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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922884/a-single-institution-experience-with-pineal-region-tumors-50-tumors-over-1-decade
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Isaac Josh Abecassis, Brian Hanak, Jason Barber, Martin Mortazavi, Richard G Ellenbogen
BACKGROUND: Pineal region tumors are rare intracranial tumors that are more common in children than adults. Surgical management of tumors in this region using a tailored approach is a strategy that enhances extent of resection and neurological outcome. OBJECTIVE: To review our institutional experience with pineal region tumors in children and adults over the past 10 years. METHODS: Our institutional pathology database and patient records were retrospectively reviewed for details regarding clinical and radiological presentation, surgical management, extent of resection, morbidity, and neurological outcome...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922881/intraoperative-flow-800-analysis-for-intramedullary-cystic-lesion-a-technical-case-report
#2
Masahiro Sawada, Toshihiro Munemitsu, Masato Hojo
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: During intramedullary lesion surgery, the lesion site and the posterior median sulcus (PMS) should be accurately identified prior to myelotomy to avoid severe injury of the posterior funiculus. However, intramedullary lesions are fundamentally invisible until the myelotomy is performed. Furthermore, the PMS location is frequently unclear due to lesion-induced swelling or distortion of the spinal cord. Intraoperative indocyanine green videoangiography (ICG-VA) followed by FLOW 800 analysis, which shows vascularization of the spinal parenchyma, may provide a solution for these problems in specific cases...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922867/discoveries-of-the-structures-of-sialic-acid-and-cmp-sialic-acid-1957-1960-a-letter-from-saul-roseman
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Ronald L Schnaar, Yuan C Lee
Sialic acids have a special place in vertebrate glycobiology, where they constitute the dominant terminal saccharides on many cell surface glycans. From early studies that identified sialoglycans as receptors for important pathogens and toxins to more recent discoveries of sialic acid-binding proteins essential for immune system (and other) functions in humans, sialic acids and sialoglycans have become cornerstones in understanding vertebrate glycobiology and pathology. During a remarkable 3-year period in the late 1950s, a newly minted postdoctoral fellow (Donald G...
June 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922844/characterization-of-inulinase-promoter-from-kluyveromyces-marxianus-for-intensive-protein-expression-in-industrial-biotechnology
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Jiaoqi Gao, Wenjie Yuan, Yimin Li, Fengwu Bai, Yu Jiang
Inulinase from Kluyveromyces marxianus (KmINU1) has wide application in industrial biotechnology, and it is supposed that its expression is regulated at the transcriptional level via the promoter. Therefore, in this study, the KmINU1 promoter, fused to the reporter EGFP gene, was analyzed to determine its fundamental regulatory mechanisms in Saccharomyces cerevisiae S288C (ATCC 204508). Induction by inulin and repression by high glucose concentrations of KmINU1 promoters are reported, and the promoter with a length of 353 bp was shown to have the highest strength with the weakest responses to high glucose concentration...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922840/quantification-of-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-c58-attachment-to-arabidopsis-thaliana-roots
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Anna Petrovicheva, Jessica Joyner, Theodore R Muth
Agrobacterium tumefaciens is the causal agent of crown gall disease and is a vector for DNA transfer in transgenic plants. The transformation process by A. tumefaciens has been widely studied, but the attachment stage has not been well characterized. Most measurements of attachment have used microscopy and colony counting, both of which are labor and time intensive. To reduce the time and effort required to analyze bacteria attaching to plant tissues, we developed a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assay to quantify attached A...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922818/-if-i-ever-have-to-go-to-prison-i-hope-it-s-a-russian-prison-british-labour-social-democracy-and-soviet-communism-1919-25
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Max Hodgson
Through the inter-war period, the USSR became an example of 'socialism in action' that the British labour movement could both look towards and define itself against. British visitors both criticized and acclaimed aspects of the new Soviet state between 1919 and 1925, but a consistently exceptional finding was the Soviet prison. Analysing the visits and reports of British guests to Soviet prisons, the aims of this article are threefold. Using new material from the Russian archives, it demonstrates the development of an intense admiration for, and often a desire to replicate, the Soviet penal system on the part of Labour members, future Communists, and even Liberals who visited Soviet Russia...
