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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423273/conformational-dynamics-of-mechanically-compliant-dna-nanostructures-from-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Ze Shi, Carlos E Castro, Gaurav Arya
Structural DNA nanotechnology, the assembly of rigid 3D structures of complex yet precise geometries, has recently been used to design dynamic, mechanically-compliant nanostructures with tunable equilibrium conformations and conformational distributions. Here we use coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to provide in- sights into the conformational dynamics of a set of mechanically compliant DNA nanostructures-DNA hinges that use single-stranded DNA "springs" to tune the equilibrium conformation of a layered double-stranded DNA "joint" connecting two stiff "arms" constructed from DNA helix bundles...
April 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390594/tracheal-tear-from-blunt-neck-trauma-in-children-diagnosis-and-management
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David J Mener, Fray Dylan Stewart, David E Tunkel
We describe the management of posterior trachea tears after blunt neck trauma in two children. The first, a 5 year-old boy who fell off his scooter, causing a 1.0cm tear in the membranous cervical trachea, was managed conservatively with 5 days of intubation. The second, a 12 year-old girl who fell on her bicycle, causing a 4.0cm tear in the membranous thoracic trachea, was repaired with thoracoscopic techniques. The presumed mechanism may be expansion of the U-shaped cartilage with tear of the membranous trachea...
May 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374492/in-vitro-laser-fenestration-of-aortic-stent-grafts-a-qualitative-analysis-under-scanning-electron-microscope
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Jing Lin, Naval Udgiri, Robert Guidoin, Jean Panneton, Xiaoning Guan, Maxime Guillemette, Lu Wang, Jia Du, Dajie Zhu, Mark Nutley, Ze Zhang
In situ fenestration of stent-grafts allows patients with life threatening aortic pathologies to be amenable to emergent "off the shelf indications for use" percutaneous treatments as a bail out technique. Three types of aortic stent-grafts were subjected to laser fenestration in a physiological saline solution followed by balloon angioplasty using 8, 10 or 12 mm in diameter noncompliant balloons. The morphology and the size of fenestrations were observed under optical and scanning electron microscopy. The damage to the fabrics was analyzed and quantified...
November 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364033/case-report-acute-facial-swelling-in-a-recreational-technical-diver
#4
Peter Buzzacott, William K Dolen, James Chimiak
A recreational scuba diver wore a second scuba regulator against his face during a scuba dive, attached by an elastic rubber cord necklace. After surfacing, the diver's left face became swollen. Through a process of elimination all other items of scuba equipment were excluded as potential causes. A dive with the same equipment minus the necklace confirmed the involvement of the necklace in the pathogenesis of the hypersensitive reaction. In vitro ImmunoCap IgE assay was positive to latex (1.30 kUa/L), subsequent patch testing for contact dermatitis provoked a reaction for benzophenone-4, (a UV stabalizer) and Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy identified the elastic as ethylene propylene rubber, containing additional unidentified compounds...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349455/detection-and-quantification-of-n-6-methyladenosine-in-messenger-rna-by-tlc
#5
Zsuzsanna Bodi, Rupert G Fray
The base-modified nucleotide, N (6)-methyladenosine, is a relatively abundant modification found in the mRNA of most higher eukaryotes. Methylation levels can change dependent upon environmental conditions, cell differentiation state, or following knockdown of members of the methylase complex, and it is often useful to directly measure and compare N (6)-methyladenosine levels between samples. Two dimensional chromatography of radiolabeled nucleotides, following specific nuclease treatments, provides a robust, sensitive, and reproducible assay for this modification...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325701/evaluation-of-flexor-pollicis-longus-tendon-attrition-using-color-doppler-imaging-after-volar-plate-fixation-for-distal-radius-fracture
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Yoshitaka Tanaka, Hiroyuki Gotani, Koichi Yano, Kosuke Sasaki, Yoshitaka Hamada
PURPOSE: Early diagnosis of attritional wear of the flexor pollicis longus (FPL) tendon is essential in preventing subsequent tendon rupture. There are currently few objective methods of assessing FPL attrition. We hypothesized that color Doppler imaging could visibly detect FPL tendon attrition, and analyzed our results. METHODS: We evaluated ultrasound imaging of the contact between the FPL tendon and a volar locking plate using the real-time B-mode and Doppler waveforms of the FPL tendon using the continuous Doppler wave mode in 40 patients who underwent fixation of the distal volar locking plate for distal radius fracture...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281112/performance-of-kymerax%C3%A2-precision-drive-articulating-surgical-system-compared-to-conventional-laparoscopic-instruments-in-a-pelvitrainer-model
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Marco Alain Sieber, Bernhard Fellmann-Fischer, Michael Mueller
BACKGROUND: The Kymerax© Precision-Drive Articulating Surgical System by Terumo© is a handheld laparoscopic robot which permits motion in two additional degrees of freedom (deflection and rotation in the instrument tip). In a pelvitrainer model, we compared the performance of participants with different laparoscopic experiences and compared Kymerax© to conventional laparoscopic instruments. METHODS: 20 expert surgeons, performing more than 50 laparoscopic procedures per year, and 25 medical students without any experience in surgery at all were selected...
