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Peitao Xiao, Fanxing Bu, Ranran Zhao, Mohamed F Aly Aboud, Imran Shakir, Yuxi Xu
Synthesis of ultrasmall metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) nanoparticles has been widely recognized as a promising route to greatly enhance their properties but remains a considerable challenge. Herein, we report one facile and effective spatial-confined thermal pulverization strategy to successfully transform bulk Co-MOFs particles into sub-5 nm nanocrystals encapsulated within N-doped carbon/graphene (NC/G) by using conducting polymer coated Co-MOFs/graphene oxide as precursors. This strategy involves a feasible mechanism: calcination of Co-MOFs at proper temperature in air induces the partial thermal collapse/distortion of the framework, while the uniform coating of conducting polymer can significantly improve the decomposition temperature and maintain the component stability of Co-MOFs, thus leading to the pulverization of bulk Co-MOFs particles into ultrasmall nanocrystals without oxidation...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Kendra E Brett, Lindsay J Ritchie, Emily Ertel, Alexandria Bennett, Greg A Knoll
BACKGROUND: The best approach for determining whether a transplant program is delivering high-quality care is unknown. This review aims to identify and characterize quality metrics in solid organ transplantation. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched from inception until February 1 2017. Relevant full text reports and conference abstracts that examined quality metrics in organ transplantation were included. Two reviewers independently extracted study characteristics and quality metrics from 52 full text reports and 24 abstracts...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Zhihui Lu, Nana Song, Bo Shen, XiaLian Xu, Yi Fang, Yiqin Shi, Yichun Ning, Jiachang Hu, Yan Dai, Xiaoqiang Ding, Jianzhou Zou, Jie Teng
BACKGROUND: The hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) target pathway plays pivotal renoprotective roles after acute kidney injury (AKI). Syndecan-1 serves as the co-receptor for HGF. Shedding of syndecan-1 is involved in various pathological processes. Thus, we hypothesized that IRI induced syndecan-1 shedding and inhibiting syndecan-1 shedding would protect against kidney injury by potentiating activation of the HGF receptor c-Met. METHODS: Expression of syndecan-1 and its sheddases were observed in kidneys of sham and I/R mice...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Ramsey Hachem, Paul Corris
BACKGROUND: Lung transplantation is a therapeutic option for select patients with end-stage lung disease. However, successful lung transplantation is hampered by chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD), in particular bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Although there is no approved or standard treatment for BOS, which may have several distinct phenotypes, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) has shown promising results in patients who develop BOS refractory to azithromycin treatment...
March 19, 2018: Transplantation
M Loretto Muñoz, Deepali Jaju, Saroja Voruganti, Sulayma Albarwani, Afshin Aslani, Riad Bayoumi, Said Al-Yahyaee, Anthony G Comuzzie, Philip J Millar, Peter Picton, John S Floras, Ilja Nolte, Mohammed O Hassan, Harold Snieder
INTRODUCTION: Individual differences in heart rate variability (HRV) can be partly attributed to genetic factors that may be more pronounced during stress. Using data from the Oman Family Study (OFS), we aimed to estimate and quantify the relative contribution of genes and environment to the variance of HRV at rest and during stress; calculate the overlap in genetic and environmental influences on HRV at rest and under stress using bivariate analyses of HRV parameters and heart rate (HR)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Mariana V Meireles, Ana Roberta P Pascom, Elisabeth C Duarte
OBJECTIVE: To identify clinical, sociodemographic and treatment-related factors associated with early virological response in HIV-infected adults starting antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Brazil in 2014-2015. METHODS: Data from four information systems from the Brazilian AIDS Program were combined to create a historical cohort. Unconditional logistic regression models were used to assess the likelihood of not achieving virological suppression (VLS), defined as having either a viral load count (VL) >200 copies/mL or an aids-related death recorded within 180±90 days after treatment initiation...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Emily Shava, Lauren E Lipira, Geetha G Beauchamp, Deborah J Donnell, Shahin Lockman, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao
INTRODUCTION: Understanding the role of opiate dependency treatment in risky sexual behavior could help optimize interventions for people who inject drugs (PWID). OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether long-term medication-assisted treatment (LT-MAT) of opiate dependency with buprenorphine/naloxone influenced risky sexual behavior among HIV-uninfected PWID and identified predictors of risky sexual behavior. METHODS: We used data from HPTN058, a randomized controlled trial of LT-MAT vs...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Vidhika Punjani, Golam Mohiuddin, Supreet Kaur, Raj Kumar Khan, Sharmistha Ghosh, Santanu Kumar Pal
A new approach accompanied by superstructural frustration is reported. By attaching a cholesterol moiety directly to the central bent-core system it displayed exotic BPIII, BPII/I, Ncyb*, TGBA, SmAPA, SmA and SmX phases as shown by X-ray scattering results. While higher homologues of the series exhibited spontaneous formation of polar order (Ps ∼ 61 nC cm-2) upon applied voltage, the lower homologues showed thermochromic behaviour which can also be trapped via temperature quenching.
