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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778724/a-tangle-of-forms-and-phylogeny-extensive-morphological-homoplasy-and-molecular-clock-heterogeneity-in-bonnetina-and-related-tarantulas
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David Ortiz, Oscar F Francke, Jason E Bond
Tarantula spider systematics has long been considered problematic. Species diagnosis and phylogenetic hypotheses have historically relied on morphological features, which are known to be relatively conserved and/or highly homoplastic across the family. Morphology-based attempts to clarify the phylogeny of the highly diverse New World Theraphosinae, have only been moderately successful, and the time-frame of tarantulas' evolution is nearly terra incognita. Here we present a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the Theraphosinae genus Bonnetina and related lineages, employing one mitochondrial (COI) and five nuclear (ITS1, EF1G, MID1IP1, MRPL44, and I3568) loci...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778426/germline-cytoskeletal-and-extra-cellular-matrix-related-single-nucleotide-variations-associated-with-distinct-cancer-survival-rates
#2
Shayan Falasiri, Tasnif Rahman, Yaping N Tu, Timothy J Fawcett, George Blanck
BACKGROUND: Human mutagenesis has a large stochastic component. Thus, large coding regions, especially cytoskeletal and extra-cellular matrix protein (CECMP) coding regions are particularly vulnerable to mutations. Recent results have verified a high level of somatic mutations in the CECMP coding regions in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA), and a relatively common occurrence of germline, deleterious mutations in the TCGA breast cancer dataset. METHODS: The objective of this study was to determine the correlations of CECMP coding region, germline nucleotide variations with both overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS)...
May 17, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777840/negative-pressure-wound-therapy-to-promote-fixation-and-remodeling-of-omental-flap-in-patients-with-revascularized-limbs-a-case-series
#3
Nicla Settembre, Mario D'oria, Charbel Saba, Zakariyae Bouziane, Sergueï Malikov
We present our experience with five patients with CLTI treated with distal revascularization and omental flap coverage. We decided to investigate the efficacy and safety of NPWT (negative-pressure wound therapy) in promoting the fixation and remodeling of the omental flap as there is some evidence in the literature about the optimization of results for skin graft and dermal substitutes. Surgical revascularization was always the first procedure attempted; wound coverage was realized 3-5 days after the primary procedure (omental free-flap in three patients and omental flow-through flap in two patients)...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775421/probability-of-heat-intolerance-standardized-interpretation-of-heat-tolerance-testing-results-versus-specialist-judgment
#4
Haggai Schermann, Erin Craig, Einat Yanovich, Itay Ketko, Gary Kalmanovich, Ran Yanovich
CONTEXT:   The heat-tolerance test (HTT) is a screening tool for secondary prevention of exertional heat illness by the Israel Defense Forces. To discern participant tolerance, recruits are exposed to intermediate environmental and exercise stresses, and their physiological responses, core temperature, and heart rate are monitored. When their physiological measures rise at a higher rate or exceed the upper levels of absolute values compared with other participants, heat intolerance (HI) is diagnosed...