March 9, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276686/characterization-of-dna-substrate-binding-to-the-phosphatase-domain-of-the-dna-repair-enzyme-polynucleotide-kinase-phosphatase
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Zahra Havali-Shahriari, Michael Weinfeld, J N Mark Glover
Polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (PNKP) is a DNA strand break repair enzyme that uses separate 5' kinase and 3' phosphatase active sites to convert damaged 5'-hydroxyl/3'-phosphate strand termini to ligatable 5'-phosphate/3'-hydroxyl ends. The phosphatase active site has received particular attention as a target of inhibition in cancer therapy development. The phosphatase domain dephosphorylates a range of single- and double-stranded substrates; however, structural studies have shown that the phosphatase catalytic cleft can bind only single-stranded substrates...
March 28, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238455/androgen-dependent-mechanisms-of-pro-angiogenic-networks-in-placental-and-tumor-development
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Veronika M Metzler, Simone de Brot, Robert S Robinson, Jennie N Jeyapalan, Emad Rakha, Thomas Walton, David S Gardner, Emma F Lund, Jonathan Whitchurch, Daisy Haigh, Jack M Lochray, Brian D Robinson, Cinzia Allegrucci, Rupert G Fray, Jenny L Persson, Niels Ødum, Regina R Miftakhova, Albert A Rizvanov, Ieuan A Hughes, Rieko Tadokoro-Cuccaro, David M Heery, Catrin S Rutland, Nigel P Mongan
The placenta and tumors share important characteristics, including a requirement to establish effective angiogenesis. In the case of the placenta, optimal angiogenesis is required to sustain the blood flow required to maintain a successful pregnancy, whereas in tumors establishing new blood supplies is considered a key step in supporting metastases. Therefore the development of novel angiogenesis inhibitors has been an area of active research in oncology. A subset of the molecular processes regulating angiogenesis are well understood in the context of both early placentation and tumorigenesis...
February 20, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193062/ultraviolet-photodissociation-of-native-proteins-following-proton-transfer-reactions-in-the-gas-phase
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Dustin D Holden, Jennifer S Brodbelt
The growing use of mass spectrometry in the field of structural biology has catalyzed the development of many new strategies to examine intact proteins in the gas phase. Native mass spectrometry methods have further accelerated the need for methods that can manipulate proteins and protein complexes while minimizing disruption of noncovalent interactions critical for stabilizing conformations. Proton-transfer reactions (PTR) in the gas phase offer the ability to effectively modulate the charge states of proteins, allowing decongestion of mass spectra through separation of overlapping species...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175336/fraying-at-the-edges-uk-surrogacy-law-in-2015
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Kirsty Horsey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 1, 2016: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141760/best-practices-for-nurse-leaders-succession-planning
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Beverly Fray, Rose O Sherman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139008/oxidative-stress-mediated-developmental-toxicity-induced-by-isoniazide-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-larvae
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Yu Zou, Yun Zhang, Liwen Han, Qiuxia He, Hairong Hou, Jian Han, Ximin Wang, Chengyun Li, Juan Cen, Kechun Liu
Isoniazide (INH) is an important first-line drug that is used to treat tuberculosis. However, the effect of INH on fetal growth has not yet been elucidated, and the mechanism of INH-induced developmental toxicity is still unknown. In the present study, we employed zebrafish embryos and larvae to investigate the developmental toxicity of INH. The survival rates of the embryos and larvae as well as the hatching rates of embryos were significantly reduced. Morphological abnormalities, including spinal curvature, yolk retention, swimming bladder absence, tail bending and shorter body lengths were induced by INH...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132766/piloting-a-pediatric-trauma-course-in-western-jamaica-lessons-learned-and-future-directions
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Hadley K Wesson, Valerie Plant, Marieka Helou, Karen Wharton, Delroy Fray, Jeffrey Haynes, Charles Bagwell
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric injuries are a leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite this, there are few formal pediatric-specific trauma educational initiatives available in LMICs. While new educational tools are being developed to address this, they have not been piloted in LMICs. In Jamaica, pediatric injuries are a leading cause of hospital admission but care is limited by a lack of training in triage and stabilization. Our objective was to implement and evaluate a pediatric trauma course in Jamaica to determine the impact this may have on further course development...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067916/self-correcting-mismatches-during-high-fidelity-dna-replication
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Rafael Fernandez-Leiro, Julian Conrad, Ji-Chun Yang, Stefan M V Freund, Sjors H W Scheres, Meindert H Lamers
Faithful DNA replication is essential to all forms of life and depends on the action of 3'-5' exonucleases that remove misincorporated nucleotides from the newly synthesized strand. However, how the DNA is transferred from the polymerase to the exonuclease active site is not known. Here we present the cryo-EM structure of the editing mode of the catalytic core of the Escherichia coli replisome, revealing a dramatic distortion of the DNA whereby the polymerase thumb domain acts as a wedge that separates the two DNA strands...