September 1, 2017: 20 Century British History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922761/rapid-mapping-and-cloning-of-the-virescent-1-gene-in-cotton-by-bulked-segregant-analysis-next-generation-sequencing-and-virus-induced-gene-silencing-strategies
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Jiankun Zhu, Jiedan Chen, Fengkai Gao, Chenyu Xu, Huaitong Wu, Kun Chen, Zhanfeng Si, Hu Yan, Tianzhen Zhang
Map-based gene cloning is a vital strategy for the identification of the quantitative trait loci or genes underlying important agronomic traits. The conventional map-based cloning method is powerful but generally time-consuming and labor-intensive. In this context, we introduce an improved bulked segregant analysis method in combination with a virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) strategy for rapid and reliable gene mapping, identification and functional verification. This method was applied to a multiple recessive marker line of upland cotton, Texas 582 (T582), and identified unique genomic positions harboring mutant loci, showing the reliability and efficacy of this method...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922698/survival-improvements-with-adjuvant-therapy-in-patients-with-glioblastoma
#8
Dasantha Jayamanne, Helen Wheeler, Raymond Cook, Charles Teo, David Brazier, Geoff Schembri, Marina Kastelan, Linxin Guo, Michael F Back
BACKGROUND: Evaluate survival of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) managed with adjuvant intensity modulated radiation therapy and temozolomide since the introduction of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer and National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (EORTC-NCIC) protocol. METHODS: All patients with GBM managed between May 2007 and December 2014 with EORTC-NCIC protocol were entered into a prospective database...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922681/exercise-training-protects-cardiomyocytes-from-deleterious-effects-of-palmitate
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Marcia Netto Magalhães Alves, Danilo Roman-Campos, Amanda B Parreira, Pedro W M Almeida, Jader Santos Cruz, Silvia Guatimosim, Marco Fabricio Dias-Peixoto
We investigated the effects of palmitate, a high saturated fat, on Ca(2+), action potential and reactive oxygen species dynamics in cardiomyocytes from untrained and trained mice. Male mice were subjected to moderate intensity exercise training on a treadmill. Cardiomyocytes of untrained and trained mice were isolated, treated for 30 min with palmitate and intracellular calcium transient and action potential duration were recorded. Additionally, we assessed reactive oxygen species generation. Treatment of cardiomyocytes from untrained mice with palmitate induced a significant decrease in Ca(2+) transient magnitude by 34%...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922651/evaluating-the-effect-of-smoking-cessation-treatment-on-a-complex-dynamical-system
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Korkut Bekiroglu, Michael A Russell, Constantino M Lagoa, Stephanie T Lanza, Megan E Piper
OBJECTIVE: To understand the dynamic relations among tobacco withdrawal symptoms to inform the development of effective smoking cessation treatments. Dynamical system models from control engineering are introduced and utilized to evaluate complex treatment effects. We demonstrate how dynamical models can be used to examine how distinct withdrawal-related processes are related over time and how treatment influences these relations. METHOD: Intensive longitudinal data from a randomized placebo-controlled smoking cessation trial (N=1504) are used to estimate a dynamical model of withdrawal-related processes including momentary craving, negative affect, quitting self-efficacy, and cessation fatigue for each of six treatment conditions (nicotine patch, nicotine lozenge, bupropion, patch + lozenge, bupropion + lozenge, and placebo)...
August 25, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922634/functionalisation-of-ti6al4v-and-hydroxyapatite-surfaces-with-combined-peptides-based-on-kklpda-and-eeeeeeee-peptides
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Gabriela Melo Rodriguez, James Bowen, David Grossin, Besim Ben-Nissan, Artemis Stamboulis
Surface modifications are usually performed on titanium alloys to improve osteo-integration and surface bioactivity. Modifications such as alkaline and acid etching, or coating with bioactive materials such as hydroxyapatite, have previously been demonstrated. The aim of this work is to develop a peptide with combined titanium oxide and hydroxyapatite binders in order to achieve a biomimetic hydroxyapatite coating on titanium surfaces. The technology would also be applicable for the functionalisation of titanium and hydroxyapatite surfaces for selective protein adsorption, conjugation of antimicrobial peptides, and adsorption of specialised drugs for drug delivery...
September 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922620/%C3%AE-pad-fluorescence-scattering-immunoagglutination-assay-for-cancer-biomarkers-from-blood-and-serum
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Cayla Baynes, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
A microfluidic paper analytical device (μPAD) was created for the sensitive quantification of cancer antigens, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9), from human whole blood and serum, toward diagnosis and prognosis of colorectal cancer. Anti-CEA and anti-CA 19-9 antibodies were covalently linked to submicron, fluorescent polystyrene particles, loaded, and then dried in the center of the μPAD channel. CEA- or CA 19-9-spiked blood or serum samples were loaded to the inlet of μPAD, and subsequent immunoagglutination changed the fluorescent scatter signals upon ultraviolet (UV) excitation...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922603/semiconductor-plasmon-induced-upconversion-enhancement-in-mcu2-xs-sio2-y2o3-yb-3-er-3-core-shell-nanocomposites
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Donglei Zhou, Dongyu Li, Xiangyu Zhou, Wen Xu, Xu Chen, Dali Liu, Yongsheng Zhu, Hongwei Song
The ability to modulate the intensity of electromagnetic field by semiconductor plasmon nanoparticles is becoming attractive owing to its unique doping induced local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect different from metals. Herein, we synthesized the mCu2-xS@SiO2@Y2O3:Yb(3+),Er(3+) core-shell composites and experimentally and theoretically studied the semiconductor plasmon induced upconversion (UC) enhancement, and obtained 30 folds UC enhancement compared to that of SiO2@Y2O3:Yb(3+),Er(3+) composites...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
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Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922527/helical-threads-enantiomerically-pure-carbo-6-helicene-oligomers
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Cédric Schaack, Eric Sidler, Nils Trapp, François Diederich
We report the synthesis of enantiomerically pure carbo[6]helicene oligomers with buta-1,3-diyne-1,4-diyl bridges between the helicene nuclei. The synthesis of monomeric (±)-2,15-bis[(triisopropylsilyl)ethynyl]carbo[6]helicene was achieved in 25 % yield over six steps. Pure (+)-(P)- and (-)-(M)-enantiomers were obtained by HPLC on a chiral stationary phase. The dimeric (+)-(P)2 - and (-)-(M)2 -configured and the tetrameric (+)-(P)4 - and (-)-(M)4 -configured oligomers were obtained by sequential oxidative acetylenic coupling...
