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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328764/simultaneous-determination-of-protein-unbound-cyclosporine-a-and-mycophenolic-acid-in-kidney-transplant-patients-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Heike Bittersohl, Juliane Herbinger, Ming Wen, Lutz Renders, Werner Steimer, Peter B Luppa
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of immunosuppressants is essential to optimize patient care after organ transplantation. In blood, most immunosuppressive drugs are bound to plasma proteins or located inside blood cells. However, it is generally assumed that only protein-unbound (free) drug concentrations are pharmacologically active and could therefore better reflect the clinical outcome. Study data are still limited due to lacking rapid analytical methods. Therefore, a simple multiplex method for direct measurement of free cyclosporine A (CsA) and mycophenolic acid (MPA) has been developed...
March 21, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328023/identification-of-microorganisms-in-biofluids-of-individuals-with-periodontitis-and-chronic-kidney-disease-using-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Levy Anderson César Alves, Rafael Celestino Souza, Taciana Mara Couto da Silva, Andreia Watanabe, Meriellen Dias, Maria Anita Mendes, Ana Lídia Ciamponi
RATIONALE: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and periodontitis (PD) are important health issues. There is a large variety of microorganisms related to the pathogenesis of periodontitis, and optimising the time and the cost of laboratory assays to detect these organisms is highly valuable in the medical field. METHODS: Bacteria were isolated from saliva and oral biofilm of 30 adolescents and young adults with definite medical and dental diagnosis of CKD and PD, respectively, and proteins were extracted for microorganism identification by means of the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS) technique...
May 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326089/dynamic-regulation-of-auxin-response-during-rice-development-revealed-by-newly-established-hormone-biosensor-markers
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Jing Yang, Zheng Yuan, Qingcai Meng, Guoqiang Huang, Christophe Périn, Charlotte Bureau, Anne-Cécile Meunier, Mathieu Ingouff, Malcolm J Bennett, Wanqi Liang, Dabing Zhang
The hormone auxin is critical for many plant developmental processes. Unlike the model eudicot plant Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), auxin distribution and signaling in rice tissues has not been systematically investigated due to the absence of suitable auxin response reporters. In this study we observed the conservation of auxin signaling components between Arabidopsis and model monocot crop rice (Oryza sativa), and generated complementary types of auxin biosensor constructs, one derived from the Aux/IAA-based biosensor DII-VENUS but constitutively driven by maize ubiquitin-1 promoter, and the other termed DR5-VENUS in which a synthetic auxin-responsive promoter (DR5rev ) was used to drive expression of the yellow fluorescent protein (YFP)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322223/origins-of-chemoreceptor-curvature-sorting-in-escherichia-coli
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Will Draper, Jan Liphardt
Bacterial chemoreceptors organize into large clusters at the cell poles. Despite a wealth of structural and biochemical information on the system's components, it is not clear how chemoreceptor clusters are reliably targeted to the cell pole. Here, we quantify the curvature-dependent localization of chemoreceptors in live cells by artificially deforming growing cells of Escherichia coli in curved agar microchambers, and find that chemoreceptor cluster localization is highly sensitive to membrane curvature. Through analysis of multiple mutants, we conclude that curvature sensitivity is intrinsic to chemoreceptor trimers-of-dimers, and results from conformational entropy within the trimer-of-dimers geometry...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319985/building-a-high-reliability-organization-one-system-s-patient-safety-journey
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Ann Hendrich, Ziad Haydar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319183/an-integrated-analysis-of-micro-and-macro-habitat-features-as-a-tool-to-detect-weather-driven-constraints-a-case-study-with-cavity-nesters
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D Campobello, J Lindström, R Di Maggio, M Sarà
The effects of climate change on animal populations may be shaped by habitat characteristics at both micro- and macro-habitat level, however, empirical studies integrating these two scales of observation are lacking. As analyses of the effects of climate change commonly rely on data from a much larger scale than the microhabitat level organisms are affected at, this mismatch risks hampering progress in developing understanding of the details of the ecological and evolutionary responses of organisms and, ultimately, effective actions to preserve their populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319150/high-throughput-transformation-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-using-liquid-handling-robots
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Guangbo Liu, Clayton Lanham, J Ross Buchan, Matthew E Kaplan
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) is a powerful eukaryotic model organism ideally suited to high-throughput genetic analyses, which time and again has yielded insights that further our understanding of cell biology processes conserved in humans. Lithium Acetate (LiAc) transformation of yeast with DNA for the purposes of exogenous protein expression (e.g., plasmids) or genome mutation (e.g., gene mutation, deletion, epitope tagging) is a useful and long established method. However, a reliable and optimized high throughput transformation protocol that runs almost no risk of human error has not been described in the literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318248/ultrastable-1d-europium-complex-for-simultaneous-and-quantitative-sensing-of-cr-iii-and-cr-vi-ions-in-aqueous-solution-with-high-selectivity-and-sensitivity
