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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775632/controlled-delivery-of-a-focal-adhesion-kinase-inhibitor-results-in-accelerated-wound-closure-with-decreased-scar-formation
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Kun Ma, Sun Hyung Kwon, Jagannath Padmanabhan, Dominik Duscher, Artem A Trotsyuk, Yixiao Dong, Mohammed Inayathullah, Jayakumar Rajadas, Geoffrey C Gurtner
Formation of scars following wounding or trauma represents a significant healthcare burden costing the economy billions of dollars every year. Activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) has been shown to play a pivotal role in transducing mechanical signals to elicit fibrotic responses and scar formation during wound repair. We have previously shown that inhibition of FAK using local injections of a small molecule FAK inhibitor (FAKI) can attenuate scar development in a hypertrophic scar model. Clinical translation of FAKI therapy has been challenging, however, due to the lack of an effective drug delivery system for extensive burn injuries, blast injuries, and large excisional injuries...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775092/a-prospective-multi-centre-us-clinical-trial-to-determine-accuracy-of-febridx-point-of-care-testing-for-acute-upper-respiratory-infections-with-and-without-a-confirmed-fever
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Nathan I Shapiro, Wesley H Self, Jeffrey Rosen, Stephan C Sharp, Michael R Filbin, Peter C Hou, Amisha D Parekh, Michael C Kurz, Robert Sambursky
BACKGROUND: FebriDx is a 10-minute disposable point-of-care test designed to identify clinically significant systemic host immune responses and aid in the differentiation of bacterial and viral respiratory infection by simultaneously detecting C-reactive protein (CRP) and myxovirus resistance protein A (MxA) from a fingerstick blood sample. FebriDx diagnostic accuracy was evaluated in the emergency room and urgent care setting. METHODS: A prospective, multicentre, observational cohort study of acute upper respiratory tract infections (URIs), with and without a confirmed fever at the time of enrolment, was performed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of FebriDx to identify clinically significant bacterial infection with host response and acute pathogenic viral infection...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775042/bioinspired-synergy-sensor-chip-of-photonic-crystals-graphene-oxide-for-multi-amines-recognition
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Wanjie Ren, Meng Qin, Xiaotian Hu, Fengyu Li, Yuanfeng Wang, Yu Huang, Meng Su, Wenbo Li, Xin Qian, Kang-Lai Tang, Yanlin Song
Benefiting from the integrated functions of cilia and glomeruli in the olfactory system, animals can discriminate various odours even in hostile environments. Inspired by this synergetic system of response and signal processing units, a sensor chip of gra-phene oxide (GO) and photonic crystals (PCs) is fabricated. The GO aerogel functions like the olfactory cilia, which effectively captures the analytes and generates abundant sensing signals for recognition; and the PCs act as the olfactory glomeruli, whose periodic structure enables selective enhancement of the fluorescent signals to realize further signal processing...
May 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774203/small-rho-gtpases-and-the-effector-vipa-mediate-the-invasion-of-epithelial-cells-by-filamentous-legionella-pneumophila
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Akriti Prashar, María Eugenia Ortiz, Stefanie Lucarelli, Elizabeth Barker, Zohreh Tabatabeiyazdi, Feras Shamoun, Deepa Raju, Costin Antonescu, Cyril Guyard, Mauricio R Terebiznik
Legionella pneumophila (Lp) exhibits different morphologies with varying degrees of virulence. Despite their detection in environmental sources of outbreaks and in respiratory tract secretions and lung autopsies from patients, the filamentous morphotype of Lp remains poorly studied. We previously demonstrated that filamentous Lp invades lung epithelial cells (LECs) and replicates intracellularly in a Legionella containing vacuole. Filamentous Lp activates β1integrin and E-cadherin receptors at the surface of LECs leading to the formation of actin-rich cell membrane structures we termed hooks and membrane wraps...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772508/resuscitation-of-starved-anaerobic-ammonium-oxidation-sludge-system-impacts-of-repeated-short-term-starvation
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Lihong Ye, Dong Li, Jie Zhang, Huiping Zeng
Starvation of biomass is common during underloading of bioreactors or sludge storage in biological wastewater treatment industries. The aim of this work was to study the impact of starvation modes on the nitrogen removal capacity of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) process in sequencing batch reactor (SBR). The repeated short-term starvation and reactivation experiments were performed to evaluate the response of anammox sludge system in the condition of 27 ± 1.5 °C and 320 min HRT. Moreover, the nitrogen removal ability of the anammox process was reactivated rapidly in the low substrate condition, then the total nitrogen (TN) removal efficiency reached 82...
