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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937649/synthesis-and-enhanced-ethanol-gas-sensing-properties-of-the-g-c%C3%A2-n%C3%A2-nanosheets-decorated-tin-oxide-flower-like-nanorods-composite
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Yan Wang, Jianliang Cao, Cong Qin, Bo Zhang, Guang Sun, Zhanying Zhang
Flower-like SnO₂/g-C₃N₄ nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method by using SnCl₄·5H₂O and urea as the precursor. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by using the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (FESEM and TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) techniques. SnO₂ displays the unique 3D flower-like microstructure assembled with many uniform nanorods with the lengths and diameters of about 400-600 nm and 50-100 nm, respectively...
September 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937073/hepatitis-c-virus-status-in-hemodialysis-patients-in-menoufia-government-egypt-five-years-apart-do-we-have-any-improvement
#2
Khaled Mohamed Amin Elzorkany, Ahmed Zahran
There is a high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in hemodialysis (HD) patients in Menoufia Governorate, Egypt. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess current HCV status and its seroconversion in HD patients after implementing preventative measures to limit transmission of HCV. All data were compared with our previous data collected in 2011 before implementation of isolation policy. There was a significant decrease in HCV infection in HD patients from 49.6% in year 2011 to 41.9% in year 2016 (P = 0...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937071/insomnia-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-multicenter-study-from-morocco
#3
Mohamed Amine Hamzi, Kawtar Hassani, Mohamed Asseraji, Driss El Kabbaj
Previous studies have shown that insomnia is a common sleep disorder in patients with end-stage renal disease. This study aims to determine the prevalence and risk factors of insomnia in our chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients. This is a cross-sectional study conducted in three HD units in Morocco. To assess the prevalence of insomnia, we used a specific questionnaire. Patients complaining of difficulty in falling asleep and/or nocturnal awakenings occurring seven nights a week during the last month were included in the group "insomnia;" the other patients were used as controls...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937061/long-term-evaluation-of-kidney-function-in-live-related-kidney-donors
#4
Kalpana S Mehta, Rudramani Swami, Atim Pajai, Sandip Bhurke, Abhishek Shirkande, Sunil Jawle
The consequences of live kidney donation on the donor health with main emphasis on postdonation blood pressure (BP), proteinuria, kidney size, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) were evaluated. Twenty-five donors with minimum of six months postdonation duration were included in the study. Donor age at nephrectomy, duration postnephrectomy, systolic and diastolic BP measurement pre-and post-donation, postdonation, blood urea nitrogen, serum creatinine and 24-h proteinuria, blood sugar, two-dimensional echocardiogram were recorded...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937021/optimized-high-dose-amoxicillin-proton-pump-inhibitor-dual-therapies-fail-to-achieve-high-cure-rates-in-china
#5
Jia-Li Hu, Jun Yang, Yin-Bin Zhou, Ping Li, Ran Han, Dian-Chun Fang
Background\Aim: Quadruple daily administration of proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy achieves potent acid inhibition, and combined with amoxicillin, with its pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic characteristics, may be efficient for Helicobacter pylori eradication. We compared the efficacy of two optimized high-dose dual therapies with a bismuth-containing quadruple regimen for treating H. pylori infection. Rabeprazole dosages for H. pylori eradication were also evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Treatment-naive and H...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936712/early-goal-directed-nutrition-versus-standard-of-care-in-adult-intensive-care-patients-the-single-centre-randomised-outcome-assessor-blinded-eat-icu-trial
#6
Matilde Jo Allingstrup, Jens Kondrup, Jørgen Wiis, Casper Claudius, Ulf Gøttrup Pedersen, Rikke Hein-Rasmussen, Mads Rye Bjerregaard, Morten Steensen, Tom Hartvig Jensen, Theis Lange, Martin Bruun Madsen, Morten Hylander Møller, Anders Perner
PURPOSE: We assessed the effects of early goal-directed nutrition (EGDN) vs. standard nutritional care in adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS: We randomised acutely admitted, mechanically ventilated ICU patients expected to stay longer than 3 days in the ICU. In the EGDN group we estimated nutritional requirements by indirect calorimetry and 24-h urinary urea aiming at covering 100% of requirements from the first full trial day using enteral and parenteral nutrition...
