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Y-X Wang, Y-Q Li, Y Chen, C-H Zhang, Z Dong, Z Wang, S-N Zhao, C-H Li, P-L Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Orolingual angioedema (OA) is a rare clinical complication with a potentially fatal risk that occurs after the intravenous application of alteplase (rt-PA) in patients with acute ischemic stroke. The purpose of this work is to investigate the related factors of OA in patients with acute ischemic stroke after the administration of intravenous thrombolytic therapy, to improve the predictive ability of OA during intravenous thrombolytic therapy, and to reduce the prevalence of complications...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Meiji Soe Aung, Nilar San, Win Win Maw, Thida San, Noriko Urushibara, Mitsuyo Kawaguchiya, Ayako Sumi, Nobumichi Kobayashi
The increasing trend of Escherichia coli producing extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) and carbapenemases is a global public health concern. In this study, prevalence and molecular characteristics of E. coli harboring ESBL and carbapenemase genes were investigated for 426 isolates derived from various clinical specimens in a teaching hospital in Yangon, Myanmar, for the 1-year period beginning January 2016. A total of 157 isolates (36.9%) were ESBL producers and harbored CTX-M-1 group genes (146 isolates; blaCTX-M-15 , blaCTX-M55 ) or CTX-M-9 group genes (11 isolates; blaCTX-M-14 , blaCTX-M-27 )...
March 22, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Thomas Maier, Daniel Meister, Severin Trösch, Jon Peter Wehrlin
Shooting in biathlon competitions substantially influences final rankings, but the predictability of hits and misses is unknown. The aims of the current study were A) to explore factors influencing biathlon shooting performance and B) to predict future hits and misses. We explored data from 118,300 shots from 4 seasons and trained various machine learning models before predicting 34,340 future shots (in the subsequent season). A) Lower hit rates were discovered in the sprint and pursuit disciplines compared to individual and mass start (P < 0...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
Francisco José Sánchez Torralvo, Nuria Porras, José Abuín Fernández, Francisca García Torres, María José Tapia, Fuensanta Lima, Federico Soriguer, Montserrat Gonzalo, Gemma Rojo Martínez, Gabriel Olveira
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to establish reference values for hand grip strength, compare the results obtained with Collin and Jamar type dynamometers and determine their association with anthropometric and lean mass measurements. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional population-based study was undertaken in Pizarra (Málaga, Spain). The grip strength of the dominant hand was measured using Collin and Jamar dynamometers. Skinfolds (triceps, abdominal, biceps of dominant arm and subscapular) were measured, and body composition was estimated...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Ming-Yen Lu, Shang-Chi Wu, Hsiang-Chen Wang, Ming-Pei Lu
As the feature sizes of devices decrease to the nanoscale, electron microscopy and lithography will become increasingly essential techniques for fabrication and inspection. In this study, we probed the memory effects of MoS2 field-effect transistors (FETs) subjected to electron beam (e-beam) irradiation; after fabricating the devices on 300 nm SiO2/Si substrates, we irradiated the MoS2 FETs with various doses of irradiation from a 30 kV e-beam. The threshold voltage shifted to the negative side and the mobility increased-a so-called memory effect-upon increasing the e-beam dose...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Lingci Zhao, Irina P Suarez, Diego F Gauto, Rodolfo M Rasia, Jin Wang
The intrinsically disordered protein domain DCL1-A is the first report of a complete double stranded RNA binding domain folding upon binding. DCL1-A recognizes the dsRNA by acquiring a well-folded structure after engagement with its interaction partner. Despite the structural characterization of the interaction complex underlying the recognition of dsRNA has been established, the dynamics of disorder-to-order transitions in the binding process remains elusive. Here we have developed a coarse-grained structure-based model with consideration of electrostatic interactions to explore the mechanism of the coupled folding and binding...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Lei Jing, Leeann Yao, Michael Zhao, Li-Ping Peng, Mingyao Liu
Organ transplantation is the most effective therapy for patients with end-stage disease. Preservation solutions and techniques are crucial for donor organ quality, which is directly related to morbidity and survival after transplantation. Currently, static cold storage (SCS) is the standard method for organ preservation. However, preservation time with SCS is limited as prolonged cold storage increases the risk of early graft dysfunction that contributes to chronic complications. Furthermore, the growing demand for the use of marginal donor organs requires methods for organ assessment and repair...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Godela M Brosnahan, Kaleab Z Abebe, Charity G Moore, Kyongtae T Bae, William E Braun, Arlene B Chapman, Michael F Flessner, Peter C Harris, Marie C Hogan, Ronald D Perrone, Frederic F Rahbari-Oskoui, Theodore I Steinman, Vicente E Torres, The Halt Pkd Investigators
BACKGROUND: The HALT PKD trial in early autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) showed that intensive control of systolic blood pressure to 95-110 mmHg was associated with a 14% slower rate of kidney volume growth compared to standard control. It is unclear whether this result was due to greater blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) by allowing the use of higher drug doses in the low blood pressure arm, or due to the lower blood pressure per se. METHODS: In this secondary analysis of HALT PKD Study A, we categorized participants into high and low dose groups based on the median daily equivalent dose of RAAS blocking drugs used after the initial dose titration period...
