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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166646/reconstruction-of-membrane-current-by-deconvolution-and-its-application-to-membrane-capacitance-measurements-in-cardiac-myocytes
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Matej Hoťka, Ivan Zahradník
Correct detection of membrane currents under whole-cell patch-clamp conditions is limited by the transfer function of a recording system. The low-pass output filter of a recording amplifier alters the time course of membrane current and causes errors in relevant descriptors. To solve these problems, we developed a practical procedure for reconstruction of the time course of membrane currents based on deconvolution of recorded currents in frequency domain. The procedure was tested on membrane capacitance estimates from current responses to step voltage pulses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166030/dissolution-and-characterization-of-boron-nitride-nanotubes-in-superacid
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Olga Kleinerman, Mohammed Adnan, Daniel M Marincel, Anson Wk Ma, E Amram Bengio, Cheol Park, Sang-Hyon Chu, Matteo Pasquali, Yeshayahu Talmon
Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are of interest for their unique combination of high tensile strength, high electrical resistivity, high neutron cross-section, and low reactivity. The fastest route to employing these properties in composites and macroscopic articles is through solution processing. However, dispersing BNNTs without functionalization or use of a surfactant is challenging. We show here by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy that BNNTs spontaneously dissolve in chlorosulfonic acid as disentangled individual molecules...
November 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165896/investigation-of-the-abnormal-nasal-aerodynamics-and-trigeminal-functions-among-empty-nose-syndrome-patients
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Chengyu Li, Alexander A Farag, Guillermo Maza, Sam McGhee, Michael A Ciccone, Bhakthi Deshpande, Edmund A Pribitkin, Bradley A Otto, Kai Zhao
BACKGROUND: Abnormal nasal aerodynamics or trigeminal functions have been frequently implicated in the symptomology of empty nose syndrome (ENS), yet with limited evidence. METHODS: Individual computed tomography (CT)-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was applied to 27 ENS patients to simulate their nasal aerodynamics and compared with 42 healthy controls. Patients' symptoms were confirmed with Empty Nose Syndrome 6-item Questionnaire (ENS6Q), 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22), and Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) scores...
November 22, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165621/treatment-of-tuberculosis-in-complex-emergencies-in-developing-countries-a-scoping-review
#4
Geraldine Munn-Mace, Divya Parmar
Almost 172 million people live in complex emergencies globally resulting from political and/or economic instability. The provision and continuity of health care in complex emergencies remain a significant challenge. Health agencies are often hesitant to implement tuberculosis programmes in particular because its treatment requires a longer commitment than most acute diseases. However, not treating tuberculosis promptly increases mortality and untreated tuberculosis further increases the incidence of tuberculosis...
November 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165590/miltefosine-resistant-leishmania-infantum-strains-with-an-impaired-mt-ros3-transporter-complex-retain-amphotericin-b-susceptibility
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Annelies Mondelaers, Sarah Hendrickx, Lieselotte Van Bockstal, Louis Maes, Guy Caljon
Objectives: Increasing numbers of miltefosine treatment failures in visceral leishmaniasis therapy and reports of miltefosine resistance in the Indian subcontinent resulted in the recommendation to use liposomal amphotericin B as first-line therapy. Cross-resistance between miltefosine and amphotericin B has recently been documented, suggesting a role of mutations in the miltefosine transporter, a complex encoded by the MT and ROS3 genes. This study aimed to further explore the putative role of MT/ROS3 defects in the molecular basis of amphotericin B cross-resistance...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165505/-evolutionary-interactions-as-a-possible-mechanism-of-drug-interactions-an-approach-to-the-control-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria
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Héctor Holguín, Pedro Amariles, William Ospina
In the 21st century, the world is facing a post-antibiotic era, in which the appearance of infections with a minor or no therapeutic alternative is common. In this context, it is essential to implement measures that optimize the available therapeutic tool, thus generating new strategies that strengthen the fight against growing bacterial resistance. The evolutionary interactions suggest that the development of sensitivity or resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial will have an inverse effect (collateral sensitivity) or similar (cross resistance) in a second antimicrobial that is involved in this system...
August 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164489/antimicrobial-stewardship-opportunities-in-critically-ill-patients-with-gram-negative-lower-respiratory-tract-infections-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-analysis
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Kimberly C Claeys, Evan J Zasowski, Trang D Trinh, Abdalhamid M Lagnf, Susan L Davis, Michael J Rybak
INTRODUCTION: Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) are a major cause of morbidity and death. Because of changes in how LRTIs are defined coupled with the increasing prevalence of drug resistance, there is a gap in knowledge regarding the current burden of antimicrobial use for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-defined LRTIs. We describe the infection characteristics, antibiotic consumption, and clinical and economic outcomes of patients with Gram-negative (GN) LRTIs treated in intensive care units (ICUs)...
