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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914179/ammonothermal-synthesis-of-novel-nitrides-case-study-on-cagasin3
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Jonas Häusler, Lukas Neudert, Mathias Mallmann, Robin Niklaus, Anna-Carina L Kimmel, Nicolas S A Alt, Eberhard Schlücker, Oliver Oeckler, Wolfgang Schnick
The first gallium-containing nitridosilicate CaGaSiN3 was synthesized in newly developed high-pressure autoclaves using supercritical ammonia as solvent and nitriding agent. The reaction was conducted in ammonobasic environment starting from intermetallic CaGaSi with NaN3 as mineralizer. At 770 K, intermediate compounds were obtained, which were subsequently converted to the crystalline nitride at temperatures up to 1070 K (70 - 150 MPa). The impact of other mineralizers (e. g. LiN3, KN3 and CsN3) on the product formation was investigated as well...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914106/effect-of-cranberry-extract-on-the-frequency-of-bacteriuria-in-dogs-with-acute-thoracolumbar-disk-herniation-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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N J Olby, S L Vaden, K Williams, E H Griffith, T Harris, C L Mariani, K R Muñana, P J Early, S R Platt, L Boozer, C Giovanella, R Longshore
BACKGROUND: Dogs with spinal cord injury are at increased risk of developing bacteriuria due to increased residual urine volume. Cranberry extract inhibits binding of E. coli to uroepithelial cells, potentially reducing risk of bacteriuria. HYPOTHESIS: Cranberry extract reduces risk of bacteriuria in dogs after acute TL-IVDH. ANIMALS: Client-owned dogs with acute onset TL-IVDH causing nonambulatory status. METHODS: Randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded, prospective clinical trial...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914058/osprey-predicts-resistance-mutations-using-positive-and-negative-computational-protein-design
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Adegoke Ojewole, Anna Lowegard, Pablo Gainza, Stephanie M Reeve, Ivelin Georgiev, Amy C Anderson, Bruce R Donald
Drug resistance in protein targets is an increasingly common phenomenon that reduces the efficacy of both existing and new antibiotics. However, knowledge of future resistance mutations during pre-clinical phases of drug development would enable the design of novel antibiotics that are robust against not only known resistant mutants, but also against those that have not yet been clinically observed. Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is a transformative field that enables the prediction of protein sequences with desired biochemical properties such as binding affinity and specificity to a target...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914033/l-carnitine-simvastatin-reduces-lipoprotein-a-levels-compared-with-simvastatin-monotherapy-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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M Florentin, M S Elisaf, C V Rizos, V Nikolaou, E Bilianou, C Pitsavos, E N Liberopoulos
Lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. There are currently limited therapeutic options to lower Lp(a) levels. L-Carnitine has been reported to reduce Lp(a) levels. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of L-carnitine/simvastatin co-administration with that of simvastatin monotherapy on Lp(a) levels in subjects with mixed hyperlipidemia and elevated Lp(a) concentration. Subjects with levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) >160 mg/dL, triacylglycerol (TAG) >150 mg/dL and Lp(a) >20 mg/dL were included in this study...
December 2, 2016: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914030/active-compounds-extracted-from-extra-virgin-olive-oil-counteract-mesothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-peritoneal-mesothelium-cells-exposed-to-conventional-peritoneal-dialysate-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evidences
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S Lupinacci, G Toteda, D Vizza, A Perri, C Benincasa, A Mollica, A La Russa, P Gigliotti, F Leone, D Lofaro, M Bonofiglio, E Perri, R Bonofiglio
During peritoneal dialysis (PD), peritoneal mesothelial cells undergo a transition from an epithelial phenotype to a mesenchymal phenotype that, together with the inflammatory process, promotes tissue fibrosis and a failure of peritoneal membrane function. To date, there is no definitive treatment for the progressive thickening and angiogenesis of the peritoneal membrane associated with PD. In this study we tested, in vitro and in vivo, the ability of active compounds extracted from extra virgin olive oil (AC-EVOO) to counteract the mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition process (MMT) observed in mesothelial cells chronically exposed to the conventional peritoneal dialysate (DL)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914002/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-bacteriocinogenic-enterococci-against-clostridium-botulinum
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Awad A Shehata, Reda Tarabees, Shereen Basiouni, Mahmoud Gamil, Ahmed S Kamal, Monika Krüger
The present study aimed to characterize Enterococcus faecalis (n = -6) and Enterococcus faecium (n = 1) isolated from healthy chickens to find a novel perspective probiotic candidate that antagonize Clostridium botulinum types A, B, D, and E. The isolated enterococci were characterized based on phenotypic properties, PCR, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF). The virulence determinants including hemolytic activity on blood agar, gelatinase activity, sensitivity to vancomycin, and presence of gelatinase (gelE) and enterococcal surface protein (esp) virulence genes were investigated...
