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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433186/characterization-and-thermal-inactivation-kinetics-of-highly-thermostable-ramie-leaf-%C3%AE-amylase
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Liqin He, Sung-Hoon Park, Nguyen Dang Hai Dang, Hoa Xo Duong, Thi Phung Cac Duong, Phuong Lan Tran, Jong-Tae Park, Li Ni, Kwan-Hwa Park
We characterized ramie leaf β-amylase, and determined its thermostability and kinetic parameters. The enzyme was purified 53-fold using ammonium sulfate fractionation (40-60% saturation), anion exchange chromatography on DEAE-cellulose and gel permeation chromatography on Superdex-200. The purified enzyme was identified as β-amylase with molecular mass of 42kD. The enzyme displayed Km and kcat values for soluble potato starch of 1.1mg/mL and 7.8s(-1), respectively. The enzyme had a temperature optimum of 65°C, and its activity at 70°C was 92% of that at the optimal temperature after a 15-min incubation...
June 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428195/progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-and-incident-heart-failure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Hooman Bakhshi, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Xiaoying Yang, Mohammad R Ostovaneh, Colin O Wu, Matthew Budoff, Hossein Bahrami, Nathan D Wong, David A Bluemke, João A C Lima
BACKGROUND: Although the association between coronary artery calcium (CAC) and future heart failure (HF) has been shown previously, the value of CAC progression in the prediction of HF has not been investigated. In this study, we investigated the association of CAC progression with subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and incident HF in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis is a population-based study consisting of 6814 men and women aged 45 to 84, free of overt cardiovascular disease at enrollment, who were recruited from 4 ethnicities...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427294/increased-phagocytic-nadph-oxidase-activity-associates-with-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-men
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Oscar Beloqui, María U Moreno, Gorka San José, Álvaro Pejenaute, Adriana Cortés, Manuel F Landecho, Javier Díez, Ana Fortuño, Guillermo Zalba
Vascular calcification is a common feature in atherosclerosis and associates with cardiovascular events. Oxidative stress may be involved in the pathogenesis of vascular calcification. Previous studies have shown that the phagocytic NADPH oxidase is associated with atherosclerosis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the association between phagocytic NADPH oxidase-mediated superoxide production and coronary artery calcium (CAC). NADPH oxidase-mediated superoxide production was determined by chemiluminescence and CAC by computed tomography in 159 asymptomatic men free of overt clinical atherosclerosis...
April 20, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419118/fatty-liver-disease-determines-the-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-a-metabolically-healthy-obese-population
#4
Yu Mi Kang, Chang Hee Jung, Yun Kyung Cho, Seung Eun Lee, Min Jung Lee, Jenie Yoonoo Hwang, Eun Hee Kim, Joong-Yeol Park, Woo Je Lee, Hong-Kyu Kim
OBJECTIVES: Metabolically healthy obese (MHO) phenotype describes an obese state with a favorable metabolic profile. However, the prognosis of this subpopulation remains controversial. We aimed to examine whether MHO phenotype is associated with progression of atherosclerotic activity, reflected as the changes in coronary artery calcification (CAC) over time. If so, we sought to determine the role of fatty liver disease (FLD), the hallmark of hepatic steatosis, in this progression. METHODS: We enrolled 1,240 asymptomatic subjects who underwent repeated CAC score measurement during routine health examinations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418353/-a-change-in-the-expression-of-membrane-associated-proteins-and-cytoplasmic-actin-isoforms-in-the-progression-of-human-colon-tumors
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M V Novikova, V A Rybko, A V Kochatkov, N V Khromova, S Yu Bogomazova, V B Dugina, V K Lyadov, P B Kopnin
Tumor progression is a complex process that also involves the restructuring of the actin cytoskeleton and the weakening of intercellular adhesive contacts due to the tumor cells that pass through the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). AIM: Тo identify correlations between clinical features, risk of progression and/or recurrence of human colon adenocarcinomas (CAC), and EMT-related tumor markers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Descending colon and sigmoid colon adenocarcinoma samples were examined immunohistochemically...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413231/development-of-a-roof-bolter-canopy-air-curtain-for-respirable-dust-control
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W R Reed, G J Joy, B Kendall, A Bailey, Y Zheng
Testing of the roof bolter canopy air curtain (CAC) designed by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has gone through many iterations, demonstrating successful dust control performance under controlled laboratory conditions. J.H. Fletcher & Co., an original equipment manufacturer of mining equipment, further developed the concept by incorporating it into the design of its roof bolting machines. In the present work, laboratory testing was conducted, showing dust control efficiencies ranging from 17...
