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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535612/efficient-whole-cell-biocatalyst-for-2-3-butanediol-acetoin-production-with-nadh-nad-regeneration-system-in-engineered-serratia-marcescens
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Rao Ben, Truong Ngoc Tu, Fan Ji Ying, Sun Jian An, Yaling Shen
Serratia marcescens is reported to possess the potential for industrial 2,3-butanediol or acetoin production by fermentation. But 2,3-butanediol or acetoin are always co-produced and this may make purification process difficult. So biocatalytic technologies may be the appropriate production methods. In this study, we developed an auto-inducing expression system based on pET system and swr quorum sensing system by using S. marcescens. By using this system, S. marcescens could be engineered as whole-cell biocatalyst to obtain 2,3-butanediol or acetoin...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535402/uterus-tolerance-to-extended-cold-ischemic-storage-after-auto-transplantation-in-ewes
#2
Jérémy Tricard, Sébastien Ponsonnard, Yannick Tholance, Laura Mesturoux, Denis Lachatre, Claude Couquet, Faraj Terro, Catherine Yardin, Pierre Marquet, Alessandro Piccardo, Tristan Gauthier
OBJECTIVE: To assess how the uterus tolerates extended cold ischemic storage before auto-transplantation in ewes. STUDY DESIGN: Fourteen uterine auto-transplantations were performed in ewes from November 2014 to June 2015 at the Analysis and Research Laboratory of Limoges, France. The animals were divided into 2 groups: 7 after 3h of cold ischemia timeand 7 after 24h. Transplant was assessed ≥8days after transplantation. Histology and apoptosis analyses (TUNEL method and indirect immunohistochemistry of cleaved Caspase 3) were performed before uterus retrieval (control), after 90min following reperfusion and ≥8days after transplantation...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535348/coarse-grained-modeling-of-polyethylene-melts-effect-on-dynamics
#3
Brandon L Peters, K Michael Salerno, Anupriya Agrawal, Dvora Perahia, Gary S Grest
The distinctive viscoelastic behavior of polymers results from a coupled interplay of motion on multiple length and time scales. Capturing the broad time and length scales of polymer motion remains a challenge. Using polyethylene (PE) as a model macromolecule, we construct coarse-grained (CG) models of PE with 3-6 methyl groups per CG bead and probe two critical aspects of the technique: pressure corrections required after iterative Boltzmann inversion (IBI) to generate CG potentials that match the pressure of reference fully-atomistic melt simulations and the transferability of CG potentials across temperatures...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534630/an-approach-to-study-the-interactions-between-ellagitannins-and-oxygen-during-oak-wood-aging
#4
Ignacio García-Estévez, Cristina Alcalde-Eon, Ana María Martínez-Gil, Julian C Rivas-Gonzalo, M Teresa Escribano-Bailon, Ignacio Nevares, Maria Del Alamo-Sanza
During the aging of red wine in oak wood barrels, or in alternative aging systems, interactions between the compounds released from wood, the compounds of the wine and oxygen can take place. The main objective of the present work was to study oxygen-ellagitannin interactions by monitoring their levels in three model systems all containing the same amounts of French oak chips and only differing in the oxygen content: total absence, only the oxygen released from the chips and air-saturated (model systems F, OW and OS, respectively)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533175/dendrimer-encapsulated-and-conjugated-delivery-of-berberine-a-novel-approach-mitigating-toxicity-and-improving-in-vivo-pharmacokinetics
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Lokesh Gupta, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Avinash Gothwal, Mohammed Shahid Khan, Mahaveer Prasad Khinchi, Arem Qayum, Shashank Kumar Singh, Umesh Gupta
