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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731680/nitrilotriacetic-amine-functionalized-polymeric-core-shell-nanoparticles-as-enzyme-immobilization-supports
#1
Dominic Keller, Ana Beloqui, Monica Martínez-Martínez, Manuel Ferrer, Guillaume Delaittre
Nitrilotriacetic amine (NTA) functionalized nanoparticles obtained by aqueous polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) are introduced as immobilization supports for polyhistidine-functionalized (His-tagged) enzymes. A novel initiator for nitroxide-mediated polymerization based on the nitroxide SG1 and carrying a protected NTA moiety was first synthesized. Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) proved the ability of this initiator to produce well-defined end-functional vinyl polymers...
July 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728492/the-bioactivity-of-hedysarum-coronarium-extracts-on-skin-enzymes-and-cells-correlates-with-phenolic-content
#2
Bruno Burlando, Giulia Pastorino, Annalisa Salis, Gianluca Damonte, Marco Clericuzio, Laura Cornara
CONTEXT: The search for bioactive compounds from botanical sources is attracting much interest. However, differences in chemical composition may occur within the same species depending on different geographical origins. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the properties on skin enzymes and cells of extracts from sulla legume crop Hedysarum coronarium L. (Fabaceae), collected at two Italian sites near Pisa and Ventimiglia, for possible dermatological and cosmetic applications...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725534/photoinitiated-polymerization-induced-self-assembly-photo-pisa-new-insights-and-opportunities
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Jonathan Yeow, Cyrille Boyer
The polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) process is a useful synthetic tool for the efficient synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles of different morphologies. Recently, studies on visible light initiated PISA processes have offered a number of key research opportunities that are not readily accessible using traditional thermally initiated systems. For example, visible light mediated PISA (Photo-PISA) enables a high degree of control over the dispersion polymerization process by manipulation of the wavelength and intensity of incident light...
July 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717130/polymicrobial-infections-in-brain-tissue-from-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
#4
Diana Pisa, Ruth Alonso, Ana M Fernández-Fernández, Alberto Rábano, Luis Carrasco
Several studies have advanced the idea that the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) could be microbial in origin. In the present study, we tested the possibility that polymicrobial infections exist in tissue from the entorhinal cortex/hippocampus region of patients with AD using immunohistochemistry (confocal laser scanning microscopy) and highly sensitive (nested) PCR. We found no evidence for expression of early (ICP0) or late (ICP5) proteins of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in brain sections. A polyclonal antibody against Borrelia detected structures that appeared not related to spirochetes, but rather to fungi...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716530/genetic-association-analysis-of-serotonin-and-signal-transduction-pathways-in-suicide-attempters-from-an-italian-sample-of-psychiatric-patients
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Maurizio Pompili, Giovanna Gentile, Catia Scassellati, Cristian Bonvicini, Marco Innamorati, Denise Erbuto, Franco Montebovi, Giuseppe Ducci, Alberto Forte, Eleonora De Pisa, Stefano Ferracuti, Gianluca Serafini, Vincenzo De Luca, Mario Amore, Maurizio Simmaco, Paolo Girardi
Genetic factors have been reported to contribute to the liability of suicide. We aimed to investigate functional polymorphisms in eight genes (serotonin transporter, SLC6A4; receptors, 5HTR1A, 1B, 5HTR2A; Tryptophan Hydroxylase, TPH1, TPH2; Monoamine Oxidase, MAOA and G Protein Subunit Beta 3, GNB3) to investigate their predictive value for suicide. The possible confounding effects of gender and phenotypic patients dissection were also valued. A sample of 111 consecutive psychiatric inpatients was recruited and assessed using specific psychometric instruments...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716116/catching-and-monitoring-clinical-innovation-through-performance-indicators-the-case-of-the-breast-conserving-surgery-indicator
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Anna Maria Murante, Silvio Candelori, Paola Rucci, Sabina Nuti, Manuela Roncella, Matteo Ghilli, Andrea Mercatelli, Maria Pia Fantini
BACKGROUND: The evolution in the surgical and diagnostic procedures, the attention to women's preferences, the case mix, and differences in professional practices may lead to a variability in the quality of breast cancer clinical pathway. To catch and manage this variability it is important to use valid measures. The aim of this paper is to examine the concurrent validity of the breast-conserving surgery (BCS) indicator and to provide evidence to guide the quality improvement process...
