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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538148/active-site-pka-determination-for-photoactive-yellow-protein-rationalizes-slow-ground-state-recovery
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Nur Alia Oktaviani, Trijntje J Pool, Yuichi Yoshimura, Hironari Kamikubo, Ruud M Scheek, Mikio Kataoka, Frans A A Mulder
The ability to avoid blue-light radiation is crucial for bacteria to survive. In Halorhodospira halophila, the putative receptor for this response is known as photoactive yellow protein (PYP). Its response to blue light is mediated by changes in the optical properties of the chromophore para-coumaric acid (pCA) in the protein active site. PYP displays photocycle kinetics with a strong pH dependence for ground-state recovery, which has remained enigmatic. To resolve this problem, a comprehensive pKa determination of the active-site residues of PYP is required...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538018/low-serum-angiopoietin-1-high-serum-angiopoietin-2-and-high-ang-2-ang-1-protein-ratio-are-associated-with-early-onset-sepsis-in-surinamese-newborns
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Rens Zonneveld, Rianne Jongman, Amadu Juliana, Wilco Zijlmans, Frans Plötz, Grietje Molema, Matijs van Meurs
PURPOSE: Vascular inflammation and leakage in sepsis is mediated by Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and -2 (Ang-2) and their phosphorylation of the endothelial Tie-2 receptor. Levels of Ang-2 change in adults and children during sepsis, which is associated with severity of sepsis. This study investigates levels of Ang-1 and Ang-2 in newborns to gain insight in the vascular pathophysiology of early onset sepsis (EOS) within 72 hours after birth. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was performed amongst 71 Surinamese newborns treated with antibiotics for suspected EOS and 20 control newborns...
May 22, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531255/measurement-repeatability-of-central-and-peripheral-blood-pressures-the-aric-study
#3
Fran Yong, Gerardo Heiss, David Couper, Michelle L Meyer, Susan Cheng, Hirofumi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Central systolic and pulse pressures are markers of risk for small vessel disease in the brain and kidneys. The extent to which these markers are reproducible in the setting of population studies is less well established. We estimated short-term repeatability of central systolic and pulse pressures, and those of their peripheral measures for comparison. METHODS: Participants aged 65 years and over (n = 79, 56% women) were drawn from the 2011-2013 examination of the ARIC cohort...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526840/in-situ-stem-imaging-of-growth-and-phase-change-of-individual-cualx-precipitates-in-al-alloy
#4
Chunhui Liu, Sairam K Malladi, Qiang Xu, Jianghua Chen, Frans D Tichelaar, Xiaodong Zhuge, Henny W Zandbergen
Age-hardening in Al alloys has been used for over a century to improve its mechanical properties. However, the lack of direct observation limits our understanding of the dynamic nature of the evolution of nanoprecipitates during age-hardening. Using in-situ (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) while heating an Al-Cu alloy, we were able to follow the growth of individual nanoprecipitates at atomic scale. The heat treatments carried out at 140, 160, 180 and 200 °C reveal a temperature dependence on the kinetics of precipitation and three kinds of interactions of nano-precipitates...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526220/lumbar-puncture-for-all-febrile-infants-29-56-days-old-a-retrospective-cohort-reassessment-study
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Richard Scarfone, Ashlee Murray, Payal Gala, Fran Balamuth
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of bacterial meningitis (BM) among all febrile infants 29-56 days old undergoing a lumbar puncture (LP) in the emergency department of a tertiary care children's hospital and the number of low-risk febrile infants with BM to reassess the need for routine LP in these infants. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using a quality improvement registry from July 2007-April 2014. Infants included were 29-56 days old with fever and who had an LP in the emergency department...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525886/relationship-between-arterial-access-and-outcomes-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-with-a-pharmacoinvasive-versus-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-strategy-insights-from-the-strategic-reperfusion-early-after-myocardial-infarction-stream-study
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Jay Shavadia, Robert Welsh, Anthony Gershlick, Yinggan Zheng, Kurt Huber, Sigrun Halvorsen, Phillipe G Steg, Frans Van de Werf, Paul W Armstrong
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of radial access (RA) in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been predominantly established in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) with limited exploration of this issue in the early postfibrinolytic patient. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness and safety of RA versus femoral (FA) access in STEMI undergoing either a pharmacoinvasive (PI) strategy or pPCI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Within STrategic Reperfusion Early After Myocardial Infarction (STREAM), we evaluated the relationship between arterial access site and primary outcome (30-day composite of death, shock, congestive heart failure, or reinfarction) and major bleeding according to the treatment strategy received...
