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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351055/comparison-of-the-induction-to-delivery-interval-in-terminations-of-pregnancy-with-or-without-dilapan-s%C3%A2
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Marie Vincienne, Olivia Anselem, Anne Gaelle Cordier, Camille Le Ray, Vassilis Tsatsaris, Alexandra Benachi, François Goffinet
OBJECTIVE: In France, terminations of pregnancy (TOP) for medical reasons beyond the second trimester use mifepristone and misoprostol. We sought to determine the effectiveness of Dilapan-S®, an osmotic cervical dilator, in shortening the induction-to-delivery interval (IDI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study of TOP in 2010-2012 compared the results from 2 hospitals with different TOP protocols starting at 16 weeks' gestation, one (164 women) with and one (106) without Dilapan-S®...
March 29, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350977/small-bowel-obstruction-caused-by-anisakis-and-meckel-s-diverticulum-a-rare-case
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G Carbotta, R Laforgia, Michele Milella, M G Sederino, M Minafra, F Fortarezza, D Piscitelli, N Palasciano
INTRODUCTION: Anisakiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the ingestion of raw fish contaminated by larval nematodes of Anisakis species. Intestinal or extraintestinal manifestations are rated to > 4% and >1% respectively. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 61-year old patient was admitted to our General Surgical and Emergency Unit because of sudden abdominal pain, vomit and constipation. He had eaten raw fish 3 days before admission. Laboratory data showed high levels of WBC and PCR...
November 2016: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350847/biophysical-characterization-of-the-b-hlh-lz-of-%C3%AE-max-an-alternatively-spliced-isoform-of-max-found-in-tumor-cells-towards-the-validation-of-a-tumor-suppressor-role-for-the-max-homodimers
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Loïka Maltais, Martin Montagne, Mikaël Bédard, Cynthia Tremblay, Laura Soucek, Pierre Lavigne
It is classically recognized that the physiological and oncogenic functions of Myc proteins depend on specific DNA binding enabled by the dimerization of its C-terminal basic-region-Helix-Loop-Helix-Leucine Zipper (b-HLH-LZ) domain with that of Max. However, a new paradigm is emerging, where the binding of the c-Myc/Max heterodimer to non-specific sequences in enhancers and promoters drives the transcription of genes involved in diverse oncogenic programs. Importantly, Max can form a stable homodimer even in the presence of c-Myc and bind DNA (specific and non-specific) with comparable affinity to the c-Myc/Max heterodimer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350546/comparing-stochastic-proton-interactions-simulated-using-topas-nbio-to-experimental-data-from-fluorescent-nuclear-track-detectors
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T S A Underwood, W Sung, C H McFadden, S J McMahon, D C Hall, A L McNamara, H Paganetti, G O Sawakuchi, J Schuemann
Whilst Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of proton energy deposition have been well-validated at the macroscopic level, their microscopic validation remains lacking. Equally, no gold-standard yet exists for experimental metrology of individual proton tracks. In this work we compare the distributions of stochastic proton interactions simulated using the TOPAS-nBio MC platform against confocal microscope data for Al2O3:C,Mg fluorescent nuclear track detectors (FNTDs). We irradiated [Formula: see text] mm(3) FNTD chips inside a water phantom, positioned at seven positions along a pristine proton Bragg peak with a range in water of 12 cm...
April 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346549/asymmetric-synthesis-of-vinylogous-%C3%AE-amino-acids-and-their-incorporation-into-mixed-backbone-oligomers
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Hao Wu, Hongchan An, Shuting Cynthia Mo, Thomas Kodadek
Chiral vinylogous β-amino acids (VBAA) were synthesized using enantioselective Mannich reactions of aldehydes with in situ generated N-carbamoyl imines followed by a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction. The efficiency with which these units could be incorporated into oligomers with different moieties on the C- and N-terminal sides was established, as was the feasibility of sequencing oligomers containing VBAAs by tandem mass spectrometry. The data show that VBAAs will be useful building blocks for the construction of combinatorial libraries of peptidomimetic compounds...
