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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933749/black-magic-in-gray-titania-noble-metal-free-photocatalytic-h2-evolution-from-hydrogenated-anatase
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Ning Liu, Xuemei Zhou, Nhat Truong Nguyen, Kristina Peters, Florian Zoller, Imgon Hwang, Christopher Schneider, Matthias E Miehlich, Detlef Freitag, Karsten Meyer, Dina Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Patrik Schmuki
'Black' TiO2 -in the widest sense, TiO2 reduced by various treatments-has attracted tremendous scientific interest in recent years because of some outstanding properties; most remarkably in photocatalysis. While the material effects visible light absorption (the blacker, the better), black titania produced by high pressure hydrogenation was recently reported to show another highly interesting feature; noble-metal-free photocatalytic H2 generation. In a systematic investigation of high-temperature hydrogen treatments of anatase nanoparticles, TEM, XRD, EPR, XPS, and photoelectrochemistry are used to characterize different degrees of surface hydrogenation, surface termination, electrical conductivity, and structural defects in the differently treated materials...
December 9, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933748/exploring-glucocorticoid-receptor-agonists-mechanism-of-action-through-mass-cytometry-and-radial-visualizations
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Yann Abraham, Bertran Gerrits, Marie-Gabrielle Ludwig, Michael Rebhan, Caroline Gubser Keller
Recent advances in combining flow cytometry and mass spectrometry have led to the development of mass cytometry, allowing for the interrogation of complex cell populations on an unprecedented scale. The volumes and high dimensionality of mass cytometry data pose significant challenges in terms of analysis and visualization. We implement a method called Radviz (1-3), where multidimensional single cell data can be visualized as a projection that maintains the original dimensions and data complexity whilst facilitating analysis and visualization...
December 9, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933732/hypothesis-driven-physical-examination-curriculum
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Sharon Allen, Andrew Olson, Jeremiah Menk, James Nixon
BACKGROUND: Medical students traditionally learn physical examination skills as a rote list of manoeuvres. Alternatives like hypothesis-driven physical examination (HDPE) may promote students' understanding of the contribution of physical examination to diagnostic reasoning. We sought to determine whether first-year medical students can effectively learn to perform a physical examination using an HDPE approach, and then tailor the examination to specific clinical scenarios. Medical students traditionally learn physical examination skills as a rote list of manoeuvres CONTEXT: First-year medical students at the University of Minnesota were taught both traditional and HDPE approaches during a required 17-week clinical skills course in their first semester...
December 9, 2016: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933718/constipation-in-older-people-a-consensus-statement
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Anton Emmanuel, Francesco Mattace-Raso, Maria Cristina Neri, Karl-Uwe Petersen, Enrique Rey, June Rogers
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic constipation is a serious medical condition that affects 30%-40% of people over 60 years old. Although not normally life threatening, constipation reduces quality of life by the same extent as diabetes and osteoarthritis. There are currently no Europe-wide guidelines for treating constipation in older people, although there is some country-level guidance for the general population. We have evaluated the existing guidance and best clinical practice to improve the care of older people with constipation...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933714/development-of-chemical-tools-to-monitor-and-control-isoaspartyl-peptide-methyltransferase-activity
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Yusuke Kimura, Toru Komatsu, Kouichi Yanagi, Kenjiro Hanaoka, Tasuku Ueno, Takuya Terai, Hirotatsu Kojima, Takayoshi Okabe, Tetsuo Nagano, Yasuteru Urano
We have established a coupled assay system targeting protein l-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT), a key enzyme in the metabolism of isoaspartyl peptides and proteins. The system utilizes a fluorogenic peptide probe containing an isoaspartyl residue at the P1' position of the caspase-3 recognition sequence. Following PIMT-catalyzed methyl transfer reaction, the methylated probe is specifically cleaved by caspase-3 to give fluorescence activation. High-throughput screening of our chemical library with this assay system identified PIMT inhibitors that may be useful as leads in the design of chemical probes for controlling PIMT activity...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933702/multiparameter-particle-display-mppd-a-quantitative-screening-method-for-the-discovery-of-highly-specific-aptamers
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Jinpeng Wang, Jingwen Yu, Qin Yang, John McDermott, Alexander Scott, Matthew Vukovich, Remy Lagrois, Qiang Gong, William Greenleaf, Michael Eisenstein, B Scott Ferguson, H Tom Soh
Aptamers are a promising class of affinity reagents because they are chemically synthesized, thus making them highly reproducible and distributable as sequence information rather than a physical entity. Although many high-quality aptamers have been previously reported, it is difficult to routinely generate aptamers that possess both high affinity and specificity. One of the reasons is that conventional aptamer selection can only be performed either for affinity (positive selection) or for specificity (negative selection), but not both simultaneously...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933701/ccr2-mediates-helicobacter-pylori-induced-immune-tolerance-and-contributes-to-mucosal-homeostasis
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Xia Sun, Min Zhang, Mohamad El-Zaatari, Gray B Huffnagle, John Y Kao
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that H. pylori infection leads to increased induction of regulatory T cells in local and systemic immune compartments. Here, we investigate the role of CCR2 in the tolerogenic programing of dendritic cells in a mouse model of H. pylori infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CCR2 deficient (CCR2KO) mice and wild-type (Wt) mice infected with H. pylori SS1 strain were analyzed by qPCR and FACS analysis. In vitro, bone marrow-derived DC on day 6 from CCR2KO and Wt mice cocultured with or without H...
