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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441492/caenorhabditis-elegans-prmt-7-and-prmt-9-are-evolutionarily-conserved-protein-arginine-methyltransferases-with-distinct-substrate-specificities
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Andrea Hadjikyriacou, Steven Gerard Clarke
Caenorhabditis elegans protein arginine methyltransferases PRMT-7 and PRMT-9 are two evolutionarily conserved enzymes, with distinct orthologs in plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. Biochemical characterization of these two enzymes reveals that they share much in common with their mammalian orthologs. C. elegans PRMT-7 produces only monomethyl arginine (MMA) and preferentially methylates R-X-R motifs in a broad collection of substrates, including human histone peptides and RG-rich peptides. In addition, the activity of the PRMT-7 enzyme is dependent on temperature, the presence of metal ions, and the reducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT)...
April 25, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441332/pregnant-sheep-in-a-farm-environment-did-not-develop-anaemia
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Gabrielle C Musk, Amanda James, Matthew W Kemp, Sara Ritchie, Andrew Ritchie, Michael Laurence
The aim of this study was to document the haematological profile of pregnant ewes throughout gestation. Sheep were divided into three groups (n = 8 per group): non-pregnant, singleton, or twin pregnancy. Blood samples were collected every 14 days from day 55 of gestation for haemoglobin concentration; packed cell volume; total protein; and albumin concentration. On days 55 and 125 of gestation blood was collected for trace element estimation: soluble copper and zinc; glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx); and methylmalonic acid (MMA)...
April 25, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441012/rgb-switchable-porous-electrospun-nanofiber-chemoprobe-filter-prepared-from-multifunctional-copolymers-for-versatile-sensing-of-ph-and-heavy-metals
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Fang-Cheng Liang, Chi Ching Kuo, Bo-Yu Chen, Chia-Jung Cho, Chih-Chien Hung, Wen-Chang Chen, Redouane Borsali
Novel red-green-blue (RGB) switchable probes based on fluorescent porous electrospun (ES) nanofibers exhibiting high sensitivity to pH and mercury ions (Hg2+) were prepared with one type of copolymer (poly(methyl methacrylatete-co-1, 8-naphthalimide derivatives-co-rhodamine derivative); poly(MMA-co-BNPTU-co-RhBAM)) by using a single-capillary spinneret. The MMA, BNPTU, and RhBAM moieties were designed to (i) permit formation of porous fibers, (ii) fluoresce for Hg2+ detection, and (iii) fluoresce for pH, respectively...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436815/moyamoya-in-a-patient-with-fires-a-first-case-report
#4
Taylor Kaufman, Andrew White
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is a form of epileptic encephalopathy with severe refractory epilepsy that presents in previously healthy, school-aged children after significant febrile illness with concomitant rise in body temperature. Suspected causes include genetic or acquired channelopathies, as well as mitochondrial disturbances. In FIRES, the EEG shows diffuse slowing, generalized, and/or multifocal discharges. Seizures are present and resistant to treatment. Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is characterized by progressive stenosis of cerebral arteries and subsequent development of a network of collateral circulation that is prone to rupture...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433864/arsenic-metabolism-and-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis
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Brenda Gamboa-Loira, Mariano E Cebrián, Francisco Franco-Marina, Lizbeth López-Carrillo
OBJECTIVE: To describe the studies that have reported association measures between risk of cancer and the percentage distribution of urinary inorganic arsenic (iAs) metabolites by anatomical site, in non-ecological epidemiological studies. METHODS: Studies were identified in the PubMed database in the period from 1990 to 2015. Inclusion criteria were: non-ecological epidemiological study, with histologically confirmed cancer cases, reporting the percentage distribution of inorganic arsenic (iAs), monomethylated (MMA) and dimethylated (DMA) metabolites, as well as association measures with confidence intervals (CI) between cancer and %iAs and/or %MMA and/or %DMA...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425282/mechanical-force-sensitive-acrylic-latex-coating
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Meng Li, Weifeng Liu, Qi Zhang, Shiping Zhu
We prepared force sensitive acrylic latex coatings by covalently incorporating spiropyran mechanophore. The acrylic latexes were obtained through emulsion copolymerization of butyl acrylate (BA), methyl methacrylate (MMA) with vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES) as interparticle cross-linker, and (1'-(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl)-3',3'-dimethylspiro[chromene-2,2'-indolin]-6-yl)methyl methacrylate) (SP) as intraparticle cross-linker. The latexes of P(BA-co-MMA-co-SP-co-VTES) were subsequently cast onto Teflon-coated surface to form latex coatings...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421567/early-biomarker-response-and-patient-preferences-to-oral-and-intramuscular-vitamin-b12-substitution-in-primary-care-a-randomised-parallel-group-trial
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Corina Metaxas, Deborah Mathis, Cyrill Jeger, Kurt Eduard Hersberger, Isabelle Arnet, Philipp Walter
BACKGROUND: Vitamin B12 (VB12) deficiency can be treated with oral high-dose substitution or intramuscular (i.m.) injection of VB12. Whenever alternative routes of administration exist, patient preferences should be considered when choosing the treatment. We aimed to assess outpatient preferences towards oral or IM VB12 substitution and confirm noninferiority of early biomarker response with oral treatment, in a typical primary care population. METHODS: Prospective randomised nonblinded parallel-group trial...