March 21, 2018: Current Hypertension Reviews
Sidi M Ghaber, Nawel Trabelsi, Mohamed L Salem, Faten Haddad, Aminetou Abba, Imen Darragi, Salem Abbes
Unstable hemoglobins (Hbs) are a group of Hb disorders that could be the origin of chronic hemolytic anemia. Most of these disorders are caused by point mutations taking place in the globin genes and affecting the stability of the Hb molecule. They are inherited as autosomal dominant diseases and described worldwide. Herein we report a new observation of an unstable variant in the Mauritanian population. The patient was a young girl of Mauritanian origin. She presented with chronic hemolytic anemia with an unknown etiology after being referred to several medical centers...
March 22, 2018: Hemoglobin
Kfir Kuchuk, Uri Sivan
Hydration interaction shapes biomolecules and is a dominant inter-molecular force. Mapping the hydration patterns of biomolecules is therefore essential for understanding molecular processes in biology. Numerous studies have been devoted to this challenge but current methods cannot map the hydration of single biomolecules, let alone under physiological conditions. Here, we show that FM-AFM can fill this gap and generate 3D hydration maps of single DNA molecules under near-physiological conditions. Additionally, we present real space images of DNA in which the double helix is resolved with unprecedented resolution, clearly revealing individual phosphate groups along the DNA backbone...
March 22, 2018: Nano Letters
Manoj Kumar, Jie Zhong, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Joseph S Francisco
. The role of aqueous surfaces in promoting atmospheric chemistry is increasingly being recognized. However, the bimolecular chemistries of Criegee intermediates, which influence the tropospheric budget of OH radicals, organic acids, hydroperoxides, nitrates, sulfates and particulate material, remain less explored on an aqueous surface. Herein we have employed Born Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations and two-layer ONIOM(QM:MM) in electronic embedding scheme to study the reaction and the spectroscopic signal of anti-CH3CHOO with nitric acid (HNO3) at the air-water interface, which is expected to be an important reaction in the polluted urban environments...
March 22, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Cassio V Ruas, Lee E Brown, Camila D Lima, G Gregory Haff, Ronei S Pinto
The aim of this study was to compare three specific concentric and eccentric muscle action training protocols on quadriceps-hamstrings neuromuscular adaptations. Forty male volunteers performed 6 weeks of training (two sessions/week) of their dominant and non-dominant legs on an isokinetic dynamometer. They were randomly assigned to one of four groups; concentric quadriceps and concentric hamstrings (CON/CON, n=10), eccentric quadriceps and eccentric hamstrings (ECC/ECC, n=10), concentric quadriceps and eccentric hamstrings (CON/ECC, n=10), or no training (CTRL, n=10)...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Martin Poot
The highly complex structural genome variations chromothripsis, chromoanasynthesis, and chromoplexy are subsumed under the term chromoanagenesis, which means chromosome rebirth. Precipitated by numerous DNA double-strand breaks, they differ in number of and distances between breakpoints, associated copy number variations, order and orientation of segments, and flanking sequences at joining points. Results from patients with the autosomal dominant cancer susceptibility disorder Li-Fraumeni syndrome implicated somatic TP53 mutations in chromothripsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Mei Wang, Ya Tang, Christopher W N Anderson, Paramsothy Jeyakumar, Jinyan Yang
Contamination of soil and water with fluorine (F) leached from phosphogypsum (PG) stacks is a global environmental issue. Millions of tons of PG is produced each year as a by-product of fertilizer manufacture, and in China, weathering is exacerbated by acid rain. In this work, column leaching experiments using simulated acid rain were run to evaluate the mobility of F and the impact of weathering on native bacterial community composition in PG. After a simulated summer rainfall, 2.42-3.05 wt% of the total F content of PG was leached and the F concentration in leachate was above the quality standard for surface water and groundwater in China...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Takaya Handa, Hiroko Kakita, Yu Tateishi, Tomomi Endo, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Toshiro Katayama, Tatsuo Tsukamoto, Eri Muso
BACKGROUND: IgA-dominant infection-related glomerulonephritis (IgA-IRGN) is a unique form of IRGN, which needs to be distinguished from IgA nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS: Thirteen patients with IgA-IRGN (IgA-IRGN group) and 122 with IgAN (IgAN group) were selected from 1788 patients who underwent kidney biopsy between 2000 and 2015 in Kitano Hospital. Data selected included clinical and serological parameters; light and electron microscope findings; immunofluorescence findings; and prognostic parameters like renal and overall survival and creatinine increase by > 50%...
