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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156865/antibacterial-resistance-patterns-and-incidence-of-hospital-acquired-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-in-a-tertiary-care-educational-hospital-in-turkey-a-perspective-from-2001-to-2013
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Oğuz Reşat Sipahi, Serhat Uysal, Sabire Şöhret Aydemir, Hüsnü Pullukçu, Meltem Taşbakan, Alper Tünger, Fatma Feriha Çilli, Tansu Yamazhan, Bilgin Arda, Hilal Sipahi, Sercan Ulusoy
Background/aim: Staphylococcus aureus is an important nosocomial pathogen and a successful antimicrobial-resistance developer. In this study we retrospectively evaluated the resistance patterns and incidence of microbiologically confirmed nosocomial bacteremia (MCNB) related S. aureus strains between 2001 and 2013. Materials and methods: Any patient in whom S. aureus was isolated in at least one set of blood cultures (sent to the bacteriology laboratory 72 h after hospital admission) was considered to have MCNB...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156854/endovascular-embolization-in-the-management-of-traumatic-and-postoperative-abdominopelvic-bleeding-a-single-center-experience
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Dilek Sağlam, Hasan Dinç, Abdulkadir Gündüz, Ayşegül Cansu, Mehmet Halil Öztürk
Background/aim: Endovascular embolization is widely used instead of surgery in the treatment of traumatic and postoperative abdominopelvic bleeding. The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficiency of computed tomography in the determination of active bleeding and the efficiency of endovascular embolization in traumatic and postoperative abdominopelvic bleeding. Materials and methods: Thirty-one patients admitted to our hospital with traumatic and postoperative abdominopelvic bleeding between January 2006 and September 2012 and treated with endovascular embolization were retrospectively enrolled in the study...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156851/cartilage-reinforcement-graft-versus-fascia-graft-in-tympanoplasty
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Emre Ocak, Süha Beton, Vedat Taş, Cem Meço
Background/aim: The purpose of this study was to compare cartilage reinforcement graft results with temporalis fascia graft alone in terms of hearing and anatomical outcomes in tympanoplasty. Materials and methods: Patients who underwent tympanoplasty with/without ossiculoplasty and/or mastoidectomy at a university hospital from 2006 through 2013 were reviewed retrospectively. The patients were divided into those grafted with temporalis muscle fascia alone and with fascia reinforced with cartilage. The postoperative air bone gap, gain in hearing thresholds, and graft status were evaluated for each group...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156758/development-of-novel-long-noncoding-rna-malat1-near-infrared-optical-probes-for-in-vivo-tumour-imaging
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Meng-Jie Dong, Cai-Qin Wang, Guo-Lin Wang, Yue-Hong Wang, Zhen-Feng Liu
With the advent of next-generation sequencing technology, there is rapidly increasing interest in long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). The objectives of this study were to develop a novel lncRNA MALAT1 near-infrared optical probe, to evaluate the characteristics of this optical imaging probe in vitro and to determine whether it can be used for imaging MALAT1 expression in malignant tumours in vivo. Conjugation of Cy5.5 to MALAT1 ASO was accomplished using standard NHS (N-hydroxysuccinimide) ester procedures, and the labelled MALAT1 ASO was purified with a Glen-Pak DNA Purification Cartridge and reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156755/escherichia-coli-nissle-1917-engineered-to-express-tum-5-can-restrain-murine-melanoma-growth
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Lian He, Huijun Yang, Fei Liu, Yiyan Chen, Sijia Tang, Wei Ji, Jianli Tang, Zhudong Liu, Yunjun Sun, Shengbiao Hu, Youming Zhang, Xiong Liu, Weitao Huang, Xuezhi Ding, Liqiu Xia
Tumor growth and metastasis depend on angiogenesis. Thus, inhibiting tumor angiogenesis has become promising cancer therapeutic strategy in recent years. Tumstatin is a more powerful angiogenesis inhibitor than endostatin. Anti-angiogenic active fragment encoding amino acids 45-132 (Tum-5) of tumstatin was subcloned into four different inducible expression vectors and successfully solubly expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) in this study. Subsequently, an anaerobic inducible expression vector was constructed under Vitreoscilla hemoglobin gene promoter Pvhb in E...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156716/using-droplet-digital-pcr-to-analyze-mycn-and-alk-copy-number-in-plasma-from-patients-with-neuroblastoma
