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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913960/neuroimaging-abnormalities-in-clade-c-hiv-are-independent-of-tat-genetic-diversity
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Robert H Paul, Sarah Phillips, Jacqueline Hoare, David H Laidlaw, Ryan Cabeen, Gayla R Olbricht, Yuqing Su, Dan J Stein, Susan Engelbrecht, Soraya Seedat, Lauren E Salminen, Laurie M Baker, Jodi Heaps, John Joska
Controversy remains regarding the neurotoxicity of clade C human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-C). When examined in preclinical studies, a cysteine to serine substitution in the C31 dicysteine motif of the HIV-C Tat protein (C31S) results in less severe brain injury compared to other viral clades. By contrast, patient cohort studies identify significant neuropsychological impairment among HIV-C individuals independent of Tat variability. The present study clarified this discrepancy by examining neuroimaging markers of brain integrity among HIV-C individuals with and without the Tat substitution...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909125/ageing-deep-vein-thrombosis-and-male-gender-predict-poor-outcome-after-acute-achilles-tendon-rupture
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E Domeij- Arverud, P Anundsson, E Hardell, G Barreng, G Edman, A Latifi, F Labruto, P W Ackermann
AIMS: Patients with an acute Achilles tendon rupture (ATR) take a long time to heal, have a high incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and widely variable functional outcomes. This variation in outcome may be explained by a lack of knowledge of adverse factors, and a subsequent shortage of appropriate interventions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 111 patients (95 men, 16 women; mean age 40.3, standard deviation 8.4) with an acute total ATR were prospectively assessed...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907822/a-comparison-study-the-different-impacts-of-sodium-hypochlorite-on-pvdf-and-psf-ultrafiltration-uf-membranes
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Yang Zhang, Jie Wang, Fei Gao, Yongsheng Chen, Hongwei Zhang
Chemical ageing of ultrafiltration membranes related to drinking water operation is not a new problem, but literature documenting sieving properties and fouling behaviors of aged membranes are scarce. This paper shows how the surface chemistry evolution of polysulfone (PSF) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes can lead to the formation of distinct membrane properties when exposed to sodium hypochlorite solutions. The surface physicochemical evolutions of aged membranes are characterized based on chemical composition (ATR-FTIR and XPS), water contact angle analysis, and surface zeta potential test...
November 7, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905577/infrared-spectroscopy-and-spectroscopic-imaging-in-forensic-science
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REVIEW
Andrew V Ewing, Sergei G Kazarian
Infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging, are robust, label free and inherently non-destructive methods with a high chemical specificity and sensitivity that are frequently employed in forensic science research and practices. This review aims to discuss the applications and recent developments of these methodologies in this field. Furthermore, the use of recently emerged Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic imaging in transmission, external reflection and Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) modes are summarised with relevance and potential for forensic science applications...
December 1, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905519/the-impact-of-dna-damage-response-gene-polymorphisms-on-therapeutic-outcomes-in-late-stage-ovarian-cancer
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F Guffanti, R Fruscio, E Rulli, G Damia
Late stage epithelial ovarian cancer has a dismal prognosis. Identification of pharmacogenomic markers (i.e. polymorphisms) to stratify patients to optimize individual therapy is of paramount importance. We here report the retrospective analysis of polymorphisms in 5 genes (ATM, ATR, Chk1, Chk2 and CDK12) involved in the cellular response to platinum in a cohort of 240 cancer patients with late stage ovarian cancer. The aim of the present study was to evaluate associations between the above mentioned SNPs and patients' clinical outcomes: overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS)...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903905/human-mlh1-suppresses-the-insertion-of-telomeric-sequences-at-intra-chromosomal-sites-in-telomerase-expressing-cells
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Pingping Jia, Megan Chastain, Ying Zou, Chengtao Her, Weihang Chai
Aberrant formation of interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs) promotes genome instabilities. However, it is unclear how aberrant ITS formation is suppressed in human cells. Here, we report that MLH1, a key protein involved in mismatch repair (MMR), suppresses telomeric sequence insertion (TSI) at intra-chromosomal regions. The frequency of TSI can be elevated by double-strand break (DSB) inducer and abolished by ATM/ATR inhibition. Suppression of TSI requires MLH1 recruitment to DSBs, indicating that MLH1's role in DSB response/repair is important for suppressing TSI...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900918/modification-of-gellan-gum-films-by-halloysite-physicochemical-evaluation-and-drug-permeation-properties
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Duangkamon Sakloetsakun, Thaned Pongjanyakul
The aims of this study were to determine the potential of gellan gum (GG) and halloysite (HS) dispersions at different mixing ratios and investigate the potential of GG-HS dispersions in film formation. To this end, the dispersions and films were characterized. The dispersions formed films with large particles ranging from 3-4 µm in size, with a zeta potential of approximately -35 mV. The GG-HS films were fabricated using a solvent-casting technique, which generated films with a white opaque appearance and rough surface...