Berberine (BBR) is a nitrogenous cyclic natural alkaloid with potential anticancer activity. However it has been less explored due to its poor pharmacokinetic profile. Dendrimers (e.g. PAMAM) have promising potential to deliver anticancer drugs/bio-actives because of their well-defined architecture, monodispersity and tailor-made surface functionality. In the present study it was attempted to deliver berberine through G4 PAMAM dendrimers by conjugation (BPC) as well as encapsulation (BPE) approach. The developed encapsulated and conjugated berberine formulations were found to have size in the approximate range of 100-200nm while zeta potential was almost same as PAMAM G4 dendrimer...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533061/comparison-of-autologous-and-unrelated-transplants-for-cytogenetically-normal-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Motonori Mizutani, Akiyoshi Takami, Masahiko Hara, Shohei Mizuno, Masamitsu Yanada, Takaaki Chou, Hitoji Uchiyama, Kazuteru Ohashi, Toshihiro Miyamoto, Yukiyasu Ozawa, Osamu Imataki, Naoki Kobayashi, Naoyuki Uchida, Heiwa Kanamori, Tomohiko Kamimura, Tetsuya Eto, Makoto Onizuka, Junji Tanaka, Yoshiko Atsuta, Shingo Yano
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) from an HLA-matched sibling donor (MSD) is a post-remission treatment that offers a potential cure for adults with cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukemia in their first complete remission (CN-AML/CR1). However, the best alternative in the absence of an MSD remains unclear. The aim of this study was to retrospectively compare the outcomes of autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (auto-PBSCT; n = 177) to those of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation from an HLA-matched unrelated donor (MUD-BMT; n = 173) in adult patients with CN-AML/CR1...
May 19, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533050/dual-core-steered-non-rigid-registration-for-multi-modal-images-via-bi-directional-image-synthesis
#7
Xiaohuan Cao, Jianhua Yang, Yaozong Gao, Yanrong Guo, Guorong Wu, Dinggang Shen
In prostate cancer radiotherapy, computed tomography (CT) is widely used for dose planning purposes. However, because CT has low soft tissue contrast, it makes manual contouring difficult for major pelvic organs. In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides high soft tissue contrast, which makes it ideal for accurate manual contouring. Therefore, the contouring accuracy on CT can be significantly improved if the contours in MRI can be mapped to CT domain by registering MRI with CT of the same subject, which would eventually lead to high treatment efficacy...
May 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532186/bcg-and-protection-against-inflammatory-and-auto-immune-diseases
#8
Magdalena Kowalewicz-Kulbat, Camille Locht
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only available vaccine against tuberculosis. Although its protective efficacy against pulmonary tuberculosis is still under debate, it provides protection against other mycobacterial diseases. BCG is also an effective therapy against superficial bladder cancer and potentially decreases overall childhood mortality. Areas covered. The purpose of this paper is to provide a state-of-the-art summary of the beneficial effects of BCG in inflammatory and auto-immune diseases. As a strong inducer of Th1 type immunity, BCG has been reported to protect against atopic conditions, such as allergic asthma, a Th2-driven disorder...
May 22, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531279/mechanisms-governing-inflammasome-activation-assembly-and-pyroptosis-induction
#9
Sannula Kesavardhana, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Inflammasomes are multimeric protein complexes that regulate inflammatory responses and pyroptotic cell death to exert host defense against microbes. Intracellular pattern-recognition receptors such as nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat receptors (NLRs) and absent in melanoma 2 like receptors (ALRs) assemble the inflammasome complexes in response to pathogens and danger or altered-self signals in the cell. Inflammasome sensors, in association with an adaptor protein - apoptosis associated speck-like protein containing a caspase-activation and -recruitment domain (ASC) - activate inflammatory caspase-1 to enable the release of inflammatory cytokines and induce cell death, conferring host defense against pathogens...
