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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433936/sustained-viral-gene-delivery-from-a-micro-fibrous-elastomeric-cardiac-patch-to-the-ischemic-rat-heart
#1
Xinzhu Gu, Yasumoto Matsumura, Ying Tang, Souvik Roy, Richard Hoff, Bing Wang, William R Wagner
Biodegradable and elastomeric patches have been applied to the surface of infarcted hearts as temporary mechanical supports to effectively alter adverse left ventricular remodeling processes. In this report, recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV), known for its persistent transgene expression and low pathogenicity, was incorporated into elastomeric polyester urethane urea (PEUU) and polyester ether urethane urea (PEEUU) and processed by electrospinning into two formats (solid fibers and core-sheath fibers) designed to influence the controlled release behavior...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433923/uhplc-q-orbitrap-hrms-based-global-metabolomics-reveal-metabolome-modifications-in-plasma-of-young-women-after-cranberry-juice-consumption
#2
Haiyan Liu, Timothy J Garrett, Zhihua Su, Christina Khoo, Liwei Gu
Plasma metabolome in young women following cranberry juice consumption were investigated using a global UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap-HRMS approach. Seventeen female college students, between 21 and 29 years old, were given either cranberry juice or apple juice for three days using a cross-over design. Plasma samples were collected before and after juice consumption. Plasma metabolomes were analyzed using UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap-HRMS followed by orthogonal partial least squares-discriminant analyses (OPLS-DA). S-plot was used to identify discriminant metabolites...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433718/three-new-piscidins-from-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides-phylogeny-expression-and-functional-characterization
#3
Ze-Rui Zhuang, Xiao-Dong Yang, Xia-Zi Huang, Hui-Xian Gu, Han-Yin Wei, Yi-Jun He, Li Deng
The present study reports the identification, and characterization of three new putative piscidin paralogues, ecPis-2, ecPis-3 and ecPis-4, from orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides). The cDNA of the three piscidins with the 207, 216, and 231 nt open reading frame encoded respectively a 68-, 71-, and 76-amino acid preprotein consisting of the predicted signal peptide, and putative mature peptide and prodomain. The phylogenetic analysis indicated that multiple piscidin paralogues in one fish species are highly diversified, the analysis suggested that the piscidins should be a family belonging to the superfamily of ancient cationic, linear, and amphipathic host defence peptides widespread across invertebrate and vertebrate taxa comprising insect cecropins and ceratotoxins, and the amphibian dermaseptins...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433432/ascende-rt-an-analysis-of-treatment-related-morbidity-for-a-randomized-trial-comparing-a-low-dose-rate-brachytherapy-boost-with-a-dose-escalated-external-beam-boost-for-high-and-intermediate-risk-prostate-cancer
#4
Sree Rodda, Scott Tyldesley, W James Morris, Mira Keyes, Ross Halperin, Howard Pai, Michael McKenzie, Graeme Duncan, Gerard Morton, Jeremy Hamm, Nevin Murray
PURPOSE: To report the genitourinary (GU) and gastrointestinal (GI) morbidity and erectile dysfunction in a randomized trial comparing 2 methods of dose escalation for high- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: ASCENDE-RT (Androgen Suppression Combined with Elective Nodal and Dose Escalated Radiation Therapy) enrolled 398 men, median age 68 years, who were then randomized to either a standard arm that included 12 months of androgen deprivation therapy and pelvic irradiation to 46 Gy followed by a dose-escalated external beam radiation therapy (DE-EBRT) boost to 78 Gy, or an experimental arm that substituted a low-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy (LDR-PB) boost...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433413/stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-low-and-intermediate-risk-prostate-cancer-is-there-an-optimal-dose
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Joelle Helou, Laura D'Alimonte, Harvey Quon, Andrea Deabreu, Kristina Commisso, Patrick Cheung, William Chu, Alexandre Mamedov, Melanie Davidson, Ananth Ravi, Andrew Loblaw
PURPOSE: To investigate if stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) dose is associated with PSA at 3years (PSA3y) in the treatment of localized prostate cancer and to explore predictors of late genitourinary (GU) toxicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three prospective trials of SABR were undertaken at our institution: 1) 35Gy/5 fractions/29days; 2) 40Gy/5 fractions/29days; 3) 40Gy/5 fractions/11 or 29days. PSA3y was analyzed as a continuous variable. Toxicity was defined as the worst new toxicity and assessed using the radiation therapy oncology group (RTOG) late morbidity scheme...