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Marco Lodrini, Annika Sprüssel, Kathy Astrahantseff, Daniela Tiburtius, Robert Konschak, Holger N Lode, Matthias Fischer, Ulrich Keilholz, Angelika Eggert, Hedwig E Deubzer
The invasive nature of surgical biopsies deters sequential application, and single biopsies often fail to reflect tumor dynamics, intratumor heterogeneity and drug sensitivities likely to change during tumor evolution and treatment. Implementing molecular characterization of cell-free neuroblastoma-derived DNA isolated from blood plasma could improve disease assessment for treatment selection and monitoring of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. We established droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) protocols for MYCN and ALK copy number status in plasma from neuroblastoma patients...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156652/comparison-of-the-chemical-profiles-and-antioxidant-activities-of-different-parts-of-cultivated-cistanche-deserticola-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-and-a-1-1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl-based-assay
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Xiaoming Wang, Jinfang Wang, Huanyu Guan, Rong Xu, Xiaomei Luo, Meifeng Su, Xiaoyan Chang, Wenting Tan, Jun Chen, Yue Shi
In this study, a sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-photodiode array coupled to quadruple time-of-flight mass (UPLC-PDA-Q/TOF-MS) method and a 1,1-diphenyl-2- picrylhydrazyl (DPPH)-based assay were used to determine the chemical constituents and screen the antioxidant activity profiles of the methanol extracts of different parts of cultivated Cistanche deserticola (C. deserticola). First, qualitative and quantitative chemical composition analyses of the different parts of cultivated C. deserticola were conducted...
November 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156650/nondestructive-evaluation-of-carbon-fiber-bicycle-frames-using-infrared-thermography
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Rubén Usamentiaga, Clemente Ibarra-Castanedo, Matthieu Klein, Xavier Maldague, Jeroen Peeters, Alvaro Sanchez-Beato
Bicycle frames made of carbon fibre are extremely popular for high-performance cycling due to the stiffness-to-weight ratio, which enables greater power transfer. However, products manufactured using carbon fibre are sensitive to impact damage. Therefore, intelligent nondestructive evaluation is a required step to prevent failures and ensure a secure usage of the bicycle. This work proposes an inspection method based on active thermography, a proven technique successfully applied to other materials. Different configurations for the inspection are tested, including power and heating time...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156642/is-the-benefit-risk-ratio-for-patients-with-transfusion-dependent-thalassemia-treated-by-unrelated-cord-blood-transplantation-favorable
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REVIEW
Tang-Her Jaing
Transfusion-dependent thalassemia (TDT) is an inherited disorder characterized by absent or defective production of α- or β-hemoglobin chains. If untreated, the disease invariably culminates in death in early infancy due to cardiac failure or overwhelming infection. Although there is clear evidence of good health-related quality of life and return to normal life style, the choice to undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains a challenge because of the potential risk of transplant-related mortality (TRM) in TDT...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156641/facile-control-of-the-porous-structure-of-larch-derived-mesoporous-carbons-via-self-assembly-for-supercapacitors
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Xin Zhao, Wei Li, Honglei Chen, Shoujuan Wang, Fangong Kong, Shouxin Liu
Mesoporous carbons have been successfully synthesized via self-assembly using larch-based resins as precursors and triblock copolymers as soft templates. The porous structure of mesoporous carbons can be tailored by adjusting the ratio of hydrophilic/hydrophobic (EO/PO) units owing to interfacial curvature. Interestingly, the porous structures show a distinct change from vortex-like to worm-like pores, to stripe-like pores, and to ordered two-dimensional hexagonal pores as the ratio of hydrophilic/hydrophobic units increases, indicating the significant effect of EO/PO ratio on the porous structure...