May 20, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531125/characterizing-dynamic-walking-patterns-and-detecting-falls-with-wearable-sensors-using-gaussian-process-methods
#10
Taehwan Kim, Jeongho Park, Seongman Heo, Keehoon Sung, Jooyoung Park
By incorporating a growing number of sensors and adopting machine learning technologies, wearable devices have recently become a prominent health care application domain. Among the related research topics in this field, one of the most important issues is detecting falls while walking. Since such falls may lead to serious injuries, automatically and promptly detecting them during daily use of smartphones and/or smart watches is a particular need. In this paper, we investigate the use of Gaussian process (GP) methods for characterizing dynamic walking patterns and detecting falls while walking with built-in wearable sensors in smartphones and/or smartwatches...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529199/can-fetuin-a-be-a-marker-for-insulin-resistance-and-poor-glycemic-control-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Ülkü Gül Sıraz, Murat Doğan, Nihal Hatipoğlu, Sabahttin Muhtaroğlu, Selim Kurtoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Backgroud Metabolic impairment in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) with poor glycemic control causes insulin resistance, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and atherosclerosis; thus, increased Carotid-intima media thickness (CIMT). The Fetuin-A has protective effect in cardiovascular disorders, which is increased in hepatosteatosis. We aimed to investigate reliability of Fetuin-A levels in early detection of diabetic complications in children with T1DM and to identify a cut-off value that may show poor metabolic control...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529117/new-markers-for-adult-onset-still-s-disease
#12
Stéphane Mitrovic, Bruno Fautrel
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic auto-inflammatory disorder (SAID). Although the pathogenesis of the disease is complex and far from being fully understood, recent progresses in pathophysiological knowledge have paved the way to new diagnostic approaches. Indeed, AOSD diagnosis can be a real challenge, owing to its infrequency, and to the lack of specificity of the principal clinical features (high fever, arthralgia or arthritis, skin rash) and laboratory findings (elevated acute phase reactants, hyperleukocytosis ≥ 10,000 cells/mm(3) with neutrophils ≥80%)...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528967/chronic-fluoxetine-rescues-changes-in-plasma-membrane-density-of-5-ht1a-autoreceptors-and-serotonin-transporters-in-the-olfactory-bulbectomy-rodent-model-of-depression
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Mustapha Riad, Antonia Kobert, Laurent Descarries, Sandra Boye, Pierre-Paul Rompré, Jean-Claude Lacaille
Reduced serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission is postulated to underlie the pathogenesis of depression. The serotonin transporter (SERT) and 5-HT1A auto-receptors act in concert to ensure homeostasis of serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission and regulation of their cell surface expression represent efficient mechanisms to maintain this homeostasis. Thus, we investigated the changes in the subcellular distribution of SERT and 5-HT1A receptors (5-HT1AR) in the rat olfactory bulbectomy model of depression using immuno-gold labelling and electron microscopy, and examined the effect of chronic treatment with the antidepressant, fluoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, on the subcellular distribution of SERT and 5-HT1AR...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528433/hydrolysis-of-phosphatidylcholine-isoprostanes-ptdcho-ip-by-peripheral-human-group-iia-v-and-x-secretory-phospholipases-a2-spla2
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Arnis Kuksis, Waldemar Pruzanski
Biologically active F- and E/D-type-prostane ring isomers (F2-IP and E2/D2-IP, respectively) are produced in situ by non-enzymatic peroxidation of arachidonic acid esterified to GroPCho (PtdCho-IP) and are universally distributed in tissue lipoproteins and cell membranes. Previous work has shown that platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolases (PAF-AH) are the main endogenous PLA2 involved in degradation of PtdCho-IP. The present study shows that the PtdCho-IP are also subject to hydrolysis by group IIA, V and X secretory PLA2, which also have a wide peripheral tissue distribution...
May 20, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527531/titanium-dioxide-nanotubes-addition-to-self-adhesive-resin-cement-effect-on-physical-and-biological-properties
#15
Carla M Ramos-Tonello, Paulo N Lisboa-Filho, Larisa B Arruda, Cintia K Tokuhara, Rodrigo C Oliveira, Adilson Y Furuse, José H Rubo, Ana Flávia S Borges
OBJECTIVES: This study has investigated the influence of Titanium dioxide nanotubes (TiO2-nt) addition to self-adhesive resin cement on the degree of conversion, water sorption, and water solubility, mechanical and biological properties. METHODS: A commercially available auto-adhesive resin cement (RelyX U200™, 3M ESPE) was reinforced with varying amounts of nanotubes (0.3, 0.6, 0.9wt%) and evaluated at different curing modes (self- and dual cure). The DC in different times (3, 6, 9, 12 and 15min), water sorption (Ws) and solubility (Sl), 3-point flexural strength (σf), elastic modulus (E), Knoop microhardness (H) and viability of NIH/3T3 fibroblasts were performed to characterize the resin cement...
