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Jian Liang, Jun Xie, Jing Gao, Chao-Qun Xu, Yi Yan, Gan-Chu Jia, Liang Xiang, Li-Ping Xie, Rong-Qing Zhang
Mantle can secret matrix proteins playing key roles in regulating the process of shell formation. The genes encoding lysine-rich matrix proteins (KRMPs) are one of the most highly expressed matrix genes in pearl oysters. However, the expression pattern of KRMPs is limited and the functions of them still remain unknown. In this study, we isolated and identified six new members of lysine-rich matrix proteins, rich in lysine, glycine and tyrosine, and all of them are basic matrix proteins. Combined with four members of the KRMPs previously reported, all these proteins can be divided into three subclasses according to the results of phylogenetic analyses: KRMP1-3 belong to subclass KPI, KRMP4-5 belong to KPII, and KRMP6-10 belong to KPIII...
December 2, 2016: Marine Biotechnology
Jimin Ren, A Dean Sherry, Craig R Malloy
PURPOSE: To develop an efficient (31) P magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) method for measuring creatine kinase (CK) activity, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis, and motion dynamics in the human brain at 7 Tesla (T). METHODS: Three band inversion modules differing in center frequency were used to induce magnetization transfer (MT) effect in three exchange pathways: (i) CK-mediated reaction PCr → γ-ATP; (ii) de novo ATP synthesis Pi → γ-ATP; and (iii) ATP intramolecular (31) P-(31) P cross-relaxation γ-(α-) ↔ β-ATP...
November 20, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
John J Brusk, Robert J Bensley
BACKGROUND: Online health education has expanded its reach due to cost-effective implementation and demonstrated effectiveness. However, a limitation exists with the evaluation of online health education implementations and how the impact of the system is attenuated by the extent to which a user engages with it. Moreover, the current online health education research does not consider how this engagement has been affected by the transition from fixed to mobile user access over the last decade...
November 15, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
Haytham Taha, Dana Abdulhay, Neama Luqman, Samer Ellahham
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi is the main tertiary care referral hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 560 bed capacity that is fully occupied most of the time. SKMC senior management has made a commitment to make quality and patient safety a top priority. Our governing body Abu Dhabi Health Services Company has identified medication reconciliation as a critical patient safety measure and key performance indicator (KPI). The medication reconciliation electronic form a computerized decision support tool was introduced to improve medication reconciliation compliance on transition of care at admission, transfer and discharge of patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Nigel D Toussaint, Lawrence P McMahon, Gregory Dowling, Stephen G Holt, Gillian Smith, Maria Safe, Richard Knight, Kathleen Fair, Leanne Linehan, Rowan G Walker, David A Power
♦ Background: Increased demand for treatment of end-stage kidney disease has largely been accommodated by a costly increase in satellite hemodialysis (SHD) in most jurisdictions. In the Australian State of Victoria, a marked regional variation in the uptake of home-based dialysis suggests that use of home therapies could be increased as an alternative to SHD. An earlier strategy based solely on increased remuneration had failed to increase uptake of home therapies. Therefore, the public dialysis funder adopted the incidence and prevalence of home-based dialysis therapies as a key performance indicator (KPI) for its health services to encourage greater uptake of home therapies...
September 28, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Ami Hale, Nanna Christiansen, Heather Calvert
AIM: To assess the time it takes for paediatric TTA and inpatient orders to be dispensed and sent to ward. This is to establish if the Trust is meeting an operational Key Performance Indicator (KPI). STANDARDS KPIS: ▸ 85% of urgent items (TTAs) dispensed within 1 hour.▸ 85% of non-urgent items (most inpatient orders) dispensed within 3 hrs. METHOD: To audit the time it takes for TTAs and inpatient orders to be screened, sent to dispensary, labelled, dispensed, checked, and leave dispensary...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Achim Escher, Nicolin Hainc, Daniel Boll
Business intelligence (BI) is a worthwhile investment, and will play a significant role in hospital management in the near future. Implementation of BI is challenging and requires resources, skills, and a strategy, but enables management to have easy access to relevant analysis of data and visualization of important key performance indicators (KPI). Modern BI applications will help to overcome shortages of common "hand-made" analysis, save time and money, and will enable even managers to do "self-service" analysis and reporting...