January 2017: Mining Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413071/performance-of-ultra-low-dose-ct-for-the-evaluation-of-coronary-calcification-a-direct-comparison-with-coronary-calcium-score
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V V Silveira de Souza, F Soares Torres, B Hochhegger, G Watte, G Sartori, F Lucchese, B Azambuja Gonçalves
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of ultra-low-dose computed tomography (ULDCT) in comparison to standard coronary calcium score (CCS) acquisition for the evaluation of coronary artery calcification (CAC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standard CCS acquisition and ULDCT were performed in patients referred for coronary CT angiography for the evaluation of coronary artery disease. CAC in ULDCT was graded subjectively using a four-point scale (from 0, no calcification, to 3, severe calcification) for the complete study and for each individual coronary segment...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411697/veclose-trial-12-month-outcomes-of-cyanoacrylate-closure-versus-radiofrequency-ablation-for-incompetent-great-saphenous-veins
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Nick Morrison, Kathleen Gibson, Michael Vasquez, Robert Weiss, Daniel Cher, Monte Madsen, Andrew Jones
OBJECTIVE: Endovenous cyanoacrylate closure (CAC) is a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved therapy for treatment of clinically symptomatic venous reflux in saphenous veins. The device is indicated for the permanent closure of lower extremity superficial truncal veins, such as the great saphenous vein (GSV). Early results from a randomized trial of CAC have been reported previously. Herein we report 1-year outcomes. METHODS: There were 222 subjects with symptomatic GSV incompetence randomly assigned to receive either CAC (n = 108) or radiofrequency ablation (RFA; n = 114)...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411229/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-myocardial-substrate-preference-emphasizes-the-need-for-a-synchronized-fluxomic-metabolomic-research-design
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Mukundan Ragavan, Alexander Kirpich, Xiaorong Fu, Shawn C Burgess, Lauren M McIntyre, Matthew E Merritt
The heart oxidizes fatty acids, carbohydrates and ketone bodies inside the citric acid cycle (CAC) to generate the reducing equivalents needed for ATP production. Competition between these substrates makes it difficult to estimate the extent of pyruvate oxidation. Previously, hyperpolarized pyruvate detected propionate mediated activation of carbohydrate oxidation, even in the presence of acetate. In this report, the optimal concentration of propionate for activation of glucose oxidation is measured in mouse hearts perfused in Langendorff mode...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411192/socioeconomic-status-interacts-with-the-genetic-effect-of-a-chromosome-9p21-3-common-variant-to-influence-coronary-artery-calcification-and-incident-coronary-events-in-the-heinz-nixdorf-recall-study-risk-factors-evaluation-of-coronary-calcium-and-lifestyle
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Börge Schmidt, Stefanie Frölich, Nico Dragano, Mirjam Frank, Lewin Eisele, Sonali Pechlivanis, Andreas J Forstner, Markus M Nöthen, Amir A Mahabadi, Raimund Erbel, Susanne Moebus, Karl-Heinz Jöckel
BACKGROUND: Genetic variants of a locus within the chromosome 9p21.3 region are consistently associated with coronary artery disease and coronary artery calcification (CAC). The aim of this study was to examine whether a 9p21.3 common variant interacts with socioeconomic status (SES) to influence CAC and incident coronary events in a population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: 9p21.3 single nucleotide polymorphism rs2891168 was genotyped in 4116 participants of the Heinz Nixdorf Recall study...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411031/prognostic-value-of-visually-detected-coronary-artery-calcification-on-unenhanced-non-gated-thoracic-computed-tomography-for-prediction-of-non-fatal-myocardial-infarction-and-all-cause-mortality
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Lisa Shao, Andrew T Yan, Gerald Lebovic, Harvey H Wong, Anish Kirpalani, Djeven P Deva