November 30, 2016: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900373/10-nm-deep-sub-nanoliter-fluidic-nanochannels-on-germanium-for-attenuated-total-reflection-infrared-atr-ir-spectroscopy
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K K Sriram, Simantini Nayak, Stefanie Pengel, Chia-Fu Chou, Andreas Erbe
The fabrication of sub-nanoliter fluidic channels is demonstrated, with merely 10 nm depth on germanium, using conventional semiconductor device fabrication methods and a polymer assisted room-temperature sealing method. As a first application, an ultralow volume (650 pL) was studied by ATR-IR spectroscopy. A detection limit of ∼7.9 × 10(10) molecules of human serum albumin (HSA) (∼0.2 mM) in D2O was achieved with highly specific ATR-IR spectroscopy.
November 30, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900179/procollagen-markers-in-microdialysate-can-predict-patient-outcome-after-achilles-tendon-rupture
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Md Abdul Alim, Simon Svedman, Gunnar Edman, Paul W Ackermann
OBJECTIVE: Patients who sustain acute Achilles tendon rupture (ATR) exhibit variable and mostly impaired long-term functional, and patient-reported outcomes. However, there exists a lack of early predictive markers of long-term outcomes to facilitate the development of improved treatment methods. The aim of this study was to assess markers of tendon callus production in patients with ATR in terms of outcome, pain, and fatigue. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective cohort study; level of evidence 2...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897159/erratum-activating-atr-the-devil-s-in-the-detaa1l
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Wojciech Niedzwiedz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 29, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893298/replication-checkpoint-suppression-and-structure-of-centromeric-dna
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Francesco Romeo, Lucia Falbo, Vincenzo Costanzo
Human centromeres contain large amounts of repetitive DNA sequences known as α satellite DNA, which can be difficult to replicate and whose functional role is unclear. Recently, we have characterized protein composition, structural organization and checkpoint response to stalled replication forks of centromeric chromatin reconstituted in Xenopus laevis egg extract. We showed that centromeric DNA has high affinity for SMC2-4 subunits of condensins and for CENP-A, it is enriched for DNA repair factors and suppresses the ATR checkpoint to ensure its efficient replication...
November 28, 2016: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892797/nek8-regulates-dna-damage-induced-rad51-foci-formation-and-replication-fork-protection
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Antonio Abeyta, Maria Castella, Celine Jacquemont, Toshiyasu Taniguchi
Proteins essential for homologous recombination play a pivotal role in the repair of DNA double strand breaks, DNA inter-strand crosslinks and replication fork stability. Defects in homologous recombination also play a critical role in the development of cancer and the sensitivity of these cancers to chemotherapy. RAD51, an essential factor for homologous recombination and replication fork protection, accumulates and forms immunocytochemically detectable nuclear foci at sites of DNA damage. To identify kinases that may regulate RAD51 localization to sites of DNA damage, we performed a human kinome siRNA library screen, using DNA damage-induced RAD51 foci formation as readout...
November 28, 2016: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890872/effect-of-astigmatism-on-refraction-in-children-with-high-hyperopia
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Hao Hu, Jinhui Dai, Minjie Chen, Lanting Chen, Lingli Jiang, Ran Lin, Ling Wang
The aim of this study was to evaluate primitively whether the extent and component of astigmatism influences regression in degree of spherical (DS) and the best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of children with hyperopia of +5.00 diopters (D) or greater. Children were screened from the outpatient refraction database in the Wenling No. 1 People's Hospital in Zhejiang province and in Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University between June 2005 and December 2015. Eligible eyes were divided into three groups according to the extent of astigmatism: group of astigmatism ≤ -2 D of cylinder, group without astigmatism or with astigmatism ≥ -0...
November 27, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889354/influence-of-ozonolysis-time-during-sugarcane-pretreatment-effects-on-the-fiber-and-enzymatic-saccharification
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Olavo Micali Perrone, Jessika Souza Rossi, Marcia Maria de Souza Moretti, Christiane da Costa Carreira Nunes, Sidnei Emilio Bordignon, Eleni Gomes, Roberto Da-Silva, Mauricio Boscolo
Modifications in sugarcane bagasse (SCB) from ozonolysis (O) NaOH (B) and ultrasound (U) (OBU) treatment for cellulosic ethanol production by enzymatic hydrolysis, were evaluated when increasing the exposure time of SCB to ozone. The lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose after treatment were quantified: lignin removal and a consequent increase in cellulose content were shown using an infrared spectroscopic technique (ATR-FTIR) and chemical characterization. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) proved that OBU treatment does not affect the crystalline cellulose portion and electron microscopy techniques established that the fiber region most affected by the OBU treatment was the secondary cell wall, where the greatest lignin content is located...
