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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131633/effect-of-the-helix-coil-transition-in-bovine-skin-gelatin-on-its-associative-phase-separation-with-lysozyme
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Yurij A Antonov, Irina Zhuravleva, Alexander Volodine, Paula Moldenaers, Ruth Cardinaels
It is known that the formation of electrostatic polyelectrolyte complexes can induce conformational changes in the interacting macromolecules. However, the opposite effect, namely, that of the helix-coil transition of one of the interacting polyelectrolytes on its associative phase separation with another polyelectrolyte and the possible phase transitions in such systems, has not been determined. Atomic force and confocal laser scanning microscopy, phase analysis, dynamic and electrophoretic light scattering, turbidimetry, absorption, and fluorescence measurements as well as differential scanning calorimetry and rheology were used to study the effect of the helix-coil transition in bovine skin gelatin (Gel) on its associative phase separation with hen egg white lysozyme (Lys) at different temperatures (18-40 °C) and various Lys/Gel weight ratios (0...
November 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107755/interaction-between-shock-coils-increased-the-incidence-of-inappropriate-therapies-and-lead-failure-in-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
#2
Mohammad El Garhy, Marc-Alexander Ohlow, Bernward Lauer
AIMS: Shock coil interaction in patients with multiple implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads is occasionally observed. We aimed to evaluate the incidence of shock coil interaction and its clinical relevance. METHODS AND RESULTS: All ICD patients (646 patients) who came to follow up control in our ICD ambulance between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011 in the department of cardiology in Bad Berka hospital were retrospectively evaluated in this study...
October 28, 2017: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102748/an-evaluation-of-commonly-used-external-ventricular-drain-securement-metho-ds-in-a-porcine-model-recommendations-to-improve-practise
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Danyal Akarca, Andrew J Durnford, Frederick G Ewbank, Jonathan Hempenstall, Ahmed R Sadek, Anthony E Gould, Diederik O Bulters
BACKGROUND: External ventricular drain (EVD) dislodgement is common and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. Many securement techniques to prevent this are described. There are, however, no objective studies comparing them. This study aimed to determine the most secure method of securing an EVD. METHODS: A survey was distributed through the British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative (BNTRC) to determine common EVD securement methods and select techniques for testing...
November 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099169/real-time-study-of-the-interaction-between-g-rich-dna-oligonucleotides-and-lead-ion-on-dna-tetrahedron-functionalized-sensing-platform-by-dual-polarization-interferometry
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Shuang Wang, Shasha Lu, Jiahui Zhao, Jianshe Huang, Xiurong Yang
G-quadruplex plays roles in numerous physiological and pathological processes of organisms. Due to the unique properties of G-quadruplex (e.g., forming G4/hemin complexes with catalytic activity and electron acceptability, binding with metal ions, proteins, fluorescent ligands, and so on), it has been widely applied in biosensing. But the formation process of G-quadruplex is not yet fully understood. Here, a DNA tetrahedron platform with higher reproducibility, regenerative ability, and time-saving building process was coupled with dual polarization interferometry technique for the real-time and label-free investigation of the specific interaction process of guanine-rich singled-stranded DNA (G-rich ssDNA) and Pb(2+)...
November 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044721/body-diffusion-weighted-imaging-using-magnetization-prepared-single-shot-fast-spin-echo-and-extended-parallel-imaging-signal-averaging
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Eric K Gibbons, Shreyas S Vasanawala, John M Pauly, Adam B Kerr
PURPOSE: This work demonstrates a magnetization prepared diffusion-weighted single-shot fast spin echo (SS-FSE) pulse sequence for the application of body imaging to improve robustness to geometric distortion. This work also proposes a scan averaging technique that is superior to magnitude averaging and is not subject to artifacts due to object phase. THEORY AND METHODS: This single-shot sequence is robust against violation of the Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) condition...