PURPOSE: To determine the prognostic value of visually detected coronary artery calcification (CAC) on unenhanced non-gated thoracic computed tomography (CT) for non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) and all-cause mortality. METHODS: This retrospective single-centre cohort study comprised of 410 consecutive patients aged 40-80 years without any known cardiovascular disease at baseline. CT images without electrocardiogram-gating were acquired for a variety of respiratory medicine indications...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409126/genomics-and-comparative-genomic-analyses-provide-insight-into-the-taxonomy-and-pathogenic-potential-of-novel-emmonsia-pathogens
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Ying Yang, Qiang Ye, Kang Li, Zongwei Li, Xiaochen Bo, Zhen Li, Yingchun Xu, Shengqi Wang, Peng Wang, Huipeng Chen, Junzhi Wang
Over the last 50 years, newly described species of Emmonsia-like fungi have been implicated globally as sources of systemic human mycosis (emmonsiosis). Their ability to convert into yeast-like cells capable of replication and extra-pulmonary dissemination during the course of infection differentiates them from classical Emmonsia species. Immunocompromised patients are at highest risk of emmonsiosis and exhibit high mortality rates. In order to investigate the molecular basis for pathogenicity of the newly described Emmonsia species, genomic sequencing and comparative genomic analyses of Emmonsia sp...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408791/all-trans-retinoic-acid-modulates-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-targeting-tnf-%C3%AE-and-nitric-oxide-synthase-2-expression-in-colonic-mucosa-during-ulcerative-colitis-and-colitis-associated-cancer
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Hayet Rafa, Sarra Benkhelifa, Sonia AitYounes, Houria Saoula, Said Belhadef, Mourad Belkhelfa, Aziza Boukercha, Ryma Toumi, Imene Soufli, Olivier Moralès, Yvan de Launoit, Hassen Mahfouf, M'hamed Nakmouche, Nadira Delhem, Chafia Touil-Boukoffa
Colitis associated cancer (CAC) is the colorectal cancer (CRC) subtype that is associated with bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis (UC). The data on role of NF-κB signaling in development and progression of CAC were derived from preclinical studies, whereas data from human are rare. The aim of this work was to study the contribution of NF-κB pathway during UC and CAC, as well as the immunomodulatory effect of all-trans retinoic acid (AtRA). We analyzed the expression of NOS2, TNF-α, TLR4, and NF-κB, in colonic mucosa...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408635/cardiac-autonomic-control-and-complexity-during-sleep-are-preserved-after-chronic-sleep-restriction-in-healthy-subjects
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Eleonora Tobaldini, Naima Covassin, Andrew Calvin, Prachi Singh, Jan Bukartyk, Shiang Wang, Nicola Montano, Virend K Somers
Acute sleep deprivation (SD) alters cardiovascular autonomic control (CAC) and is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders. However, the effects of partial SD on CAC are unclear. Thus, we aimed to investigate the effects of partial SD on CAC during sleep. We randomized seventeen healthy subjects to a restriction group (RES, n = 8, subjects slept two-thirds of normal sleep time based on individual habitual sleep duration for 8 days and 8 nights) or a Control group (CON, n = 9, subjects were allowed to sleep their usual sleep time)...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405608/circadian-phase-resetting-by-a-single-short-duration-light-exposure
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Shadab A Rahman, Melissa A St Hilaire, Anne-Marie Chang, Nayantara Santhi, Jeanne F Duffy, Richard E Kronauer, Charles A Czeisler, Steven W Lockley, Elizabeth B Klerman
BACKGROUND. In humans, a single light exposure of 12 minutes and multiple-millisecond light exposures can shift the phase of the circadian pacemaker. We investigated the response of the human circadian pacemaker to a single 15-second or 2-minute light pulse administered during the biological night. METHODS. Twenty-six healthy individuals participated in a 9-day inpatient protocol that included assessment of dim light melatonin onset time (DLMO time) before and after exposure to a single 15-second (n = 8) or 2-minute (n = 12) pulse of bright light (9,500 lux; 4,100 K fluorescent) or control background dim light (<3 lux; n = 6)...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400246/the-effects-of-captivity-survival-training-on-mood-dissociation-ptsd-symptoms-cognitive-performance-and-stress-hormones
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Cindy Suurd Ralph, Oshin Vartanian, Harris R Lieberman, Charles A Morgan, Bob Cheung