November 20, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156639/constructing-an-indoor-floor-plan-using-crowdsourcing-based-on-magnetic-fingerprinting
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Haiyong Luo, Fang Zhao, Mengling Jiang, Hao Ma, Yuexia Zhang
A large number of indoor positioning systems have recently been developed to cater for various location-based services. Indoor maps are a prerequisite of such indoor positioning systems; however, indoor maps are currently non-existent for most indoor environments. Construction of an indoor map by external experts excludes quick deployment and prevents widespread utilization of indoor localization systems. Here, we propose an algorithm for the automatic construction of an indoor floor plan, together with a magnetic fingerprint map of unmapped buildings using crowdsourced smartphone data...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156624/evaluation-of-posaconazole-pharmacokinetics-in-adult-patients-with-invasive-fungal-infection
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Sarah Allegra, Giovanna Fatiguso, Silvia De Francia, Fabio Favata, Elisa Pirro, Chiara Carcieri, Amedeo De Nicolò, Jessica Cusato, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Mortality and morbidity due to invasive fungal infections have increased over the years. Posaconazole is a second-generation triazole agent with an extended spectrum of activity, which shows a high interindividual variability in its plasma levels, rendering dosing in many patients inconsistent or inadequate. Hence, posaconazole therapeutic drug monitoring, which is easily available in clinical practice, may improve treatment success and safety. The aim of the study was to describe posaconazole pharmacokinetics, and to evaluate the utility of therapeutic drug monitoring for therapy and prophylaxis in a cohort of adult patients...
November 20, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156618/optimized-lateral-flow-immunoassay-reader-for-the-detection-of-infectious-diseases-in-developing-countries
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Evdokia Pilavaki, Andreas Demosthenous
Detection and control of infectious diseases is a major problem, especially in developing countries. Lateral flow immunoassays can be used with great success for the detection of infectious diseases. However, for the quantification of their results an electronic reader is required. This paper presents an optimized handheld electronic reader for developing countries. It features a potentially low-cost, low-power, battery-operated device with no added optical accessories. The operation of this proof of concept device is based on measuring the reflected light from the lateral flow immunoassay and translating it into the concentration of the specific analyte of interest...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156594/chemical-transformations-in-proto-cytoplasmic-media-phosphorus-coupling-in-the-silica-hydrogel-phase
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Ian B Gorrell, Timothy W Henderson, Kamal Albdeery, Philip M Savage, Terence P Kee
It has been proposed that prebiotic chemical studies on the emergence of primitive life would be most relevant when performed in a hydrogel, rather than an aqueous, environment. In this paper we describe the ambient temperature coupling of phosphorus oxyacids [Pi] mediated by Fe(II) under aerobic conditions within a silica hydrogel (SHG) environment. We have chosen to examine SHGs as they have considerable geological precedence as key phases in silicification en route to rock formation. Following a description of the preparation and characterization studies on our SHG formulations, coupling experiments between Pi species are described across multiple permutations of (i) Pi compound; (ii) gel formulation; (iii) metal salt additive; and (iv) pH-modifying agent...
