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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445264/incremental-cost-of-nosocomial-bacteremia-according-to-the-focus-of-infection-and-antibiotic-sensitivity-of-the-causative-microorganism-in-a-university-hospital
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Marta Riu, Pietro Chiarello, Roser Terradas, Maria Sala, Enric Garcia-Alzorriz, Xavier Castells, Santiago Grau, Francesc Cots
To estimate the incremental cost of nosocomial bacteremia according to the causative focus and classified by the antibiotic sensitivity of the microorganism.Patients admitted to Hospital del Mar in Barcelona from 2005 to 2012 were included. We analyzed the total hospital costs of patients with nosocomial bacteremia caused by microorganisms with a high prevalence and, often, with multidrug-resistance. A control group was defined by selecting patients without bacteremia in the same diagnosis-related group.Our hospital has a cost accounting system (full-costing) that uses activity-based criteria to estimate per-patient costs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444792/a-computational-approach-to-study-functional-monomer-protein-molecular-interactions-to-optimize-protein-molecular-imprinting
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R Boroznjak, J Reut, A Tretjakov, A Lomaka, A Öpik, V Syritski
Molecular imprinting has become a promising approach for synthesis of polymeric materials having binding sites with a predetermined selectivity for a given analyte, the so-called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), which can be used as artificial receptors in various application fields. Realization of binding sites in a MIP involves the formation of prepolymerization complexes between a template molecule and monomers, their subsequent polymerization, and the removal of the template. It is believed that the strength of the monomer-template interactions in the prepolymerization mixture influences directly on the quality of the binding sites in a MIP and consequently on its performance...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444663/transcriptional-coactivator-p300-and-silent-information-regulator-1-sirt1-gene-polymorphism-associated-with-diabetic-kidney-disease-in-a-chinese-cohort
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Kang Tang, Mingfang Sun, Jing Shen, Bo Zhou
One of the most serious complications of diabetes mellitus, which could lead to end-stage renal disease across all demographics, is 'diabetic kidney disease'. However, how diabetic kidney disease develops remains unclear. Studies conducted thus far suggest that a major factor in the origination and development of the disease occurs through histone acetylation modifications. This study aims to examine the probable relationship in Chinese patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. A case-control study was conducted in the Chongqing region of China on the Chinese Han population...
April 25, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444615/polygenic-study-of-endurance-associated-genetic-markers-ace-i-d-actn3-arg-r-577ter-x-ckmm-a-g-ncoi-and-enos-glu-g-298asp-t-in-male-gorkha-soldiers
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Seema Malhotra, Kiran Preet, Arvind Tomar, Shweta Rawat, Sayar Singh, Inderjeet Singh, L Robert Varte, Tirthankar Chatterjee, M S Pal, Soma Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Gorkhas, a sub-mountainous population of the Himalayan region, are known for strength and bravery. In the present study when "Gorkha" is used without brackets, we are mentioning Gorkhas of Tibeto-Burman origin. Physical capability, strength and endurance are important components of fitness associated with genetic traits. The aim of this study was to examine the endurance potential of male Gorkha soldiers, based on endurance-related genetic markers ACE I/D, ACTN3 Arg (R)577Ter(X), CKMM A/G NcoI and eNOS Glu(G)298Asp(T)...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444351/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-set-domain-family-reveals-the-origin-expansion-and-putative-function-of-the-arthropod-specific-smyda-genes-as-histone-modifiers-in-insects
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Feng Jiang, Qing Liu, Yanli Wang, Jie Zhang, Huimin Wang, Tianqi Song, Meiling Yang, Xianhui Wang, Le Kang
The SET domain is an evolutionarily conserved motif present in histone lysine methyltransferases, which are important in the regulation of chromatin and gene expression in animals. In this study, we searched for SET domain-containing genes (SET genes) in all of the 147 arthropod genomes sequenced at the time of carrying out this experiment to understand the evolutionary history by which SET domain have evolved in insects. Phylogenetic and ancestral state reconstruction analysis revealed an arthropod-specific SET gene family, named SmydA, which is ancestral to arthropod animals and specifically diversified during insect evolution...