July 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712294/giant-pickering-droplets-effect-of-nanoparticle-size-and-morphology-on-stability
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Victoria Jane Cunningham, Emma C Giakoumatos, Peter Matthew Ireland, Charlotte J Mable, Steven P Armes, Erica J Wanless
The interaction between a pair of millimeter-sized nanoparticle-stabilized n-dodecane droplets was analyzed by high-speed video camera. The droplets were grown in the presence of either poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PGMA-PBzMA) diblock copolymer spheres or poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PGMA-PHPMA-PBzMA) triblock copolymer worms prepared by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). The effect of nanoparticle morphology on droplet coalescence was analyzed by comparing 22 nm spheres to highly anisotropic worms with a mean worm width of 26 nm and comparable particle contact angle...
July 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708229/adjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-gemcitabine-based-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-the-pisa-university-experience
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Aldo Sainato, Sabrina Montrone, Francesco Pasqualetti, Marianna Coppola, Nunzia L V Cernusco, Marco Panichi, Alessandra Gonnelli, Enrico Vasile, Riccardo Morganti, Alfredo Falcone, Ugo Boggi, Fabiola Paiar
INTRODUCTION: The role of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PA) is controversial. In this study we aimed to assess the feasibility, disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy (gemcitabine based) in patients with resected PA and their correlation with prognostic factors. METHODS: 122 resected patients (stage ≥IIa) treated between February 1999 and December 2013 were analyzed. Two cycles of gemcitabine (1,000 mg/m2 on days 1, 8 and 15 every 28 days) were administered before concomitant radiotherapy (45 Gy/25 fractions) and chemotherapy (gemcitabine 300 mg/m2 weekly)...
July 11, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708039/comparison-of-endothelial-function-in-healthy-chronic-periodontitis-and-myocardial-infarction-patients
#9
Anahita Punj, Santhosh B Shenoy, Subramanyam K
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory burden as a result of severe periodontal disease acts as an insult to the endothelium. This disruption in the function of the endothelium, predisposes it towards formation of atherosclerotic plaque, which may be a subsequent risk for coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to estimate and compare endothelial function via flow mediated dilation (FMD) assessment in periodontal health and disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 120 patients were selected and categorized equally into three groups of healthy, chronic periodontitis and myocardial infarction patients...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708003/arntl-clock-and-per3-polymorphisms-links-with-chronotype-and-affective-dimensions
#10
Konrad S Jankowski, Monika Dmitrzak-Weglarz
Recently, seven single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of ARNTL, TIM and PER3 genes were found associated with affective temperaments in bipolar disorder patients. This study aimed to test whether a) the same associations appear in a non-clinical sample; b) the SNPs are related to other affective dimensions; c) the SNPs underpin the associations between chronotype and affective temperaments/dimensions. Three hundred thirty-eight university students completed the Temperament Scale of Memphis, Pisa, Paris and San Diego Auto-questionnaire, the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, the General Health Questionnaire, the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire and the Composite Scale of Morningness...
July 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696364/the-influence-of-maternal-dietary-patterns-on-body-mass-index-and-gestational-weight-gain-in-urban-black-south-african-women
#11
Stephanie V Wrottesley, Pedro T Pisa, Shane A Norris
Maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and subsequent gestational weight gain (GWG) are strong predictors of maternal and infant outcomes; however the influence of dietary patterns on BMI-specific GWG is unclear. This study identifies patterns of habitual dietary intake in urban South African women and explores their associations with first trimester BMI and GWG. Habitual dietary intake of 538 pregnant women was assessed using a quantitative food-frequency questionnaire and dietary patterns were depicted via principle component analysis...