November 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164074/systemic-responses-of-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-following-exposure-to-the-antimicrobial-peptide-cathelicidin-bf-imply-multiple-intracellular-targets
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Cunbao Liu, Bin Shan, Jialong Qi, Yanbing Ma
Cathelicidin-BF, derived from the banded krait (Bungarus fasciatus), is a typically cationic, amphiphilic and α-helical antimicrobial peptide (AMP) with 30 amino acids that exerts powerful effects on multidrug-resistant (MDR) clinical isolates, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Klebsiella pneumoniae, but whether it targets plasma membranes or intracellular targets to kill bacteria is still controversial. In the present study, we demonstrated that the disruption of bacterial membranes with high concentrations of cathelicidin-BF was the cause of bacterial death, as with conventional antibiotics at high concentrations...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163786/axl-inhibition-induces-the-antitumor-immune-response-which-can-be-further-potentiated-by-pd-1-blockade-in-the-mouse-cancer-models
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Zhiqiang Guo, Yan Li, Dandan Zhang, Jiaying Ma
Immune checkpoint blockers (ICB) have emerged as a promising new class of antitumor agents which significantly change the treatment landscape in a range of tumors; however, cancer patients benefited from ICB-based immunotherapy remains limited, scoring the need to explore the combination treatments with synergistic mechanisms of action. Axl receptor tyrosine kinase critically involves in the carcinogenesis of multiple cancers due to its dual roles in both promoting cancer invasion and metastasis and suppressing myeloid cell activation and function...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163626/genetic-physical-and-comparative-mapping-of-the-powdery-mildew-resistance-gene-pm21-originating-from-dasypyrum-villosum
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Huagang He, Yaoyong Ji, Shanying Zhu, Bin Li, Renhui Zhao, Zhengning Jiang, Tongde Bie
Pm21, originating from wheat wild relative Dasypyrum villosum, confers immunity to all known races of Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici (Bgt) and has been widely utilized in wheat breeding. However, little is known on the genetic basis of the Pm21 locus. In the present study, four seedling-susceptible D. villosum lines (DvSus-1 ∼ DvSus-4) were identified from different natural populations. Based on the collinearity among genomes of Brachypodium distachyon, Oryza, and Triticeae, a set of 25 gene-derived markers were developed declaring the polymorphisms between DvRes-1 carrying Pm21 and DvSus-1...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163560/conservation-and-dispersion-of-genes-conferring-resistance-to-tomato-begomoviruses-between-tomato-and-pepper-genomes
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Manisha Mangal, Arpita Srivastava, Rita Sharma, Pritam Kalia
In the present climate change scenario, controlling plant disease through exploitation of host plant resistance could contribute toward the sustainable crop production and global food security. In this respect, the identification of new sources of resistance and utilization of genetic diversity within the species may help in the generation of cultivars with improved disease resistance. Begomoviruses namely, Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) and Chilli leaf curl virus (ChLCV) are known to cause major yield losses in several economically important crop plants of the family Solanaceae...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163425/features-of-crispr-cas-regulation-key-to-highly-efficient-and-temporally-specific-crrna-production
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Andjela Rodic, Bojana Blagojevic, Magdalena Djordjevic, Konstantin Severinov, Marko Djordjevic
Bacterial immune systems, such as CRISPR-Cas or restriction-modification (R-M) systems, affect bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance by modulating horizontal gene flow. A model system for CRISPR-Cas regulation, the Type I-E system from Escherichia coli, is silent under standard laboratory conditions and experimentally observing the dynamics of CRISPR-Cas activation is challenging. Two characteristic features of CRISPR-Cas regulation in E. coli are cooperative transcription repression of cas gene and CRISPR array promoters, and fast non-specific degradation of full length CRISPR transcripts (pre-crRNA)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161206/a-hypersensitivity-like-response-to-meloidogyne-graminicola-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Ngan Thi Phan, Dirk De Waele, Mathias Lorieux, Lizhong Xiong, Stephane Bellafiore
Meloidogyne graminicola (M. graminicola) is a major plant-parasitic nematode affecting rice cultivation in Asia. Resistance to this nematode was found in the African rice genotypes Oryza glaberrima and O. longistaminata, however, due to interspecific hybrid sterility, the introgression of resistance genes in the widely consumed O. sativa varieties remains challenging. Recently, resistance was found in O. sativa and here we report for the first time the histological and genetic characterization of the resistance to M...