April 22, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444153/computed-tomography-derived-fractional-flow-reserve-testing-in-stable-patients-with-typical-angina-pectoris-influence-on-downstream-rate-of-invasive-coronary-angiography
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Jesper Møller Jensen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Ole Norling Mathiassen, Erik Lerkevang Grove, Kristian Altern Øvrehus, Kamilla Bech Pedersen, Christian Juhl Terkelsen, Evald Høj Christiansen, Michael Maeng, Jonathon Leipsic, Anne Kaltoft, Lars Jakobsen, Jacob Thorsted Sørensen, Troels Thim, Steen Dalby Kristensen, Lars Romer Krusell, Bjarne Linde Nørgaard
Aims: To assess the use of downstream coronary angiography (ICA) and short-term safety of frontline coronary CT angiography (CTA) with selective CT-derived fractional flow reserve (FFRCT) testing in stable patients with typical angina pectoris. Methods and results: Between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2016 all patients (N = 774) referred to non-emergent ICA or coronary CTA at Aarhus University Hospital on a suspicion of CAD had frontline CTA performed. Downstream testing and treatment within 3 months and adverse events ≥90 days were registered...
April 20, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443381/pharmacological-management-of-narcolepsy-with-and-without-cataplexy
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Ulf Kallweit, Claudio L Bassetti
Introduction Narcolepsy is an orphan neurological disease and presents with sleep- wake, motoric, neuropsychiatric and metabolic symptoms. Narcolepsy with cataplexy is most commonly caused by an immune-mediated process including genetic and environmental factors, resulting in the selective loss of hypocretin-producing neurons. Narcolepsy has a major impact on workableness and quality of life. Areas covered This review provides an overview of the temporal available treatment options for narcolepsy (type 1 and 2) in adults, including authorization status by regulatory agencies...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442269/enhanced-adhesion-and-in-situ-photothermal-ablation-of-cancer-cells-in-surface-functionalized-electrospun-microfiber-scaffold-with-graphene-oxide
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Nicolò Mauro, Cinzia Scialabba, Giovanna Pitarresi, Gaetano Giammona
The physicochemical characteristics of a biomaterial surface highly affect the interaction with living cells. Recently, much attention has been focused on the adhesion properties of functional biomaterials toward cancer cells, since is expected to control metastatic spread of a tumor, which is related to good probability containing the progression of disease burden. Here, we designed an implantable poly(caprolactone)-based electrospun microfiber scaffold, henceforth PCLMF-GO, to simultaneously capture and kill cancer cells by tuning physicochemical features of the hybrid surface through nitrogen plasma activation and hetero-phase graphene oxide (GO) covalent functionalization...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441791/selective-toxicity-of-non-polar-bioactive-compounds-of-persian-gulf-sea-squirt-phallusia-nigra-on-skin-mitochondria-isolated-from-rat-model-of-melanoma
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Yalda Arast, Nina Seyed Razi, Enayatollah Seydi, Parvaneh Naserzadeh, Melika Nazemi, Jalal Pourahmad
Background: Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer and one of the major causes of mortality worldwide. Marin animals have attracted much attention in recent years as useful substances having application in medicine. It was shown that Phallusia nigra (P. nigra) known as sea squirt could play an important role in cancer therapy. Methods: This study was designed to figure out the probable selective toxicity of n-hexane, diethyl ether, methanolic and aqueous extracts of P. nigra on cancerous mitochondria isolated from the skin of melanoma induced rats...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441357/investigation-of-the-anti-leishmania-leishmania-infantum-activity-of-some-natural-sesquiterpene-lactones
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Imke F Wulsten, Thais A Costa-Silva, Juliana T Mesquita, Marta L Lima, Mariana K Galuppo, Noemi N Taniwaki, Samanta E T Borborema, Fernando B Da Costa, Thomas J Schmidt, Andre G Tempone
Leishmaniases are neglected infectious diseases caused by parasites of the 'protozoan' genus Leishmania. Depending on the parasite species, different clinical forms are known as cutaneous, muco-cutaneous, and the visceral leishmaniasis (VL). VL is particularly fatal and the therapy presents limitations. In the search for new anti-leishmanial hit compounds, seven natural sesquiterpene lactones were evaluated against promastigotes and intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania (Leishmania) infantum, a pathogen causing VL...