October 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955086/twiddlers-syndrome-presenting-as-life-threatening-electrical-storm
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Shahrukh Hashmani, Aamir Hameed Khan
A 75-year-old man underwent implantation of a single chamber implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for primary prevention of his underlying severe non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Thirteen months later, he presented to the emergency room(ER) with inappropriate ICD shocks as a result of over sensing of the right ventricular lead and double counting of the right atrial signals. The chest X-ray (CXR) revealed a right ventricular ICD lead displaced into the right atrium with coiling in the pocket. The right ventricular shocking coil was noted at the tricuspid annulus...
October 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950610/quasistationary-magnetic-field-generation-with-a-laser-driven-capacitor-coil-assembly
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V T Tikhonchuk, M Bailly-Grandvaux, J J Santos, A Poyé
Recent experiments are showing possibilities to generate strong magnetic fields on the excess of 500 T with high-energy nanosecond laser pulses in a compact setup of a capacitor connected to a single turn coil. Hot electrons ejected from the capacitor plate (cathode) are collected at the other plate (anode), thus providing the source of a current in the coil. However, the physical processes leading to generation of currents exceeding hundreds of kiloamperes in such a laser-driven diode are not sufficiently understood...
August 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921867/polymer-cancerostatics-targeted-with-an-antibody-fragment-bound-via-a-coiled-coil-motif-in-vivo-therapeutic-efficacy-against-murine-bcl1-leukemia
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Michal Pechar, Robert Pola, Olga Janoušková, Irena Sieglová, Vlastimil Král, Milan Fábry, Barbora Tomalová, Marek Kovář
A BCL1 leukemia-cell-targeted polymer-drug conjugate with a narrow molecular weight distribution consisting of an N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide copolymer carrier and the anticancer drug pirarubicin is prepared by controlled radical copolymerization followed by metal-free click chemistry. A targeting recombinant single chain antibody fragment (scFv) derived from a B1 monoclonal antibody is attached noncovalently to the polymer carrier via a coiled coil interaction between two complementary peptides. Two pairs of coiled coil forming peptides (abbreviated KEK/EKE and KSK/ESE) are used as linkers between the polymer-pirarubicin conjugate and the targeting protein...
September 15, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913733/a-prospective-feasibility-trial-of-a-novel-intravascular-catheter-system-with-retractable-coiled-tip-guidewire-placed-in-difficult-intravascular-access-diva-patients-in-the-emergency-department
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Christopher Raio, Robert Elspermann, Natwalee Kittisarapong, Brendon Stankard, Tanya Bajaj, Veena Modayil, Mathew Nelson, Gerardo Chiricolo, Benjamin Wie, Alexandra Snock, Michael Mackay, Adam Ash
The primary study objective was to evaluate insertion success rates. Secondary objectives included patient satisfaction, procedure time, complication rates, completion of therapy and dwell time of the novel AccuCath(®) 2.25″ Blood Control (BC) Catheter System (FDA approved) placed in difficult-access patients. This was a single-arm feasibility trial evaluating the AccuCath(®) 2.25″ BC Catheter System in a convenience sample of DIVA patients defined as at least two failed initial attempts or a history of difficult access plus the inability to directly visualize or palpate a target vein...
September 14, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841807/development-of-a-novel-nano-sized-anti-vegfa-nanobody-with-enhanced-physicochemical-and-pharmacokinetic-properties
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Farnaz Khodabakhsh, Dariush Norouzian, Behrouz Vaziri, Reza Ahangari Cohan, Soroush Sardari, Fereidoun Mahboudi, Mahdi Behdani, Kamran Mansouri, Ardavan Mehdizadeh
Since physiological and pathological processes occur at nano-environments, nanotechnology has considered as an efficient tool for designing of next generation specific biomolecules with enhanced pharmacodynamic and pharmacodynamic properties. In the current investigation, by control of the size and hydrodynamic volume at the nanoscale, for the first time, physicochemical and pharmacokinetic properties of an anti-VEGFA nanobody was remarkably improved by attachment of a Proline-Alanine-Serine (PAS) rich sequence...