May 4, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772224/pharmacokinetics-and-skin-tolerability-of-intracutaneous-zolmitriptan-delivery-in-swine-using-adhesive-dermally-applied-microarray-adam
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Joe Nguyen, Hayley Lewis, Ashley Queja, Anh Ngoc Diep, Guillaume Hochart, Mahmoud Ameri
Adhesive Dermally-Applied Microarray (ADAM) is a new drug delivery system that uses microprojections (340 μm long) for intracutaneous drug self-administration. We formulated zolmitriptan, a well-accepted and commonly used migraine medication, for administration using ADAM. In vivo studies were conducted in female prepubescent Yorkshire pigs using ADAM 1.9 mg zolmitriptan, applied to the inner thigh and left in place for 1 hour. Pharmacokinetic studies showed that the ADAM 1.9 mg zolmitriptan delivered with high efficiency (85%) and high absolute bioavailability (77%)...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772089/microevolutionary-selection-dynamics-acting-on-immune-genes-of-the-green-veined-white-butterfly-pieris-napi
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Naomi L P Keehnen, Jason Hill, Sören Nylin, Christopher W Wheat
Insects rely on their innate immune system to successfully mediate complex interactions with their microbiota, as well as the microbes present in the environment. Previous work has shown that components of the canonical immune gene repertoire evolve rapidly and have evolutionary characteristics originating from interactions with fast-evolving microorganisms. Although these interactions are likely to vary among populations, there is a poor understanding of the microevolutionary dynamics of immune genes, especially in non-Dipteran insects...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771877/cholera-epidemic-lusaka-zambia-october-2017-may-2018
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Nyambe Sinyange, Joan M Brunkard, Nathan Kapata, Mazyanga Lucy Mazaba, Kunda G Musonda, Raymond Hamoonga, Muzala Kapina, Fred Kapaya, Lwito Mutale, Ernest Kateule, Francis Nanzaluka, James Zulu, Chileshe Lukwesa Musyani, Alison V Winstead, William W Davis, Hammad S N'cho, Nelia L Mulambya, Patrick Sakubita, Orbie Chewe, Sulani Nyimbili, Ezinne V C Onwuekwe, Nedghie Adrien, Anna J Blackstock, Travis W Brown, Gordana Derado, Nancy Garrett, Sunkyung Kim, Sydney Hubbard, Amy M Kahler, Warren Malambo, Eric Mintz, Jennifer Murphy, Rupa Narra, Gouthami G Rao, Margaret A Riggs, Nicole Weber, Ellen Yard, Khozya D Zyambo, Nathan Bakyaita, Namani Monze, Kennedy Malama, Jabbin Mulwanda, Victor M Mukonka
On October 6, 2017, an outbreak of cholera was declared in Zambia after laboratory confirmation of Vibrio cholerae O1, biotype El Tor, serotype Ogawa, from stool specimens from two patients with acute watery diarrhea. The two patients had gone to a clinic in Lusaka, the capital city, on October 4. Cholera cases increased rapidly, from several hundred cases in early December 2017 to approximately 2,000 by early January 2018 (Figure). In collaboration with partners, the Zambia Ministry of Health (MoH) launched a multifaceted public health response that included increased chlorination of the Lusaka municipal water supply, provision of emergency water supplies, water quality monitoring and testing, enhanced surveillance, epidemiologic investigations, a cholera vaccination campaign, aggressive case management and health care worker training, and laboratory testing of clinical samples...
May 18, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771185/can-the-relationship-between-rapid-automatized-naming-and-word-reading-be-explained-by-a-catastrophe-empirical-evidence-from-students-with-and-without-reading-difficulties
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Georgios D Sideridis, Panagiotis Simos, Angeliki Mouzaki, Dimitrios Stamovlasis, George K Georgiou
The purpose of the present study was to explain the moderating role of rapid automatized naming (RAN) in word reading with a cusp catastrophe model. We hypothesized that increases in RAN performance speed beyond a critical point would be associated with the disruption in word reading, consistent with a "generic shutdown" hypothesis. Participants were 587 elementary schoolchildren (Grades 2-4), among whom 87 had reading comprehension difficulties per the IQ-achievement discrepancy criterion. Data were analyzed via a cusp catastrophe model derived from the nonlinear dynamics systems theory...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Learning Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770822/a-size-switchable-nanoplatform-for-targeting-the-tumor-microenvironment-and-deep-tumor-penetration
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Xingli Cun, Man Li, Shuying Wang, Yifei Wang, Jialing Wang, Zhengze Lu, Ruixin Yang, Xian Tang, Zhirong Zhang, Qin He
The complex tumor microenvironment (TME) in solid tumors forms physiological barriers to the efficient delivery of nanomedicine, leading to limited therapeutic efficacy. Herein, to overcome these physiological barriers and improve the therapeutic effect, we constructed a novel size-adjustable nanoplatform for efficient drug delivery into solid tumors. The smart size-switchable nanoplatform (DGL/DOX@PP) was prepared by conjugating small dendrigraft poly-l-lysine (DGL) to poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(caprolactone) micelles via a matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2)-sensitive peptide...