March 20, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Jun Liu, Lei Huang, Pengxiao Su, Tao Song, Wentao Zhang, Jinzhu Fan, Yang Liu
A number of studies have attempted to elucidate the association between mircoRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) and cancer-associated processes. The aim of the present study was to determine how miR-499a-5p intervenes in human osteosarcoma cell proliferation and differentiation. The cancerous tissues and adjacent non-cancerous tissues of 62 patients with osteosarcoma (OS) were collected. miRNA microarray analysis revealed that 29 miRNAs were upregulated while 26 were downregulated, among which miR-499a-5p expression was the most decreased...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Henrik Gabold, Zhongyue Luan, Neelima Paul, Matthias Opel, Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Matt Law, Amitesh Paul
We report on synthesis and investigation of nanocrystalline cobalt-iron-pyrites with an emphasis on nanocrystal structure, morphology and magnetic behavior. The nanocrystals (NCs) were 5-25 nm in diameter as characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). With an increase in Fe fraction, X-ray diffraction and small-angle-X-ray scattering (SAXS) showed a systematic decrease in lattice constant, primary grain/NC size (15 to 7 nm), and nanoparticle (NP) size (70 to 20 nm), respectively...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Wang Song, Liu Qian, Guo Jing, Feng Jie, Shan Xiaosong, Liu Chunhui, Li Yangfang, Li Guilin, Hua Gao, Zhang Yazhuo
Non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are the most common pituitary tumors and mainly invade the sphenoid, cavernous sinus or dura mate. Aberrant regulation of the Wnt signaling pathway plays an important role in tumorigenesis. This study was designed to investigate the relationships between secreted frizzled-related proteins (sFRPs), WIF1 genes and the invasion of NFPAs by tissue microassays (TMAs) of samples from 163 patients. Significantly weaker staining of WIF1 and sFRP4 were detected in the invasive group compared with the non-invasive group by TMAs (p = 0...
March 16, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Wiepke J A Koopmans, S Theo Goverts, Cas Smits
OBJECTIVES: The main purpose of this study was to examine developmental effects for speech recognition in noise abilities for normal-hearing children in several listening conditions, relevant for daily life. Our aim was to study the auditory component in these listening abilities by using a test that was designed to minimize the dependency on nonauditory factors, the digits-in-noise (DIN) test. Secondary aims were to examine the feasibility of the DIN test for children, and to establish age-dependent normative data for diotic and dichotic listening conditions in both stationary and interrupted noise...
March 16, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Richard A Pollak, Ira J Gottlieb, Fardin Hakakian, John C Zimmerman, Stewart W McCallum, Randall J Mack, Rosemary Keller, Alex Freyer, Wei Du
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the analgesic efficacy and safety of a novel intravenous (IV) formulation of meloxicam (30▒mg) in subjects with moderate-to-severe pain following a standardized, unilateral bunionectomy with first metatarsal osteotomy and internal fixation. METHODS: Subjects who met the criteria for moderate-to-severe postoperative pain were randomized to receive bolus injections of meloxicam IV 30▒mg (n=100) or placebo (n=101) administered once daily...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Charlotte Post Sennehed, Sara Holmberg, Iben Axén, Kjerstin Stigmar, Malin Forsbrand, Ingemar F Petersson, Birgitta Grahn
Workplace involvement in rehabilitation for patients with musculoskeletal pain may improve work ability. Convergence Dialogue Meeting (CDM) is a model aimed at helping the patient, the care giver and the employer to support work ability and return to work. Our aim was to study the effect on work ability when adding a workplace dialogue according to CDM in physiotherapy practice for pain patients in ordinary primary care. We conducted a prospective pair wise cluster randomised controlled trial (ClinicalTrials...