April 19, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433179/isolation-of-cellulose-nanocrystals-from-medium-density-fiberboards
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Jin Gu, Chuanshuang Hu, Rui Zhong, Dengyun Tu, Hong Yun, Weiwei Zhang, Shao-Yuan Leu
Cellulose fibers have been successfully isolated from medium density fiberboards (MDFs) by sodium chlorite oxidation-potassium hydroxide (NaClO2-KOH) leaching process, at 37.6% yield, comparable to the 39.3% and 37.3% cellulose fibers from eucalyptus and eucalyptus with 12% cured urea-formaldehyde (UF) resin, respectively. At the same sulfuric acid hydrolysis conditions (65% H2SO4, 60°C and 30min), MDF cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were produced at 27.5% yield, similar to 27.4% of CNC yield from eucalyptus with UF resin, but less than 31...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433172/preparation-and-characterization-of-chitosan-derivatives-and-their-application-as-flame-retardants-in-thermoplastic-polyurethane
#7
Xiaodong Liu, Xiaoyu Gu, Jun Sun, Sheng Zhang
Our previous work has demonstrated that chitosan (CS) can be directly used as charring agents. In this paper, efforts were made to further improve the thermal stability and charring ability of CS by reacting with benzaldehyde, salicylaldehyde and hydroxybenzaldehyde respectively to obtain different CS derivatives. CS derivatives in association with ammonium polyphosphate (APP) was then introduced into thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to prepare flame retardant TPU composites. The sample containing 18.75% APP and 6...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432803/sequencing-and-functional-validation-of-the-jgi-brachypodium-distachyon-t-dna-collection
#8
Mon Mandy Hsia, Ronan O'Malley, Amy Cartwright, Rita Nieu, Sean P Gordon, Sandra Kelly, Tina G Williams, Delilah F Wood, Yunjun Zhao, Jennifer Bragg, Mark Jordan, Markus Pauly, Joseph R Ecker, Yong Gu, John P Vogel
Due to a large and growing collection of genomic and experimental resources, Brachypodium distachyon has emerged as a powerful experimental model for the grasses. To add to these resources we sequenced 21,165 T-DNA lines, 15,569 of which were produced in this study. This increased the number of unique insertion sites in the T-DNA collection by 21,078 bringing the overall total to 26,112. Thirty seven percent (9,754) of these insertion sites are within genes (including UTRs and introns) and 28% (7,217) are within 500 bp of a gene...
April 22, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432363/joint-based-description-of-protein-structure-its-application-to-the-geometric-characterization-of-membrane-proteins
#9
Jayaraman Thangappan, Sangwook Wu, Sun-Gu Lee
A macroscopic description of a protein structure allows an understanding of the protein conformations in a more simplistic manner. Here, a new macroscopic approach that utilizes the joints of the protein secondary structures as a basic descriptor for the protein structure is proposed and applied to study the arrangement of secondary structures in helical membrane proteins. Two types of dihedral angle, Ω and λ, were defined based on the joint points of the transmembrane (TM) helices and loops, and employed to analyze 103 non-homologous membrane proteins with 3 to 14 TM helices...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432268/clinical-outcomes-after-delayed-thyroid-surgery-in-patients-with-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma
#10
Min Ji Jeon, Won Gu Kim, Hyemi Kwon, Mijin Kim, Suyeon Park, Hye-Seon Oh, Minkyu Han, Tae-Yon Sung, Ki-Wook Chung, Suck Joon Hong, Tae Yong Kim, Young-Kee Shong, Won Bae Kim