September 22, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934517/human-epididymis-protein-4-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-female-patients-with-normal-ovarian-function
#7
Tengfei Yuan, Yan Li
Background: Elevated serum concentrations of human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) have appeared in a large number of female patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, it is unknow whether HE4 could be a potential biomarker for diagnosis of CKD. Objective: To evaluate whether serum HE4 is a potential biomarker of CKD in our cohort of 238 ethnic Han Chinese female patients, between the ages of 19 and 89 years. Methods: We selected 230 healthy control individuals and 238 female patients with CKD for inclusion in our study...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934516/large-scale-analysis-evaluating-regional-variability-in-the-request-of-laboratory-tests-in-primary-care-and-its-potential-economic-impact
#8
Maria Salinas, Maite López-Garrigós, Emilio Flores, Carlos Leiva-Salinas
Objective: To compare the ratios of requests of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) to alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and urea to creatinine (Crea); to investigate the variability among regions and to calculate the potential savings if a target is reached. Methods: Laboratories were invited to fill out a registration form on the number of AST, ALT, Urea and Crea requested in 2014, and to provide the reagent price of urea and AST. AST:ALT and Urea:Crea were calculated and compared; also compared were potential savings if each laboratory would have reached the target...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934494/derivatives-of-bst-like-gss-polymerase-with-improved-processivity-and-inhibitor-tolerance
#9
Igor P Oscorbin, Ekaterina A Belousova, Ulyana A Boyarskikh, Aleksandr I Zakabunin, Evgeny A Khrapov, Maksim L Filipenko
At the moment, one of the actual trends in medical diagnostics is a development of methods for practical applications such as point-of-care testing, POCT or research tools, for example, whole genome amplification, WGA. All the techniques are based on using of specific DNA polymerases having strand displacement activity, high synthetic processivity, fidelity and, most significantly, tolerance to contaminants, appearing from analysed biological samples or collected under purification procedures. Here, we have designed a set of fusion enzymes based on catalytic domain of DNA polymerase I from Geobacillus sp...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934415/first-report-of-urease-activity-in-the-novel-systemic-fungal-pathogen-emergomyces-africanus-a-comparison-with-the-neurotrope-cryptococcus-neoformans
#10
Barbra Lerm, Chris Kenyon, Ilan S Schwartz, Heinrich Kroukamp, Riaan de Witt, Nelesh P Govender, G Sybren de Hoog, Alfred Botha
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for the AIDS-defining illness, cryptococcal meningitis. During the disease process, entry of cryptococcal cells into the brain is facilitated by virulence factors that include urease enzyme activity. A novel species of an Emmonsia-like fungus, recently named Emergomyces africanus, was identified as a cause of disseminated mycosis in HIV-infected persons in South Africa. However, in contrast to C. neoformans, the enzymes produced by this fungus, some of which may be involved in pathogenesis, have not been described...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933046/nmr-backbone-resonance-assignments-of-the-prodomain-variants-of-bdnf-in-the-urea-denatured-state
#11
Jing Wang, Henrietta Bains, Agustin Anastasia, Clay Bracken
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a member of the neurotrophin family of proteins which plays a central role in neuronal survival, growth, plasticity and memory. A single Val66Met variant has been identified in the prodomain of human BDNF that is associated with anxiety, depression and memory disorders. The structural differences within the full-length prodomain Val66 and Met66 isoforms could shed light on the mechanism of action of the Met66 and its impact on the development of neuropsychiatric-associated disorders...
September 20, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932492/kidney-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-as-a-novel-strategy-to-explore-the-accurate-protective-mechanisms-underlying-remote-ischemic-preconditioning
#12
Muobarak J Tuorkey
INTRODUCTION: This study reports a novel strategy for investigating the key factors responsible for the protective effect of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) against renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury, which remains the leading cause of the acute kidney injury that increase the morbidity and mortality in patients with renal impairment. METHODS: The renal blood flow of the right kidneys in kidney remote ischemic preconditioning (KRIPC) group was occluded for 20 min...
March 2017: Interventional Medicine & Applied Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932489/the-impact-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-on-routine-laboratory-parameters
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András Mihály Boros, Péter Perge, Klaudia Vivien Nagy, Astrid Apor, Zsolt Bagyura, Endre Zima, Levente Molnár, Tamás Tahin, Dávid Becker, László Gellér, Béla Merkely, Gábor Széplaki
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in chronic heart failure has been shown to improve mortality and morbidity. However, comprehensive data are not available as concerns how circulating biomarkers reflecting different organ functions, such as serum uric acid, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), albumin, cholesterol, or various liver enzymes, change over time as a consequence of CRT. The aim of this prospective study was to overview these possible changes. METHODS: A total of 20 routine laboratory parameters were measured in 122 control subjects and in 129 patients with chronic heart failure before CRT, 6 months, and 2 years later...
March 2017: Interventional Medicine & Applied Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932464/crystal-structures-of-the-2-2-complex-of-1-1-1-2-phenyl-ene-bis-3-m-tolyl-urea-and-tetra-butyl-ammonium-chloride-or-bromide
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Chao Huang, Ruyu Wang, Xi Shu, Yu Fan, Yue Qi, Shoujian Li, Chuanqin Xia
The title compounds, tetra-butyl-ammonium chloride-1,1'-(1,2-phenyl-ene)bis-(3-m-tolyl-urea) (1/1), C16H36N(+)·Cl(-)·C22H22N4O2 or [(n-Bu4N(+)·Cl(-))(C22H22N4O2)] (I) and tetra-butyl-ammonium bromide-1,1'-(1,2-phenyl-ene)bis-(3-m-tolyl-urea) (1/1), C16H36N(+)·Br(-)·C22H22N4O2 or [(n-Bu4N(+)·Br(-))(C22H22N4O2)] (II), both comprise a tetra-butyl-ammonium cation, a halide anion and an ortho-phenyl-ene bis-urea mol-ecule. Each halide ion shows four N-H⋯X (X = Cl or Br) inter-actions with two urea receptor sites of different bis-urea moieties...