November 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160551/effects-of-pilates-and-yoga-in-patients-with-chronic-neck-pain-a-sonographic-study
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Naime Uluğ, Öznur Tunca Yılmaz, Murat Kara, Levent Özçakar
BACKGROUND: Various studies have shown the efficacy of conventional isometric, Pilates and yoga exercises. However, data on the effects and comparison of these specific exercises on the cervical muscle morphology are insufficient or lacking. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of different exercise treatments on neck muscles in patients with chronic neck pain. DESIGN: A randomized study. METHODS: Fifty-six patients with chronic neck pain were randomized into 3 groups as follows: Pilates group (n = 20), yoga group (n = 18) and isometric group (n = 18)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160238/thermal-transport-in-epitaxial-si1-x-ge-x-alloy-nanowires-with-varying-composition-and-morphology
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A El Sachat, J S Reparaz, J Spiece, M I Alonso, A R Goñi, M Garriga, P O Vaccaro, M R Wagner, O V Kolosov, C M Sotomayor Torres, F Alzina
We report on structural, compositional, and thermal characterization of self-assembled in-plane epitaxial Si1-x Ge x alloy nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (001) substrates. The thermal properties were studied by means of scanning thermal microscopy (SThM), while the microstructural characteristics, the spatial distribution of the elemental composition of the alloy nanowires and the sample surface were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis...
November 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160117/determination-and-identification-of-antibiotic-resistant-oral-streptococci-isolated-from-active-dental-infections-in-adults
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Juan Pablo Loyola-Rodriguez, Maria Elena Ponce-Diaz, Alejandra Loyola-Leyva, Jose O Garcia-Cortes, Carlo E Medina-Solis, Azael A Contreras-Ramire, Eduardo Serena-Gomez
OBJECTIVE: To determine and identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) of oral streptococci from active dental infections in adults and its association with age and gender. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 59 subjects from 18 to 62 years old. Ninety-eighth samples obtained from the subjects were cultivated in agar plates containing antibiotics amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (A-CA), clindamycin, and moxifloxacin (concentrations of 16, 32 or 64 µg/ml)...
November 21, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159421/qtl-mapping-of-downy-and-powdery-mildew-resistances-in-pi-197088-cucumber-with-genotyping-by-sequencing-in-ril-population
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Yuhui Wang, Kyle VandenLangenberg, Changlong Wen, Todd C Wehner, Yiqun Weng
Host resistances in PI 197088 cucumber to downy and powdery mildew pathogens are conferred by 11 (3 with major effect) and 4 (1 major effect) QTL, respectively, and three of which are co-localized. The downy mildew (DM) and powdery mildew (PM) are the two most important foliar diseases of cucurbit crops worldwide. The cucumber accession PI 197088 exhibits high-level resistances to both pathogens. Here, we reported QTL mapping results for DM and PM resistances with 148 recombinant inbred lines from a cross between PI 197088 and the susceptible line 'Coolgreen'...
November 20, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159396/association-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-with-lower-brain-volume-in-healthy-middle-aged-adults-in-the-framingham-study
#18
Galit Weinstein, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Sarah R Preis, Alexa S Beiser, Charles DeCarli, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Claudia L Satizabal, Ramachandran S Vasan, Sudha Seshadri
Importance: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition that is most often asymptomatic. It is associated with metabolic syndrome, incident diabetes, carotid atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction, conditions that in turn are strongly linked with brain damage and cognitive impairment. However, it is not known whether NAFLD is associated with structural brain measures in humans. Objective: To assess the association between prevalent NAFLD and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures...
November 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159343/an-insight-into-intrinsic-interfacial-properties-between-li-metals-and-li10gep2s12-solid-electrolytes
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Bingbing Chen, Jiangwei Ju, Jun Ma, Jianjun Zhang, Ruijuan Xiao, Guanglei Cui, Liquan Chen
Density functional theory simulations and experimental studies were performed to investigate the interfacial properties, including lithium ion migration kinetics, between lithium metal anode and solid electrolyte Li10GeP2S12(LGPS). The LGPS[001] plane was chosen as the studied surface because the easiest Li(+) migration pathway is along this direction. The electronic structure of the surface states indicated that the electrochemical stability was reduced at both the PS4- and GeS4-teminated surfaces. For the interface cases, the equilibrium interfacial structures of lithium metal against the PS4-terminated LGPS[001] surface (Li/PS4-LGPS) and the GeS4-terminated LGPS[001] surface (Li/GeS4-LGPS) were revealed based on the structural relaxation and adhesion energy analysis...
November 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158842/locoregional-confinement-and-major-clinical-benefit-of-188-re-loaded-cxcr4-targeted-nanocarriers-in-an-orthotopic-human-to-mouse-model-of-glioblastoma
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Delphine Séhédic, Igor Chourpa, Clément Tétaud, Audrey Griveau, Claire Loussouarn, Sylvie Avril, Claire Legendre, Nicolas Lepareur, Didier Wion, François Hindré, François Davodeau, Emmanuel Garcion
PURPOSE: Gold standard beam radiation for glioblastoma (GBM) treatment is challenged by resistance phenomena occurring in cellular populations well prepared to survive or to repair damage caused by radiation. Among signals that have been linked with radio-resistance, the SDF1/CXCR4 axis, associated with cancer stem-like cell, may be an opportune target. To avoid the problem of systemic toxicity and blood-brain barrier crossing, the relevance and efficacy of an original system of local brain internal radiation therapy combining a radiopharmaceutical with an immuno-nanoparticle was investigated...
2017: Theranostics
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