May 2016: Radiology Management
Huihuang H Ding, Steve W Cui, H Douglas Goff, Jie Chen, Qingbin Guo, Qi Wang
The structure of ethanol precipitated fraction from 1M KOH extracted flaxseed kernel polysaccharides (KPI-EPF) was studied for better understanding the molecular structures of flaxseed kernel cell wall polysaccharides. Based on methylation/GC-MS, NMR spectroscopy, and MALDI-TOF-MS analysis, the dominate sugar residues of KPI-EPF fraction comprised of (1,4,6)-linked-β-d-glucopyranose (24.1mol%), terminal α-d-xylopyranose (16.2mol%), (1,2)-α-d-linked-xylopyranose (10.7mol%), (1,4)-β-d-linked-glucopyranose (10...
October 20, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
Mahtab Karami, Reza Safdari
OBJECTIVE: The development and implementation of a dashboard of medical imaging department (MID) performance indicators. METHOD: Several articles discussing performance measures of imaging departments were searched for this study. All the related measures were extracted. Then, a panel of imaging experts were asked to rate these measures with an open ended question to seek further potential indicators. A second round was performed to confirm the performance rating...
2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
Tianfang Wang, Parinyaporn Nuurai, Carmel McDougall, Patrick S York, Utpal Bose, Bernard M Degnan, Scott F Cummins
Abalone (Haliotis) undergoes a period of reproductive maturation, followed by the synchronous release of gametes, called broadcast spawning. Field and laboratory studies have shown that the tropical species Haliotis asinina undergoes a two-week spawning cycle, thus providing an excellent opportunity to investigate the presence of endogenous spawning-associated peptides. In female H. asinina, we have isolated a peptide (5145 Da) whose relative abundance in hemolymph increases substantially just prior to spawning and is still detected using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography chromatograms up to 1-day post-spawn...
July 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
Hao Wu, Mingyu Wang, Yuqing Liu, Xinhua Wang, Yunkun Wang, Jinxing Lu, Hai Xu
The prevalence of antimicrobial resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in poultry products has been a public concern, as it severely endangers food safety and human health. In this study, we investigated 90 antimicrobial resistant Klebsiella strains that were isolated from a commercial broiler slaughter plant in Shandong province of China. Nearly all (89/90) of the isolates were identified as infectious phylogenetic group KpI-type K. pneumoniae. Out of these 90 strains, 87 (96.7%) were multidrug-resistant isolates, and 87 (96...
September 2, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Anna-Madeleine Beckmann, Konstantin Glebov, Jochen Walter, Olaf Merkel, Martin Mangold, Frederike Schmidt, Christoph Becker-Pauly, Michael Gütschow, Marit Stirnberg
Proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) leads to amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides. So far, the mechanism of APP processing is insufficiently characterized at the molecular level. Whereas the knowledge of Aβ generation by several proteases has been expanded, the contribution of the Kunitz-type protease inhibitor domain (KPI) present in two major APP isoforms to the complex proteolytic processing of APP is poorly understood. In this study, we have identified KPI-containing APP as a very potent, slow-binding inhibitor for the membrane-bound proteolytic regulator of iron homeostasis matriptase-2 by forming stable complexes with its target protease in HEK cells...
August 1, 2016: Biological Chemistry
Li-Ping Zhao, Tian-Min Xu, Mu-Jie Kan, Ye-Chen Xiao, Man-Hua Cui
Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) acts by breaking down the basement membrane and is involved in cell proliferation, migration and invasion. These actions are mediated by binding to the uPA receptor (uPAR) via its growth factor domain (GFD). The present study evaluated the effects of uPAg-KPI, a fusion protein of uPA-GFD and a kunitz protease inhibitor (KPI) domain that is present in the amyloid β-protein precursor. Using SKOV-3 cells, an ovarian cancer cell line, we examined cell viability, migration, invasion and also protein expression...
