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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149083/co-precipitation-synthesis-and-optical-properties-of-mn-4-doped-hexafluoroaluminate-w-led-phosphors
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Tim Senden, Robin G Geitenbeek, Andries Meijerink
Mn(4+)-activated hexafluoroaluminates are promising red-emitting phosphors for white light emitting diodes (w-LEDs). Here, we report the synthesis of Na₃AlF₆:Mn(4+), K₃AlF₆:Mn(4+) and K₂NaAlF₆:Mn(4+) phosphors through a simple two-step co-precipitation method. Highly monodisperse large (~20 μm) smoothed-octahedron shaped crystallites are obtained for K₂NaAlF₆:Mn(4+). The large size, regular shape and small size distribution are favorable for application in w-LEDs. All Mn(4+)-doped hexafluoroaluminates show bright red Mn(4+) luminescence under blue light excitation...
November 17, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146659/smoking-and-quit-attempts-during-pregnancy-and-postpartum-a-longitudinal-uk-cohort
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Sue Cooper, Sophie Orton, Jo Leonardi-Bee, Emma Brotherton, Laura Vanderbloemen, Katharine Bowker, Felix Naughton, Michael Ussher, Kate E Pickett, Stephen Sutton, Tim Coleman
OBJECTIVES: Pregnancy motivates women to try stopping smoking, but little is known about timing of their quit attempts and how quitting intentions change during pregnancy and postpartum. Using longitudinal data, this study aimed to document women's smoking and quitting behaviour throughout pregnancy and after delivery. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort survey with questionnaires at baseline (8-26 weeks' gestation), late pregnancy (34-36 weeks) and 3 months after delivery...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146597/structure-guided-engineering-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-a-fungal-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-toward-triterpenoid-saponins
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Bo Lv, Hanli Sun, Shen Huang, Xudong Feng, Tao Jiang, Chun Li
Glycoside hydrolases (GHs) have attracted special attention in research aimed at modifying natural products by partial removal of sugar moieties to manipulate their solubility and efficacy. However, these modifications are challenging to control because the low substrate specificity of most GHs often generates undesired by-products. We previously identified a GH2-type fungal β-glucuronidase from Aspergillus oryzae (PGUS) exhibiting promiscuous substrate specificity in hydrolysis of triterpenoid saponins. Here, we present the PGUS structure, representing the first structure of a fungal β-glucuronidase, and of an inactive PGUS mutant in complex with the native substrate glycyrrhetic acid 3-O-mono-β- glucuronide (GAMG)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145548/supported-discharge-teams-for-older-people-in-hospital-acute-care-hospital-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Matthew Parsons, John Parsons, Paul Rouse, Avinesh Pillai, Sean Mathieson, Rochelle Parsons, Christine Smith, Tim Kenealy
Background: Supported Discharge Teams aim to help with the transition from hospital to home, whilst reducing hospital length-of-stay. Despite their obvious attraction, the evidence remains mixed, ranging from strong support for disease-specific interventions to less favourable results for generic services. Objective: To determine whether older people referred to a Supported Discharge Team have: (i) reduced length-of-stay in hospital; (ii) reduced risk of hospital readmission; and (iii) reduced healthcare costs...