In the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Conduct After Capture (CAC) training is a 4-day captivity survival course during which soldiers are exposed to increasing stress, and evaluated on their ability to accomplish military objectives. We hypothesized that: (a) compared to baseline, CAC training would cause significant, reversible perturbations in measures of psychological functioning and serum and salivary stress hormone levels relevant to models of stress hardiness and vulnerability; and (b) deviations from baseline would be maximal at the time point of most intense stress during training...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396247/tailoring-the-supramolecular-structure-of-amphiphilic-glycopolypeptide-analogue-toward-liver-targeted-drug-delivery-systems
#17
Aisha Roshan Mohamed Wali, Jie Zhou, Shengnan Ma, Yiyan He, Dong Yue, James Zhenggui Tang, Zhongwei Gu
Amphiphilic glycopolypeptide analogues have harboured great importance in the development of targeted drug delivery systems. In this study, lactosylated pullulan-graft-arginine dendrons (LP-g-G3P) was synthesized using Huisgen azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between lactosylated pullulan and generation 3 arginine dendrons bearing Pbf and Boc groups on the periphery. Hydrophilic lactosylated pullulan was selected for amphiphilic modification, aiming at specific lectin recognition. Macromolecular structure of LP-g-G3P combined alkyl, aromatic, and peptide dendritic hydrophobic moieties and was able to self-assemble spontaneously into core-shell nanoarchitectures with small particle sizes and low polydispersity in the aqueous media, which was confirmed by CAC, DLS and TEM...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392854/prognostic-value-of-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-determination-of-presence-and-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease
#18
Maryam Moradi, Shadi Nouri, Ali Nourozi, Danial Golbidi
BACKGROUND: There are controversies regarding the usefulness of coronary artery calcium score (CACS) for predicting coronary artery stenosis. The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic value of CACS for determining the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with sign and symptoms of the disease. MATERIAL/METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 748 consecutive patients with suspected CAD, referred for coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), were enrolled...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392544/impact-of-renal-functional-morphological-dynamics-on-the-calcification-of-coronary-and-abdominal-arteries-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Takeo Ichii, Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Hideki Ishii, Yosuke Tatami, Dai Yamamoto, Soichiro Aoki, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Kenji Furusawa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Fukaya, Akinori Sawamura, Susumu Suzuki, Yoshinari Yasuda, Toyoaki Murohara
AIM: Fast-progressing vascular calcification (VC) is accompanied by renal atrophy and functional deterioration along with atherosclerosis in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the relationship between VC progression and renal functional and/or morphological changes remains unclear. METHODS: We included 70 asymptomatic patients with CKD without hemodialysis in our study. To identify temporal variations, the coronary artery calcification score (CACS), abdominal aortic calcification index (ACI), and renal parenchymal volume index (RPVI) were determined via spiral computed tomography scans taken during the study...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392537/evaluation-of-calcium-hydrogen-carbonate-mesoscopic-crystals-as-a-disinfectant-for-influenza-a-viruses
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Ryuji Nakashima, Masaomi Kawamoto, Shigeru Miyazaki, Rumiko Onishi, Koichi Furusaki, Maho Osaki, Rikio Kirisawa, Akikazu Sakudo, Takashi Onodera
In this study, the virucidal effect of a novel electrically charged disinfectant CAC-717 was investigated. CAC-717 is produced by applying an electric field to mineral water containing calcium hydrogen carbonate to generate mesoscopic crystals. Virus titration analysis showed a >3 log reduction of influenza A viruses after treatment with CAC-717 for 1 min in room temperature, while infectivity was undetectable after 15 min treatment. Adding bovine serum albumin to CAC-717 solution did not affect the disinfectant effect...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
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