red fluorescence and excellent photostability, (b) an N-methyl group at each end of the squaraine core that ensures fast macrocycle threading kinetics, and (c) sialic acid blocking groups that prevent macrocycle threading until they are removed by viral neuraminidase...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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