April 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440858/treatment-with-disease-modifying-drugs-for-people-with-a-first-clinical-attack-suggestive-of-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Graziella Filippini, Cinzia Del Giovane, Marinella Clerico, Omid Beiki, Miriam Mattoscio, Federico Piazza, Sten Fredrikson, Irene Tramacere, Antonio Scalfari, Georgia Salanti
BACKGROUND: The treatment of multiple sclerosis has changed over the last 20 years. The advent of disease-modifying drugs in the mid-1990s heralded a period of rapid progress in the understanding and management of multiple sclerosis. With the support of magnetic resonance imaging early diagnosis is possible, enabling treatment initiation at the time of the first clinical attack. As most of the disease-modifying drugs are associated with adverse events, patients and clinicians need to weigh the benefit and safety of the various early treatment options before taking informed decisions...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440802/genetic-hurdles-limit-the-arms-race-between-prochlorococcus-and-the-t7-like-podoviruses-infecting-them
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Daniel A Schwartz, Debbie Lindell
Phages and hosts coexist in nature with a high degree of population diversity. This is often explained through coevolutionary models, such as the arms race or density-dependent fluctuating selection, which differ in assumptions regarding the emergence of phage mutants that overcome host resistance. Previously, resistance in the abundant marine cyanobacterium, Prochlorococcus, was found to occur frequently. However, little is known about the ability of phages to overcome this resistance. Here we report that, in some cases, T7-like cyanophage mutants emerge to infect resistant Prochlorococcus strains...
April 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440122/effects-of-low-dose-ionizing-radiation-on-dna-damage-caused-pathways-by-reverse-phase-protein-array-and-bayesian-networks
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Dong-Chul Kim, Mingon Kang, Ashis Biswas, Chin-Rang Yang, Xiaoyu Wang, Jean X Gao
Ionizing radiation (IR) causing damages to Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) constitutes a broad range of base damage and double strand break, and thereby, it induces the operation of relevant signaling pathways such as DNA repair, cell cycle control, and cell apoptosis. The goal of this paper is to study how the exposure to low dose radiation affects the human body by observing the signaling pathway associated with Ataxia Telangiectasia mutated (ATM) using Reverse-Phase Protein Array (RPPA) and isogenic human Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) cells under different amounts and durations of IR exposure...
April 2017: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439473/the-behavioral-response-of-prey-fish-to-predators-the-role-of-predator-size
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Zhong-Hua Tang, Qing Huang, Hui Wu, Lu Kuang, Shi-Jian Fu
Predation is one of the key factors governing patterns in natural systems, and adjustments of prey behaviors in response to a predator stimulus can have important ecological implications for wild fish. To investigate the effects of predators on the behavior of prey fish and to test whether the possible effects varied with predator size, black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) and snakehead (Channa argus) (a size-matched predator treatment with a similar body size to prey fish and a larger predator treatment with approximately 2...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439448/spatial-determinants-of-ebola-virus-disease-risk-for-the-west-african-epidemic
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Kate Zinszer, Kathryn Morrison, Aman Verma, John S Brownstein
INTRODUCTION: Although many studies have investigated the probability of Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks while other studies have simulated the size and speed of EVD outbreaks, few have investigated the environmental and population-level predictors of Ebola transmission once an outbreak is underway. Identifying strong predictors of transmission could help guide and target limited public health resources during an EVD outbreak. We examined several environmental and population-level demographic predictors of EVD risk from the West African epidemic...
