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X F Guo, Z G Li
Robotic assisted surgery system is the most advanced minimally invasive surgical platform in the world, and this system has been widely used in cardiac surgery, urology surgery, gynecology surgery and general surgery. Although the application of this system was relative late in esophageal surgery, it has been developing vigorously. According to the research progress and practical experience in the world, robot assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) has the same safety and effectiveness as traditional open esophagectomy (OE) and thoracoscopic laparoscopic esophagectomy (TLE)...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Shetal A Patel, Andy J Minn
The success of immune checkpoint blockade in patients with a wide variety of malignancies has changed the treatment paradigm in oncology. However, combination therapies with immune checkpoint blockade will be needed to overcome resistance and broaden the clinical utility of immunotherapy. Here we discuss a framework for rationally designing combination therapy strategies based on enhancing major discriminatory functions of the immune system that are corrupted by cancer-namely, antigenicity, adjuvanticity, and homeostatic feedback inhibition...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Dacheng Ma, Shuguang Peng, Weiren Huang, Zhiming Cai, Zhen Xie
Nuclease dead Cas9 (dCas9) has been widely used for modulating gene expression by fusing with different activation or repression domains. However, delivery of the CRISPR/Cas system fused with variant effector domains in a single adeno-associated virus (AAV) remains challenging due to the payload limit. Here, we engineered a set of downsized variants of Cas9 including Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 (SaCas9) that retained DNA binding activity by deleting conserved functional domains. We demonstrated that fusing FokI nuclease domain to the N-terminal of the minimal SaCas9 (mini-SaCas9) or to the middle of the split mini-SaCas9 can trigger efficient DNA cleavage...
March 21, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Jesús Mosquera Mosquera, Malou Henriksen-Lacey, Isabel García, Miguel Martínez-Calvo, Jessica Rodriguez Villar, José L Mascareñas, Luis M Liz-Marzán
We describe an approach to regulate the cellular uptake of small gold nanoparticles using supramolecular chemistry. The strategy relies on the functionalization of AuNPs with negatively charged pyranines, which largely hamper their penetration in cells. Cellular uptake can be activated in situ through the addition of cationic covalent cages that specifically recognize the fluorescent pyranine dyes and counterbalance the negative charges. The high selectivity and reversibility of the host-guest recognition activates cellular uptake, even in protein-rich biological media, as well as its regulation by rational addition of either cage or pyranine...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Qingwei Xu, Kaili Xu
Mine safety assessment is a precondition for ensuring orderly and safety in production. The main purpose of this study was to prevent mine accidents more effectively by proposing a composite risk analysis model. First, the weights of the assessment indicators were determined by the revised integrated weight method, in which the objective weights were determined by a variation coefficient method and the subjective weights determined by the Delphi method. A new formula was then adopted to calculate the integrated weights based on the subjective and objective weights...
2018: PloS One
Muhammad Imran Din, Aneela Rani
The green fabrication of nanoparticles (NPs) by using plants as reducing and capping agents involves energy efficient, less toxic, safer and simpler pathways. These pathways have been related to the rational use of numerous substances in fabrication of NPs and synthetic strategies, which have been mainly discussed in this article. The subject matter of this review is to discuss how a chemist can follow the green chemistry principles in terms of selection of substances and protocols used for NPs fabrication...
March 21, 2018: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
Chien-Wei Hsu, Henrik Sundén
A catalyst-free, photochemical oxidative annulation reaction between dialkylanilines and maleimides to generate tetrahydroquinolines is presented. The reaction is driven by the photochemical activity of an electron donor-acceptor (EDA) complex and has a broad substrate scope with the corresponding products isolated in good to excellent yields. Photochemical characterization of the EDA complex and a mechanistic rational is provided.
March 21, 2018: Organic Letters
Xiaojuan Yu, Hua Hou, Baoshan Wang
Since SF6 is the most potent greenhouse gas, the search for a viable alternative is taking on great urgency for several decades but without success. The demanding combination of performance, safety, and environmental properties for the new chemistry superior to SF6 was thought to be nearly impossible to achieve. In contrast to the commonly used mixtures with two or three individual gases, a hybrid model has been proposed to create the new perfluorinated compounds with multiple unsaturated chemical bonds by means of full or partial integration of the parent molecules...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Allah Bukhsh, Muhammad Sarfraz Nawaz, Hafiz Sajjad Ahmed, Tahir Mehmood Khan
BACKGROUND: Diabetes self-care activities, like, healthy diet, regular exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and rational use of medicines are considered to play a vital role in establishing euglycemia. Health literacy among type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients in Pakistan is very low, which is the most likely cause for poor clinical outcomes. This study is designed to investigate the impact of pharmacist-led educational intervention on glycemic control, self-care activities and disease knowledge among T2DM patients in Pakistan...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Girish Kumar Gupta
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2018: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
N Dri Marcel Kouassi
Improving transfusion chain requires moral support for blood policy and ethics training of different actors. To optimize this support and ethics training, it is important to evaluate and strengthen the ethicality of the mandates of the structures involved in the transfusion chain. To help strengthen audit, this study will examine the use of anticipatory and forward slope of the principle of ethical responsibility in the blood policy in Quebec and Côte d'Ivoire. By elucidating the conditionalities of efficient use of accountability within these transfusion chain, this paper deepens the fundamentals of acting rational, sensible, prudential and therefore responsible to his blood systems and supports, at the same time the ideas of biomonitoring and preventive medicine...