June 13, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522403/multiplex-autoantibody-detection-for-autoimmune-liver-diseases-and-autoimmune-gastritis
#7
Joris Vanderlocht, Mart van der Cruys, Frans Stals, Liesbeth Bakker-Jonges, Jan Damoiseaux
Autoantibody detection for autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and autoimmune gastritis (AIG) is traditionally performed by IIF on a combination of tissues. Multiplex line/dot blots (LIA/DIA) offer multiple advantages, i.e. automation, objective reading, no interfering reactivities, no coincidental findings. In the current study we evaluated automated DIA (D-Tek) for detecting autoantibodies related to autoimmune diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. We tested samples of the Dutch EQC program and compared the results with the consensus of the participating labs...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521049/22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-is-associated-with-impaired-auditory-steady-state-gamma-response
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Kit Melissa Larsen, Giovanni Pellegrino, Michelle Rosgaard Birknow, Trine Nørgaard Kjær, William Frans Christiaan Baaré, Michael Didriksen, Line Olsen, Thomas Werge, Morten Mørup, Hartwig Roman Siebner
Background: The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome confers a markedly increased risk for schizophrenia. 22q11.2 deletion carriers without manifest psychotic disorder offer the possibility to identify functional abnormalities that precede clinical onset. Since schizophrenia is associated with a reduced cortical gamma response to auditory stimulation at 40 Hz, we hypothesized that the 40 Hz auditory steady-state response (ASSR) may be attenuated in nonpsychotic individuals with a 22q11.2 deletion...
May 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518103/structure-function-studies-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-using-recombinase-mediated-cassette-exchange
#9
Tim Pieters, Lieven Haenebalcke, Kenneth Bruneel, Niels Vandamme, Tino Hochepied, Jolanda van Hengel, Dagmar Wirth, Geert Berx, Jody J Haigh, Frans van Roy, Steven Goossens
Gene engineering in mouse embryos or embryonic stem cells (mESCs) allows for the study of the function of a given protein. Proteins are the workhorses of the cell and often consist of multiple functional domains, which can be influenced by posttranslational modifications. The depletion of the entire protein in conditional or constitutive knock-out (KO) mice does not take into account this functional diversity and regulation. An mESC line and a derived mouse model, in which a docking site for FLPe recombination-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) was inserted within the ROSA26 (R26) locus, was previously reported...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514999/severe-hypovitaminosis-d-in-active-tuberculosis-patients-and-its-predictors
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Qiuzhen Wang, Yufeng Liu, Yan Ma, Lei Han, Mei Dou, Yue Zou, Limei Sun, Hong Tian, Tongxia Li, Guofeng Jiang, Baoli Du, Tingyan Kou, Jiaqi Song, Frans J Kok, Evert G Schouten
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Tuberculosis (TB) patients have a significant vitamin D deficiency (VDD) endemic, which may be closely related to the onset and progress of the disease. The comorbidity of diabetes (DM) and TB has posed an increasing challenge in recent years. However, the influence of DM on TB and the possible mechanism are still uncertain. We carried out this study to identify the nutritional status of vitamin D (VD) in TB patients in a northern city in China (latitude 36° N) and investigate the possible predictors of severe vitamin D deficiency (SVDD)...