March 31, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438885/prognostic-nomograms-stratify-survival-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-without-portal-vein-tumor-thrombosis-after-curative-resection
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Yi-Peng Fu, Yong Yi, Jin-Long Huang, Chu-Yu Jing, Jian Sun, Xiao-Chun Ni, Zhu-Feng Lu, Ya Cao, Jian Zhou, Jia Fan, Shuang-Jian Qiu
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) without portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) after curative resection is at variance. We identified the risk factors of poor postoperative prognosis and consequently developed prognostic nomograms generating individual risk of death and recurrence for this subgroup of patients with HCC. METHODS: The risk factors were identified and nomograms were developed based on a retrospective study of 734 patients in the primary cohort who underwent curative resection for HCC from 2010 to 2012...
April 24, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437958/feed-forward-frequency-offset-estimation-for-32-qam-optical-coherent-detection
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Fei Xiao, Jianing Lu, Songnian Fu, Chenhui Xie, Ming Tang, Jinwen Tian, Deming Liu
Due to the non-rectangular distribution of the constellation points, traditional fast Fourier transform based frequency offset estimation (FFT-FOE) is no longer suitable for 32-QAM signal. Here, we report a modified FFT-FOE technique by selecting and digitally amplifying the inner QPSK ring of 32-QAM after the adaptive equalization, which is defined as QPSK-selection assisted FFT-FOE. Simulation results show that no FOE error occurs with a FFT size of only 512 symbols, when the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is above 17...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437560/phylogeography-and-population-structure-analysis-reveals-diversity-by-mutations-in-lasiodiplodia-theobromae-with-distinct-sources-of-selection
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P H D Santos, B M Carvalho, K P Aguiar, F A S Aredes, T P S Poltronieri, J M S Vivas, V Mussi Dias, G A Bezerra, D B Pinho, M G Pereira, S F Silveira
Lasiodiplodia theobromae is a plant pathogen with a worldwide distribution, with low host specificity, causing stem cankers, dieback diseases, and fruit rot in several species of plants. In coconut, this pathogen is reported as the etiological agent of "coconut leaf blight" (CLB) disease, causing several losses in fruit production. The CLB is an important disease for this crop in Brazil. In our study, we used a phylogeographic approach through the molecular characterization of the translation elongation factor 1-α (TEF1-α) to elucidate the pathogen distribution in Brazil and other countries, besides, search information about diversity sources of this pathogen in coconut palm tree at Brazilian northern, northeast, and southeast...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437442/relationship-between-early-onset-severe-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-and-higher-risk-of-meconium-stained-fluid
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Maria C Estiú, Maria A Frailuna, Carla Otero, Marcela Dericco, Catherine Williamson, Jose J G Marin, Rocio I R Macias
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the commonest gestational liver disease. The risk of adverse fetal outcome has been associated with the severity of maternal hypercholanemia after diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a relationship between the severity and timing of onset of hypercholanemia and the risk of meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) and adverse neonatal events. STUDY DESIGN: The study included 382 pregnancies complicated by ICP managed at a referral hospital in Buenos Aires (Argentina) between June 2009 and December 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437165/survey-for-listeria-monocytogenes-in-and-on-ready-to-eat-foods-from-retail-establishments-in-the-united-states-2010-through-2013-assessing-potential-changes-of-pathogen-prevalence-and-levels-in-a-decade
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John B Luchansky, Yuhuan Chen, Anna C S Porto-Fett, Régis Pouillot, Bradley A Shoyer, Rachel Johnson-DeRycke, Denise R Eblen, Karin Hoelzer, William K Shaw, Jane M van Doren, Michelle Catlin, Jeehyun Lee, Rohan Tikekar, Daniel Gallagher, James A Lindsay, Sherri Dennis
A multiyear interagency Listeria monocytogenes Market Basket Survey was undertaken for selected refrigerated ready-to-eat foods purchased at retail in four FoodNet sites in the United States. Food samples from 16 food categories in six broad groups (seafood, produce, dairy, meat, eggs, and combination foods) were collected weekly at large national chain supermarkets and independent grocery stores in California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Georgia for 100 weeks between December 2010 and March 2013. Of the 27,389 total samples, 116 samples tested positive by the BAX PCR system for L...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
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