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Jingjuan Liu, Guanfeng Ji, Jiannan Xiao, Zhiliang Liu
A unique metal-organic complex (MOC) with formula [Eu2(tpbpc)4·CO3·4H2O]·DMF·solvent (Htpbpc = 4'-[4,2';6',4″]-terpyridin-4'-yl-biphenyl-4-carboxylic acid) has been successfully constructed under solvothermal conditions. The Eu complex, as proved by structural analysis, exhibits a fascinating 1D linear-type chain structure which is further extended to a 3D H-bonded supramolecular framework. The luminescent investigations confirm that the emission behavior of the Eu complex possesses excellent water stability and pH stability, and it is the first example of a MOC-based fluorescent probe with high selectivity, high sensitivity, and low detection limit, targeting Cr(III) and Cr(VI) (CrO4(2-)/Cr2O7(2-)) ions in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306235/gcib-tof-sims-high-resolution-imaging-of-cardiolipin-speciation-in-the-brain-identification-of-molecular-losses-after-traumatic-injury
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Hua Tian, Louis J Sparvero, Andrew A Amoscato, Anna Bloom, Hulya Bayir, Valerian E Kagan, Nicholas Winograd
Gas cluster ion beam secondary ion mass spectrometry (GCIB-SIMS) has shown the full potential of mapping intact lipids in biological systems with better than 10 µm lateral resolution. This study investigated further the capability of GCIB-SIMS in imaging high-mass signals from intact cardiolipin (CL) and gangliosides in normal brain and the effect of a controlled cortical impact model (CCI) of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on their distribution. A combination of enzymatic and chemical treatments was employed to suppress the signals from the most abundant phospholipids (phosphatidylcholine (PC) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE)) and enhance the signals from the low abundance CLs and gangliosides to allow their GCIB-SIMS detection at 8 and 16 µm spatial resolution...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302647/development-and-psychometric-properties-of-a-scale-to-measure-hospital-organizational-culture-for-cardiovascular-care
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Elizabeth H Bradley, Amanda L Brewster, Heather Fosburgh, Emily J Cherlin, Leslie A Curry
BACKGROUND: Because organizational culture is increasingly understood as fundamental to achieving high performance in hospital and other healthcare settings, the ability to measure this nuanced concept empirically has gained importance. Aside from measures of patient safety culture, no measure of organizational culture has been widely endorsed in the medical literature, limiting replication of previous findings and broader use in interventional studies. METHODS AND RESULTS: We sought to develop and assess the validity and reliability of a scale for assessing organizational culture in the context of hospitals' efforts to reducing 30-day risk-standardized mortality after acute myocardial infarction...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302597/mhealth-interventions-for-health-system-strengthening-in-china-a-systematic-review
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Maoyi Tian, Jing Zhang, Rong Luo, Shi Chen, Djordje Petrovic, Julie Redfern, Dong Roman Xu, Anushka Patel
BACKGROUND: With rapidly expanding infrastructure in China, mobile technology has been deemed to have the potential to revolutionize health care delivery. There is particular promise for mobile health (mHealth) to positively influence health system reform and confront the new challenges of chronic diseases. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to systematically review existing mHealth initiatives in China, characterize them, and examine the extent to which mHealth contributes toward the health system strengthening in China...
March 16, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300606/one-step-multiplex-rt-qpcr-detects-three-citrus-viroids-from-different-genera-in-a-wide-range-of-hosts
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Fatima Osman, Tyler Dang, Sohrab Bodaghi, Georgios Vidalakis
A one-step multiplex reverse transcription real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) based on species-specific minor groove binding (MGB) probes, was developed for the simultaneous detection, identification, and quantification of three citrus viroids belonging to different genera. Citrus exocortis viroid (Pospiviroid), Hop stunt viroid (Hostuviroid), and Citrus bark cracking viroid (Cocadviroid) cause a variety of maladies in agriculturally significant crops. Therefore, reliable assays for their detection are essential tools for various government and industry organizations implementing disease management programs...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298126/magnetic-gaps-in-organic-tri-radicals-from-a-simple-model-to-accurate-estimates
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Vincenzo Barone, Ivo Cacelli, Alessandro Ferretti, Giacomo Prampolini
The calculation of the energy gap between the magnetic states of organic poly-radicals still represents a challenging playground for quantum chemistry, and high-level techniques are required to obtain accurate estimates. On these grounds, the aim of the present study is twofold. From the one side, it shows that, thanks to recent algorithmic and technical improvements, we are able to compute reliable quantum mechanical results for the systems of current fundamental and technological interest. From the other side, proper parameterization of a simple Hubbard Hamiltonian allows for a sound rationalization of magnetic gaps in terms of basic physical effects, unraveling the role played by electron delocalization, Coulomb repulsion, and effective exchange in tuning the magnetic character of the ground state...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298064/radiographic-hip-anatomy-correlates-with-range-of-motion-and-symptoms-in-national-hockey-league-players
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Christopher M Larson, James R Ross, Andrew W Kuhn, Donnie Fuller, David M Rowley, M Russell Giveans, Rebecca M Stone, Asheesh Bedi