OBJECTIVE: Active surveillance is an option for patients with papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC). However, the long-term clinical outcomes after delayed surgery remain unclear. We compared the long-term clinical outcomes of PTMC patients according to the time interval between initial diagnosis and surgery. DESIGN & METHODS: In this individual risk factor-matched cohort study, PTMC patients were classified into three groups according to the delay period: ≤ 6 months, 6-12 months, and > 12 months...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431879/improvement-of-herg-romk-index-of-spirocyclic-romk-inhibitors-through-scaffold-optimization-and-incorporation-of-novel-pharmacophores
#11
Shuzhi Dong, Kelsey VanGelder, Zhi-Cai Shi, Yang Yu, Zhicai Wu, Ron Ferguson, Zack Zhiqiang Guo, Haifeng Tang, Jessica Frie, Qinghong Fu, Xin Gu, Birgit T Priest, Brande Thomas-Fowlkes, Adam Weinglass, Michael Margulis, Jessica Liu, Lee-Yuh Pai, Caryn Hampton, Robin E Haimbach, Karen Owens, Vincent Tong, Shiyao Xu, Mengwei Hu, Gloria J Zingaro, Pierre Morissette, Juliann Ehrhart, Sophie Roy, Kathleen Sullivan, Alexander Pasternak
SAR in the previously described spirocyclic ROMK inhibitor series was further evolved from lead 4 by modification of the spirocyclic core and identification of novel right-side pharmacophores. In this process, it was discovered that the spiropyrrolidinone core with the carbonyl group α to the spirocenter was preferred for potent ROMK activity. Efforts aimed at decreasing hERG affinity within the series led to the discovery of multiple novel right-hand pharmacophores including 3-methoxythiadiazole, 2-methoxypyrimidine, and pyridazinone...
March 30, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431878/design-synthesis-and-anticancer-activity-of-novel-nopinone-based-thiosemicarbazone-derivatives
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Yunyun Wang, Wen Gu, Yu Shan, Fei Liu, Xu Xu, Yiqin Yang, Qiangjian Zhang, Yan Zhang, Hongbo Kuang, Zhonglong Wang, Shifa Wang
A series of new nopinone-based thiosemicarbazone derivatives were designed and synthesized as potent anticancer agents. All these compounds were identified by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, HR-MS spectra analyses. In the in vitro anticancer activity, most derivatives showed considerable cytotoxic activity against three human cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231, SMMC-7721 and Hela). Among them, compound 4i exhibited most potent antitumor activity against three cancer cell lines with the IC50 values of 2.79±0.38, 2.64±0.17 and 3...
April 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431494/surgical-results-of-modified-canal-wall-down-tympanoplasty
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Feng-Ming Gu, Fang-Lu Chi
CONCLUSION: Patients with mastoiditis and chronic suppurative otitis media which has small mastoids that make them ideal candidates for modified canal wall down mastoidectomy (MCWD) which contributes to a dry and spacious ear and the maintaining and improving hearing. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate surgical outcomes for chronic otitis media underwent MCWD. METHODS: A clinical retrospective study was performed on 47 ears with chronic otitis media which has relatively limited attic lesions have the small, sclerotic and hypocellular mastoids according to the preoperative high-resolution CT scan of the temporal bone that underwent MCWD and 32 ears with typical canal wall down operation form January 2010 to January 2016...