July 11, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688349/depressive-symptoms-and-the-role-of-affective-temperament-in-adults-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-a-comparison-with-bipolar-disorder
#12
Fernando Torrente, Pablo López, Alicia Lischinsky, Marcelo Cetkovich-Bakmas, Facundo Manes
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the characteristics of depressive symptoms and the influence of affective temperament in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in comparison with bipolar disorder (BD) patients and healthy controls (HCs). METHOD: Sixty patients with ADHD, 50 patients with BD, and 30 HCs were assessed with instruments for measuring depressive symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory-II), and affective temperaments (Temperament Scale of Memphis, Pisa and San Diego, self-administered version; TEMPS-A)...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680313/affective-temperaments-in-parents-of-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Esra Yazici, Esra Yürümez, Ahmet Bülent Yazici, Yusuf Yasin Gümüş, Atila Erol
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to investigate affective temperaments of parents of children with ADHD and the relationship between ADHD and affective temperaments. METHODS: The children diagnosed with ADHD were evaluated with a structured interview and the Turgay DSM-IV-Based Child and Adolescent Disruptive Behavioral Disorders Screening and Rating Scale (T-DSM-IV-S) was filled by parents. Then parents were evaluated by a structured clinical interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I), and those with no diagnosis of psychiatric disorder (in the past and at the time of the study) were included to the study...
June 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678069/echocardiographic-assessment-of-mitral-stenosis-orifice-area-a-comparison-of-a-novel-three-dimensional-method-versus-conventional-techniques
#14
Sergey Karamnov, Nelson Burbano-Vera, Chuan-Chin Huang, John A Fox, Stanton K Shernan
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive evaluation of mitral stenosis (MS) severity commonly utilizes two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography techniques. However, the complex three-dimensional (3D) structure of the mitral valve (MV) poses challenges to accurate measurements of its orifice area by 2D imaging modalities. We aimed to assess MS severity by comparing measurements of the MV orifice area using conventional echocardiography methods to 3D orifice area (3DOA), a novel echocardiographic technique which minimizes geometric assumptions...
July 1, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675428/are-country-level-prevalences-of-rule-violations-associated-with-knowledge-overclaiming-among-students
#15
Clemens B Fell, Cornelius J König, Sebastian Jung, Daniel Sorg, Matthias Ziegler
Cultural norms of behaviour influence desirable and problematic behaviours of individuals. In particular, cultural norms should influence individuals' dishonesty. In a recent Nature study, prevalence of rule violations was introduced as a new country-level measure of behavioural norms. However, information on individuals' actual honesty was not available due to characteristics of the experimental design. Overcoming this limitation, we show that country-level behavioural norms are related to individual-level knowledge overclaiming behaviour (i...
