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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654292/broadband-absorbing-semiconducting-polymer-nanoparticles-for-photoacoustic-imaging-in-second-near-infrared-window
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Yuyan Jiang, Paul Kumar Upputuri, Chen Xie, Yan Lyu, Lulu Zhang, Qihua Xiong, Manojit Pramanik, Kanyi Pu
Photoacoustic (PA) imaging holds great promise for preclinical research and clinical practice. However, most studies rely on the laser wavelength in the first near infrared (NIR) window (NIR-I, 650-950 nm), while few studies have been exploited in the second NIR window (NIR-II, 1000-1700 nm), mainly due to the lack of NIR-II absorbing contrast agents. We herein report the synthesis of a broadband absorbing PA contrast agent based on semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (SPN-II) and apply it for PA imaging in NIR-II window...
June 27, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654256/structurally-diverse-diterpenoids-from-isodon-scoparius-and-their-bioactivity
#2
Hua-Yi Jiang, Wei-Guang Wang, Jian-Wei Tang, Miao Liu, Xing-Ren Li, Kun Hu, Xue Du, Xiao-Nian Li, Hong-Bin Zhang, Jian-Xin Pu, Han-Dong Sun
Fourteen new diterpenoids (1-14) based on four skeletal types and two known analogues (15 and 16) were isolated from the aerial parts of Isodon scoparius. Compound 2 is the first ent-kaurane diterpenoid featuring a 1,11-ether bridge, and the structures of these new compounds were established mainly by NMR and MS methods. The absolute configurations of 1 and 5 and the relative configuration of 3 were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The absolute configuration of 14 was determined by comparison of the experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism spectra...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653312/link-of-renal-microcirculatory-dysfunction-to-increased-coronary-microcirculatory-resistance-in-hypertensive-patients
#3
Cong Lin, Pu Zhang, Yangjing Xue, Yinqing Huang, Kangting Ji
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the correlation between renal microcirculation and coronary microcirculation in hypertensive patients. METHODS: Participants consisted of 231 consecutive candidates who were referred to the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University from March 2014 to May 2016 for elective coronary angiography due to suspected myocardial ischemia. All participants were evaluated for the index of microvascular resistance (IMR), coronary flow reserve (CFR), and fractional flow reserve (FFR) using a pressure wire...
June 27, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652300/the-proline-variant-of-the-w-f-l-m-t-s-r-c-di-gmp-binding-motif-suppresses-dependence-on-signal-association-for-regulator-function
#4
Daniel M Chodur, Linda Guo, Meng Pu, Eric Bruger, Nico Fernandez, Chris Waters, Dean A Rowe-Magnus
Vibrio vulnificus is an estuarine bacteria and potent opportunistic human pathogen. It enters the food-chain by asymptomatically colonizing a variety of marine organisms, most notably oysters. Expression of the brp-encoded extracellular polysaccharide, which enhances cell-surface adherence, is regulated by c-di-GMP and the activator BrpT. The V. cholerae and V. parahaemolyticus homologs, VpsT and CpsQ, directly bind c-di-GMP via a novel W[F/L/M][T/S]R motif and c-di-GMP binding is absolutely required for activity...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651560/intra-abdominal-bleeding-with-hemorrhagic-shock-a-case-of-adrenal-myelolipoma-and-review-of-literature
#5
Hui-Pu Liu, Wen-Yen Chang, Shan-Tao Chien, Chin-Wen Hsu, Yu-Chiuan Wu, Wen-Ching Kung, Chun-Min Su, Ping-Hung Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650921/effect-of-continuity-of-care-on-drug-drug-interactions
#6
Jiun-Yu Guo, Yiing-Jenq Chou, Christy Pu
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interaction (DDI) is a critical concern in health care systems because it is directly associated with patient outcomes and is generally preventable. However, few studies have been conducted on whether poor continuity of care (COC) is a determinant of DDIs and whether this effect varies by level of comorbidity. Patients with higher comorbidity normally require more complex treatment regimens than other patients, and hence their COC is more critical for ensuring the accuracy of their medication information...
