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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339860/outcomes-with-single-coil-versus-dual-coil-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-a-meta-analysis
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Nicholas Sunderland, Amit Kaura, Francis Murgatroyd, Para Dhillon, Paul A Scott
Aims: Dual-coil implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads have traditionally been used over single-coil leads due to concerns regarding high defibrillation thresholds (DFT) and consequent poor shock efficacy. However, accumulating evidence suggests that this position may be unfounded and that dual-coil leads may also be associated with higher complication rates during lead extraction. This meta-analysis collates data comparing dual- and single-coil ICD leads. Methods and results: Electronic databases were systematically searched for randomized controlled trials (RCT) and non-randomized studies comparing single-coil and dual-coil leads...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339758/safety-and-efficacy-of-the-new-bidirectional-rotational-evolution%C3%A2-mechanical-lead-extraction-sheath-results-from-a-multicentre-italian-registry
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Patrizio Mazzone, Federico Migliore, Emanuele Bertaglia, Domenico Facchin, Elisabetta Daleffe, Vittorio Calzolari, Martino Crosato, Francesco Melillo, Francesco Peruzza, Alessandra Marzi, Nicoleta Sora, Paolo Della Bella
Aims: The aim of this prospective multicentre study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of the new bidirectional rotational mechanical lead extraction (LE) sheath (Evolution RL, Cook Medical, USA) in chronically implanted leads (>1-year-old leads). Methods and results: Between September 2013 and June 2016, a total of 238 leads in 124 consecutive patients were removed by using the new Evolution RL rotational mechanical sheath. Indications for LE were cardiac device infection in 63 (50...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289210/phosphorylation-induced-conformational-dynamics-in-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-and-potential-role-in-phenotypic-heterogeneity
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Prakash Kulkarni, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Dongya Jia, Steven M Mooney, Ajay Bhargava, Luciane T Kagohara, Yihong Chen, Pengyu Hao, Yanan He, Robert W Veltri, Alexander Grishaev, Keith Weninger, Herbert Levine, John Orban
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) that lack a unique 3D structure and comprise a large fraction of the human proteome play important roles in numerous cellular functions. Prostate-Associated Gene 4 (PAGE4) is an IDP that acts as a potentiator of the Activator Protein-1 (AP-1) transcription factor. Homeodomain-Interacting Protein Kinase 1 (HIPK1) phosphorylates PAGE4 at S9 and T51, but only T51 is critical for its activity. Here, we identify a second kinase, CDC-Like Kinase 2 (CLK2), which acts on PAGE4 and hyperphosphorylates it at multiple S/T residues, including S9 and T51...
March 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275762/the-dynamics-of-solvation-dictates-the-conformation-of-polyethylene-oxide-in-aqueous-isobutyric-acid-and-binary-solutions
#17
Udaya R Dahal, Elena E Dormidontova
Polymers hydrogen-bonding with solvent represent an important broad class of polymers, properties of which depend on solvation. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations with the OPLS/AA force field we investigate the effect of hydrogen bonding on PEO conformation and chain mobility by comparing its behavior in isobutyric acid and aqueous solutions. In agreement with experimental data, we found that in isobutyric acid PEO forms a rather rigid extended helical structure, while in water it assumes a highly flexible coil conformation...
April 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249476/mems-switch-integrated-radio-frequency-coils-and-arrays-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#18
S B Bulumulla, K J Park, E Fiveland, J Iannotti, F Robb
Surface coils are widely used in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. While smaller diameter coils produce higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) closer to the coil, imaging larger fields of view or greater distance into the sample requires a larger overall size array or, in the case of a channel count limited system, larger diameter coils. In this work, we consider reconfiguring the geometry of coils and coil arrays such that the same coil or coil array may be used in multiple field of view imaging. A custom designed microelectromechanical systems switch, compatible with magnetic resonance imaging, is used to switch in/out conductive sections and components to reconfigure coils...
February 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236631/causes-of-intrauterine-fetal-death-are-changing-in-recent-years
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Hiroko Takita, Junichi Hasegawa, Masamitsu Nakamura, Tatsuya Arakaki, Tomohiro Oba, Ryu Matsuoka, Akihiko Sekizawa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate, how causes of intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) have changed in recent years with the advancement of prenatal diagnosis at a single perinatal center in Japan. METHODS: Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for all cases of IUFDs that occurred between 2001 and 2014. The most commonly associated causes of fetal deaths were compared between 2001-2007 and 2008-2014. RESULTS: The number of IUFD after 20 weeks' gestation/all deliveries in our center was 38/6878 cases (0...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216791/molecular-processes-leading-to-necking-in-extensional-flow-of-polymer-solutions-using-microfluidics-and-single-dna-imaging
#20
Shaurya Sachdev, Aswin Muralidharan, Pouyan E Boukany
We study the necking and pinch-off dynamics of liquid droplets that contain a semidilute polymer solution of polyacrylamide close to overlap concentration by combining microfluidics and single DNA observation. Polymeric droplets are stretched by passing them through the stagnation point of a T-shaped microfluidic junction. In contrast with the sudden breakup of Newtonian droplets, a stable neck is formed between the separating ends of the droplet which delays the breakup process. Initially, polymeric filaments experience exponential thinning by forming a stable neck with extensional flow within the filament...
December 27, 2016: Macromolecules
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