April 21, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431315/effects-of-pm2-5-exposure-on-the-notch-signaling-pathway-and-immune-imbalance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#14
Xing-Yu Gu, Xu Chu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Xiao-Ju Liu
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with T lymphocytes subset (Th1/Th2, Th17/Treg) imbalance. Notch signaling pathway plays a key role in the development of the adaptive immunity. The immune disorder induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is related to COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which PM2.5 influences the Notch signaling pathway leading to worsening immune disorder and accelerating COPD development. A COPD mouse model was established by cigarette smoke exposure...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430906/past-and-current-cause-specific-mortality-in-eisenmenger-syndrome
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Cristel M Sørensen Hjortshøj, Aleksander Kempny, Annette Schophuus Jensen, Keld Sørensen, Edit Nagy, Mikael Dellborg, Bengt Johansson, Virginija Rudiene, Gu Hong, Alexander R Opotowsky, Werner Budts, Barbara J Mulder, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pajak, Michele D'Alto, Katja Prokšelj, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Mette-Elise Estensen, Henrik Holmstrøm, Maila Turanlahti, Ulf Thilén, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lars Søndergaard
Aims: Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic strategies have changed during the 2000s in conjunction with an emphasis on specialist follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the cause-specific mortality in ES and evaluate any relevant changes between 1977 and 2015. Methods and results: This is a retrospective, descriptive multicentre study. A total of 1546 patients (mean age 38.7 ± 15.4 years; 36% male) from 13 countries were included...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430658/the-influence-of-marital-status-on-the-survival-of-patients-with-hodgkin-lymphoma
#16
Fangfang Wang, Xiaoyan Xie, Xiaoming Yang, Guoqing Jiang, Jian Gu
Marital status is viewed as an independent prognostic factor for survival in various cancers. But, little is known about the relationship between marital status and hodgkin lymphoma (HL) outcomes. To investigate the impact of marital status on the survival of patients with HL, we identified 37884 cases from 1988 to 2013 in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. The Kaplan-Meier method and multivariate Cox regression model were used for analyzing the influence of marital status on cause-specific survival (CSS)...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430562/competence-of-aedes-aegypti-ae-albopictus-and-culex-quinquefasciatus-mosquitoes-as-zika-virus-vectors-china
#17
Zhuanzhuan Liu, Tengfei Zhou, Zetian Lai, Zhenhong Zhang, Zhirong Jia, Guofa Zhou, Tricia Williams, Jiabao Xu, Jinbao Gu, Xiaohong Zhou, Lifeng Lin, Guiyun Yan, Xiao-Guang Chen
In China, the prevention and control of Zika virus disease has been a public health threat since the first imported case was reported in February 2016. To determine the vector competence of potential vector mosquito species, we experimentally infected Aedes aegypti, Ae. albopictus, and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes and determined infection rates, dissemination rates, and transmission rates. We found the highest vector competence for the imported Zika virus in Ae. aegypti mosquitoes, some susceptibility of Ae...
July 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430224/spectral-shaping-for-suppressing-stimulated-raman-scattering-in-a-fiber-laser
#18
Haiyang Xu, Man Jiang, Chen Shi, Pu Zhou, Guomin Zhao, Xijia Gu
We report on the effects of spectral shaping of the output coupler fiber Bragg grating (OC-FBG) in a Yb-doped fiber laser on the laser emission spectrum for the purpose of inhabiting stimulated Raman scattering (SRS). The lasers with four different OC-FBGs were built and characterized. We found that the laser with a multiple reflection peak chirped-moiré OC-FBG produced a broad laser emission linewidth, which, in turn, led to about 100 times lower the SRS emission as compared with the laser with a 0.19 nm Gaussian-shaped OC-FBG...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430000/neuroprotective-and-regenerative-roles-of-intranasal-wnt-3a-administration-after-focal-ischemic-stroke-in-mice
#19
Zheng Zachory Wei, James Ya Zhang, Tammi M Taylor, Xiaohuan Gu, Yingying Zhao, Ling Wei
Wnt signaling is a conserved pathway involved in expansion of neural progenitors and lineage specification during development. However, the role of Wnt signaling in the post-stroke brain has not been well-elucidated. We hypothesized that Wnt-3a would play an important role for neurogenesis and brain repair. Adult male mice were subjected to a focal ischemic stroke targeting the sensorimotor cortex. Mice that received Wnt-3a (2 µg/kg/day, 1 h after stroke and once a day for the next 2 days, intranasal delivery) had reduced infarct volume compared to stroke controls...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429599/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-and-risk-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-cardiovascular-events-in-community-based-older-adults-in-china
#20
Chunxiu Wang, Xianghua Fang, Yang Hua, Yutong Liu, Zhongying Zhang, Xiang Gu, Xiaoguang Wu, Zhe Tang, Shaochen Guan, Hongjun Liu, Beibei Liu, Xiuhai Guo, Xunming Ji
We explored the associations between lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) level and carotid atherosclerosis with all phenotypes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in Chinese older adults. A total of 1257 adults aged ≥55 years who were free of CVD were enrolled in this cohort study. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 level was evaluated in 3 categories: Lp-PLA2 < 175, 175≤ Lp-PLA2 < 223, and Lp-PLA2 ≥ 223 ng/mL. The highest level of Lp-PLA2 was independently associated with common carotid artery intima-media thickening (≥1...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
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