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H Zöllner, R Jouni, S Panzer, A Khadour, L Janzen, J Wesche, M Ten Berg, S Schellong, A Heinken, A Greinacher, T Bakchoul
BACKGROUND: Protamine (PRT) is used to stabilize insulin in Neutral Protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin, a commonly used therapeutic agent for diabetes mellitus. Immunization against PRT/heparin-complexes is common in diabetic patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of NPH-insulin on the interaction between anti-PRT/heparin antibodies and platelets. METHODS: The interaction between NPH-insulin and anti-PRT/heparin antibodies was tested using in-house enzyme immunoassays...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Bice S Martincigh, Moses A Ollengo
The photostabilizing ability of grape seed extract on three common sunscreen absorbers: 2-ethylhexyl-p-methoxcinnamate (EHMC), benzophenone-3 (BP3) and tert-butylmethoxy dibenzoylmethane (BMDBM), was investigated. Samples were exposed to simulated solar radiation and monitored by spectrophotometric and chromatographic methods. The chemical composition of the grape seed extract was determined by GC-MS and HPLC-MS and the major secondary metabolites were found to be epicatechin and catechin. Exposure of the extract to UV radiation increased the UV absorption capacity of the extract...
October 19, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Y-C Huang, J Xiao, W Y Leung, W W Lu, Y Hu, K D Luk
Previous human study suggested that fresh-frozen intervertebral disc allograft transplantation can relieve neurological symptoms and restore segmental kinematics. Before wide clinical application, research into the pathophysiology of the postoperative disc allograft is needed. One important question that remains to be answered in disc allografting is the healing process of the host-graft interface and the subsequent change of the endplates. With the goat model for lumbar disc allografting, histology, micro-computed tomography analysis, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping were applied to evaluate the healing of the host-graft interfaces, the remodelling of subchondral bone, and the changes of the bony and cartilaginous endplates after transplantation...
October 19, 2016: European Cells & Materials
Dilraj S Grewal, Sharon Fekrat
The authors present an incidentally noted pigmented anterior vitreous cyst in an asymptomatic male adult. Observation was elected. Stability during the course of 2 years and mobility of the vitreous cyst using dynamic imaging are demonstrated. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2016;47:975-977.].
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Xing Zhou Qu, Ming Yi Wang, Hui Shan Ong, Chen Ping Zhang
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the stability of prostheses supported by zygoma implants and remaining teeth for subjects who had undergone hemi-maxillectomy. METHODS: Ten patients were included in the study. Oral rehabilitation was performed using a temporary prosthesis that was supported by remaining teeth for the first three months. Then, a zygoma implant was placed to provide support for a final prosthesis in addition to the remaining teeth. Each prosthesis was tailor-made according to biomechanical three-dimensional finite element analysis results...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Vanessa Bellini Bardella, Sebastián Pita, André Luis Laforga Vanzela, Cleber Galvão, Francisco Panzera
The subfamily Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae) includes 150 species of blood-sucking insects, vectors of Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis. Karyotypic information reveals a striking stability in the number of autosomes. However, this group shows substantial variability in genome size, the amount and distribution of C-heterochromatin, and the chromosome positions of 45S rDNA clusters. Here, we analysed the karyotypes of 41 species from six different genera with C-fluorescence banding in order to evaluate the base-pair richness of heterochromatic regions...
October 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Pierre-Olivier Barale, Paolo Mora, Marie-Hélène Errera, Raphaëlle Ores, Michel Pâques, José-Alain Sahel
PURPOSE: We discuss a modified surgical procedure for the treatment of macular folds complicating retinal reattachment surgery. METHODS: To facilitate the completion of the macular redetachment and the subsequent unrolling of the fold, we propose the subretinal injection, in addition to the conventional balanced salt solution, of filtered air as an original approach. In the presence of a subretinal air bubble, the action of gravity on the perfluorocarbon liquid in the vitreous cavity combined with an active globe manipulation proved to be very effective for flattening the central retina...