November 14, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141802/examining-the-contributions-of-environmental-quality-to-pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
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Amy M Lavery, Amy T Waldman, T Charles Casper, Shelly Roalstad, Meghan Candee, John Rose, Anita Belman, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Greg Aaen, Jan-Mendelt Tillema, Moses Rodriguez, Jayne Ness, Yolanda Harris, Jennifer Graves, Lauren Krupp, Leslie Benson, Mark Gorman, Manikum Moodley, Mary Rensel, Manu Goyal, Soe Mar, Tanuja Chitnis, Teri Schreiner, Tim Lotze, Benjamin Greenberg, Ilana Kahn, Jennifer Rubin, Emmanuelle Waubant
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a presumed autoimmune disease caused by genetic and environmental factors. It is hypothesized that environmental exposures (such as air and water quality) trigger the innate immune response thereby activating a pro-inflammatory cascade. OBJECTIVE: To examine potential environmental factors in pediatric MS using geographic information systems (GIS). METHODS: Pediatric MS cases and healthy controls were identified as part of an ongoing multicenter case-control study...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141799/the-4259a-c-polymorphism-of-tim-3-but-not-1637c-t-polymorphism-of-tim-1-is-associated-with-multiple-sclerosis-in-isfahan-population
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Masoumeh Pouladian, Mazdak Ganjalikhani-Hakemi, Fereshteh Alsahebfosul, Vida Homayouni, Sharifeh Khosravi, Masoud Etemadifar, Fariba Mazrouei, Rasoul Salehi
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) which initiated and mediated by autoreactive T helper1 cells directed against myelin antigens. One of T cell surface receptors is T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain (TIM) family which its importance in immunology is recently discovered. These molecules have important immunological function by regulation of T effector cells. METHODS: In the present study, we analyzed the frequency of +4259A>C polymorphism in TIM-3 and -1637C>T polymorphism in TIM-1 gene in MS patients and healthy controls using restriction fragment length polymorphism-polymerase chain reaction (RFLP-PCR) method...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141374/-association-of-pd-1-tim-3-and-trem-1-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-susceptibility
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F M Wang, X Zhang, L Lan, J M Ji, H B Tang, X J Yao, Y Jiang, J Qian, X G Xu, Q Li, P Yao, J H Li, Y P Shen
Objective: To investigate the association of programmed cell death 1(PD-1), T cell immunoglobulin mucin 3 (TIM-3) and triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) genes polymorphisms with pulmonary tuberculosis susceptibility. Methods: In this case-control study, peripheral venous blood of 100 pulmonary tuberculosis patients (pulmonary tuberculosis group) in the Jintan People's Hospital of Changzhou and of community physical examination volunteers (health control group) was collected from Mar 2015 to Sep 2016...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140739/cftr-genotype-and-maximal-exercise-capacity-in-cystic-fibrosis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Thomas Radtke, Helge Hebestreit, Sabina Gallati, Jane E Schneiderman, Julia Braun, Daniel Stevens, Erik Hj Hulzebos, Tim Takken, Steven R Boas, Don S Urquhart, Larry C Lands, Sergio Tejero, Aleksandar Sovtic, Tiffany Dwyer, Milos Petrovic, Ryan A Harris, Chantal Karila, Daniela Savi, Jakob Usemann, Meir Mei-Zahav, Elpis Hatziagorou, Felix Ratjen, Susi Kriemler
RATIONALE: Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is expressed in human skeletal muscle cells. Variations of CFTR dysfunction among patients with CF may present an important determinant of aerobic exercise capacity in CF. Previous studies on the relationship between CFTR genotype and aerobic exercise capacity are scarce and contradictory. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to explore factors influencing aerobic exercise capacity, expressed as peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) with a specific focus on CFTR genotype in children and adults with CF...
November 15, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137357/akr7a3-suppresses-tumorigenicity-and-chemoresistance-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-attenuation-of-erk-c-jun-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways
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Raymond Kwok Kei Chow, Sarah Tsz-Kwan Sin, Ming Liu, Yan Li, Tim Hon Man Chan, Yangyang Song, Leilei Chen, Dora Lai-Wan Kwong, Xin-Yuan Guan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which accounts for 85-90% of primary liver cancer, is now the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Here we reported that Aldo-Keto Reductase family 7A isoform 3 (AKR7A3) is frequently down-regulated in HCC, associating with poor overall survival rate, elevated serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) and poor differentiation of HCC. The promoter region of AKR7A3 was detected to be hypermethylated. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) was also detected in AKR7A3. Functional assays on both AKR7A3 overexpressed and knockdown cells, including foci formation, colony formation in soft agar, migration, invasion and tumor formation in nude mice, demonstrated the strong tumor suppressive functions of AKR7A3...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135922/targeting-immune-cell-checkpoints-during-sepsis
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REVIEW
Naeem K Patil, Yin Guo, Liming Luan, Edward R Sherwood
Immunosuppression is increasingly being recognized as one of the causes of increased morbidity and mortality during sepsis. Both innate and adaptive immune system dysfunction have been shown to cause an impaired ability to eradicate the primary infection and also lead to frequent occurrence of secondary opportunistic infections. Pre-clinical and clinical studies have shown that inhibitory immune checkpoint molecules, including programmed death-1 (PD-1), programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), T cell membrane protein-3 (TIM-3), Lymphocyte activation-gene-3 (LAG-3) and 2B4, are upregulated during the course of sepsis...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134673/modified-dixon-based-renal-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-facilitates-automated-registration-and-perfusion-analysis
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Anneloes de Boer, Tim Leiner, Eva E Vink, Peter J Blankestijn, Cornelis A T van den Berg
PURPOSE: Renal dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI provides information on renal perfusion and filtration. However, clinical implementation is hampered by challenges in postprocessing as a result of misalignment of the kidneys due to respiration. We propose to perform automated image registration using the fat-only images derived from a modified Dixon reconstruction of a dual-echo acquisition because these provide consistent contrast over the dynamic series. METHODS: DCE data of 10 hypertensive patients was used...