June 23, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650480/lineage-specification-of-human-dendritic-cells-is-marked-by-irf8-expression-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells-and-multipotent-progenitors
#7
Jaeyop Lee, Yu Jerry Zhou, Wenji Ma, Wanwei Zhang, Arafat Aljoufi, Thomas Luh, Kimberly Lucero, Deguang Liang, Matthew Thomsen, Govind Bhagat, Yufeng Shen, Kang Liu
The origin and specification of human dendritic cells (DCs) have not been investigated at the clonal level. Through the use of clonal assays, combined with statistical computation, to quantify the yield of granulocytes, monocytes, lymphocytes and three subsets of DCs from single human CD34(+) progenitor cells, we found that specification to the DC lineage occurred in parallel with specification of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to the myeloid and lymphoid lineages. This started as a lineage bias defined by specific transcriptional programs that correlated with the combinatorial 'dose' of the transcription factors IRF8 and PU...
June 26, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650345/preexisting-endothelial-cells-mediate-cardiac-neovascularization-after-injury
#8
Lingjuan He, Xiuzhen Huang, Onur Kanisicak, Yi Li, Yue Wang, Yan Li, Wenjuan Pu, Qiaozhen Liu, Hui Zhang, Xueying Tian, Huan Zhao, Xiuxiu Liu, Shaohua Zhang, Yu Nie, Shengshou Hu, Xiang Miao, Qing-Dong Wang, Fengchao Wang, Ting Chen, Qingbo Xu, Kathy O Lui, Jeffery D Molkentin, Bin Zhou
The mechanisms that promote the generation of new coronary vasculature during cardiac homeostasis and after injury remain a fundamental and clinically important area of study in the cardiovascular field. Recently, it was reported that mesenchymal-to-endothelial transition (MEndoT) contributes to substantial numbers of coronary endothelial cells after myocardial infarction. Therefore, the MEndoT has been proposed as a paradigm mediating neovascularization and is considered a promising therapeutic target in cardiac regeneration...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649497/spectral-analysis-assisted-photoacoustic-imaging-for-lipid-composition-differentiation
#9
Yingchun Cao, Ayeeshik Kole, Lu Lan, Pu Wang, Jie Hui, Michael Sturek, Ji-Xin Cheng
Recent advances in atherosclerotic plaque detection have shown that not only does lipid core size and depth play important roles in plaque rupture and thrombi formation, but lipid composition, especially cholesterol deposition, is equally important in determining lesion vulnerability. Here, we demonstrate a spectral analysis assisted photoacoustic imaging approach to differentiate and map lipid compositions within an artery wall. The approach is based on the classification of spectral curves obtained from the sliding windows along time-of-flight photoacoustic signals via a numerical k-means clustering method...
September 2017: Photoacoustics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648948/randomized-phase-ii-study-comparing-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation-alone-to-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation-and-consolidative-extra-cranial-irradiation-for-extensive-disease-small-cell-lung-cancer-ed-sclc-nrg-oncology-rtog-0937
#10
Elizabeth M Gore, Chen Hu, Alexander Y Sun, Daniel F Grimm, Suresh S Ramalingam, Neal E Dunlap, Kristin A Higgins, Maria Werner-Wasik, Aaron M Allen, Puneeth Iyengar, Gregory M M Videtic, Russell K Hales, Ronald C McGarry, James J Urbanic, Anthony T Pu, Candice A Johnstone, Volker W Stieber, Rebecca Paulus, Jeffrey D Bradley
INTRODUCTION: RTOG-0937 is a randomized phase-II trial evaluating 1-year OS with PCI or PCI plus consolidative radiation therapy (cRT) to intra-thoracic disease and extracranial metastases for ED-SCLC. METHODS: Patients with 1-4 extracranial metastases were eligible after CR or PR to chemotherapy. Randomization was to PCI or PCI+cRT to the thorax and metastases. Original stratification included PR vs CR after chemotherapy and 1 vs 2-4 metastases; age < 65 vs > 65 was added after an observed imbalance...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648610/glycan-activation-of-a-sheddase-electrostatic-recognition-between-heparin-and-prommp-7
#11
Yan G Fulcher, Stephen H Prior, Sayaka Masuko, Lingyun Li, Dennis Pu, Fuming Zhang, Robert J Linhardt, Steven R Van Doren
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans activate the matrix metalloproteinase-7 zymogen (proMMP-7) and recruit it in order to shed proteins from cell surfaces. This occurs in uterine and mammary epithelia, bacterial killing, lung healing, and tumor cell signaling. Basic tracks on proMMP-7 recognize polyanionic heparin, according to nuclear magnetic resonance and mutations disruptive of maturation. Contacts and proximity measurements guided docking of a heparin octasaccharide to proMMP-7. The reducing end fits into a basic pocket in the pro-domain while the chain continues toward the catalytic domain...