April 30, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510709/clopidogrel-instead-of-prasugrel-or-ticagrelor-after-1%C3%A2-month-in-stabilized-acs-patients-back-to-square-one-for-dapt
#11
Peter R Sinnaeve, Frans Van de Werf
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 16, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509730/american-college-of-critical-care-medicine-clinical-practice-parameters-for-hemodynamic-support-of-pediatric-and-neonatal-septic-shock
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Alan L Davis, Joseph A Carcillo, Rajesh K Aneja, Andreas J Deymann, John C Lin, Trung C Nguyen, Regina S Okhuysen-Cawley, Monica S Relvas, Ranna A Rozenfeld, Peter W Skippen, Bonnie J Stojadinovic, Eric A Williams, Tim S Yeh, Fran Balamuth, Joe Brierley, Allan R de Caen, Ira M Cheifetz, Karen Choong, Edward Conway, Timothy Cornell, Allan Doctor, Marc-Andre Dugas, Jonathan D Feldman, Julie C Fitzgerald, Heidi R Flori, James D Fortenberry, Ana Lia Graciano, Bruce M Greenwald, Mark W Hall, Yong Yun Han, Lynn J Hernan, Jose E Irazuzta, Elizabeth Iselin, Elise W van der Jagt, Howard E Jeffries, Saraswati Kache, Chhavi Katyal, Niranjan Tex Kissoon, Alexander A Kon, Martha C Kutko, Graeme MacLaren, Timothy Maul, Renuka Mehta, Fola Odetola, Kristine Parbuoni, Raina Paul, Mark J Peters, Suchitra Ranjit, Karin E Reuter-Rice, Eduardo J Schnitzler, Halden F Scott, Adalberto Torres, Jacki Weingarten-Abrams, Scott L Weiss, Jerry J Zimmerman, Aaron L Zuckerberg
OBJECTIVES: The American College of Critical Care Medicine provided 2002 and 2007 guidelines for hemodynamic support of newborn and pediatric septic shock. Provide the 2014 update of the 2007 American College of Critical Care Medicine "Clinical Guidelines for Hemodynamic Support of Neonates and Children with Septic Shock." DESIGN: Society of Critical Care Medicine members were identified from general solicitation at Society of Critical Care Medicine Educational and Scientific Symposia (2006-2014)...
June 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506289/a-preliminary-investigation-to-explore-the-cognitive-resources-of-physicians-experiencing-difficulty-in-training
#13
Fiona Patterson, Fran Cousans, Iain Coyne, Jo Jones, Sheona Macleod, Lara Zibarras
BACKGROUND: Treating patients is complex, and research shows that there are differences in cognitive resources between physicians who experience difficulties, and those who do not. It is possible that differences in some cognitive resources could explain the difficulties faced by some physicians. In this study, we explore differences in cognitive resources between different groups of physicians (that is, between native (UK) physicians and International Medical Graduates (IMG); those who continue with training versus those who were subsequently removed from the training programme); and also between physicians experiencing difficulties compared with the general population...
May 15, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505352/the-nodulin-26-like-intrinsic-membrane-protein-osnip3-2-is-involved-in-arsenite-uptake-by-lateral-roots-in-rice
#14
Yi Chen, Sheng-Kai Sun, Zhong Tang, Guidong Liu, Katie L Moore, Frans J M Maathuis, Antony J Miller, Steve P McGrath, Fang-Jie Zhao
Previous studies have shown that the Nodulin 26-like intrinsic membrane protein (NIP) Lsi1 (OsNIP2;1) is involved in arsenite [As(III)] uptake in rice (Oryza sativa). However, the role of other rice NIPs in As(III) accumulation in planta remains unknown. In the present study, we investigated the role OsNIP3;2 in As(III) uptake in rice. When expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes, OsNIP3;2 showed a high transport activity for As(III). Quantitative real-time RT-PCR showed that the expression of OsNIP3;2 was suppressed by 5 µM As(III), but enhanced by 20 and 100 µM As(III)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504633/-tick-borne-infections-in-denmark
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Bo Bødker Jensen, Lukas Frans Ocias, Nanna Skaarup Andersen, Ram Benny Dessau, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt, Sigurdur Skarphedinsson
The castor bean tick, Ixodes ricinus, is common in woodlands in most of Denmark. Besides Borrelia burgdorferi, it can harbour a number of pathogenic microorganisms such as tick-borne encephalitis virus, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia helvetica, Francisella tularensis, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Bartonella spp., Borrelia miyamotoi and Babesia spp. These tick-borne infections should be a differential diagnostic consideration during the tick season in Denmark. We review the distribution, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of these microorganisms...