December 2, 2016: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913991/24-hour-efficacy-and-ocular-surface-health-with-preservative-free-tafluprost-alone-and-in-conjunction-with-preservative-free-dorzolamide-timolol-fixed-combination-in-open-angle-glaucoma-patients-insufficiently-controlled-with-preserved-latanoprost-monotherapy
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Anastasios-Georgios Konstas, Konstadinos G Boboridis, Paraskevas Kapis, Konstantinos Marinopoulos, Irini C Voudouragkaki, Dimitrios Panayiotou, Dimitrios G Mikropoulos, Eirini Pagkalidou, Anna-Bettina Haidich, Andreas Katsanos, Luciano Quaranta
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the 24-h efficacy, tolerability, and ocular surface health with preservative-free (PF) tafluprost and a PF triple drug regimen comprising tafluprost and dorzolamide/timolol fixed combination (DTFC) in open-angle glaucoma patients who were insufficiently controlled with preserved branded or generic latanoprost monotherapy and who exhibited signs or symptoms of ocular surface disease (OSD). METHODS: Prospective, observer-masked, crossover, comparison...
December 2, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913983/mobile-health-technology-can-objectively-capture-physical-activity-pa-targets-among-african-american-women-within-resource-limited-communities-the-washington-d-c-cardiovascular-health-and-needs-assessment
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S Thomas, L Yingling, J Adu-Brimpong, V Mitchell, C R Ayers, G R Wallen, M Peters-Lawrence, A T Brooks, D M Sampson, K L Wiley, J Saygbe, J Henry, A Johnson, A Graham, L Graham, T M Powell-Wiley
BACKGROUND: Little is understood about using mobile health (mHealth) technology to improve cardiovascular (CV) health among African-American women in resource-limited communities. METHODS: We conducted the Washington, D.C. CV Health and Needs Assessment in predominantly African-American churches in city wards 5, 7, and 8 with the lowest socioeconomic status based on community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles. The assessment measured CV health factors: body mass index (BMI), fasting blood glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure, fruit/vegetable (F/V) intake, physical activity (PA), and smoking...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913947/preclinical-evaluation-of-cathepsin-based-fluorescent-imaging-system-for-cytoreductive-surgery
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Carlos H F Chan, Lukas F Liesenfeld, Isabel Ferreiro-Neira, James C Cusack
BACKGROUND: Cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS-HIPEC) is a treatment option for peritoneal surface malignancies. The ability to detect microscopic foci of peritoneal metastasis intraoperatively may ensure the completeness of cytoreduction. In this study, we evaluated the suitability of a hand-held cathepsin-based fluorescent imaging system for intraoperative detection of appendiceal and colorectal peritoneal metastasis. METHODS: Peritoneal tumors and normal peritoneal tissues were collected from patients with appendiceal and colorectal peritoneal metastasis...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913932/almost-2-of-spanish-breast-cancer-families-are-associated-to-germline-pathogenic-mutations-in-the-atm-gene
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A Tavera-Tapia, L Pérez-Cabornero, J A Macías, M I Ceballos, G Roncador, M de la Hoya, A Barroso, V Felipe-Ponce, R Serrano-Blanch, C Hinojo, M D Miramar-Gallart, M Urioste, T Caldés, S Santillan-Garzón, J Benitez, A Osorio
PURPOSE: There is still a considerable percentage of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) cases not explained by BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. In this report, next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques were applied to identify novel variants and/or genes involved in HBOC susceptibility. METHODS: Using whole exome sequencing, we identified a novel germline mutation in the moderate-risk gene ATM (c.5441delT; p.Leu1814Trpfs*14) in a family negative for mutations in BRCA1/2 (BRCAX)...