December 8, 2016: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933692/preferential-changes-of-skeletal-muscle-echogenicity-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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N Takamatsu, K Sogawa, H Nodera, S Hashiguchi, Y Osaki, M Saito, A Mori, Y Izumi, R Kaji
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), weakness of distal limb muscles affects quality of life. Non-invasive evaluation of muscular involvement by muscle sonography could be useful for characterizing muscle-specific involvement. METHODS: Sonography of the lower leg and forearm was performed in 19 patients with DM1 and 10 control subjects. The mean echo intensities (EIs) of seven limb muscles were obtained by computer-assisted histogram analysis and compared within DM1 according to the overall clinical severity...
December 9, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933690/on-the-reactions-of-thiols-sulfenic-acids-and-sulfinic-acids-with-hydrogen-peroxide
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Jean-Philippe R Chauvin, Derek A Pratt
The reaction of thiols with H2 O2 is central to many processes essential to life, from protein folding to redox signaling. The initial products are assumed to be sulfenic acids, but their observation, and the kinetic and mechanistic characterization of their subsequent reactions, has proven challenging. The introduction of a 9-fluorotriptycene substituent enabled the use of (19) F NMR to directly monitor the reaction of a thiol with H2 O2 to yield a sulfenic acid, and its subsequent oxidation to sulfinic and sulfonic acids...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933681/evaluating-a-primary-care-psychology-service-in-ireland-a-survey-of-stakeholders-and-psychologists
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Mark Corcoran, Michael Byrne
Primary care psychology services (PCPS) represent an important resource in meeting the various health needs of our communities. This study evaluated the PCPS in a two-county area within the Republic of Ireland. The objectives were to (i) examine the viewpoints of the service for both psychologists and stakeholders (healthcare professionals only) and (ii) examine the enactment of the stepped care model of service provision. Separate surveys were sent to primary care psychologists (n = 8), general practitioners (GPs; n = 69) and other stakeholders in the two counties...
December 8, 2016: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933679/supplementation-with-nutrients-modulating-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-negatively-correlated-with-changes-in-the-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-community-dwelling-elderly-people-at-risk-of-undernutrition
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M Kim, M Kim, Y J Lee, H J Song, J K Shim, D H Chang, W K Yu, S-H Lee, J H Lee
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal nutrition accompanied by chronic low-grade increases in circulating cytokine levels is more common in elderly people. We explored the improvement in nutritional status, especially in the level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its relationship with changes in circulating cytokine levels, after providing extra protein and energy content to community-dwelling older adults at risk of undernutrition. METHODS: Sixty nondiabetic subjects, aged ≥65 years and living independently in a community for elderly people, with a serum pre-albumin level ≤30 mg dL(-1) and a body mass index <25 kg m(-2) , were recruited...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933674/heterosis-in-hybrids-within-and-between-yeast-species
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Joana Bernardes, Rike B Stelkens, Duncan Greig
The performance of hybrids relative to their parents is an important factor in speciation research. We measured the growth of 46 Saccharomyces yeast F1 inter-specific and intra-specific hybrids, relative to the growth of each of their parents, in pairwise competition assays. We found that the growth of a hybrid relative to the average of its parents, a measure of mid-parent heterosis, correlated with the difference in parental growth relative to their hybrid, a measure of phenotypic divergence, which is consistent with simple complementation of low fitness alleles in one parent by high fitness alleles in the other...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933665/detection-of-dna-sequences-from-a-novel-papillomavirus-in-a-feline-basal-cell-carcinoma
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John S Munday, Adrienne French, Neroli Thomson
BACKGROUND: Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are uncommon feline skin neoplasms of uncertain cause. CASE: A 14-year-old Abyssinian cat developed a soft dermal nodule on the dorsal thorax. This mass grew slowly over a six month period before being surgically excised. METHODS AND RESULTS: Histology revealed a BCC. Additionally, changes suggestive of an early Bowenoid in situ carcinoma (BISC) were present in the overlying epidermis. Both the BCC and the BISC contained papillomavirus-induced cell changes and prominent basophilic intracytoplasmic bodies...