June 12, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648331/il-35-as-a-newly-proposed-homeostasis-associated-molecular-pattern-plays-three-major-functions-including-anti-inflammatory-initiator-effector-and-blocker-in-cardiovascular-diseases
#12
Xinyuan Li, Pu Fang, William Y Yang, Hong Wang, Xiaofeng Yang
IL-35 is a new anti-inflammatory cytokine identified in 2007, which inhibits inflammation and immune responses by inducing regulatory T cells and regulatory B cells and suppressing effector T cells and macrophages. The unique initiator and effector anti-inflammatory properties of IL-35 bring tremendous interest in investigating its role during cardiovascular disease (CVD) development, in which inflammatory processes are firmly established as central to its development and complications. In this review, we update recent understanding of how IL-35 is produced and regulated in the cells...
June 22, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648206/how-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-phosphate-binders
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Francisco Caravaca, Fernando Caravaca-Fontán, Lilia Azevedo, Enrique Luna
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The efficacy of phosphate binders is difficult to be estimated clinically. This study analyzes the changes in serum phosphate and urinary phosphate excretion after the prescription of phosphate binders (PB) in patients with chronic kidney disease stage 4-5 pre-dialysis, and the usefulness of the ratio between total urinary phosphate and protein catabolic rate (Pu/PCR) for estimating the efficacy of PB. METHODS: This retrospective observational cohort study included adult chronic kidney disease patients...
May 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646920/dynamics-of-th9-cells-and-their-potential-role-in-immunopathogenesis-of-murine-schistosomiasis
#14
Tingzheng Zhan, Tingting Zhang, Yanyan Wang, Xiaoli Wang, Cai Lin, Huihui Ma, Zhongliang Duan, Chunxiang Li, Jing Xu, Chaoming Xia
BACKGROUND: Th1, Th2, Th17, Treg and Tfh cells play important roles in schistosomiasis. Th9 cells secrete IL-9 as a signature cytokine and contribute to several classes of inflammatory disease. However, the effects of Th9 cells in schistosomiasis are unknown. We aimed to explore the dynamic changes and potential roles of Th9 cells in the pathogenesis of hepatic egg granulomatous inflammation in mice infected with Schistosoma japonicum. METHODS: Twenty mice with S...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645848/fe-and-experimental-study-on-how-the-cortex-material-properties-of-synthetic-femurs-affect-strain-levels
#15
Vitor M M Lopes, Maria A Neto, Ana M Amaro, Luis M Roseiro, M F Paulino
The primary aim of this work was to validate the "numerical" cortex material properties (transversely isotropic) of synthetic femurs and to evaluate how the strain level of the cancellous bone can be affected by the FE modeling of the material's behavior. Sensitivity analysis was performed to find out if the parameters of the cortex material affect global strain results more than the Polyurethane (PU) foam used to simulate cancellous bone. Standard 4th generation composite femurs were made with 0.32g/cm(3) solid PU foam to model healthy cancellous bone, while 0...