May 22, 2017: Journal International de Bioéthique et D'éthique des Sciences
Bo Fan, Wenxin Dong, Tianyi Chen, Jianlin Chu, Bingfang He
The 62nd residue of glycosyltransferase UGTBL1 was identified as a "hotspot" for glycosylation at 3-OH of resveratrol. Via semi-rational design including structure-guided alanine scanning and saturation mutations, the mutation I62G significantly switched the regioselectivity from 4'-OH to 3-OH of resveratrol and mainly produced polydatin (87.7%), a therapeutic natural product.
March 21, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Jindan Li, Zijuan Hai, Huiqiong Xiao, Xiaoyi Yi, Gaolin Liang
Nanoprobes are advantageous over small molecular probes in sensitivity but most luminescence molecules used to construct nanoprobes often suffer from an aggregation-caused quenching effect. Herein, we rationally designed a small molecular probe Cys(StBu)-Lys(Ru(bpy)32+)-CBT (1) which "smartly" self-assembled into nanoparticles 1-NPs inside cells with non-quenched, persistent phosphorescence. Employing this property, we successfully applied 1 for long-term sensing of biothiol activity in living HepG2 cells and tumors...
March 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Linlin Yang, Jun Zhao, Xinling Yu, Ruilong Zhang, Guangmei Han, Renyong Liu, Zhengjie Liu, Tingting Zhao, Ming-Yong Han, Zhongping Zhang
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a key signaling molecule in the cytoprotection, vascular mediation and neurotransmission of living organisms. In-depth understanding of its production, trafficking, and transformation in cells is very important in the way H2S mediates cellular signal transductions and organism functions; it also motivates the development of H2S probes and imaging technologies. A fundamental challenge, however, is how to engineer probes with sensitivity and cellular penetrability that allow detection of spontaneous production of H2S in the entire cell space and live animals...
March 21, 2018: Analyst
Risa Anzai, Yoshiki Asami, Waka Inoue, Hina Ueno, Koya Yamada, Tetsuji Okada
Systematic analysis of the statistical and dynamical properties of proteins is critical to understanding cellular events. Extraction of biologically relevant information from a set of high-resolution structures is important because it can provide mechanistic details behind the functional properties of protein families, enabling rational comparison between families. Most of the current structural comparisons are pairwise-based, which hampers the global analysis of increasing contents in the Protein Data Bank...
January 2018: Heliyon
Lisanna Lamb, Nadja Affenzeller, Lynn Hewison, Kevin James McPeake, Helen Zulch, Daniel S Mills
Adherence to the advice of medical practitioners is critical to successful treatment outcomes and has been much researched in human health, but is less well studied in the veterinary and clinical animal behavior fields. Given that the management of behavior problems often requires substantial change in established client behavior, it is likely that adherence is a substantive issue affecting success. However, little is known about the relationships between relevant factors, and there is no established way of assessing these...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Min Huang, Qiyu Zhao, Fen Chen, Qihan You, Tian'an Jiang
To describe the atypical enhancement pattern of hepatic hemangiomas on contrast-enhanced sonography. 22 patients with hepatic hemangiomas that were atypical on contrast-enhanced ultrasound were included in the study, all of them were confirmd by biopsy or surgery pathology. Atypical appearance of hepatic hemangiomas on contrast-enhanced ultrasound were divided into seven subtypes: (i) peripheral nodular enhancement in the arterial phase with centripedal filling, hypoechoic change in the delayed phase; (ii) peripheral circular enhancement; (iii) peripheral nodular enhancement; (iv) none enhancement; (v) septal enhancement; (vi) a central enhancing focus in the arterial phase, followed by a centrifugal enhancement in the portal venous phase, hypoechoic change in the delayed phase; (vii) slowly spoke wheel enhancement...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Jamie R Santistevan, Brian R Sharp, Azita G Hamedani, Scott Fruhan, Andrew W Lee, Brian W Patterson
Introduction: Opioid prescribing patterns have come under increasing scrutiny with the recent rise in opioid prescriptions, opioid misuse and abuse, and opioid-related adverse events. To date, there have been limited studies on the effect of default tablet quantities as part of emergency department (ED) electronic order entry. Our goal was to evaluate opioid prescribing patterns before and after the removal of a default quantity of 20 tablets from ED electronic order entry. Methods: We performed a retrospective observational study at a single academic, urban ED with 58,000 annual visits...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Xueyu Dou, Qing Zhou, Xiaohong Chen, Yeqiang Tan, Xin He, Ping Lu, Kunyan Sui, Ben Zhong Tang, Yongming Zhang, Wang Zhang Yuan
Nonconventional biomacromolecular luminogens have attracted extensive interests due to their fundamental importance and potential applications in diverse areas. To explore novel luminogens and moreover to gain deeper insights into their emission mechanism, we study the emission behaviors of sodium alginate (SA), a natural anionic polysaccharide composed of mannuronic (M) and guluronic acids (G). We find that the luminescence from aqueous SA solutions exhibits distinct concentration enhanced emission and aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics...
March 20, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Aimin Tan, John C Fanaras
LC-MS/MS has been the dominant analytical technology for quantitative bioanalysis of drugs and metabolites for more than two decades. Despite this, a very fundamental question like how much separation is required for LC-MS/MS quantitative bioanalysis of drugs and metabolites has not been adequately addressed. Some think that no or only very limited separation is necessary thanks to the unparalleled selectivity offered by tandem mass spectrometry. Others think that the more separation, the better, because of the potential detrimental impact of matrix effect (ion suppression or enhancement)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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