November 15, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889181/brazilian-cerrado-soil-reveals-an-untapped-microbial-potential-for-unpretreated-polyethylene-biodegradation
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Julianna Peixoto, Luciano P Silva, Ricardo H Krüger
Discarded PE-based products pose a social and environmental threat because of their recalcitrance to degradation, a consequence of the unique set of PE's physicochemical properties. In this study we isolated nine novel PE-degrading bacteria from plastic debris found in soil of the savanna-like Brazilian Cerrado. These bacterial strains from the genera Comamonas, Delftia, and Stenotrophomonas showed metabolic activity and cellular viability after a 90-day incubation with PE as the sole carbon source. ATR/FTIR indicated that biodegraded PE undergone oxidation, vinylene formation, chain scission, among other chemical changes...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889173/variability-in-the-adaptive-acid-tolerance-response-phenotype-of-salmonella-enterica-strains
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Alexandra Lianou, George-John E Nychas, Konstantinos P Koutsoumanis
The objective of this study was the assessment of the stationary-phase, low-pH-inducible acid tolerance response (ATR) of different Salmonella enterica strains. For this purpose, 30 strains of the pathogen were grown in tryptone soy broth in the absence (non-adapted cultures) and presence (1% w/v; acid-adapted cultures) of glucose, and then subjected to 4-h acid challenge trials at pH 3.0. Surviving populations of each strain were determined at 1-h intervals, and the Weibull model was fitted to the derived microbiological data...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878172/understanding-the-role-of-hydrogen-bonding-in-br%C3%A3-nsted-acidic-ionic-liquid-catalyzed-transesterification-a-combined-theoretical-and-experimental-investigation
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Kaixin Li, Yibo Yan, Jun Zhao, Junxi Lei, Xinli Jia, Samir H Mushrif, Yanhui Yang
Brønsted acidic ionic liquids (BAILs) can play a dual role, as a solvent and as a catalyst, in many reactions. However, molecular details of the catalytic mechanism are poorly understood. We present here a density functional theory (DFT) study for the catalytic mechanism of the transesterification of methyl ester (ME) with trimethylolpropane (TMP), in the presence of three representative BAILs, namely, N-methylimidazole-IL, pyridinium-IL, and triethylamine-IL. The deprotonation of the BAIL cation and the transesterification step are investigated...
November 23, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878171/fine-regulation-of-cellulose-dissolution-and-regeneration-by-low-pressure-co2-in-dmso-organic-base-dissolution-behavior-and-mechanism
#18
Jinfang Wang, Zhimin Xue, Chuanyu Yan, Zhonghao Li, Tiancheng Mu
In this study, the fine regulation of the dissolution and regeneration of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) using very low pressure (0-0.2 MPa) CO2 in a mixed solvent of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and 1,8-diazabicyclo-[5.4.0]-undec-7-ene (DBU) at a very low temperature (30 °C) was achieved. The solubility of MCC in DMSO/DBU (weight ratio of DMSO WDMSO = 0.90) could reach 9.0% at 30 °C and under CO2 pressure of 0.2 MPa. A similar phenomenon was observed in the mixed solvent DMSO/1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidine (TMG)...
November 23, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877111/polymerizing-pyrrole-coated-poly-l-lactic-acid-co-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-plcl-conductive-nanofibrous-conduit-combined-with-electric-stimulation-for-long-range-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#19
Jialin Song, Binbin Sun, Shen Liu, Wei Chen, Yuanzheng Zhang, Chunyang Wang, Xiumei Mo, Junyi Che, Yuanming Ouyang, Weien Yuan, Cunyi Fan
Electrospinning and electric stimulation (ES) are both promising methods to support neuron adhesion and guide extension of neurons for nerve regeneration. Concurrently, all studies focus on either electrospinning for conduits material or ES in vitro study to accelerate nerve regeneration; few work on the combined use of these two strategies or ES in vivo study. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the abilities of direct current ES through electrospinning conductive polymer composites composed of polypyrrole and Poly (l-lactic acid-co-ε-caprolactone) (PPY/PLCL) in peripheral nerve regeneration...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874177/the-differentiation-of-menstrual-from-venous-blood-and-other-body-fluids-on-various-substrates-using-atr-ft-ir-spectroscopy
#20
Alicia A Quinn, Kelly M Elkins
Crime scene investigators and laboratory analysts use chemical tests to detect and differentiate body fluids. Testing often requires a sample of the stain, and the chemicals may cause degradation of the fluid or interfere with subsequent tests. Colorimetric chemical tests do not differentiate between different types of the same fluid, such as venous and menstrual blood, and there is no presumptive test available to simultaneously differentiate several body fluids. In this study, we recorded ATR FT-IR spectra of venous and menstrual blood, semen, saliva, and breastmilk...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
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