November 19, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156589/genome-wide-development-of-microrna-based-ssr-markers-in-medicago-truncatula-with-their-transferability-analysis-and-utilization-in-related-legume-species
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Xueyang Min, Zhengshe Zhang, Yisong Liu, Xingyi Wei, Zhipeng Liu, Yanrong Wang, Wenxian Liu
Microsatellite (simple sequence repeats, SSRs) marker is one of the most widely used markers in marker-assisted breeding. As one type of functional markers, MicroRNA-based SSR (miRNA-SSR) markers have been exploited mainly in animals, but the development and characterization of miRNA-SSR markers in plants are still limited. In the present study, miRNA-SSR markers for Medicago truncatula (M. truncatula) were developed and their cross-species transferability in six leguminous species was evaluated. A total of 169 primer pairs were successfully designed from 130 M...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156570/random-access-performance-of-distributed-sensors-attacked-by-unknown-jammers
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Dae-Kyo Jeong, Jung-Hwa Wui, Dongwoo Kim
In this paper, we model and investigate the random access (RA) performance of sensor nodes (SN) in a wireless sensor network (WSN). In the WSN, a central head sensor (HS) collects the information from distributed SNs, and jammers disturb the information transmission primarily by generating interference. In this paper, two jamming attacks are considered: power and code jamming. Power jammers (if they are friendly jammers) generate noises and, as a result, degrade the quality of the signal from SNs. Power jamming is equally harmful to all the SNs that are accessing HS and simply induces denial of service (DoS) without any need to hack HS or SNs...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156560/system-modeling-of-a-mems-vibratory-gyroscope-and-integration-to-circuit-simulation
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Hyukjin J Kwon, Seyeong Seok, Geunbae Lim
Recently, consumer applications have dramatically created the demand for low-cost and compact gyroscopes. Therefore, on the basis of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, many gyroscopes have been developed and successfully commercialized. A MEMS gyroscope consists of a MEMS device and an electrical circuit for self-oscillation and angular-rate detection. Since the MEMS device and circuit are interactively related, the entire system should be analyzed together to design or test the gyroscope. In this study, a MEMS vibratory gyroscope is analyzed based on the system dynamic modeling; thus, it can be mathematically expressed and integrated into a circuit simulator...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156521/micrornas-as-novel-biomarkers-for-colorectal-cancer-new-outlooks
#18
REVIEW
Naghmeh Shirafkan, Behzad Mansoori, Ali Mohammadi, Navid Shomali, Mehri Ghasbi, Behzad Baradaran
Colorectal cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers with high mortality in the world. MicroRNAs are a class of small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression through targeting mRNAs. MicroRNAs involve in many biological and pathological processes such as cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis. etc. Dysregulation of miRNAs expression patterns have been reported in many tumors including Colorectal Cancer. Various studies indicate that miRNAs can be utilized as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for evaluation of tumor initiation, development, invasion, metastasis and response to chemotherapeutic drugs...
November 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156495/multicenter-study-of-endoscopic-preoperative-biliary-drainage-for-malignant-hilar-biliary-obstruction-e-pod-hilar-study
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Yousuke Nakai, Ryuichi Yamamoto, Masato Matsuyama, Yuji Sakai, Yukiko Takayama, Jun Ushio, Yukiko Ito, Katsuya Kitamura, Shomei Ryozawa, Tsunao Imamura, Kouhei Tsuchida, Jo Hayama, Takao Itoi, Yoshiaki Kawaguchi, Yu Yoshida, Kazuya Sugimori, Kenji Shimura, Masafumi Mizuide, Tomohisa Iwai, Ko Nishikawa, Hiroshi Yagioka, Masatsugu Nagahama, Nobuo Toda, Tomotaka Saito, Ichiro Yasuda, Kenji Hirano, Osamu Togawa, Kenji Nakamura, Iruru Maetani, Naoki Sasahira, Hiroyuki Isayama
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Endoscopic nasobiliary drainage (ENBD) is often recommended in preoperative biliary drainage (PBD) for hilar malignant biliary obstruction (MBO) but endoscopic biliary stent (EBS) is also used in the clinical practice. We conducted this large scale multicenter study to compare ENBD and EBS in this setting. METHODS: A total of 374 cases undergoing PBD including 281 ENBD and 76 EBS for hilar MBO in 29 centers were retrospectively studied. RESULTS: Extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ECC) accounted for 69...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156482/-how-to-reduce-the-rate-of-postoperative-complications-in-frail-patients
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Rudolf Mörgeli, Tobias Wollersheim, Claudia Spies, Felix Balzer, Susanne Koch, Sascha Treskatsch
Frail patients are more prone to develop complications during and after surgery. As the syndrome becomes more common, recognition and special management of frail patients in the perioperative setting is becoming crucial to improve short- and long-term outcomes. Based on current literature and guidelines, we present a compilation of strategies that could be employed to reduce postoperative complication rates in frail patients. Due to their impaired response to stressors, potential perioperative hazards to frail patients are identified and discussed...
November 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
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