February 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009929/solvent-effects-on-the-folding-of-o-phenylene-oligomers
#16
Gopi Nath Vemuri, Meng Chu, Han Dong, Brian J Spinello, C Scott Hartley
ortho-Phenylene oligomers fold into compact helical conformations in solution, and have therefore recently emerged as a class of foldamers. Previous work has shown that their folding is controlled by arene-arene stacking interactions parallel to the helical axis. Such interactions might reasonably be expected to be sensitive to solvent, but little is known of solvent effects in this system. Here, we report on the behavior of a representative set of o-phenylene oligomers in solvents ranging from non-polar (benzene) to polar and protic (methanol and water)...
December 23, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982106/protein-knotting-through-concatenation-significantly-reduces-folding-stability
#17
Shang-Te Danny Hsu
Concatenation by covalent linkage of two protomers of an intertwined all-helical HP0242 homodimer from Helicobacter pylori results in the first example of an engineered knotted protein. While concatenation does not affect the native structure according to X-ray crystallography, the folding kinetics is substantially slower compared to the parent homodimer. Using NMR hydrogen-deuterium exchange analysis, we showed here that concatenation destabilises significantly the knotted structure in solution, with some regions close to the covalent linkage being destabilised by as much as 5 kcal mol(-1)...
December 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919081/m-6-a-potentiates-sxl-alternative-pre-mrna-splicing-for-robust-drosophila-sex-determination
#18
Irmgard U Haussmann, Zsuzsanna Bodi, Eugenio Sanchez-Moran, Nigel P Mongan, Nathan Archer, Rupert G Fray, Matthias Soller
N(6)-methyladenosine (m(6)A) is the most common internal modification of eukaryotic messenger RNA (mRNA) and is decoded by YTH domain proteins. The mammalian mRNA m(6)A methylosome is a complex of nuclear proteins that includes METTL3 (methyltransferase-like 3), METTL14, WTAP (Wilms tumour 1-associated protein) and KIAA1429. Drosophila has corresponding homologues named Ime4 and KAR4 (Inducer of meiosis 4 and Karyogamy protein 4), and Female-lethal (2)d (Fl(2)d) and Virilizer (Vir). In Drosophila, fl(2)d and vir are required for sex-dependent regulation of alternative splicing of the sex determination factor Sex lethal (Sxl)...
December 8, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911771/stability-folding-dynamics-and-long-range-conformational-transition-of-the-synaptic-t-snare-complex
#19
Xinming Zhang, Aleksander A Rebane, Lu Ma, Feng Li, Junyi Jiao, Hong Qu, Frederic Pincet, James E Rothman, Yongli Zhang
Synaptic soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) couple their stepwise folding to fusion of synaptic vesicles with plasma membranes. In this process, three SNAREs assemble into a stable four-helix bundle. Arguably, the first and rate-limiting step of SNARE assembly is the formation of an activated binary target (t)-SNARE complex on the target plasma membrane, which then zippers with the vesicle (v)-SNARE on the vesicle to drive membrane fusion. However, the t-SNARE complex readily misfolds, and its structure, stability, and dynamics are elusive...
December 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900313/semitendinosus-and-gracilis-free-muscle-tendon-graft-for-repair-of-massive-rotator-cuff-tears-surgical-technique
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Antonio Gigante, Carlo Bottegoni, Giuseppe Milano, Michele Riccio, Luca Dei Giudici
Massive rotator cuff tears are difficult to treat surgically due to retraction, degeneration and fraying of the ends of torn tendons, severe fatty infiltration and atrophy of the respective muscles. Procedures developed to close the gap between the rotator cuff and the greater tuberosity of the humerus, such as soft tissue release may be inadequate for large tears. Human or porcine dermal allografts still have uncertain benefits, and tendon transfers seem to be associated with poor outcomes, donor site morbidity and altered mechanics...
July 2016: Joints
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