December 2, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913877/oxidative-stress-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-major-depression-effects-of-disease-acuity-and-potential-confounders
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Wolfgang Jordan, Henrik Dobrowolny, Sabine Bahn, Hans-Gert Bernstein, Tanja Brigadski, Thomas Frodl, Berend Isermann, Volkmar Lessmann, Jürgen Pilz, Andrea Rodenbeck, Kolja Schiltz, Edzard Schwedhelm, Hayrettin Tumani, Jens Wiltfang, Paul C Guest, Johann Steiner
Oxidative stress and immune dysregulation have been linked to schizophrenia and depression. However, it is unknown whether these factors are related to the pathophysiology or whether they are an epiphenomenon. Inconsistent oxidative stress-related findings in previous studies may have resulted from the use of different biomarkers which show disparate aspects of oxidative stress. Additionally, disease severity, medication, smoking, endocrine stress axis activation and obesity are potential confounders. In order to address some of these shortcomings, we have analyzed a broader set of oxidative stress biomarkers in our exploratory study, including urinary 8-iso-prostaglandin F2α (8-iso-PGF2α), 8-OH-2-deoyxguanosine (8-OH-2-dG), and blood levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) in acutely ill drug-naïve first episode patients with schizophrenia (n = 22), major depression (n = 18), and controls (n = 43)...
December 2, 2016: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913873/impact-of-intensity-and-timing-of-integrated-home-palliative-cancer-care-on-end-of-life-hospitalization-in-northern-italy
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M Pellizzari, D Hui, E Pinato, M Lisiero, S Serpentini, L Gubian, F Figoli, M Cancian, C De Chirico, E Ferroni, F Avossa, M Saugo
PURPOSE: The Veneto Region implemented a novel integrated home-based palliative cancer care (HPCC) program embedded in primary care. We examined the impact of timing and intensity of this program on the quality of end-of-life (EOL) care. METHODS: We selected adult cancer patients died in the Veneto Region between March and December 2013, excluding those died from haematological malignancies as well as the very elderly (85+ years). We retrieved the claim-based data on hospitalization and homecare visits, and defined two observation windows: 90 to 16 days before death to examine intensity of HPCC exposure, and the last 15 days of life to examine EOL outcomes, including hospital death, any hospital stay for medical reasons and hospital stay ≥7 days for medical reasons...
December 2, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913837/hospitalizations-due-to-preventable-adverse-reactions-a-systematic-review
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Nidhi S Patel, Tejas K Patel, Parvati B Patel, Viren N Naik, C B Tripathi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to measure the percentage of preventable adverse drug reactions that lead to the hospitalization (PADRAd) and to explore the heterogeneity in its estimation through subgroup analysis of study characteristics. METHODS: Two investigators independently searched in electronic databases and related bibliography for prospective studies involving PADRAd. We excluded studies investigating medication errors and spontaneous and retrospective reporting...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913832/general-and-specific-combining-abilities-in-a-maize-zea-mays-l-test-cross-hybrid-panel-relative-importance-of-population-structure-and-genetic-divergence-between-parents
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A Larièpe, L Moreau, J Laborde, C Bauland, S Mezmouk, L Décousset, T Mary-Huard, J B Fiévet, A Gallais, P Dubreuil, A Charcosset
General and specific combining abilities of maize hybrids between 288 inbred lines and three tester lines were highly related to population structure and genetic distance inferred from SNP data. Many studies have attempted to provide reliable and quick methods to identify promising parental lines and combinations in hybrid breeding programs. Since the 1950s, maize germplasm has been organized into heterotic groups to facilitate the exploitation of heterosis. Molecular markers have proven efficient tools to address the organization of genetic diversity and the relationship between lines or populations...