March 27, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346351/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies-on-the-structural-organization-of-chs3-from-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Simon Gohlke, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer
Chitin biosynthesis in yeast is accomplished by three chitin synthases (Chs) termed Chs1, Chs2 and Chs3, of which the latter accounts for most of the chitin deposited within the cell wall. While the overall structures of Chs1 and Chs2 are similar to those of other chitin synthases from fungi and arthropods, Chs3 lacks some of the C-terminal transmembrane helices raising questions regarding its structure and topology. To fill this gap of knowledge, we performed bioinformatic analyses and protease protection assays that revealed significant information about the catalytic domain, the chitin-translocating channel and the interfacial helices in between...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346102/phage-display-derived-ligand-for-mucosal-transcytotic-receptor-gp-2-promotes-antigen-delivery-to-m-cells-and-induces-antigen-specific-immune-response
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Inam Ullah Khan, Jiansheng Huang, Rui Liu, Jingbo Wang, Jun Xie, Naishuo Zhu
Successful oral immunization depends on efficient delivery of antigens (Ags) to the mucosal immune induction site. Glycoprotein-2 (GP-2) is an integral membrane protein that is expressed specifically on M cells within follicle-associated epithelium (FAE) and serves as transcytotic receptor for luminal Ags. In this study, we selected peptide ligands against recombinant human GP-2 by screening a phage display library and evaluated their interaction with GP-2 in vitro and ex vivo. Selected peptides were conjugated to the C-terminal of enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP) and evaluated for their ability to induce an immune response in mice...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346089/a-chemogenomic-screening-platform-used-to-identify-chemotypes-perturbing-hsp90-pathways
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Fiona M Thomas, Kourtney M Goode, Bartek Rajwa, Andrew B Bieberich, Larisa V Avramova, Tony R Hazbun, V Jo Davisson
Compounds that modulate the heat shock protein (HSP) network have potential in a broad range of research applications and diseases. A yeast-based liquid culture assay that measured time-dependent turbidity enabled the high-throughput screening of different Saccharomyces cerevisae strains to identify HSP modulators with unique molecular mechanisms. A focused set of four strains, with differing sensitivities to Hsp90 inhibitors, was used to screen a compound library of 3680 compounds. Computed turbidity curve functions were used to classify strain responses and sensitivity to chemical effects across the compound library...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346005/plasma-coenzyme-q10-concentration-antioxidant-status-and-serum-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-dogs-with-various-cardiovascular-diseases-and-the-effect-of-cardiac-treatment-on-measured-variables
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Alenka Nemec Svete, Barbara Verk, Alenka Seliškar, Katerina Tomsič, Petra Jazbec Križman, Aleksandra Domanjko Petrič
OBJECTIVE To determine the plasma total antioxidant capacity, erythrocyte superoxide dismutase activity, whole blood glutathione peroxidase activity, and plasma coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) concentration in dogs with various stages of cardiovascular diseases and in healthy dogs; assess the influence of cardiac treatment on the levels of antioxidant variables, plasma CoQ10 concentration, and serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration, and determine any correlation between the disease severity (NT-proBNP concentration) and antioxidant variables or CoQ10 concentration...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345958/macrophage-elastase-induces-trail-mediated-tumor-cell-death-through-its-carboxyterminal-domain
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Nadine Dandachi, Neil J Kelly, John P Wood, Christine L Burton, Josiah E Radder, Adriana S Leme, Alyssa D Gregory, Steven D Shapiro
RATIONALE: Macrophage elastase (MMP12) is a potent protease that contributes to the lung destruction that accompanies cigarette smoking while it simultaneously inhibits lung tumor angiogenesis and metastasis by catalyzing the formation of anti-angiogenic peptides. Recent studies have revealed novel non-proteolytic functions of MMP12, including antimicrobial activity through a peptide within its C-terminal domain (CTD). OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to determine whether the MMP12 CTD contributes to its anti-tumor activity in lung cancer...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345902/hyaluronate-peanut-agglutinin-conjugates-for-target-specific-bioimaging-of-colon-cancer
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Songeun Beack, Minsoo Cho, Young-Eun Kim, G-One Ahn, Sei Kwang Hahn
Colon cancer is one of the most common death-related cancers in the world. For treating the colon cancer, it is crucial to detect and remove malignant lesions in the early time. Here, we developed hyaluronate (HA) - peanut agglutinin (PNA) conjugates for bioimaging of colon cancer. The HA-PNA conjugates were successfully synthesized by the coupling reaction between aldehyde modified HA and the N-terminal amine group of PNA. For diagnostic imaging, rhodamine B (RhoB) was chemically conjugated onto PNA in HA-PNA conjugates...
March 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345895/asymmetric-anchoring-is-required-for-efficient-%C3%AE-loop-opening-and-closing-in-cytosolic-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxykinase
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Danica Cui, Aron Broom, Matthew J Mcleod, Elizabeth M Meiering, Todd Holyoak
Mobile Ω-loops play essential roles in the function of many enzymes. Here we investigated the importance of a residue lying outside of the mobile Ω-loop element in the catalytic function of an H477R variant of cPEPCK using crystallographic, kinetic, and computational analysis. The crystallographic data suggest that efficient transitioning of the Ω-loop to the closed conformation requires stabilization of the N-terminus of the loop through contacts between R461 and E588. In contrast, the C-terminal end of the Ω-loop undergoes changing interactions with the enzyme body through contacts between H477 at the C-terminus of the loop and E591 located on the enzyme body...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345865/human-milk-oligosaccharide-specificities-of-human-galectins-comparison-of-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-and-glycan-microarray-screening-results
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Km Shams-Ud-Doha, Elena N Kitova, Pavel I Kitov, Yves St-Pierre, John S Klassen
The affinities of thirty-two free human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) for four human galectin proteins - a stable mutant of hGal1 (hGal-1), a C-terminal fragment of hGal-3 (hGal-3C), hGal-7 and an N-terminal fragment of hGal-9 (hGal-9N) - were measured using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The binding data show that each of the four galectins recognize the majority of the HMOs tested (hGal-1 binds thirty-two HMOs, hGal-3C binds twenty-six, hGal-7 binds thirty-one and hGal-9N binds twenty-six)...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345752/recent-field-experiments-with-commercial-satellite-imagery-direct-downlink
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Anthony R Gonzalez, Samuel H Amber
US Pacific Command's strategy includes assistance to United States government relief agencies and nongovernment organizations during humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Situational awareness during these operations is enhanced by broad interagency access to unclassified commercial satellite imagery. The Remote Ground Terminal-a mobile satellite downlink ground station-has undergone several technology demonstrations and participated in an overseas deployment exercise focused on a natural disaster scenario...