July 3, 2017: International Journal of Psychology: Journal International de Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663691/prevalence-of-the-microsporidian-nosema-ceranae-in-honeybee-apis-mellifera-apiaries-in-central-italy
#16
Roberto Papini, Francesca Mancianti, Roberto Canovai, Francesca Cosci, Guido Rocchigiani, Giovanni Benelli, Angelo Canale
Nosema ceranae and Nosema apis are microsporidia which play an important role in the epidemiology of honeybee microsporidiosis worldwide. Nosemiasis reduces honeybee population size and causes significant losses in honey production. To the best of our knowledge, limited information is available about the prevalence of nosemiasis in Italy. In this research, we determined the occurrence of Nosema infection in Central Italy. Thirty-eight seemingly healthy apiaries (2 to 4 hives each) were randomly selected and screened from April to September 2014 (n = 11) or from May to September 2015 (n = 27)...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640865/association-between-suicide-related-ideations-and-affective-temperaments-in-the-japanese-general-adult-population
#17
Nobuyuki Mitsui, Yukiei Nakai, Takeshi Inoue, Niki Udo, Kan Kitagawa, Yumi Wakatsuki, Rie Kameyama, Atsuhito Toyomaki, Yoichi M Ito, Yuji Kitaichi, Shin Nakagawa, Ichiro Kusumi
BACKGROUND: Suicide rates are vastly higher in Japan than in many other countries, although the associations between affective temperaments and suicide-related ideations in the general adult population remain unclear. Therefore, we aimed to elucidate these associations in the present study. METHODS: We analyzed data from 638 Japanese volunteers who completed both the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Temperament Evaluation of the Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego Auto-questionnaire (TEMPS-A)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635149/underuse-of-risk-assessment-and-overuse-of-ctpa-in-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-thromboembolism
#18
Michael Perera, Leena Aggarwal, Ian A Scott, Nicholas Cocks
INTRODUCTION: Evidence suggests potential overuse of computerised tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in patients with suspected pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in the absence of consistent use of pre-test clinical prediction rules and D-dimer assays. METHODS: 344 consecutive patients undergoing CTPA at a tertiary hospital were studied for use of D-dimer assays and clinical prediction rules for PTE. For each patient, a modified Wells score (mWS), revised Geneva score (rGS) and PISA model were calculated retrospectively; performance characteristics for each rule for PTE were determined in reference to results of CTPA...
June 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634872/predictive-markers-of-response-to-everolimus-and-sunitinib-in-neuroendocrine-tumors
#19
Diana Martins, Francesca Spada, Ioana Lambrescu, Manila Rubino, Chiara Cella, Bianca Gibelli, Chiara Grana, Dario Ribero, Emilio Bertani, Davide Ravizza, Guido Bonomo, Luigi Funicelli, Eleonora Pisa, Dario Zerini, Nicola Fazio
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) represent a large and heterogeneous group of malignancies with various biological and clinical characteristics, depending on the site of origin and the grade of tumor proliferation. In NETs, as in other cancer types, molecularly targeted therapies have radically changed the therapeutic landscape. Recently two targeted agents, the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor everolimus and the tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib, have both demonstrated significantly prolonged progression free survival in patients with advanced pancreatic NETs...
June 21, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629424/evaluation-of-the-international-standardized-24-h-dietary-recall-methodology-globodiet-for-potential-application-in-research-and-surveillance-within-african-settings
#20
Elom Kouassivi Aglago, Edwige Landais, Geneviève Nicolas, Barrie Margetts, Catherine Leclercq, Pauline Allemand, Olaide Aderibigbe, Victoire Damienne Agueh, Paul Amuna, George Amponsah Annor, Jalila El Ati, Jennifer Coates, Brooke Colaiezzi, Ella Compaore, Hélène Delisle, Mieke Faber, Robert Fungo, Inocent Gouado, Asmaa El Hamdouchi, Waliou Amoussa Hounkpatin, Amoin Georgette Konan, Saloua Labzizi, James Ledo, Carol Mahachi, Segametsi Ditshebo Maruapula, Nonsikelelo Mathe, Muniirah Mbabazi, Mandy Wilja Mirembe, Carmelle Mizéhoun-Adissoda, Clement Diby Nzi, Pedro Terrence Pisa, Karima El Rhazi, Francis Zotor, Nadia Slimani
BACKGROUND: Collection of reliable and comparable individual food consumption data is of primary importance to better understand, control and monitor malnutrition and its related comorbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including in Africa. The lack of standardised dietary tools and their related research support infrastructure remains a major obstacle to implement concerted and region-specific research and action plans worldwide. Citing the magnitude and importance of this challenge, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) launched the "Global Nutrition Surveillance initiative" to pilot test the use of a standardized 24-h dietary recall research tool (GloboDiet), validated in Europe, in other regions...
June 19, 2017: Globalization and Health
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