December 2, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913818/-amyloid-positron-emission-tomography-with-18-%C3%A2-f-florbetaben-in-the-diagnostic-workup-of-dementia-patients
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S Schönecker, C Prix, T Raiser, N Ackl, E Wlasich, G Stenglein-Krapf, E Mille, M Brendel, O Sabri, M Patt, H Barthel, P Bartenstein, J Levin, A Rominger, A Danek
BACKGROUND: To this day the definite diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease still relies on post-mortem histopathological detection of neurofibrillary tangles and beta-amyloid deposits. Amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) is a new diagnostic tool that enables the in vivo quantification of pathological beta-amyloid deposits. The aim of the current study was to evaluate to what extent (18)F-florbetaben-PET (FBB-PET) influences the diagnosis of patients with dementia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Imaging with FBB-PET was performed on 33 patients from our outpatient department for cognitive neurology...
December 2, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913804/restoration-of-shoulder-abduction-in-brachial-plexus-avulsion-injuries-with-double-neurotization-from-the-spinal-accessory-nerve-a-report-of-13-cases
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K W S J Huan, J S W Tan, S H Tan, L C Teoh, F C Yong
: In upper (C5-C7) and total (C5-T1) root avulsion brachial plexus injury, a method of double neurotization from a single donor spinal accessory nerve to two target nerves (suprascapular nerve and axillary nerve) may be done, leaving donor nerves available for reconstruction procedures to restore other aspects of upper limb function. A mean range of shoulder abduction of 91° (SD 25°) was achieved through this procedure in our study of 13 cases, of which seven cases were C5-C7 root avulsion and six cases were C5-T1 root avulsion brachial plexus injuries...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913775/role-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-predicting-in-hospital-outcomes-in-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-preserved-left-ventricular-function-a-5-year-retrospective-analysis
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Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Toufik Mahfood Haddad, Pranathi R Sundaragiri, Anas A Ahmed, Muhammad Sarfraz Nawaz, Hamza A A Rayes, Harish C Devineni, Arun Kanmanthareddy, Dustin A McCann, Christopher S Wichman, Ariel M Modrykamien, Lee E Morrow
BACKGROUND: The role of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is less understood in the risk stratification of patients with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD), especially in patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: This retrospective study from 2008 to 2012 evaluated all adult patients with AECOPD having BNP levels and available echocardiographic data demonstrating LVEF ≥40%. The patients were divided into groups 1, 2, and 3 with BNP ≤ 100, 101 to 500, and ≥501 pg/mL, respectively...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913454/the-anti-bat-strategy-of-ultrasound-absorption-the-wings-of-nocturnal-moths-bombycoidea-saturniidae-absorb-more-ultrasound-than-the-wings-of-diurnal-moths-chalcosiinae-zygaenoidea-zygaenidae
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Athanasios Ntelezos, Francesco Guarato, James F C Windmill
The selection pressure from echolocating bats has driven the development of a diverse range of anti-bat strategies in insects. For instance, several studies have proposed that the wings of some moths absorb a large portion of the sound energy contained in a bat's ultrasonic cry; as a result, the bat receives a dampened echo, and the moth becomes invisible to the bat. To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to bat predation drives the development of higher ultrasound absorbance, we used a small reverberation chamber to measure the ultrasound absorbance of the wings of nocturnal (Bombycoidea: Saturniidae) and diurnal moths (Chalcosiinae: Zygaenoidea: Zygaenidae)...
December 2, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913436/erk-and-p38-mapk-activities-determine-sensitivity-to-pi3k-mtor-inhibition-via-regulation-of-myc-and-yap
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Taru Muranen, Laura M Selfors, Julie Hwang, Lisa L Gallegos, Jonathan L Coloff, Carson C Thoreen, Seong A Kang, David M Sabatini, Gordon B Mills, Joan S Brugge
Aberrant activation of the PI3K/mTOR pathway is a common feature of many cancers and an attractive target for therapy, but resistance inevitably evolves as is the case for any cancer cell-targeted therapy. In animal tumor models, chronic inhibition of PI3K/mTOR initially inhibits tumor growth, but over time, tumor cells escape inhibition. In this study, we identified a context-dependent mechanism of escape whereby tumor cells upregulated the proto-oncogene transcriptional regulators c-MYC and YAP1. This mechanism was dependent on both constitutive ERK activity as well as inhibition of the stress kinase p38...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
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