September 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922517/effective-relief-of-pain-and-associated-symptoms-with-closed-loop-spinal-cord-stimulation-system-preliminary-results-of-the-avalon-study
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Marc Russo, Michael J Cousins, Charles Brooker, Nathan Taylor, Tillman Boesel, Richard Sullivan, Lawrence Poree, Nastaran Hesam Shariati, Erin Hanson, John Parker
OBJECTIVES: Conventional spinal cord stimulation (SCS) delivers a fixed-input of energy into the dorsal column. Physiologic effects such as heartbeat, respiration, spinal cord movement, and history of stimulation can cause both the perceived intensity and recruitment of stimulation to increase or decrease, with clinical consequences. A new SCS system controls stimulation dose by measuring the recruitment of fibers in the dorsal column and by using the amplitude of the evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs) to maintain stimulation within an individualized therapeutic range...
September 18, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922514/the-complexity-of-oral-physiology-and-its-impact-on-salivary-diagnostics
#17
Eva J Helmerhorst, Colin Dawes, Frank G Oppenheim
OBJECTIVES: Saliva contains biomarkers for systemic as well as oral diseases. This study was undertaken to assess the variability in the sources of such biomarkers (plasma, cells), and attempted to identify saliva deterioration markers in order to improve saliva diagnostic outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Inter- and intra-subject variation in salivary gingival crevicular fluid levels were determined by measuring salivary albumin and transferrin levels. The purity of collected glandular secretions was determined by bacterial culture, and the variability in epithelial cell numbers by cell counting and optical density measurement...
September 18, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922507/randomized-controlled-trial-evaluating-the-temporal-effects-of-high-intensity-exercise-on-learning-short-term-and-long-term-memory-and-prospective-memory
#18
Emily Frith, Eveleen Sng, Paul D Loprinzi
To examine the temporal effects of high-intensity exercise on learning, short-term and long-term retrospective memory and prospective memory. Among a sample of 88 young adult participants, 22 were randomized into one of four different groups: exercise before learning, control group, exercise during learning and exercise after learning. The retrospective assessments (learning, short-term and long-term memory) were assessed using the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test. Short-term memory included a 20-min delay assessment, with long-term memory including a 24-hour follow-up assessment...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922491/temporal-and-remote-tuning-of-piezophotonic-effect-induced-luminescence-and-color-gamut-via-modulating-magnetic-field
#19
Man-Chung Wong, Li Chen, Gongxun Bai, Long-Biao Huang, Jianhua Hao
Light-emitting materials have been extensively investigated because of their widespread applications in solid-state lighting, displays, sensors, and bioimaging. In these applications, it is highly desirable to achieve tunable luminescence in terms of luminescent intensity and wavelength. Here, a convenient physical approach of temporal and remote tuning of light-emitting wavelength and color is demonstrated, which is greatly different from conventional methods. It is shown that by modulating the frequency of magnetic-field excitation at room temperature, luminescence from the flexible composites of ZnS:Al, Cu phosphors induced by the piezophotonic effect can be tuned in real time and in situ...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922486/conducting-polymer-based-materials-for-electrochemical-energy-conversion-and-storage
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REVIEW
Jianfeng Wang, Jinrong Wang, Zhuang Kong, Kuilin Lv, Chao Teng, Ying Zhu
To alleviate the current energy crisis and environmental pollution, sustainable and ecofriendly energy conversion and storage systems are urgently needed. Due to their high conductivity, promising catalytic activity, and excellent electrochemical properties, conducting polymers have been attracting intense attention for use in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Here, the latest advances regarding the utilization of conducting polymers for fuel cells and supercapacitors are introduced. The strategies employed to improve the electrocatalytic and electrochemical performances of conducting-polymer-based materials are presented...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
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