May 17, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770078/evaluating-the-timeliness-of-reporting-in-a-first-nations-communicable-diseases-program
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A Lam, S Woods, N Ndubuka
Background: Timely reporting of communicable diseases is necessary to enable a prompt response to mitigate and control outbreaks. This is especially true among First Nations communities due to a number of factors, including unique social determinants of health, which can contribute to rapid disease transmission. Objective: To assess the timeliness of reporting for 12 notifiable communicable diseases in the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, which includes 33 First Nations on-reserve communities in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, and to assess whether there were differences in reporting times depending on degree of remoteness of community, season or year...
June 1, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769447/aquaporin-1-regulates-platelet-procoagulant-membrane-dynamics-and-in-vivo-thrombosis
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Ejaife O Agbani, Christopher M Williams, Yong Li, Marion Tj van den Bosch, Samantha F Moore, Adele Mauroux, Lorna Hodgson, Alan S Verkman, Ingeborg Hers, Alastair W Poole
In response to collagen stimulation, platelets use a coordinated system of fluid entry to undergo membrane ballooning, procoagulant spreading, and microvesiculation. We hypothesized that water entry was mediated by the water channel aquaporin-1 (AQP1) and aimed to determine its role in the platelet procoagulant response and thrombosis. We established that human and mouse platelets express AQP1 and localize to internal tubular membrane structures. However, deletion of AQP1 had minimal effects on collagen-induced platelet granule secretion, aggregation, or membrane ballooning...
May 17, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768987/realistic-evaluation-of-a-rapid-response-system-context-mechanisms-and-outcomes
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Jacinda L Bunch, Patricia S Groves, Yelena Perkhounkova
The purpose of this study was to describe and explore differences between rapid response system events in a Midwestern community hospital through context, mechanism, and outcome factors. The design was a retrospective review of 1,939 adult inpatient events that occurred on medical (62.8%) and surgical units (37.2%) over 92 months. The immediate outcomes of the events were stabilization (59.0%), transfer to a higher level of care (39%), and cardiopulmonary arrest (2%). Nurses activated 94% of all rapid response events; respiratory (38...
May 1, 2018: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768709/comprehensive-multi-modal-characterization-of-an-imiquimod-induced-human-skin-inflammation-model-for-drug-development
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Tessa van der Kolk, Salma Assil, Rianne Rijneveld, Erica S Klaassen, Gary Feiss, Edwin Florencia, Errol P Prens, Jacobus Burggraaf, Matthijs Moerland, Robert Rissmann, Martijn B A van Doorn
Imiquimod (IMQ) is often used as topical challenge agent to provoke local skin inflammation. The objective of this study was to develop and refine a rapid, temporary and reversible human skin inflammation model with IMQ for application in clinical drug development. A randomized, vehicle-controlled, open-label, dose-ranging study was conducted in 16 healthy male subjects. IMQ (5 mg) was applied once daily for 72h under occlusion to intact skin (n = 8) or tape stripped (TS) skin (n = 8). Although IMQ alone induced limited effects, TS+IMQ treatment showed larger responses in several domains including erythema and perfusion (p<0...
May 16, 2018: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767522/traceless-release-of-alcohols-using-thiol-sensitive-oxanorbornadiene-linkers
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Allison G Aioub, Cody J Higginson, M G Finn
A class of ester-amide oxanorbornadiene (EA-OND) molecules was developed to release alcohol cargos by succinimide formation upon addition of a thiol reagent. The resulting ring-closed adducts undergo further fragmentation by retro-Diels-Alder reaction to release a furan moiety in a manner similar to oxanorbornadiene diesters. The rates of each of these fragmentation pathways in the same medium were found to be sensitive to the steric nature of the amide substituent. Alcohol release was much faster in protic solvents than in aprotic ones, suggesting that this system may be useful for rapid response to thiols in biological environments...