April 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775321/direct-ortho-c-h-aminoalkylation-of-2-substituted-pyridine-derivatives-catalyzed-by-yttrium-complexes-with-n-n-diarylethylenediamido-ligands
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Abhinanda Kundu, Mariko Inoue, Haruki Nagae, Hayato Tsurugi, Kazushi Mashima
A mixed ligated amidoyttrium complex, Y(NBn2 )(L1)(THF)2 (8, L1 = N,N'-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)ethylenediamine), served as a catalyst for addition of the ortho-pyridyl C(sp2 )-H bond of 2-substituted pyridines to non-activated imines; complex 8 showed superior catalytic performance compared with Y[N(SiMe3 )2 ]3 (1) and Y[N(SiMe3 )2 ]2 (NBn2 )(THF) (2). Concerning the reaction mechanism, we conducted a stoichiometric reaction of an alkylyttrium complex, Y(CH2 SiMe3 )(L1)(THF)2 (7), with 2-ethylpyridine (4e), giving a mixture of (η3 -pyridylmethyl)yttrium complex 9 and (η2 -pyridyl)yttrium complex 10 along with elimination of SiMe4 ...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775306/mechanistic-study-on-water-splitting-reactions-by-small-silicon-clusters-si-3-x-x-si-be-mg-ca
#6
Tran Dieu Hang, Minh Tho Nguyen
(Abstract) Interaction, dissociation and dehydrogenation reactions of water monomer and dimer with pure and mixed tetrameric silicon clusters Si3X with X = Si, Be, Mg, Ca were investigated using high accuracy quantum chemical calculations. While geometries were optimized using the DFT/B3LYP functional with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set, reaction energy profiles were constructed making use of the coupled-cluster theory with extrapolation to complete basis set, CCSD(T)/CBS. Cleavage of the O-H bond in water dimer is found to be more favored than that of water monomer in the reaction with Si4...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773092/preliminary-study-on-drug-susceptibility-profile-and-resistance-mechanisms-to-macrolides-of-clinical-isolates-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-from-china
#7
Fu Li, Gui Lian Li, Hui Pang, Hai Can Liu, Tong Yang Xiao, Shuang Jun Li, Qiao Luo, Yi Jiang, Rui Bai Wang, Kang Lin Wan
OBJECTIVE: Macrolide susceptibility and drug resistance mechanisms of clinical non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) isolates were preliminarily investigated for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of the infection in China. METHODS: Four macrolides, including clarithromycin (CLAR), azithromycin (AZM), roxithromycin (ROX), and erythromycin (ERY), were used to test the drug susceptibility of 310 clinical NTM isolates from six provinces of China with the broth microdilution method...
April 2018: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772305/jatrophane-diterpenoids-from-euphorbia-helioscopia-and-their-lipid-lowering-activities
#8
Jun Li, Hui-Hui Li, Wen-Qiong Wang, Wei-Bin Song, Yi-Ping Wang, Li-Jiang Xuan
The phytochemical study of Euphorbia helioscopia led to the isolation of 33 jatrophane diterpenoids (1-33), of which six (1-6) were new. This small jatrophane library was established to screen for potential lipid modulators. LDL-Uptake screening assay demonstrated that most of them improved LDL-Uptake rate in HepG2 cells, with compounds 16, 21 and 26 exhibiting more outstanding effects. Further exploration found that these three compounds could increase LDLR protein level in HepG2 cells dose-dependently. SAR studies suggested that substituted patterns of C-9, steric hindrance between C-14 and C-15, and the long conjugated fragment from C-5 to the carbonyl (C-9) were essential for the activity...
May 14, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772177/capture-ferment-upgrade-a-three-step-approach-for-the-valorization-of-sewage-organics-as-commodities
#9
Abbas Alloul, Ramon Ganigue, Marc Spiller, Francis A Meerburg, Cristina Cagnetta, Korneel Rabaey, Siegfried E Vlaeminck
This critical review outlines a roadmap for the conversion of chemical oxygen demand (COD) contained in sewage to commodities based on three-steps: capture COD as sludge, ferment it to volatile fatty acids (VFA), and upgrade VFA to products. The article analyzes the state-of-the-art of this three-step approach and discusses the bottlenecks and challenges. The potential of this approach is illustrated for the European Union's 28 member states (EU-28) through Monte Carlo simulations. High-rate contact stabilization captures the highest amount of COD (66-86 gCOD person equivalent-1 day-1 in 60% of the iterations)...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772172/an-unusual-salt-effect-in-an-interfacial-nucleophilic-substitution-reaction
#10
Shuheng Li, Milan Mrksich
This paper reports a kinetic characterization of the interfacial reaction of N-methylpyrrolidine with a self-assembled monolayer presenting an iodoalkyl group. SAMDI mass spectrometry was used to determine the extent of reaction for monolayers that were treated with a range of concentrations of the nucleophile for a range of times. These data revealed a second-order rate constant for the reaction that was approximately 100-fold greater than that for the analogous solution-phase reaction. However, addition of sodium iodide to the reaction mixture resulted in a seven-fold decrease in the reac-tion rate...