August 25, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812315/metabolite-cycled-steam-and-semi-laser-localization-for-mr-spectroscopy-of-the-human-brain-at-9-4t
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Ioannis-Angelos Giapitzakis, Tingting Shao, Nikolai Avdievich, Ralf Mekle, Roland Kreis, Anke Henning
PURPOSE: Metabolite cycling (MC) is an MRS technique for the simultaneous acquisition of water and metabolite spectra that avoids chemical exchange saturation transfer effects and for which water may serve as a reference signal or contain additional information in functional or diffusion studies. Here, MC was developed for human investigations at ultrahigh field. METHODS: MC-STEAM and MC-semi-LASER are introduced at 9.4T with an optimized inversion pulse and elaborate coil setup...
August 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660339/a-multifunctional-fluorescent-aptamer-probe-for-highly-sensitive-and-selective-detection-of-cadmium-ii
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Yu-Feng Zhu, Yong-Sheng Wang, Bin Zhou, Jun-Hui Yu, Li-Lan Peng, Yan-Qin Huang, Xue-Jiao Li, Si-Han Chen, Xian Tang, Xiao-Feng Wang
We report a highly sensitive and selective strategy for Cd(II) assay using a singly labeled multifunctional probe consisting of a Cd(II)-specific aptamer (CAP), which acted as a recognition element for Cd(II) and a signal reporter. The presence of Cd(II) can induce the conformational switching of the CAP, accompanied by a change in fluorescence intensity. Thereby, a fluorescence strategy for Cd(II) assay was established. The proposed method has a detection limit of 2.15 nM, which is much lower than the detection limits reported in related literature...
August 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622420/technical-note-comparison-of-megavoltage-dual-energy-and-single-energy-ct-based-%C3%AE-maps-for-a-four-channel-breast-coil-in-pet-mri
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John C Patrick, R Terry Thompson, Aaron So, John Butler, David Faul, Robert Z Stodilka, Slav Yartsev, Frank S Prato, Stewart Gaede
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate methods for calculating a megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT)-derived MR hardware attenuation map (μ-map) and dual-energy CT (DECT) for 511 keV photons. METHODS: Phantom measurements were acquired on a whole-body hybrid PET/MRI system, using a four-channel receive-only MR radiofrequency (RF) breast coil. Two acquisitions were performed: with the phantoms positioned in the four-channel RF breast coil, and without the breast coil...
June 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600229/the-structural-basis-of-alpha-tropomyosin-linked-asp230asn-familial-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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M L Lynn, L Tal Grinspan, T A Holeman, J Jimenez, J Strom, J C Tardiff
Recently, linkage analysis of two large unrelated multigenerational families identified a novel dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)-linked mutation in the gene coding for alpha-tropomyosin (TPM1) resulting in the substitution of an aspartic acid for an asparagine (at residue 230). To determine how a single amino acid mutation in α-tropomyosin (Tm) can lead to a highly penetrant DCM we generated a novel transgenic mouse model carrying the D230N mutation. The resultant mouse model strongly phenocopied the early onset of cardiomyopathic remodeling observed in patients as significant systolic dysfunction was observed by 2months of age...
July 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583450/intraprocedural-rupture-of-unruptured-cerebral-aneurysms-during-coil-embolization-a-single-center-experience
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Su Hee Cho, Mohammed Denewer, Wonhyoung Park, Jae Sung Ahn, Byung Duk Kwun, Deok Hee Lee, Jung Cheol Park
OBJECTIVE: Incidence of intraprocedural rupture (IPR) during endovascular coiling is reported to be 2%-5%. We reviewed a single-center experience of IPR during coil embolization of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. METHODS: Between January 2011 and April 2016, 849 patients were treated with endovascular therapy for unruptured intracranial aneurysm. IPR was documented in 10 (1.18%) of these patients. We reviewed medical records to evaluate characteristics of the aneurysms, angiographic findings related to rupture, management, and outcomes...
