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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913191/the-shedding-derived-soluble-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-endproducts-sustains-inflammation-during-acute-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-lung-infection
#1
Antonella Antonelli, Stefania Di Maggio, Joanna Rejman, Francesca Sanvito, Alice Rossi, Alessandro Catucci, Andrea Gorzanelli, Alessandra Bragonzi, Marco E Bianchi, Angela Raucci
BACKGROUND: The membrane-bound isoform of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (FL-RAGE) is primarily expressed by alveolar epithelial cells and undergoes shedding by the protease ADAM10, giving rise to soluble cleaved RAGE (cRAGE). RAGE has been associated with the pathogenesis of several acute and chronic lung disorders. Whether the proteolysis of FL-RAGE is altered by a given inflammatory stimulus is unknown. Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients and is the major pathogen associated with chronic lung diseases...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913142/candida-species-from-oral-cavity-of-hiv-infected-children-exhibit-reduced-virulence-factors-in-the-haart-era
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Maristela Barbosa Portela, Elaine Lima de Amorim, Adrielle Mangabeira Santos, José Alexandre da Rocha Curvelo, Karol de Oliveira Martins, Cauli Lima Capillé, Rosangela Maria de Araújo Soares, Gloria Fernanda Barbosa de Araújo Castro
This study aimed to assess, in vitro, the biofilm viability and the phospholipase and protease production of Candida spp. from the saliva of HIV infected children and healthy controls, and to correlate the results with the use of medical data. A total of 79 isolates were analyzed: 48 Candida albicans isolates (33/15) and 20 Candida parapsilosis sensu lato complex isolates (12/8) (from HIV/control patients, respectively), and 8 Candida krusei, 1 Candida tropicalis, 1 Candida dubliniensis and 1 Candida guilliermondii from HIV patients...
November 29, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913065/hpv-status-cancer-stem-cell-marker-expression-hypoxia-gene-signatures-and-tumour-volume-identify-good-prognosis-subgroups-in-patients-with-hnscc-after-primary-radiochemotherapy-a-multicentre-retrospective-study-of-the-german-cancer-consortium-radiation-oncology
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Annett Linge, Fabian Lohaus, Steffen Löck, Alexander Nowak, Volker Gudziol, Chiara Valentini, Cläre von Neubeck, Martin Jütz, Inge Tinhofer, Volker Budach, Ali Sak, Martin Stuschke, Panagiotis Balermpas, Claus Rödel, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Amir Abdollahi, Jürgen Debus, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka, Steffi Pigorsch, Stephanie E Combs, David Mönnich, Daniel Zips, Frank Buchholz, Daniela E Aust, Gustavo B Baretton, Howard D Thames, Anna Dubrovska, Jan Alsner, Jens Overgaard, Mechthild Krause, Michael Baumann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of the tumour volume, HPV status, cancer stem cell (CSC) marker expression and hypoxia gene signatures, as potential markers of radiobiological mechanisms of radioresistance, in a contemporary cohort of patients with locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), who received primary radiochemotherapy (RCTx). MATERIALS AND METHODS: For 158 patients with locally advanced HNSCC of the oral cavity, oropharynx or hypopharynx who were treated at six DKTK partner sites, the impact of tumour volume, HPV DNA, p16 overexpression, p53 expression, CSC marker expression and hypoxia-associated gene signatures on outcome of primary RCTx was retrospectively analyzed...