September 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932452/crystal-structure-of-a-1-1-2-2-tetra-chloro-ethane-solvated-hydrazinecarbo-thio-amide-compound
#15
Sayed Riyadh, David L Hughes, Musa A Said
The title compound, [(1-{4-[2-(2,4-di-hydroxy-phen-yl)diazen-1-yl]phen-yl}ethyl-idene)amino]-thio-urea, 1,1,2,2-tetra-chloro-ethane monosolvate, C15H15N5O2S·C2H2Cl4, was prepared from 4-(4-acetyl-phenyl-diazendi-yl)resorcinol and thio-semicarbazide and recrystallized from mixed solvents of tetra-chloro-ethane and n-hexane. (1)H NMR and X-ray diffraction data are in support of the thione tautomeric form. The X-ray analysis shows the mol-ecule crystallizes as a zwitterion, with proton transfer from the nominal phenol to the azide group; the N-N bond length is 1...
September 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932120/natural-reduced-water-suppressed-anxiety-and-protected-the-heightened-oxidative-stress-in-rats
#16
Koji Masuda, Yoshihiro Tanaka, Masayuki Kanehisa, Taiga Ninomiya, Ayako Inoue, Haruka Higuma, Chiwa Kawashima, Mari Nakanishi, Kana Okamoto, Jotaro Akiyoshi
BACKGROUND: In Japan, the effects of reduced water, such as hydrogen-rich electrolyzed reduced water and natural reduced water, like Hita Tenryosui water(®), have been examined. The purpose of the present study was to identify the role of natural reduced water in anxiety and blood biochemical analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Natural reduced water and distilled water were administered to rats for 180 consecutive days, and their effect on anxiety-like behavior and depression was examined by using elevated plus maze, light/dark, forced swimming, and conditioned fear tests...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932087/modified-helicobacter-test-using-a-new-test-meal-and-a-13-c-urea-breath-test-in-helicobacter-pylori-positive-and-negative-dyspepsia-patients-on-proton-pump-inhibitors
#17
Bojan Tepeš, Peter Malfertheiner, Joachim Labenz, Sitke Aygen
AIM: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of the (13)C-urea breath test (UBT) in patients taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), using a new test meal Refex. METHODS: One hundred and fourteen consecutive patients with dyspepsia, 53 Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) positive, 49 H. pylori negative, were included in the study. The patients were then given esomeprazole 40 mg for 29 consecutive days, and the (13)C-UBT with the new test meal was performed the next morning...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931412/molecular-characterization-of-the-duck-enteritis-virus-us10-protein
#18
Daixi Zhang, Maoyin Lai, Anchun Cheng, Mingshu Wang, Ying Wu, Qiao Yang, Mafeng Liu, Dekang Zhu, Renyong Jia, Shun Chen, Kunfeng Sun, Xinxin Zhao, Xiaoyue Chen
BACKGROUND: There is little information regarding the duck enteritis virus (DEV) US10 gene and its molecular characterization. METHODS: Duck enteritis virus US10 was amplified and cloned into the recombinant vector pET32a(+). The recombinant US10 protein was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 cells and used to immunize rabbits for the preparation of polyclonal antibodies. The harvested rabbit antiserum against DEV US10 was detected and analyzed by agar immunodiffusion...
September 20, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930443/hydrogel-tethering-enhances-interdomain-stabilization-of-single-chain-antibodies
#19
Yijia Xiong, Nicole R Ford, Karen A Hecht, Guritno Roesijadi, Thomas C Squier
Here we identify the importance of molecular crowding agents in the functional stabilization of scFv antibodies. Antibodies were tethered through an engineered calmodulin (CaM) binding peptide into a stimulus-responsive hydrogel composed of poly-(ethylene glycol) (PEG) functionalized CaM. Macromolecular crowding is modulated by transient heating, which acts to decrease effective pore sizes. Using a fluorescent ligand bound to the scFv, frequency-domain fluorescence spectroscopy was used to assess the structural coupling between the VH and VL domains and relationships with functional stabilization...
September 20, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930108/terra-firma-forme-dermatosis-misdiagnosed-as-nevoid-acanthosis-nigricans
#20
Gulsen Tukenmez Demirci, Ayse Tulin Mansur, Ebru Demiralay
Terra firma-forme dermatosis (TFFD) is a clinical condition characterized by brown-gray, velvety, pigmented patches or plaques, resembling dirt on the skin. Nevoid acanthosis nigricans (NAN) is a rare and recently described form of acanthosis nigricans occurring during childhood or early adulthood. Herein we describe a patient with TFFD, initially misdiagnosed as NAN. The patient had developed hyperkeratotic and hyperpigmented plaques on and around the umbilicus during pregnancy. Though regular in bathing practices, she could not clear away the lesions and concerned marks for inesthetic appearance...
October 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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