May 17, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771732/maxillary-sinus-floor-augmentation-with-synthetic-bone-substitutes-compared-with-other-grafting-materials-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Thomas Starch-Jensen, Arne Mordenfeld, Jonas Peter Becktor, Simon Storgård Jensen
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypotheses of no differences in implant treatment outcome after maxillary sinus floor augmentation (MSFA) with synthetic bone substitutes (SBS) compared with other grafting materials applying the lateral window technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library search in combination with hand-search of selected journals was conducted. RESULTS: Five randomized controlled trials with low risk of bias fulfilled the inclusion criteria...
May 15, 2018: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770902/high-isolation-rate-and-multidrug-resistance-tendency-of-penicillin-susceptible-group-b-streptococcus-with-reduced-ceftibuten-susceptibility-in-japan
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Hirotsugu Banno, Kouji Kimura, Tomomi Seki, Wanchun Jin, Jun-Ichi Wachino, Keiko Yamada, Noriyuki Nagano, Yoshichika Arakawa
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) clinical isolates with reduced penicillin susceptibility (PRGBS) have emerged through acquisition of amino acid substitutions in penicillin-binding protein 2X (PBP2X). Moreover, we also reported the emergence of penicillin-susceptible GBS clinical isolates with reduced ceftibuten susceptibility (CTBr PSGBS) due to amino acid substitutions in PBPs. However, whether or not these amino acid substitutions are responsible for the reduced ceftibuten susceptibility (RCTBS) profile remains unclear...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769015/a-comparison-of-methods-for-estimating-substitution-rates-from-ancient-dna-sequence-data
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K Jun Tong, David A Duchêne, Sebastián Duchêne, Jemma L Geoghegan, Simon Y W Ho
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic analysis of DNA from modern and ancient samples allows the reconstruction of important demographic and evolutionary processes. A critical component of these analyses is the estimation of evolutionary rates, which can be calibrated using information about the ages of the samples. However, the reliability of these rate estimates can be negatively affected by among-lineage rate variation and non-random sampling. Using a simulation study, we compared the performance of three phylogenetic methods for inferring evolutionary rates from time-structured data sets: regression of root-to-tip distances, least-squares dating, and Bayesian inference...
May 16, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768309/the-impact-of-a-change-in-the-price-of-va-health-care-on-utilization-of-va-and-medicare-services
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Richard E Nelson, Bret Hicken, Megan Vanneman, Chuan-Fen Liu, Randall Rupper
INTRODUCTION: The passage of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 has expanded the non-Veteran Affairs (VA) care options for eligible US Veterans. In order for these new arrangements to provide the best care possible for Veterans, it is important to understand the relationship between VA and non-VA care options. The purpose of this study was to use another recent VA policy change, one that increased the reimbursement rate that eligible Veterans receive for travel for health care to VA, to understand the use of VA and Medicare services among Medicare-enrolled Veterans...
May 15, 2018: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767963/furfural-to-furfuryl-alcohol-computational-study-of-the-hydrogen-transfer-on-lewis-acidic-bea-zeolites-and-effects-of-cation-exchange-and-tetravalent-metal-substitution
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Anittha Prasertsab, Thana Maihom, Michael Probst, Chularat Wattanakit, Jumras Limtrakul
The hydrogen transfer of furfural to furfuryl alcohol with i-propanol as the hydrogen source over cation-exchanged Lewis acidic BEA zeolite has been investigated by means of density functional calculations. The reaction proceeds in three steps. First the O-H bond of i-propanol is broken to form a propoxide intermediate. After that, the furylmethoxy intermediate is formed via hydrogen transfer process, and finally furylmethoxy abstracts the proton to form the furfuryl alcohol product. The second step is rate-determining by requiring the highest activation energy (23...