November 29, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911518/stable-optical-trap-from-a-single-optical-field-utilizing-birefringence
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Robinjeet Singh, Garrett D Cole, Jonathan Cripe, Thomas Corbitt
We report a stable double optical spring effect in an optical cavity pumped with a single optical field that arises as a result of birefringence. One end of the cavity is formed by a multilayer Al_{0.92}Ga_{0.08}As/GaAs stack supported by a microfabricated cantilever with a natural mode frequency of 274 Hz. The optical spring shifts the resonance to 21 kHz, corresponding to a suppression of low frequency vibrations by a factor of about 5 000. The stable nature of the optical trap allows the cavity to be operated without any external feedback and with only a single optical field incident...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911424/-effectiveness-of-soft-contact-lenses-in-severe-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca-treated-with-local-immunosuppressive-therapy
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T N Safonova, O V Gladkova, V I Boev, A A Fedorov
AIM: To study the effectiveness of soft contact lenses in severe keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) treated with local immunosuppressive therapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We have examined 41 patients (60 eyes) with severe KCS, including 3 men (4 eyes) and 38 women (56 eyes) aged from 27 to 76 years. Group 1 consisted of 22 persons (30 eyes) who were prescribed cyclosporine А 0.05% instillations 2 times daily, artificial tears, and soft contact lenses. Group 2 consisted of 19 patients (30 eyes) who received instillations of cyclosporine А 0...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911364/an-intramedullary-locking-nail-for-standardized-fixation-of-femur-osteotomies-to-analyze-normal-and-defective-bone-healing-in-mice
#6
Tina Histing, Michael D Menger, Tim Pohlemann, Romano Matthys, Tobias Fritz, Patric Garcia, Moritz Klein
Bone healing models are essential to the development of new therapeutic strategies for clinical fracture treatment. Furthermore, mouse models are becoming more commonly used in trauma research. They offer a large number of mutant strains and antibodies for the analysis of the molecular mechanisms behind the highly differentiated process of bone healing. To control the biomechanical environment, standardized and well-characterized osteosynthesis techniques are mandatory in mice. Here, we report on the design and use of an intramedullary nail to stabilize open femur osteotomies in mice...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910918/crescent-shaped-fabry-perot-fiber-cavity-for-ultra-sensitive-strain-measurement
#7
Ye Liu, D N Wang, W P Chen
Optical Fabry-Perot interferometer sensors based on inner air-cavity is featured with compact size, good robustness and high strain sensitivity, especially when an ultra-thin air-cavity is adopted. The typical shape of Fabry-Perot inner air-cavity with reflection mode of operation is elliptic, with minor axis along with and major axis perpendicular to the fiber length. The first reflection surface is diverging whereas the second one is converging. To increase the visibility of the output interference pattern, the length of major axis should be large for a given cavity length...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910863/compressive-sensing-with-optical-chaos
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D Rontani, D Choi, C-Y Chang, A Locquet, D S Citrin
Compressive sensing (CS) is a technique to sample a sparse signal below the Nyquist-Shannon limit, yet still enabling its reconstruction. As such, CS permits an extremely parsimonious way to store and transmit large and important classes of signals and images that would be far more data intensive should they be sampled following the prescription of the Nyquist-Shannon theorem. CS has found applications as diverse as seismology and biomedical imaging. In this work, we use actual optical signals generated from temporal intensity chaos from external-cavity semiconductor lasers (ECSL) to construct the sensing matrix that is employed to compress a sparse signal...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910825/monte-carlo-studies-on-water-and-lif-cavity-properties-for-dose-reporting-quantities-when-using-x-ray-and-brachytherapy-sources