March 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
G J Ma, Q J Song, S G Markell, L L Qi
A novel rust resistance gene, R15 , derived from the cultivated sunflower HA-R8 was assigned to linkage group 8 of the sunflower genome using a genotyping-by-sequencing approach. SNP markers closely linked to R15 were identified, facilitating marker-assisted selection of resistance genes. The rust virulence gene is co-evolving with the resistance gene in sunflower, leading to the emergence of new physiologic pathotypes. This presents a continuous threat to the sunflower crop necessitating the development of resistant sunflower hybrids providing a more efficient, durable, and environmentally friendly host plant resistance...
March 21, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Yupeng Liu, Jianguo Wu, Deyong Yu, Ruifang Hao
China's rapid economic growth during the past three decades has resulted in a number of environmental problems, including the deterioration of air quality. It is necessary to better understand how the spatial pattern of air pollutants varies with time scales and what drive these changes. To address these questions, this study focused on one of the most heavily air-polluted areas in North China. We first quantified the spatial pattern of air pollution, and then systematically examined the relationships of air pollution to several socioeconomic and climatic factors using the constraint line method, correlation analysis, and stepwise regression on decadal, annual, and seasonal scales...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Management
Joby Pulikkan, Abhijit Maji, Darshan Bharat Dhakan, Rituja Saxena, Binoop Mohan, Milu Maria Anto, Neeti Agarwal, Tony Grace, Vineet K Sharma
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term associated with a group of neurodevelopmental disorders. The etiology of ASD is not yet completely understood; however, a disorder in the gut-brain axis is emerging as a prominent factor leading to autism. To identify the taxonomic composition and markers associated with ASD, we compared the fecal microbiota of 30 ASD children diagnosed using Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) score, DSM-5 approved AIIMS-modified INCLEN Diagnostic Tool for Autism Spectrum Disorder (INDT-ASD), and Indian Scale for Assessment of Autism (ISAA) tool, with family-matched 24 healthy children from Indian population using next-generation sequencing (NGS) of 16S rRNA gene amplicon...
March 21, 2018: Microbial Ecology
Hesham El-Askary, Nick LaHaye, Erik Linstead, William A Sprigg, Magdi Yacoub
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a rare vascular disease that, if left untreated, can result in irreparable cardiac damage in children. While the symptoms of KD are well-known, as are best practices for treatment, the etiology of the disease and the factors contributing to KD outbreaks remain puzzling to both medical practitioners and scientists alike. Recently, a fungus known as Candida, originating in the farmlands of China, has been blamed for outbreaks in China and Japan, with the hypothesis that it can be transported over long ranges via different wind mechanisms...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Anna Urso, Matthew Chojnacki, David A Vaz
Isolated landscapes largely shaped by aeolian processes can occur on Earth, while the majority of Mars' recent history has been dominated by wind-driven activity. Resultantly, Martian landscapes often exhibit large-scale aeolian features, including yardang landforms carved from sedimentary-layered deposits. High-resolution orbital monitoring has revealed that persistent bedform activity is occurring with dune and ripple migration implying ongoing abrasion of the surface. However, little is known about the interaction between dunes and the topography surrounding them...
2018: Journal of Geophysical Research. Planets
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