BACKGROUND: Hip disorders in athletes have been increasingly recognized. PURPOSE: To characterize radiographic hip anatomy for National Hockey League (NHL) players and correlate it with hip range of motion and hip symptoms and/or surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Fifty-nine professional hockey players (118 hips) with 1 NHL organization (mean age, 24.2 years; range, 18-36) prospectively underwent history and physician examination by 2 independent orthopaedic surgeons...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297308/investigation-of-the-optimum-location-of-external-markers-for-patient-setup-accuracy-enhancement-at-external-beam-radiotherapy
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Payam Samadi Miandoab, Ahmad Esmaili Torshabi, Saber Nankali
In external beam radiotherapy, one of the most common and reliable methods for patient geometrical setup and/or predicting the tumor location is use of external markers. In this study, the main challenging issue is increasing the accuracy of patient setup by investigating external markers location. Since the location of each external marker may yield different patient setup accuracy, it is important to assess different locations of external markers using appropriate selective algorithms. To do this, two commercially available algorithms entitled a) canonical correlation analysis (CCA) and b) principal component analysis (PCA) were proposed as input selection algorithms...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295249/development-and-validation-of-the-modified-patient-centered-medical-home-assessment-for-the-comprehensive-primary-care-initiative
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Dmitriy Poznyak, Deborah N Peikes, Breanna A Wakar, Randall S Brown, Robert J Reid
OBJECTIVE: To describe the modified Patient-Centered Medical Home Assessment (M-PCMH-A) survey module developed to track primary care practices' care delivery approaches over time, assess whether its underlying factor structure is reliable, and produce factor scores that provide a more reliable summary measure of the practice's care delivery than would a simple average of question responses. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Survey data collected from diverse practices participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative in 2012 (n = 497) and 2014 (n = 493) and matched comparison practices in 2014 (n = 423)...
March 13, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293182/visual-field-map-clusters-in-high-order-visual-processing-organization-of-v3a-v3b-and-a-new-cloverleaf-cluster-in-the-posterior-superior-temporal-sulcus
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Brian Barton, Alyssa A Brewer
The cortical hierarchy of the human visual system has been shown to be organized around retinal spatial coordinates throughout much of low- and mid-level visual processing. These regions contain visual field maps (VFMs) that each follows the organization of the retina, with neighboring aspects of the visual field processed in neighboring cortical locations. On a larger, macrostructural scale, groups of such sensory cortical field maps (CFMs) in both the visual and auditory systems are organized into roughly circular cloverleaf clusters...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291766/sepsis-3-on-the-block-what-does-it-mean-for-pre-clinical-sepsis-modeling
#18
Marcin F Osuchowski, Christoph Thiemermann, Daniel G Remick
To effectively improve outcomes of septic patients, we first need to elucidate the multifaceted pathogenesis of sepsis syndromes and related inflammatory conditions. In fulfillment of such needs, in February 2016, new definitions for sepsis and septic shock were published under the acronym Sepsis-3. Although aimed at the clinical area, Sepsis-3 will have an inevitable influence upon the field of translational research as well. Sepsis-3 brings a considerable shift regarding the experimental focal point: from inflammatory states (SIRS/CARS) to organ failure (single and multiple) as the decisive factor...
October 25, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291517/towards-a-chromatographic-similarity-index-to-establish-localised-quantitative-structure-retention-relationships-for-retention-prediction-ii-use-of-tanimoto-similarity-index-in-ion-chromatography
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Soo Hyun Park, Mohammad Talebi, Ruth I J Amos, Eva Tyteca, Paul R Haddad, Roman Szucs, Christopher A Pohl, John W Dolan
Quantitative Structure-Retention Relationships (QSRR) are used to predict retention times of compounds based only on their chemical structures encoded by molecular descriptors. The main concern in QSRR modelling is to build models with high predictive power, allowing reliable retention prediction for the unknown compounds across the chromatographic space. With the aim of enhancing the prediction power of the models, in this work, our previously proposed QSRR modelling approach called "federation of local models" is extended in ion chromatography to predict retention times of unknown ions, where a local model for each target ion (unknown) is created using only structurally similar ions from the dataset...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287515/a-protocol-for-electrochemical-evaluations-and-state-of-charge-diagnostics-of-a-symmetric-organic-redox-flow-battery
#20
Wentao Duan, Rama S Vemuri, Dehong Hu, Zheng Yang, Xiaoliang Wei
Redox flow batteries have been considered as one of the most promising stationary energy storage solutions for improving the reliability of the power grid and deployment of renewable energy technologies. Among the many flow battery chemistries, non-aqueous flow batteries have the potential to achieve high energy density because of the broad voltage windows of non-aqueous electrolytes. However, significant technical hurdles exist currently limiting non-aqueous flow batteries to demonstrate their full potential, such as low redox concentrations, low operating currents, under-explored battery status monitoring, etc...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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