#9
Isabela Soares Lopes Branco, Paula Cristina Guimarães Antunes, Gabriel Paiva Fonseca, Hélio Yoriyaz
Model-based dose calculation algorithms (MBDCAs) are the current tools to estimate dose in brachytherapy, which takes into account heterogeneous medium, therefore, departing from water-based formalism (TG-43). One aspect associated to MBCDA is the choice of dose specification medium since it offers two possibilities to report dose: (a) dose to medium in medium, D m,m; and (b) dose to water in medium, D w,m. The discussion about the preferable quantity to be reported is underway. The dose conversion factors, DCF, between dose to water in medium, D w,m, and dose to medium in medium, D m,m, is based on cavity theory and can be obtained using different approaches...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910791/effects-of-ethyl-acetate-extracts-from-the-polycephalomyces-nipponicus-isolate-cod-mk1201-ascomycetes-against-human-pathogenic-bacteria-and-a-breast-cancer-cell-line
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Kusavadee Sangdee, Prapairat Seephonkai, Benjaporn Buranrat, Nilawan Surapong, Aphidech Sangdee
This study aimed to identify a suitable organic solvent for extracting bioactive compounds from Polycephalomyces nipponicus and to evaluate the antibacterial and anticancer activities of the extracts obtained. Only extracts obtained with ethyl acetate exhibited antibacterial activity, so ethyl acetate was chosen for large-scale extraction. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) against Gram-positive and Gram-negative human pathogenic bacteria of the 3 ethyl acetate-derived extracts-ethyl acetate extract from P...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910644/development-of-plasma-bolometers-using-fiber-optic-temperature-sensors
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M L Reinke, M Han, G Liu, G G van Eden, R Evenblij, M Haverdings, B C Stratton
Measurements of radiated power in magnetically confined plasmas are important for exhaust studies in present experiments and expected to be a critical diagnostic for future fusion reactors. Resistive bolometer sensors have long been utilized in tokamaks and helical devices but suffer from electromagnetic interference (EMI). Results are shown from initial testing of a new bolometer concept based on fiber-optic temperature sensor technology. A small, 80 μm diameter, 200 μm long silicon pillar attached to the end of a single mode fiber-optic cable acts as a Fabry-Pérot cavity when broadband light, λo ∼ 1550 nm, is transmitted along the fiber...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910521/a-low-temperature-external-cavity-diode-laser-for-broad-wavelength-tuning
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William G Tobias, Jason S Rosenberg, Nicholas R Hutzler, Kang-Kuen Ni
We report on the design and characterization of a low-temperature external cavity diode laser (ECDL) system for broad wavelength tuning. The performance achieved with multiple diode models addresses the scarcity of commercial red laser diodes below 633 nm, which is a wavelength range relevant to the spectroscopy of many molecules and ions. Using a combination of multiple-stage thermoelectric cooling and water cooling, the operating temperature of a laser diode is lowered to -64 °C, more than 85 °C below the ambient temperature...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910510/small-optic-suspensions-for-advanced-ligo-input-optics-and-other-precision-optical-experiments
#13
G Ciani, M A Arain, S M Aston, D Feldbaum, P Fulda, J Gleason, M Heintze, R M Martin, C L Mueller, D M Nanda Kumar, A Pele, D H Reitze, P Sainathan, D B Tanner, L F Williams, G Mueller
We report on the design and performance of small optic suspensions developed to suppress seismic motion of out-of-cavity optics in the input optics subsystem of the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. These compact single stage suspensions provide isolation in all six degrees of freedom of the optic, local sensing and actuation in three of them, and passive damping for the other three.