October 18, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Vivian E Strong, Sepideh Gholami, Manish A Shah, Laura H Tang, Yelena Y Janjigian, Mark Schattner, Luke V Selby, Sam S Yoon, Erin Salo-Mullen, Zsofia K Stadler, David Kelsen, Murray F Brennan, Daniel G Coit
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe postoperative outcomes of total gastrectomy at our institution for patients with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC). BACKGROUND: HDGC, which is mainly caused by germline mutations in the E-cadherin gene (CDH1), renders a lifetime risk of gastric cancer of up to 70%, prompting a recommendation for prophylactic total gastrectomy. METHODS: A prospective gastric cancer database identified 41 patients with CDH1 mutation who underwent total gastrectomy during 2005 to 2015...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Robert M Kwee, Shivani Ahlawat, Jan Fritz
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of ischiofemoral impingement (IFI) in patients with inflammatory myositis (IM) and associated factors. METHODS: Pelvis and thigh MRI studies of 314 consecutive patients (57% women; mean age, 55.5 years; range, 18-85) with suspected muscle disease were reviewed. RESULTS: Ischiofemoral impingement at MRI was present in 11% of patients with a final diagnosis of IM and in 2% of patients with an alternative diagnosis (P = 0...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Jochen-Frederick Hernekamp, Florian Neubrech, Tomke Cordts, Volker J Schmidt, Ulrich Kneser, Thomas Kremer
PURPOSE: The clinical course after major burns is characterized by microcirculatory changes and consecutive capillary leakage. However, current clinical monitoring does not properly assess microcirculation, whereas macrohemodynamic changes are continuously evaluated. Here, we assess if macrohemodynamic and microhemodynamic parameters after burn trauma are correlated in a rat model. METHODS: Burn plasma harvested from donor rats 4 hours after thermal injury (30% total body surface area, 100 °C water, 12 seconds) was administered intravenously to healthy animals during 2 hours of intravital microscopy (burn group [BG])...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
V E Radzinskii, I V Kuznetsova, Y B Uspenskaya, N B Repina, Y K Gusak, O M Zubova, D I Burchakov, A A Osmakova
Peri- and postmenopausal women commonly suffer from climacteric symptoms. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of dietary supplement Amberen to relieve vasomotor and psychosomatic symptoms during the course of a 3-month, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. General clinical assessment, evaluation using the Greene climacteric test and Spielberger-Hanin test, determination of plasma levels of gonadotropins, estradiol, leptin and apolipoproteins were used to evaluate 42-60-year-old women with vasomotor and psychosomatic menopausal symptoms...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
M Frascaria, M Casinelli, S Mauro, M M D'Amario, R Gatto, G Marzo
BACKGROUND: Optimal integration and long-term stability of oral rehabilitations require correct diagnostic approach, appropriate pre-prosthetic treatments and accurate therapeutic protocols. Technology provides devices to optimise therapeutic results, according to biologic constraints and aesthetic parameters. CASE REPORT: The present report describes a multidisciplinary management in a young patient affected by lateral incisor agenesis, including pre-prosthetic orthodontic treatment and restorative and implant-supported prosthetic rehabilitation...