May 17, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527465/super-and-sub-lorentzian-effects-in-the-ar-broadened-line-wings-of-hcl-gas
#16
Ha Tran, Gang Li, Volker Ebert, Jean-Michel Hartmann
Using previously recorded spectra of HCl diluted in Ar gas at room temperature for several pressure conditions, we show that the absorptions in between successive P and R transitions are significantly different from those predicted using purely Lorentzian line shapes. Direct theoretical predictions of the spectra are also made using requantized classical molecular dynamics simulations and an input HCl-Ar interaction potential. They provide the time evolution of the dipole auto-correlation function (DAF) whose Fourier-Laplace transform yields the absorption spectrum...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527237/the-n-terminus-of-the-prion-protein-is-a-toxic-effector-regulated-by-the-c-terminus
#17
Bei Wu, Alex J McDonald, Kathleen Markham, Celeste B Rich, Kyle P Mchugh, Jörg Tatzelt, David W Colby, Glenn L Millhauser, David A Harris
PrP(C), the cellular isoform of the prion protein, serves to transduce the neurotoxic effects of PrP(Sc), the infectious isoform, but how this occurs is mysterious. Here, using a combination of electrophysiological, cellular, and biophysical techniques, we show that the flexible, N-terminal domain of PrP(C) functions as a powerful toxicity-transducing effector whose activity is tightly regulated in cis by the globular C-terminal domain. Ligands binding to the N-terminal domain abolish the spontaneous ionic currents associated with neurotoxic mutants of PrP, and the isolated N-terminal domain induces currents when expressed in the absence of the C-terminal domain...
May 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526059/severe-polyserositis-induced-by-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-a-case-report
#18
Pierre Tawfik, Elie Gertner, Charlene E McEvoy
BACKGROUND: The United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends administration of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in series with the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine for prevention of pneumonia in the elderly. Reports of autoimmune or auto-inflammatory diseases as a result of pneumococcal vaccination, especially pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, are extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of severe serositis in a 75-year-old Caucasian woman complicated by pericardial and pleural effusions in the setting of recent 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine vaccination and no other obvious etiology...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525890/a-novel-egfr-tki-inhibitor-camp-h3bo3%C3%A2-complex-combined-with-thermal-therapy-is-a-promising-strategy-to-improve-lung-cancer-treatment-outcomes
#19
Yongpeng Tong, Chunliu Huang, Junfang Zhang
PURPOSE: Although EGFR-TKIs (epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors) induce favorable responses as first-line non-small cell lung cancer treatments, drug resistance remains a serious problem. Meanwhile, thermal therapy also shows promise as a cancer therapy strategy. Here we combine a novel EGFR-TKI treatment with thermal therapy to improve lung cancer treatment outcomes. RESULTS: The results suggest that the cAMP-H3BO3 complex effectively inhibits EGFR auto-phosphorylation, while inducing apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in vitro...
May 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525250/-unusual-association-between-auto-immune-hepatitis-and-pyoderma-gangrenosum-a-case-report
#20
X Vandemergel, M Lefebvre, I Focant, L Marot, D Ilisei
Pyoderma gangrenosum is an uncommon neutrophilic dermatosis that presents as an inflammatory and ulcerative disorder of the skin. This entity is associated with systemic diseases and autoimmune diseases but exceptionally with autoimmune hepatitis. We report the case of a 40 year-old woman diagnosed with type 1 autoimmune hepatitis 12 years earlier and admitted for the appearance of an ulcerative lesion in the left leg. Histology confirmed pyoderma gangrenosum.
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
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