April 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417661/corrective-nasal-surgery-after-maxillomandibular-advancement-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-experience-from-379-cases
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Stanley Yung-Chuan Liu, Pi-Jung Lee, Michael Awad, Robert W Riley, Soroush Zaghi
Objective Efficacy of maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with degree of maxillary advancement. Large maxillary advancement leads to profound changes of the nasolabial region. We present the incidence and indications of post-MMA corrective nasal surgery in a large cohort. Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting University medical center. Subjects and Methods A total of 379 subjects with OSA underwent MMA at Stanford Hospital (surgeons: S...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411035/altered-ion-transport-in-normal-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells-following-exposure-to-chemically-distinct-metal-welding-fume-particles
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Jeffrey S Fedan, Janet A Thompson, Terence G Meighan, Patti C Zeidler-Erdely, James M Antonini
Welding fume inhalation causes pulmonary toxicity, including susceptibility to infection. We hypothesized that airway epithelial ion transport is a target of fume toxicity, and investigated the effects of fume particulates from manual metal arc-stainless steel (MMA-SS) and gas metal arc-mild steel (GMA-MS) on ion transport in normal human bronchial epithelium (NHBE) cultured in air-interface. MMA-SS particles, more soluble than GMA-MS particles, contain Cr, Ni, Fe and Mn; GMA-MS particles contain Fe and Mn...
April 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409733/endovascular-management-of-acute-epidural-hematomas-clinical-experience-with-80-cases
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Carlos Michel A Peres, Jose Guilherme M P Caldas, Paulo Puglia, Almir F de Andrade, Igor A F da Silva, Manoel J Teixeira, Eberval G Figueiredo
OBJECTIVE Small acute epidural hematomas (EDHs) treated conservatively carry a nonmeasurable risk of late enlargement due to middle meningeal artery (MMA) lesions. Patients with EDHs need to stay hospitalized for several days, with neurological supervision and repeated CT scans. In this study, the authors analyzed the safety and efficacy of the embolization of the involved MMA and associated lesions. METHODS The study group consisted of 80 consecutive patients harboring small- to medium-sized EDHs treated by MMA embolization between January 2010 and December 2014...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402324/vitamin-b12-status-in-pregnant-women-and-their-infants-in-south-india
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J L Finkelstein, A V Kurpad, T Thomas, K Srinivasan, C Duggan
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy has been associated with increased risk of adverse perinatal outcomes. However, few studies have investigated the burden and determinants of vitamin B12 status in young infants. This study was conducted to determine the associations between maternal and infant vitamin B12 status. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Pregnant women participating in a vitamin B12 supplementation trial in Bangalore, India, were randomized to receive vitamin B12 (50 μg) or placebo supplementation daily during pregnancy through 6 weeks postpartum...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400865/bond-strength-of-repaired-acrylic-denture-teeth-using-visible-light-cure-composite-resin
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Saja Ali Muhsin
BACKGROUND: Although bonding to denture teeth after surface treatment with chemical agents is desirable, there is little information on the use of Visible Light Cure composite resin (VLC) as bonding denture materials. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of various surface treatments on shear bond strength between Visible Light Cure composite resin and the acrylic denture teeth interface. METHODS: Forty cylindrical sticks of acrylic resin with denture teeth mounted atop were prepared...
2017: Open Dentistry Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395089/methylmalonate-induces-inflammatory-and-apoptotic-potential-a-link-to-glial-activation-and-neurological-dysfunction
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Patricia Gabbi, Leandro Rodrigo Ribeiro, Gutierres Jessié Martins, Alexandra Seide Cardoso, Fernanda Haupental, Fernanda Silva Rodrigues, Alencar Kolinski Machado, Juliana Sperotto Brum, M M Medeiros Frescura Duarte, Maria Rosa Chitolina Schetinger, Ivana Beatrice Mânica da Cruz, Ana Flávia Furian, Mauro Schneider Oliveira, Adair Roberto Soares Dos Santos, Luiz Fernando Freire Royes, Michele Rechia Fighera, Mayara Lutchemeyer de Freitas
Methylmalonic acid (MMA) accumulates in tissues in methylmalonic acidemia, a heterogeneous group of inherited childhood diseases characterized by neurological dysfunction, oxidative stress and neuroinflammation; it is associated with degeneration of striatal neurons and cerebral cortical atrophy. It is presently unknown, however, whether transient exposure to MMA in the neonatal period is sufficient to trigger inflammatory and apoptotic processes that lead to brain structural damage. Here, newborn mice were given a single intracerebroventricular dose of MMA at 12 hours after birth...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381531/ratios-of-one-carbon-metabolites-are-functional-markers-of-b-vitamin-status-in-a-norwegian-coronary-angiography-screening-cohort
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Arve Ulvik, Steinar Hustad, Adrian McCann, Øivind Midttun, Ottar K Nygård, Per M Ueland
Background: Functional (metabolic) markers of B-vitamin status, including plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) for folate and plasma methylmalonic acid (MMA) for vitamin B-12, suffer from moderate sensitivity and poor specificity. Ratios of metabolites belonging to the same pathway may have better performance characteristics.Objective: We evaluated the ratios of tHcy to total cysteine (tCys; Hcy:Cys), tHcy to creatinine (Hcy:Cre), and tHcy to tCys to creatinine (Hcy:Cys:Cre) as functional markers of B-vitamin status represented by a summary score composed of folate, cobalamin, betaine, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), and riboflavin concentrations measured in plasma...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370775/reactive-hybrid-of-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxane-poss-and-sulfur-as-a-building-block-for-self-healing-materials
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Ho-Keng Lin, Ying-Ling Liu
This work demonstrates a new reactive and functional hybrid (S-MMA-POSS) of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and sulfur prepared with a direct reaction between a multifunctional methacrylated POSS compound (MMA-POSS) and elemental sulfur (S8 ) through the "inverse vulcanization" process. S-MMA-POSS is an effective building block for imparting self-healing ability to the corresponding thermally crosslinked POSS-containing nanocomposites through a self-curing reaction and co-curing reaction with conventional thermosetting resins...