January 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345726/structural-analyses-of-isolated-cyclic-tetrapeptides-with-varying-amino-acid-residues
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A Stamm, D Maué, A Schaly, S Schlicher, J Bartl, S Kubik, M Gerhards
Cyclic peptides represent a large class of substances that occur in nature with important biological and medical functions. Synthetic cyclic peptides are used as artificial receptors due to a series of advantages over conventional receptors. In order to optimize their binding abilities, investigations of their intrinsic structural properties especially with regard to the influence of different amino acid residues are fundamental. Here we report the structural analysis of two synthetic cyclic tetrapeptides cyclo[l-Tyr(Me)-d-Pro-l-Ala-d-Pro] (CPAla) and cyclo[l-Tyr(Me)-d-Pro-l-Glu(Me)-d-Pro] (CPGlu) in a molecular beam by means of combined IR/UV spectroscopic techniques...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345701/the-effect-of-natural-iron-oxide-and-oxalic-acid-on-the-photocatalytic-degradation-of-isoproturon-a-kinetics-and-analytical-study
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H Boucheloukh, W Remache, F Parrino, T Sehili, H Mechakra
The photocatalytic degradation of isoproturon, a persistent toxic herbicide, was investigated in the presence of natural iron oxide and oxalic acid and under UV irradiation. The influence of the relevant parameters such as the pH and the iron oxide and oxalic acid concentrations has been studied. The presence of natural iron oxide and oxalic acid in the system effectively allow the degradation of isoproturon, whereas the presence of t-butyl alcohol adversely affects the phototransformation of the target pollutant, thus indicating that an OH radical initiated the degradation mechanism...
March 27, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345593/microstructural-tissue-engineering-in-the-rachis-and-barbs-of-bird-feathers
#17
Theagarten Lingham-Soliar
Feathers do not have to be especially strong but they do need to be stiff and at the same time resilient and to have a high work of fracture. Syncitial barbule fibres are the highest size-class of continuous filaments in the cortex of the rachis of the feather. However, the rachis can be treated as a generalized cone of rapidly diminishing volume. This means that hundreds of syncitial barbule fibres of the rachis may have to be terminated before reaching the tip - creating potentially thousands of inherently fatal crack-like defects...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345551/biliverdin-protects-the-isolated-rat-lungs-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-antioxidative-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-apoptotic-effects
#18
Wen-Fang Tian, Ping Weng, Qiong Sheng, Jun-Liang Chen, Peng Zhang, Ji-Ru Zhang, Bin Du, Min-Chen Wu, Qing-Feng Pang, Jian-Jun Chu
BACKGROUND: Biliverdin (BV) has a protective role against ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI). However, the protective role and potential mechanisms of BV on lung IRI (LIRI) remain to be elucidated. Thus, we aimed to investigate the protective role and potential mechanisms of BV on LIRI. METHODS: Lungs were isolated from Sprague-Dawley rats to establish an ex vivo LIRI model. After an initial 15 min stabilization period, the isolated lungs were subjected to ischemia for 60 min, followed by 90 min of reperfusion with or without BV treatment...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345526/aspects-of-pericytes-and-their-potential-therapeutic-use
#19
Justyna Różycka, Edyta Brzóska, Tomasz Skirecki
Pericytes, which are multi-potential stem cells, co-create the walls of the microvessels: capillaries, terminal arterioles and postcapillary venules. These cells are localized under the basement membrane, tightly encircling the endothelium. The most frequently mentioned molecular markers of pericytes include NG2 (neural-glial antigen 2), β-type platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFRβ), smooth muscle α-actin (α-SMA), regulator of G protein signalling 5 (RGS5), the adhesion protein CD146 and nestin...
March 13, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345478/the-importance-of-interdisciplinary-communication-in-the-process-of-anticipatory-prescribing
#20
Eleanor Wilson, Jane Seymour
In the UK there has been a widespread introduction of 'anticipatory prescribing' in community based palliative care. This involves general practitioners (GPs) writing prescriptions in anticipation of them being needed and has been encouraged to try to minimise the risk of patients suffering uncontrolled symptoms and distress; a key reason why terminally ill patients are admitted to hospital in contradiction of most people's preferences. This paper presents the findings from an ethnographic study of healthcare professionals across four care homes and four community sites in two regions (East Midlands and Lancashire/South Cumbria) of the UK...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
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