June 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644382/metal-ion-loaded-nanofibre-matrices-for-calcification-inhibition-in-polyurethane-implants
#16
Charanpreet Singh, Xungai Wang
Pathologic calcification leads to structural deterioration of implant materials via stiffening, stress cracking, and other structural disintegration mechanisms, and the effect can be critical for implants intended for long-term or permanent implantation. This study demonstrates the potential of using specific metal ions (MI)s for inhibiting pathological calcification in polyurethane (PU) implants. The hypothesis of using MIs as anti-calcification agents was based on the natural calcium-antagonist role of Mg(2+) ions in human body, and the anti-calcification effect of Fe(3+) ions in bio-prosthetic heart valves has previously been confirmed...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643488/multidrug-resistance-mechanisms-of-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-in-chongqing-china
#17
Jinrong Yan, Shuli Pu, Xiaojiong Jia, Xiuyu Xu, Shuangshuang Yang, Jing Shi, Shan Sun, Liping Zhang
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) is considered a serious global threat. However, little is known regarding the multidrug resistance (MDR) mechanisms of CRKP. This study investigated the phenotypes and MDR mechanisms of CRKP and identified their clonal characteristics. METHODS: PCR and sequencing were utilized to identify antibiotic resistance determinants. Integron gene cassette arrays were determined by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis...
September 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643061/reoperation-for-recurrent-hepatolithiasis-laparotomy-versus-laparoscopy
#18
Qingfan Pu, Chuanrong Zhang, Zhenfeng Huang, Yu Zeng
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopy has been proposed for the management of recurrent hepatolithiasis, but no comparative study of its relative efficacy versus laparotomy has been performed, and the patient selection criteria for laparoscopy are not clear. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of laparoscopy versus laparotomy for repeated hepatolithiasis and to highlight how to select patients best suited for laparoscopy. METHODS: We performed a cohort study of 94 patients who underwent laparotomy or laparoscopy for recurrent hepatolithiasis between January 2010 and May 2014...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642777/transcriptome-analysis-of-genes-associated-with-the-artemisinin-biosynthesis-by-jasmonic-acid-treatment-under-the-light-in-artemisia-annua
#19
Xiaolong Hao, Yijun Zhong, Xueqing Fu, Zongyou Lv, Qian Shen, Tingxiang Yan, Pu Shi, Yanan Ma, Minghui Chen, Xueying Lv, Zhangkuanyu Wu, Jingya Zhao, Xiaofen Sun, Ling Li, Kexuan Tang
Artemisinin is a sesquiterpene lactone endoperoxide extracted from a traditional Chinese medicinal plant Artemisia annua. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are recommended as the best treatment of malaria by the World Health Organization (WHO). Both the phytohormone jasmonic acid (JA) and light promote artemisinin biosynthesis in A. annua. Interestingly, we found that the increase of artemisinin biosynthesis by JA was dependent on light. However, the relationship between the two signal pathways mediated by JA and light remains unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642594/differential-effects-on-gene-transcription-and-hematopoietic-differentiation-correlate-with-gata2-mutant-disease-phenotypes
#20
C-E Chong, P Venugopal, P H Stokes, Y K Lee, P J Brautigan, D T O Yeung, M Babic, G A Engler, S W Lane, M Klingler-Hoffmann, J M Matthews, R J D'Andrea, A L Brown, C N Hahn, H S Scott
Heterozygous GATA2 mutations underlie an array of complex hematopoietic and lymphatic diseases. Analysis of the literature reporting three recurrent GATA2 germline (g) mutations (gT354M, gR396Q, gR398W) revealed different phenotype tendencies. While all three mutants differentially predispose to myeloid malignancies, there was no difference in leukemia-free survival for GATA2 patients. Despite intense interest, the molecular pathogenesis of GATA2 mutation is poorly understood. We functionally characterized a GATA2 mutant allelic series representing major disease phenotypes caused by germline and somatic (s) mutations in zinc finger (ZF) 2...
June 23, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
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