May 16, 2018: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766599/randomized-clinical-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-of-enrofloxacin-as-a-second-line-antibiotic-for-treatment-of-acute-escherichia-coli-mastitis
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Yasunori Shinozuka, Kazuhiro Kawai, Akira Takeda, Michiaki Yamada, Fumi Kayasaki, Nao Kondo, Yoshiko Sasaki, Nahoko Kanai, Takuma Mukai, Naoki Sawaguchi, Masaya Higuchi, Haruka Kondo, Kouki Sugimoto, Akane Yasuda, Aiko Watanabe
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of enrofloxacin (ERFX) as a second-line antibiotic for treatment of acute Escherichia coli (E. coli) mastitis. Forty-two cows with naturally occurring acute E. coli mastitis were enrolled. On the first day of treatment (day 0), empirically selected antibiotics (oxytetracycline: n = 32, kanamycin: n = 10) were administered. Although systemic signs improved in 10 cows (first-line group), the signs remained unchanged or worsened in 32 cows on day 1, including two cows that were found dead...
May 16, 2018: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764991/a-dgk%C3%AE-foxo-ubiquitin-proteolytic-axis-controls-fiber-size-during-skeletal-muscle-remodeling
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Jae-Sung You, Matthew S Dooley, Chan-Ran Kim, Eui-Jun Kim, Wei Xu, Craig A Goodman, Troy A Hornberger
Skeletal muscle rapidly remodels in response to various stresses, and the resulting changes in muscle mass profoundly influence our health and quality of life. We identified a diacylglycerol kinase ζ (DGKζ)-mediated pathway that regulated muscle mass during remodeling. During mechanical overload, DGKζ abundance was increased and required for effective hypertrophy. DGKζ not only augmented anabolic responses but also suppressed ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS)-dependent proteolysis. We found that DGKζ inhibited the transcription factor FoxO that promotes the induction of the UPS...
May 15, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764985/responses-to-systemic-nitrogen-signaling-in-arabidopsis-roots-involve-trans-zeatin-in-shoots
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Arthur Poitout, Amandine Crabos, Ivan Petřík, Ondřej Novák, Gabriel Krouk, Benoît Lacombe, Sandrine Ruffel
Plants face temporal and spatial variation in nitrogen (N) availability. This includes heterogeneity in soil nitrate (NO3-) content. To overcome these constraints, plants modify their gene expression and physiological processes to optimize N acquisition. This plasticity relies on a complex long-distance root-shoot-root signaling network that remains poorly understood. We previously showed that cytokinin (CK) biosynthesis is required to trigger systemic N signaling. Here, we performed split-root experiments and used a combination of CK-related mutant analyses, hormone profiling, transcriptomic analysis, NO3- uptake assays, and root growth measurements to gain insight into systemic N signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana...
May 15, 2018: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761789/ph-and-redox-responsive-nanoparticles-composed-of-charge-reversible-pullulan-based-shells-and-disulfide-containing-poly-%C3%AE-amino-ester-cores-for-co-delivery-of-gene-and-chemotherapeutic-agent
#19
Sipei Zhang, Dan Wang, Yating Li, Ling Li, Hongli Chen, Qingqing Xiong, Yuan-Yuan Liu, Yingsong Wang
A novel pH- and redox-responsive nanoparticle system was designed based on charge-reversible pullulan derivative (CAPL) and disulfide-containing poly(β-amino ester) (ssPBAE) for the co-delivery of gene and chemotherapeutic agent targeting hepatoma. The end-alkene groups of ssPBAE were reacted with diethylenetriamine to form amino-modified ssPBAE (NH-ssPBAE). Methotrexate (MTX), a chemotherapy agent, was then conjugated to NH-ssPBAE via amide bond to obtain a polymeric prodrug ssPBAE-MTX. ssPBAE-MTX exhibited a good capability for condensing genes including plasmid DNA (pDNA) and tetramethyl rhodamine-labeled DNA (TAMRA-DNA), and almost completely condensed pDNA at the weight ratio of 5/1 to form spherical nanocomplexes with an uniform size...
May 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761766/factors-associated-with-the-rapid-and-durable-decline-in-malaria-incidence-in-el-salvador-1980-2017
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Robert A Burton, José Eduardo Romero Chévez, Mauricio Sauerbrey, Caterina Guinovart, Angela Hartley, Geoffrey Kirkwood, Matthew Boslego, Mirna Elizabeth Gavidia, Jaime Enrique Alemán Escobar, Rachel Turkel, Richard W Steketee, Laurence Slutsker, Kammerle Schneider, Carlos C Kent Campbell
A decade after the Global Malaria Eradication Program, El Salvador had the highest burden of malaria in Mesoamerica, with approximately 20% due to Plasmodium falciparum . A resurgence of malaria in the 1970s led El Salvador to alter its national malaria control strategy. By 1995, El Salvador recorded its last autochthonous P. falciparum case with fewer than 20 Plasmodium vivax cases annually since 2011. By contrast, its immediate neighbors continue to have the highest incidences of malaria in the region. We reviewed and evaluated the policies and interventions implemented by the Salvadoran National Malaria Program that likely contributed to this progress toward malaria elimination...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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