March 15, 2018: Pain
David P Perrault, Athanasios Bramos, Xingtian Xu, Songtao Shi, Alex K Wong
Impaired healing of the skin is a notable cause of patient morbidity and mortality. In diabetic individuals, dysregulated inflammation contributes to delayed wound healing. Specific immunomodulatory agents may have a role in the treatment of diabetic wounds. One of these molecules is interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Anakinra; Amgen Corp.). Although interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Anakinra; Amgen Corp.) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease, little is known about the local use this drug in cutaneous wound healing...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Yong Jing, Wei-Qiang Yan, Gang-Feng Li, Shi-Jun Duan, Shu-Mei Wang, Lin Sun, Yu-Chuan Hu, Guang-Bin Cui
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness of volume perfusion computed tomography (VPCT) parameters in differentiating the World Health Organization subtypes of thymic epithelial tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was approved by the local ethics committee, and informed written consent was obtained. Fifty-one thymic epithelial tumor patients confirmed by histopathological analysis underwent conventional CT and a 48-second VPCT scan of the tumor bulk before any treatment...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Tang Bufu, Xu Di, Zhao Yilin, Liang Gege, Chen Xi, Wang Ling
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most frequent malignant tumors. Signaling by the PI3K/AKT pathway is crucial for CRC development and progression, including proliferation and migration. Celastrol has an anticancer effect, but its mechanism needs to be determined. Here, we showed that celastrol suppressed CRC cell proliferation and migration. Celastrol treatment also decreased the PI3K/AKT pathway components, and MMP3 and MMP7 expression levels. In addition, knockdown of AKT, not mTOR, inhibited MMP3 and MMP7 expression levels and AKT silencing promoted the celastrol-induced effects on CRC cell proliferation and migration...
March 16, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
Byung Hyo Kim, Corey M Staller, Shin Hum Cho, Sungyeon Heo, Carrie E Garrison, Jongwook Kim, Delia J Milliron
Charge carrier mobility in transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films is mainly limited by impurity scattering, grain boundary scattering, and a hopping transport mechanism. We enhanced the mobility in nanocrystal (NC)-based TCO films, exceeding even typical values found in sputtered thin films, by addressing each of these scattering factors. Impurity scattering is diminished by incorporating cerium as a dopant in indium oxide NCs instead of the more typical dopant, tin. Grain boundary scattering is reduced by using large NCs with a size of 21 nm, which nonetheless were sufficiently small to avoid haze due to light scattering...
March 19, 2018: ACS Nano
Legang Sun, Ling Liu, Tingting Yu, Qiuqin Wang, Honghai Fu
In the present study, RNA interference (RNAi) was used to investigate the effect of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 ( VCAM1 ) silencing on the proliferation of human oral squamous carcinoma HN12 cells. HN12 cells were divided into three groups: The untreated blank control cell group (CK), the negative control group transfected with non-homologous vector (NC) and the positive group transfected with the target sequence VCAM1 small hairpin RNA (KD). Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were used to examine the effects of VCAM1 -knockdown on the mRNA expression of VCAM1 and subsequent protein expression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Kelle Velasques, Tamara Ramos Maciel, Ana Helena de Castro Dal Forno, Flávia Elizabete Guerra Teixeira, Amanda Luisa da Fonseca, Fernando de Pilla Varotti, André Ricardo Fajardo, Daiana Silva de Ávila, Sandra Elisa Haas
Drugs used for the treatment and prevention of malaria have resistance-related problems, making them ineffective for monotherapy. If properly associated, many of these antimalarial drugs may find their way back to the treatment regimen. Among the therapeutic arsenal, quinine (QN) is a second-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria but has side effects that limit its use. Curcumin (CR) is a natural compound with anti-plasmodial activities and low bioavailability. In this context, the aim of this work was to develop and characterize co-encapsulated QN + CR-loaded polysorbate-coated polymeric nanocapsules (NC-QC) to evaluate their activity on Plasmodium falciparum and the safety of the nanoformulations for Caenorhabditis elegans...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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