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910506/assessment-of-the-measurement-performance-of-the-in-vessel-system-of-gap-6-of-the-iter-plasma-position-reflectometer-using-a-finite-difference-time-domain-maxwell-full-wave-code
#14
F da Silva, S Heuraux, E Ricardo, P Quental, J Ferreira
We conducted a first assessment of the measurement performance of the in-vessel components at gap 6 of the ITER plasma position reflectometry with the aid of a synthetic Ordinary Mode (O-mode) broadband frequency-modulated continuous-wave reflectometer implemented with REFMUL, a 2D finite-difference time-domain full-wave Maxwell code. These simulations take into account the system location within the vacuum vessel as well as its access to the plasma. The plasma case considered is a baseline scenario from Fusion for Energy...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910449/a-stabilized-laser-continuously-tunable-over-a-range-of-1-5-ghz
#15
B L Fan, W Xiong, S G Wang, L J Wang
We demonstrate a method to stabilize laser frequency which can be continuously tuned over a range of 1.5 GHz. It is based on saturated absorption spectroscopy (SAS) generated by an external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) which is modulated by an electro-optic amplitude modulator (EO-AM). The spectra consist of not only the original peaks corresponding to resonant and crossover lines of (133)Cs D2 line, but also signals introduced by sidebands from an EO-AM. Thus, the laser frequency can be locked to any point within the range of the spectra...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910324/development-of-multi-frequency-esr-edmr-system-using-a-rectangular-cavity-equipped-with-waveguide-window
#16
Kunito Fukuda, Naoki Asakawa
A straightforward method for a variable frequency electron spin resonance/electrically detected magnetic resonance (ESR/EDMR) spectroscopy using a C-band microwave cavity equipped with waveguide windows is presented. The method enables us to perform quasi-continuous multiple resonance frequency (MF-ESR/EDMR) experiments for electronic devices. The C-band microwave circuitry was selected because of larger available sample volume than that for conventional X-band one. All the measurements were performed using a combined sample of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl/ pn-junction Si diode...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910304/highly-compact-fiber-fabry-perot-interferometer-a-new-instrument-design
#17
B K Nowakowski, D T Smith, S T Smith
This paper presents the design, construction, and characterization of a new optical-fiber-based, low-finesse Fabry-Perot interferometer with a simple cavity formed by two reflecting surfaces (the end of a cleaved optical fiber and a plane, reflecting counter-surface), for the continuous measurement of displacements of several nanometers to several tens of millimeters. No beam collimation or focusing optics are required, resulting in a displacement sensor that is extremely compact (optical fiber diameter 125 μm), is surprisingly tolerant of misalignment (more than 5°), and can be used over a very wide range of temperatures and environmental conditions, including ultra-high-vacuum...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909983/4-4-%C3%A3-resolution-cryo-em-structure-of-human-mtor-complex-1
#18
Huirong Yang, Jia Wang, Mengjie Liu, Xizi Chen, Min Huang, Dan Tan, Meng-Qiu Dong, Catherine C L Wong, Jiawei Wang, Yanhui Xu, Hong-Wei Wang
Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) complex 1 (mTORC1) integrates signals from growth factors, cellular energy levels, stress and amino acids to control cell growth and proliferation through regulating translation, autophagy and metabolism. Here we determined the cryo-electron microscopy structure of human mTORC1 at 4.4 Å resolution. The mTORC1 comprises a dimer of heterotrimer (mTOR-Raptor-mLST8) mediated by the mTOR protein. The complex adopts a hollow rhomboid shape with 2-fold symmetry. Notably, mTORC1 shows intrinsic conformational dynamics...
December 1, 2016: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909634/nontuberculous-mycobacteria-lymphadenitis-a-case-report
#19
Amanda M Krantz, Meera Varnam, Cristina Fernandez
Atypical mycobacteria, also known as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) includes acid-fast bacteria other than Mycobacterium tuberculosis. NTM can be isolated from a variety of environmental sources including water, food products, domestic animals, and soil; human exposure is typically from soil to the oral cavity and respiratory tract. Diagnosis of NTM is suspected in children less than five years old with subacute, unilateral, non-tender cervicofacial lymphadenitis in combination with a history of water exposure, penetrating injection, as well as negative routine cultures or response to antistaphylococcal and antistreptococcal antibiotics...
October 25, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909280/-cardiac-failure-developing-eleven-years-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-report-of-a-case
#20
Shingo Taguchi, Takashi Hachiya, Katsuhisa Onoguchi, Makoto Hanai, Makoto Sumi, Masataka Yamazaki, Masahito Yamashiro
We report a rare case of cardiac failure for intrapericardial hematoma 11 years after coronary artery bypass grafting. A 59-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with cardiac tamponade. Echocardiography and computed tomography scan showed severe compression of the left ventricle(LV) by a large mass sized about 5×8 cm. Coronary angiography showed total occlusion at circumflex branch (Cx) #11. The mass was diagnosed with intrapericardial hematoma. We performed removal of hematoma in the pericardial cavity, and removed hematoma had 126 g...
December 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
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