May 16, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767415/micellized-tris-bipyridine-ruthenium-catalysts-affording-preparative-amounts-of-hydrated-electrons-with-a-green-light-emitting-diode
#16
Robert Naumann, Florian Lehmann, Martin Goez
We have explored alkyl substitution of the ligands as a means to improve the performance of the title complexes in photoredox catalytic systems that produce synthetically useable amounts of hydrated electrons through photon pooling. Despite generating a superreductant, these electron sources only consume the bioavailable ascorbate and are driven by a green light-emitting diode (LED). The substitutions influence the catalyst activity through the quenching and recombination rates across the micelle-water interface, and the photoionization quantum yield...
May 16, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765560/transarterial-chemoembolization-as-a-substitute-to-radiofrequency-ablation-for-treating-barcelona-clinic-liver-cancer-stage-0-a-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Kentaro Ishikawa, Tetsuhiro Chiba, Yoshihiko Ooka, Eiichiro Suzuki, Sadahisa Ogasawara, Takahiro Maeda, Masayuki Yokoyama, Masanori Inoue, Toru Wakamatsu, Yuko Kusakabe, Tomoko Saito, Akinobu Tawada, Makoto Arai, Tatsuo Kanda, Hitoshi Maruyama, Fumio Imazeki, Naoya Kato
Background and Aim: Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is the standard procedure for treating Barcelona clinic liver cancer (BCLC) stage B hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, it is often carried out in the treatment of BCLC stage 0/A HCC for various reasons. This study aimed to elucidate the prognosis for BCLC stage 0/A HCC patients treated with TACE or with radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Materials and Methods: The prognosis of 242 BCLC stage 0/A HCC patients within Milan criteria who underwent initially TACE or RFA were retrospectively analyzed using propensity score matching analysis...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765523/overexpressing-tpte2-tpip-a-homolog-of-the-human-tumor-suppressor-gene-pten-rescues-the-abnormal-phenotype-of-the-pten-mutant
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Daniel F Lusche, Emma C Buchele, Kanoe B Russell, Benjamin A Soll, Michele I Vitolo, Michael R Klemme, Deborah J Wessels, David R Soll
One possible approach to normalize mutant cells that are metastatic and tumorigenic, is to upregulate a functionally similar homolog of the mutated gene. Here we have explored this hypothesis by generating an overexpressor of TPTE2 ( TPIP ), a homolog of PTEN , in PTEN-/- mutants, the latter generated by targeted mutagenesis of a human epithelial cell line. Overexpression of TPTE2 normalized phenotypic changes associated with the PTEN mutation. The PTEN-/- -associated changes rescued by overexpressing TPTE2 included 1) accelerated wound healing in the presence or absence of added growth factors (GFs), 2) increased division rates on a 2D substrate in the presence of GFs, 3) adhesion and viability on a 2D substrate in the absence of GFs, 4) viability in a 3D Matrigel model in the absence of GFs and substrate adhesion 5) loss of apoptosis-associated annexin V cell surface binding sites...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765256/grazoprevir-elbasvir-for-the-treatment-of-adults-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-short-review-on-the-clinical-evidence-and-place-in-therapy
#19
REVIEW
Nimisha Sulejmani, Syed-Mohammed Jafri
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection impacts approximately 71 million people and approximately 400,000 deaths are attributed to HCV-related liver disease annually worldwide. Mainstay of treatment for over 25 years has been pegylated interferon until the advent of protease inhibitors, which has led to all-oral HCV treatment regimens that have changed the outlook of hepatitis C treatment. Grazoprevir/elbasvir provides high rates of efficacy and tolerability and is an all-oral once daily treatment option for HCV infection...
2018: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763982/bone-graft-in-posterior-spine-fusion-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Nathan Kirzner, Luke Hilliard, Catherine Martin, Gerald Quan, Susan Liew, Ali Humadi
BACKGROUNDS: The aim of this study was to systematically analyse and perform a meta-analysis on the current available literature comparing the fusion rates and complications associated with use of autograft, allograft and bone substitutes to supplement posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). METHODS: The electronic databases including Embase, PubMed, Medline, Cinahl and Cochrane Library were searched to identify relevant studies. A total of 12 studies with 2389 patients were included for meta-analysis...
May 15, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
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