November 13, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133523/sampling-technique-and-detection-rates-of-oropharyngeal-and-anorectal-gonorrhoea-using-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Tim Z T Yang, Marcus Y Chen, Tim R H Read, Robert Needleman, Catriona S Bradshaw, Ria Fortune, Christopher K Fairley, Eric P F Chow
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the associations between clinicians' self-reported sampling technique and the detection rate of gonorrhoea at the oropharynx and anorectum using a highly sensitive nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). METHODS: We analysed oropharyngeal and anorectal gonorrhoea swab results among men who have sex with men attending the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) between March 2015 and December 2016. Swabs were tested by NAAT using the Aptima Combo 2 transcription-mediated amplification assay due to its high sensitivity...
November 13, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133315/testosterone-in-advance-age-a-new-zealand-longitudinal-cohort-study-life-and-living-in-advanced-age-te-pu%C3%A4-waitanga-o-ng%C3%A4-tapuwae-kia-ora-tonu
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Martin J Connolly, Ngaire Kerse, Tim Wilkinson, Oliver Menzies, Anna Rolleston, Yih Harng Chong, Joanna B Broad, Simon A Moyes, Santosh Jatrana, Ruth Teh
OBJECTIVES: Serum testosterone (T) levels in men decline with age. Low T levels are associated with sarcopenia and frailty in men aged >80 years. T levels have not previously been directly associated with disability in older men. We explored associations between T levels, frailty and disability in a cohort of octogenarian men. SETTING: Data from all men from Life and Living in Advanced Age Cohort Study in New Zealand, a longitudinal cohort study in community-dwelling older adults...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133244/real-world-effectiveness-of-8-weeks-treatment-with-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-in-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Peter Buggisch, Johannes Vermehren, Stefan Mauss, Rainer Günther, Eckart Schott, Anita Pathil, Klaus Boeker, Tim Zimmermann, Gerlinde Teuber, Heike-Pfeiffer Vornkahl, Karl-Georg Simon, Claus Niederau, Heiner Wedemeyer, Stefan Zeuzem
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) for 8 to 24 weeks is approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). In the ION-3 study 8 weeks of LDV/SOF was non-inferior to 12 weeks in previously untreated genotype 1 (GT1) patients without cirrhosis. According to the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), 8 weeks treatment may be considered in naïve non-cirrhotic GT1-patients. However, there are only limited data on the effectiveness of 8 week regimen of LDV/SOF under real-world conditions available...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132946/an-interview-study-of-patient-and-caregiver-perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-in-esrd
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Marcus Sellars, Josephine M Clayton, Rachael L Morton, Tim Luckett, William Silvester, Lucy Spencer, Carol A Pollock, Rowan G Walker, Peter G Kerr, Allison Tong
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) empowers patients to consider and communicate their current and future treatment goals. However, it can be an emotionally charged process for patients with kidney disease and their caregivers. This study aimed to describe the perspectives and attitudes of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and their caregivers toward ACP. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Patients with ESRD (n=24) and their caregivers (n=15) aged 36 to 91 years at various stages of ACP ("not commenced," "in progress," or "completed") from 3 renal services...