September 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
Xunzhi Li, Wenchuan Ma, Alexander A Shestopalov
This study describes formation of functional organic monolayers on hard and soft interfaces via a vapor-phase carbene insertion into Si-H and C-H bonds. We demonstrate that functional diazirine molecules can be used to form mono-molecular coatings on silicon, silicon nitride and urethane-acrylate polymers under mild vacuum conditions and exposure to UV light. We investigate the molecular coverage and the long-term stability of the resulting monolayers in air, isopropanol and water. Our results suggest that vapor-phase carbenylation can be used as a complementary technology to the traditional self-assembly, permitting functionalization of various passivated substrates with stable and functional molecular coatings under mild and scalable conditions...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Elisabetta Alberico, Alastair J J Lennox, Lydia K Vogt, Haijun Jiao, Wolfgang Baumann, Hans-Joachim Drexler, Martin Nielsen, Anke Spannenberg, Marek P Checinski, Henrik Junge, Matthias Beller
Ruthenium PNP complex 1a (RuH(CO)Cl(HN(C2H4Pi-Pr2)2)) represents a state-of-the-art catalyst for low-temperature (<100 °C) aqueous methanol dehydrogenation to H2 and CO2. Herein, we describe an investigation that combines experiment, spectroscopy and theory to provide a mechanistic rationale for this process. During catalysis, the presence of two anionic resting states was revealed, Ru-dihydride (3-) and Ru-monohydride (4-) that are deprotonated at nitrogen in the pincer ligand backbone. DFT calculations showed that O- and CH- coordination modes of methoxide to ruthenium compete, and form complexes 4- and 3-, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Justin A Lemkul, Alexander D MacKerell
Mg2+ ions are important in biological systems, particularly in stabilizing compact RNA folds. Mg2+ is strongly polarizing, and representing its interactions in heterogeneous environments is a challenge for empirical force field development. To date, the most commonly used force fields in molecular dynamics simulations utilize a pairwise-additive approximation for electrostatic interactions, which cannot account for the significant polarization response in systems containing Mg2+. In the present work, we refine the interactions of Mg2+ with water, Cl- ions, and nucleic acid moieties using a polarizable force field based on the classical Drude oscillator model...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Aleksandar Antanasijevic, Nicholas J Hafeman, Smanla Tundup, Carolyn Kingsley, Rama K Mishra, Lijun Rong, Balaji Manicassamy, Duncan Wardrop, Michael Caffrey
The viral envelope protein hemagglutinin (HA) plays a critical role in influenza entry and thus is an attractive target for novel therapeutics. The small molecule tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) has previously been shown to bind to HA and inhibit HA-mediated entry with low micromolar potency. However, enthusiasm for the use of TBHQ has diminished due to the compound's antioxidant properties. In this work we show that the antioxidant properties of TBHQ are not responsible for the inhibition of HA-mediated entry...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Geon-Hyoung An, Do-Young Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Hyo-Jin Ahn
The use of metal oxides as anode materials in Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are of significant interest to many potential technologies, due to their high theoretical capacity, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly features. In spite of these considerable benefits, and ongoing progress in the field, important challenges exist, associated with structural degradation due to volume expansion of electrode materials. This leads to rapid capacity fading, and must be resolved in order to move towards the practical use of high-performance LIBs with ultrafast cycling stability...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Alberto Baggioli, Carlo A Cavallotti, Antonino Famulari
From proteins and peptides to semiconducting polymers, aliphatic chains on aromatic groups are recurring motifs in macromolecules from very diverse application fields. Fields in which molecular folding and packing determine the macroscopic physical properties that make such advanced materials appealing in the first place. Within each macromolecule, the intrinsic structure of each unit defines how it interacts with its neighbours, ultimately opening up or denying certain backbone conformations. This eventually also determines how macromolecules interact with each other...
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Karan Kapoor, Michael R Duff, Amit Upadhyay, Joel C Bucci, Arnold M Saxton, Robert J Hinde, Elizabeth E Howell, Jerome Yves Baudry
The dynamics of anion-quadrupole (or anion-) interactions formed between negatively charged (Asp/Glu) and aromatic (Phe) side chains are for the first time computationally characterized in RmlC (PDB: 1EP0), a homodimeric epimerase. Empirical force field-based molecular dynamics simulations predict anion-quadrupole pairs and triplets (anion-anion-anion--) are formed by the protein during the simulated trajectory which suggests that the anion-quadrupole interactions may provide a significant contribution to the overall stability of the protein, with an average of -1...
October 18, 2016: Biochemistry
Liang Hu, Yao Huang, Wenyu Chen, Xin Fu, Haibo Xie
The morphology and dynamics of the pendant drops attached to the chemically patterned surfaces (pattern-pinned pendant drop) with different hydrophilic/hydrophobic contrast are investigated experimentally and numerically. During the experiments, the evolution of the contact angle and the maximum drop volume is found to be different from the traditional pendant drops whose contact line pinned on the edge of the tips (tip-pinned pendant drop), and the deviation is related both to the pattern radius and the wettability contrast...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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