May 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Jinhee Kim, Jongcheol Lee, Sungchul Kim
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.3831/KPI.2015.18.026.].
December 2015: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Yajie Wang, Fengyi Wu, Haining Pan, Wenzhong Zheng, Chi Feng, Yunfu Wang, Zixin Deng, Lianrong Wang, Jie Luo, Shi Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by amyloid-β (Aβ) deposition in the brain. Aβ plaques are produced through sequential β/γ cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP), of which there are three main APP isoforms: APP695, APP751 and APP770. KPI-APPs (APP751 and APP770) are known to be elevated in AD, but the reason remains unclear. Transcription activator-like (TAL) effector nucleases (TALENs) induce mutations with high efficiency at specific genomic loci, and it is thus possible to knock out specific regions using TALENs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Brenda Gannon, Cheryl Jones, Aileen McCabe, Ronan O'Sullivan, Abel Wakai
OBJECTIVES: High quality data is fundamental to using key performance indicators (KPIs) for performance monitoring. However, the resources required to collect high quality data are often significant and should usually be targeted at high priority areas. As part of a study of 11 emergency department (ED) KPIs in Ireland, the primary objective of this study was to estimate the relative cost of collecting the additional minimum data set (MDS) elements for those 11 KPIs. METHODS: An economic cost analysis focused on 12 EDs in the Republic of Ireland...
January 25, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Adrian Murphy, Abel Wakai, Cathal Walsh, Fergal Cummins, Ronan O'Sullivan
INTRODUCTION: Key performance indicators (KPIs) are used to monitor and evaluate critical areas of clinical and support functions that influence patient outcome. Traditional prehospital emergency care performance monitoring has focused solely on response time metrics. The landscape of emergency care delivery in Ireland is in the process of significant national reconfiguration. The development of KPIs is therefore considered one of the key priorities in prehospital research. AIMS: The aim of this study was to develop a suite of KPIs for prehospital emergency care in Ireland...
April 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Coralith García, Lizeth Astocondor, Beatriz Rojo-Bezares, Jan Jacobs, Yolanda Sáenz
Klebsiella pneumoniae (KP) is the most common cause of neonatal sepsis in the low- and middle-income countries. Our objective was to describe the phenotypic and molecular characteristics of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producer KP in neonatal care centers from Peru. We collected 176 non-duplicate consecutive KP isolates from blood isolates of neonates from eight general public hospitals of Lima, Peru. The overall rate of ESBL production was 73.3% (N = 129). The resistance rates were higher among ESBL-producer isolates when compared with the nonproducers: 85...
February 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Shen Yin, Xiaochen Xie, James Lam, Kie Chung Cheung, Huijun Gao
The key performance indicator (KPI) has an important practical value with respect to the product quality and economic benefits for modern industry. To cope with the KPI prognosis issue under nonlinear conditions, this paper presents an improved incremental learning approach based on available process measurements. The proposed approach takes advantage of the algorithm overlapping of locally weighted projection regression (LWPR) and partial least squares (PLS), implementing the PLS-based prognosis in each locally linear model produced by the incremental learning process of LWPR...
November 20, 2015: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Tina M George, Peter D Olsen, Nick E Kimber, Jeremy P Shearman, Jamie G Hamilton, Michael J Hamlin
The aim of this study was to investigate whether playing rugby at altitude or after travel (domestic and international) disadvantaged teams. In a retrospective longitudinal study, all matches (N = 125) played in the 2012 Super Rugby Competition were analyzed for key performance indicators (KPI) from coded game data provided by OPTA sports data company. Matches were played in a home-away format in New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia. Teams based at sea level but playing at altitude (1,271-1,753 m) were more likely to miss tackles (mean ± 90% confidence interval, 1...
December 2015: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
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