March 30, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359634/synthesis-of-sub-micronic-and-nanometric-pmma-particles-via-emulsion-polymerization-assisted-by-ultrasound-process-flow-sheet-and-characterization
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L Baissac, C C Buron, L Hallez, P Berçot, J-Y Hihn, L Chantegrel, G Gosse
PMMA particle synthesis was performed from MMA (methyl methacrylate) and water mixtures, exposed to different ultrasonic systems and frequencies. The sonication sequence was 20kHz→580kHz→858kHz→1138kHz, and the solution was sampled after each irradiation step for polymerization. Effects of sonication parameters (time, power), polymerization method (thermo-initiated or photo-initiated), use of small amounts of surfactant (Triton X-100™ or Tween® 20) and initial MMA quantity were investigated on particle size and synthesis yields...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352902/self-assembly-of-gradient-copolymers-synthesized-in-semi-batch-mode-by-nitroxide-mediated-polymerization
#17
Kevin Wylie, Ian Bennett, Milan Marić
The effect of diffuse compositional interfaces on copolymer self-assembly was studied via gradient copolymers (GCP). Poly(methyl methacrylate)-grad-(styrene) (PMMA-grad-PSt) copolymers were synthesized in semi-batch mode using nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP) with varied monomer injection protocols to produce varied diffuse interfaces (number average molecular weights (Mn) ranged from 62 000 g mol(-1) to 94 000 g mol(-1) with dispersities (Đ) between 1.35 and 1.59). The GCPs were spun into thin films on substrates made neutral by (St-ran-MMA-ran-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) terpolymers and annealed at elevated temperature to produce vertically oriented microphase-separated domains...
April 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347839/cellular-response-to-star-shaped-polyacids-solution-behavior-and-conjugation-advantages
#18
Anna Mielańczyk, Magdalena Skonieczna, Dorota Neugebauer
The nanosized (∼10nm in 0.01M PBS and 210nm in water) star-shaped polymethacrylates with various content of pendant carboxyl groups were characterized via basic physicochemical and biological properties toward their use as drug carriers for intravenous administration. The carboxyl groups in polymer were employed to conjugate fluorescein (FA) or doxorubicin (DOX) via amide bond formation. In case of DOX, the conjugation efficiency was higher (4.0-16.0%) than of FA conjugation (1.5-4.5%) for corresponding copolymers...
March 24, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343148/de-novo-mutations-in-cbl-causing-early-onset-paediatric-moyamoya-angiopathy
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Stéphanie Guey, Lou Grangeon, Francis Brunelle, Françoise Bergametti, Jeanne Amiel, Stanislas Lyonnet, Audrey Delaforge, Minh Arnould, Béatrice Desnous, Céline Bellesme, Dominique Hervé, Jan C Schwitalla, Markus Kraemer, Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve, Manoelle Kossorotoff
BACKGROUND: Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is characterised by a progressive stenosis of the terminal part of the internal carotid arteries and the development of abnormal collateral deep vessels. Its pathophysiology is unknown. MMA can be the sole manifestation of the disease (moyamoya disease) or be associated with various conditions (moyamoya syndrome) including some Mendelian diseases. We aimed to investigate the genetic basis of moyamoya using a whole exome sequencing (WES) approach conducted in sporadic cases without any overt symptom suggestive of a known Mendelian moyamoya syndrome...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339589/the-clinical-value-of-t-wave-alternans-derived-from-holter-monitoring
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Joanna Lewek, Pawel Ptaszynski, Thomas Klingenheben, Iwona Cygankiewicz
Microvolt-level T-wave alternans (TWA) assessed by spectral method during an exercise stress test has been widely studied for risk stratification. Several studies have documented the association of a positive TWA with total mortality and arrhythmic events. Nevertheless, the need to achieve an elevated and stabilized heart rate resulting in a considerable proportion of indeterminate test results constitutes one of the main limitations of this method. It is well recognized that arrhythmic events may be triggered not only by physical but also by mental stress and are not necessarily associated with exercise...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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