May 15, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503550/design-of-surfactant-protein-b-peptide-mimics-based-on-the-saposin-fold-for-synthetic-lung-surfactants
#16
Frans J Walther, Larry M Gordon, Alan J Waring
Surfactant protein (SP)-B is a 79-residue polypeptide crucial for the biophysical and physiological function of endogenous lung surfactant. SP-B is a member of the Saposin or Saposin-like proteins (SAPLIP) family of proteins that share an overall three-dimensional folding pattern based on secondary structures and disulfide connectivity and exhibit a wide diversity of biological functions. Here we review the synthesis, molecular biophysics and activity of synthetic analogs of Saposin proteins designed to mimic those interactions of the parent proteins with lipids that enhance interfacial activity...
September 2016: Biomedicine Hub
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502541/prolonged-stance-phase-during-walking-in-intermittent-claudication
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Lindy N M Gommans, Annemieke T Smid, Marc R M Scheltinga, Ernst Cancrinus, Frans A M Brooijmans, Kenneth Meijer, Joep A W Teijink
BACKGROUND: Patients with intermittent claudication (IC) tend to walk slower and consume approximately 40% more oxygen during walking compared with healthy individuals. An unfavorable locomotion pattern has been suggested to explain this metabolic inefficiency. However, detailed knowledge of gait parameters in IC is lacking. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, the gait pattern of newly diagnosed IC patients was compared with that of healthy controls. Spatiotemporal gait parameters such as step length and duration of stance phase were obtained by a photoelectric technique (OptoGait; Microgate, Bolzano, Italy)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500370/long-term-prognostic-performance-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-with-prospective-electrocardiogram-triggering
#18
Olivier F Clerc, Basil P Kaufmann, Mathias Possner, Riccardo Liga, Jan Vontobel, Fran Mikulicic, Christoph Gräni, Dominik C Benz, Tobias A Fuchs, Julia Stehli, Aju P Pazhenkottil, Oliver Gaemperli, Philipp A Kaufmann, Ronny R Buechel
OBJECTIVES: To assess long-term prognosis after low-dose 64-slice coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) using prospective electrocardiogram-triggering. METHODS: We included 434 consecutive patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease referred for low-dose CCTA. Patients were classified as normal, with non-obstructive or obstructive lesions, or previously revascularized. Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) was assessed in 223 patients. Follow-up was obtained regarding major adverse cardiac events (MACE): cardiac death, myocardial infarction and elective revascularization...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499096/genetic-and-phenotypic-diversity-of-rhizobia-nodulating-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l-in-soils-from-southern-and-central-ethiopia
#19
Wondwosen Tena, Endalkachew Wolde-Meskel, Tulu Degefu, Fran Walley
Forty-two chickpea-nodulating rhizobia were isolated from soil samples collected from diverse agro-ecological locations of Ethiopia, and characterized based on 76 phenotypic traits. Furthermore, 18 representative strains were selected and characterized using multilocus sequence analyses (MLSA) of core and symbiotic gene loci. Numerical analysis of the phenotypic characteristics grouped the 42 strains in to four distinct clusters. The analysis of the 16S rRNA gene of the 18 strains showed that they belong to the Mesorhizobium genus...
May 12, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498437/autocrine-expression-of-the-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-ligand-heparin-binding-egf-like-growth-factor-in-cervical-cancer
#20
Marlies Schrevel, E Michelle Osse, Frans A Prins, J Baptist M Z Trimbos, Gert Jan Fleuren, Arko Gorter, Ekaterina S Jordanova
In cervical cancer, the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in 70-90% of the cases and has been associated with poor prognosis. EGFR-based therapy is currently being explored in cervical cancer. We investigated which EGFR ligand is primarily expressed in cervical cancer and which cell type functions as the major source of this ligand. We hypothesized that macrophages are the main source of EGFR ligands and that a paracrine loop between tumor cells and macrophages is responsible for ligand expression...
May 3, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
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