September 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560040/spatially-segmented-undersampled-mri-temperature-reconstruction-for-transcranial-mr-guided-focused-ultrasound
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Pooja Gaur, Beat Werner, Xue Feng, Samuel W Fielden, Craig H Meyer, William A Grissom
BACKGROUND: Volumetric thermometry with fine spatiotemporal resolution is desirable to monitor MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) procedures in the brain, but requires some form of accelerated imaging. Accelerated MR temperature imaging methods have been developed that undersample k-space and leverage signal correlations over time to suppress the resulting undersampling artifacts. However, in transcranial MRgFUS treatments, the water bath surrounding the skull creates signal variations that do not follow those correlations, leading to temperature errors in the brain due to signal aliasing...
2017: Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437083/dual-plug-and-display-synthetic-assembly-using-orthogonal-reactive-proteins-for-twin-antigen-immunization
#17
Karl D Brune, Can M Buldun, Yuanyuan Li, Iona J Taylor, Florian Brod, Sumi Biswas, Mark Howarth
Engineering modular platforms to control biomolecular architecture can advance both the understanding and the manipulation of biological systems. Icosahedral particles uniformly displaying single antigens stimulate potent immune activation and have been successful in various licensed vaccines. However, it remains challenging to display multiple antigens on a single particle and to induce broader immunity protective across strains or even against distinct diseases. Here, we design a dually addressable synthetic nanoparticle by engineering the multimerizing coiled-coil IMX313 and two orthogonally reactive split proteins...
May 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419217/shock-efficacy-of-single-and-dual-coil-electrodes-new-insights-from-the-nordic-icd-trial
#18
Dietmar Bänsch, Hendrik Bonnemeier, Johan Brandt, Frank Bode, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Oliver Ritter, Johannes Aring, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben, Ralph Schneider, Angelika Felk, Tino Hauser, Anika Buchholz, Gerhard Hindricks, Karl Wegscheider
Aims: Dual coil (DC) electrodes are preferred to single coil (SC) electrodes because of an assumed higher shock efficacy. However, DC-electrodes may be associated with an increased difficulty and risk of lead extraction. We aimed to compare SC- and DC-electrodes with respect to the first shock efficacy (FSE) after implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. Methods and results: One thousand and seventy-seven patients of the NORDIC ICD trial were randomly assigned to first time ICD implantation with or without defibrillation (DF) testing...
April 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410370/a-systematic-screen-for-morphological-abnormalities-during-fission-yeast-sexual-reproduction-identifies-a-mechanism-of-actin-aster-formation-for-cell-fusion
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Omaya Dudin, Laura Merlini, Felipe O Bendezú, Raphaël Groux, Vincent Vincenzetti, Sophie G Martin
In non-motile fungi, sexual reproduction relies on strong morphogenetic changes in response to pheromone signaling. We report here on a systematic screen for morphological abnormalities of the mating process in fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. We derived a homothallic (self-fertile) collection of viable deletions, which, upon visual screening, revealed a plethora of phenotypes affecting all stages of the mating process, including cell polarization, cell fusion and sporulation. Cell fusion relies on the formation of the fusion focus, an aster-like F-actin structure that is marked by strong local accumulation of the myosin V Myo52, which concentrates secretion at the fusion site...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342211/the-molecular-behavior-of-a-single-%C3%AE-amyloid-inside-a-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-bilayer-at-three-different-temperatures-an-atomistic-simulation-study-a%C3%AE-interaction-with-dppc-atomistic-simulation
#20
Faezeh Kargar, Saeed Emadi, Hossein Fazli
The behavior of a single Aβ40 molecule within a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer was studied by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The effect of membrane structure was investigated on Aβ40 behavior, secondary structure, and insertion depth. Simulations were performed at three temperatures (323, 310, and 300 K) to probe three different bilayer fluidities. Results show that at all above temperatures, the peptide contains two short helices, coil, bend, and turn structures. At 300 K, the peptide contains a region with β structure in C-terminal region...
July 2017: Proteins
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