November 10, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131721/postural-stability-in-healthy-child-and-youth-athletes-the-effect-of-age-sex-and-concussion-related-factors-on-performance
#16
Melissa Paniccia, Katherine E Wilson, Anne Hunt, Michelle Keightley, Karl Zabjek, Tim Taha, Isabelle Gagnon, Nick Reed
BACKGROUND: Postural stability plays a key role in sport performance, especially after concussion. Specific to healthy child and youth athletes, little is known about the influence development and sex may have on postural stability while considering other subjective clinical measures used in baseline/preinjury concussion assessment. This study aims to describe age- and sex-based trends in postural stability in uninjured child and youth athletes at baseline while accounting for concussion-related factors...
November 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129315/fixation-methods-for-calcaneus-fractures-a-systematic-review-of%C3%A2-biomechanical-studies-using-cadaver-specimens
#17
REVIEW
Siem A Dingemans, Floris W Sintenie, Vincent M de Jong, Jan S K Luitse, Tim Schepers
Calcaneal fractures are notoriously difficult to treat and wound complications occur often. However, owing to the rare nature of these fractures, clinical trials on this subject are lacking. Thus, biomechanical studies form a viable source of information on this subject. With our systematic review of biomechanical studies, we aimed to provide an overview of all the techniques available and guide clinicians in their choice of method of fracture fixation. A literature search was conducted using 3 online databases to find biomechanical studies investigating methods of fixation for calcaneal fractures...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128507/moderators-and-mediators-of-effects-of-unloading-shoes-on-knee-pain-in-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-an-exploratory-analysis-of-the-shark-randomised-controlled-trial
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Kade L Paterson, Jessica Kasza, Kim L Bennell, Tim V Wrigley, Ben R Metcalf, Penny K Campbell, David J Hunter, Rana S Hinman
OBJECTIVE: To investigate moderators and biomechanical mediators of effects of unloading shoes on knee pain in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Exploratory analysis from 164 participants in a clinical trial comparing unloading (ASICS GEL-Melbourne OA) to conventional walking shoes. The primary outcome was 6-month change in knee pain (11-point numerical rating scale). Moderators included baseline peak knee adduction moment (KAM), radiographic severity (Kellgren & Lawrence (KL) scale), body mass, foot posture, neuropathic pain and diffuse knee pain...
November 8, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127350/memory-regulatory-t-cells-increase-only-in-inflammatory-phase-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-infection-and-related-to-galectin-9-tim-3-interaction
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Ching-Chih Hu, Wen-Juei Jeng, Yi-Cheng Chen, Jian-He Fang, Chien-Hao Huang, Wei Teng, Yi-Chung Hsieh, Yung-Chang Lin, Rong-Nan Chien, I-Shyan Sheen, Chun-Yen Lin
CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) are the main immune suppressors with subpopulation of inflamed-tissue related memory Tregs (mTregs) and non-related resting Treg (rTregs). Previously, Treg was proposed to be the cause of chronicity of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection but with controversies. We then investigated the role of mTregs in distinct immune phases of chronic HBV infection, especially the non-inflammatory versus inflammatory phases. It was found mTregs but not rTregs increased only in the inflammatory phase and correlated with serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127145/tim-3-engagement-promotes-effector-memory-t-cell-differentiation-of-human-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cells-by-activating-mtorc1
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Nina Chi Sabins, Olesya Chornoguz, Karen Leander, Fred Kaplan, Richard Carter, Michelle Kinder, Kurtis Bachman, Raluca Verona, Shixue Shen, Vipul Bhargava, Sandra Santulli-Marotto
T cell expression of TIM-3 following Ag encounter has been associated with a continuum of functional states ranging from effector memory T cells to exhaustion. We have designed an in vitro culture system to specifically address the impact of anti-TIM-3/TIM-3 engagement on human Ag-specific CD8 T cells during a normal response to Ag and found that anti-TIM-3 treatment enhances T cell function. In our in vitro T cell culture system, MART1-specific CD8 T cells were expanded from healthy donors using artificial APCs...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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