December 8, 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933646/antisperm-antibodies-in-repeat-breeding-cows-frequency-detection-and-validation-of-threshold-levels-employing-sperm-immobilization-sperm-agglutination-and-immunoperoxidase-assay
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S K Srivastava, S Shinde, S K Singh, S Mehrotra, M R Verma, A K Singh, S Nandi, N Srivastava, S K Singh, T K Goswami, S K Bhure, H Kumar, S K Ghosh
Antisperm antibodies have been found in repeat-breeding(RB) cows, and those causing agglutination and/or immobilization of sperm are considered to be closely related to unexplained infertility. However, a standard protocol for identifying antisperm antibodies (ASA) in cattle is not validated. Therefore, an investigation was undertaken to evaluate sperm immobilization (SIT), sperm agglutination (SAT) and immunoperoxidase (IPT)assays for detection of ASA in serum and their respective threshold levels for confirmation...
December 8, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933645/aflatoxin-biomarkers-in-hair-may-facilitate-long-term-exposure-studies
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Innocent Mupunga, Christo D Izaaks, Leshweni J Shai, David R Katerere
Aflatoxins are highly toxic fungal metabolites produced by some members of the Aspergillus species. They are low molecular weight lipophilic compounds that are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. They contaminate most staple foods, including maize, peanuts, peanut butter and sorghum mainly in the tropics where hot and humid conditions promote fungal growth. Absorbed aflatoxins are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system in the liver into toxic metabolites. Aflatoxin B (AFB)1 is the most toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic naturally occurring toxin...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933643/syntaxin-4a-regulates-matrix-vesicle-mediated-bone-matrix-production-by-osteoblasts
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Shinji Kawai, Ikumi Michikami, Jirouta Kitagaki, Kenji Hata, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Takaya Abe, Atsuo Amano, Satoshi Wakisaka
Osteoblasts secrete matrix vesicles and proteins to bone surfaces, though the molecular mechanisms of this secretion system remain unclear. The present findings reveal the roles of important genes in osteoblasts involved in regulation of extracellular matrix secretion. We especially focused on SNARE genes and identified notable Syntaxin 4a (Stx4a) expression on the basolateral side of the plasma membrane of osteoblasts. Furthermore, Stx4a overexpression was found to increase mineralization by osteoblastic cells, whereas Stx4a knockdown reduced levels of mineralization...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933636/primary-headaches-in-an-elderly-population-seeking-medical-care-for-cognitive-decline
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Michele Feleppa, Silvia Fucci, Marcelo E Bigal
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of specific headache disorders in a population older than 65 years seeking consultation due to memory problems or cognitive impairment. METHODS: We verified the occurrence of headache symptoms and the impact of headaches on daily life. Headaches were classified as per the International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd edition (ICHD-2). All patients were screened with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), followed by the Selective Reminding Test and neuroimaging...
December 9, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933634/middle-cranial-fossa-approach-to-repair-tegmen-defects-assisted-by-three-dimensionally-printed-temporal-bone-models
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Sameer Ahmed, Kyle K VanKoevering, Stephanie Kline, Glenn E Green, H Alexander Arts
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To explore the perioperative utility of three-dimensionally (3D)-printed temporal bone models of patients undergoing repair of lateral skull base defects and spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks with the middle cranial fossa approach. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. METHODS: 3D-printed temporal bone models-based on patient-specific, high-resolution computed tomographic imaging-were constructed using inexpensive polymer materials...
December 9, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933632/association-of-alirocumab-therapy-with-inflammatory-lesions-of-the-vocal-folds-a-case-report
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Peter A Benedict, Rania M Abdou, Gregory R Dion, Peak Woo, Ryan C Branski, Milan R Amin
Therapeutic monocolonal antibodies (MAbs) are a new, rapidly growing class of medications that frequently have poorly characterized side-effect profiles. We present a patient who developed inflammatory lesions of the vocal folds in temporal relation to the initiation of alirocumab. Lesions of the vocal folds represent a previously unreported adverse effect of alirocumab therapy, making it the second MAb documented with such a side effect. The potential laryngeal effects of alirocumab specifically, and of MAbs more broadly, warrant investigation...
December 9, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933593/inflammation-induced-cd69-kupffer-cell-feedback-inhibits-t-cell-proliferation-via-membrane-bound-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Xiang Zhang, Zhengping Jiang, Yan Gu, Yanfang Liu, Xuetao Cao, Yanmei Han
Kupffer cells, tissue-resident macrophage lineage cell, are enriched in vertebrate liver. The mouse F4/80(+) Kupffer cells have been subclassified into two subpopulations according to their phenotype and function: CD68(+) subpopulation with potent reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and phagocytic capacities, and CD11b(+) subpopulation with a potent capacity to produce T helper 1 cytokines. In addition, CD11b(+) Kupffer cells/macrophages may be migrated from the bone marrow or spleen, especially in inflammatory conditions of the liver...
December 6, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
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